Knits to Give – Debbie Bliss

| September 1, 2011 | 7 Comments


I’ve been really spoilt recently with some fantastic books to review. I wanted to share the latest one with you.

Knits to Give by Debbie Bliss. It’s a collection of 30 gift ideas put together to form…well a gorgeous modern selection of handmade knitted gifts. I am a huge advocate of handmade gifts as readers of my blog will know. I would love to receive any of the items

The book is divided into 5 sections but the Introduction really should get a mention too. It gives an outline into the thinking behind this book written by Debbie Bliss.

Debbie (hope she doesn’t mind me using her first name) holds an informal knitting group at a local bar and restaurant. Erm….can I come?

How one of these ladies (Mia) who attends, and is the amazing stylist for the book. Used time at the group practising all the various stitches in squares she then joined them all up to make a blanket for a friend, a present at her baby shower. How as a devoted ‘shopper’ she realised the complete joy of making and giving. Which in turn reminded Debbie, and here we have the result!

She also covers in this introduction the types of yarn, the abbreviations in the pattern that you will see and what these mean and some gift wrapping ideas.

The first section is:

For Her (click images to see more detail)

Lots of projects in here, but I feel I must show you this one. It’s such a modern take on a knitted gift – I love them! I can really imagine wearing those in Autumn and winter.

For Him:

An iPad cover (or other Tablet) What a cosy home, I just know Tall Dad would love this for his Blackberry Playbook, you can even line it with an old work shirt to make it even more personnel. It is in a hard-wearing stitch and has a leather tie to secure. I’ll be honest I’d love it too ;)

For Baby:

Again so many gorgeous things in this section..but I thought I would show you the one that my little one, Miss A loved! It’s a toy Zebra…there are also lots of clothes for baby too….really gorgeous!

For Kids:

Look at these gorgeous stripey long socks you can choose between 2 different age ranges, and the stripes don’t match, how cool is that! Long socks are really in again this year as well.

For The Home:

Home is where the heart is. What a lovely gift to give someone in their new home, or for Valentines Day…. really something to treasure!

Each of the projects should take no longer than a week to complete and some even could be completed in an evening.

Overall I am very impressed with this book. I think the two things I like the most are as a very novice knitter, is it has simple projects as well as more advanced. So there is room to advance your knitting knowledge. I also love the idea of the joy of giving or receiving something that has been handmade. It’s a simple concept but one which I think is often overlooked in such a consumer lead society.

This would make a great gift I feel, as well as book ideal to buy for oneself. it is available from all leading book shops from late September and published by Quadrille in Hardback for £18.99.

As of writing this post it is available to pre-order for the 19th September at a price of £14.24 at Amazon by following this link.

I am including this in the Handmade Thursday Link up – on The White Lily Green Blog :

Inspire Me Beautiful

Thank you for reading

The Ana Mum Diary x

Disclaimer: I was given the book free by the publishers to review on their behalf.

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  1. Molly says:

    I am jealous, I want this book so badly now. In fact, I think I’m just going to have to buy it straight away. I was just saying last night that I must start making Christmas presents, and this looks just the ticket to get me going. I might even knit you a cover for your new toy – no hang on, you have a Liberty cover don’t you (*consumedwithenvy!) – Great review A!

  2. Molly says:

    Oh and I love the wool photo in your header too!

  3. Tracy ( says:

    FAB review! Thanks for linking it up! I’m sure lots of our regular (and new) Handmade Thursday gang, would be interested in reading this :) I love your photography on your posts too :)

    Loving those tights! ;)

  4. Jenny
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    This book looks great. If only I could knit!

  5. theanamumdiary
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    Thank you for the comments. Such a beautiful book!
    TY Tracy I’m really trying to try some different things with the photography at the moment. Glad you like the header Molly, I thought I’d try setting a different featured image, i think I like the result x

  6. I love the stripy socks! Looks like a lovely book – I’m already a fan of her gorgeous yarns!

  7. Oh another gorgeous book!!!! I want!

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