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Knitting designer Bliss continues her line of two-dozen-plus knitting pattern books with one focusing on smallish projects that can be given as gifts. And while many of these projects (hot water bottle cover, baby overalls, baby sun hat) have had previous iterations in earlier books, they are just different enough to appeal to her fans, who are legion. Bliss, a brand name unto herself with a line of eponymous yarns and a magazine, does what she does best-employ simple stitch patterns to fashion simple items that speak to the knitter's nesting instinct. The book is divided into sections-gifts for her, him, baby, and home-with most geared for the novice or intermediate knitter. A few of the projects are real winners (the bunny baby booties are cute enough to hop off the page on their own) while a couple are real lemons (knitted pencil cup cozies, anyone?). But all are presented in the visually straightforward style Bliss is known for, with inviting pictures and no-nonsense instructions. The 30-plus color photos are appealing and illustrate the construction of the projects well; the layout feels light and uncrowded. The book itself would make a great gift. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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One of knitting's star players, Bliss is the author of many knitting guides. And though there tends to be repetition in category, she never disappoints when it comes to style. The premise here is handmade gifts that don't take too much time and effort (for the most part) yet have panache. For women, there are luscious shawls, a sweater or two, mittens, hats, a belt, and even a couple of bangle bracelets and a fantastic beaded bag. Men and kids aren't neglected, either, with ties and scarves for the guys and all manner of clothes for kids. Those who want to knit something for the home will find everything from a tea cosy and a simple hot-water bag to a pot of flowers! As always in Bliss' books, the photography is gorgeous, the paper heavy, and the instructions clear. Unlike some knitting books where you might find one project you like, this one has many.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist