Book review on 5 Things| Bay Area Book Photographer

Every once in a while, I get a really cool book to review (lots of times I get not-so-cool books, but I tend not to write here about those. You should be thanking me right about now…). A few months ago, I received Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger from 10 Speed Press. Let me tell you, this is one of the cool books!


Now, let me tell you, it’s not easy to review knitting books. First, you can’t just READ it and then write up your thoughts. You have to actually KNIT something to test out the instructions, and that, my friends, takes TIME. (I just noticed that “time” is a four-letter word. Coincidence? I think not.) So even though I received this book a few months ago, it isn’t until now that I can bring you a full report…

Now I can tell you, not only are the photos gorgeous, not only are the 25 projects are cute and approachable for a time-starved lady like me… and the patterns are easy to follow, and they WORK! (Wouldn’t you just hate to buy a knitting book and find out that the patterns… didn’t, well, work? Wouldn’t that just suck? Well, rest assured, Hadley has put together some mighty-fine instructions.)

I just completed the Organic Heirloom Baby Blanket for a new little one. Isn’t it gorgeous? (Just say yes and we’ll move on.)

If you’re interested in these sorts of things, I substituted six skeins of Lion brand organic cotton (in Almond) for the recommended Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Organic Cotton recommended in the pattern. Why? I had it on-hand. (Yes, I do occasionally “shop my stash” but I try not to make it a habit.)

I have also cast on for the Wavy Cashmere Baby Blanket, but I am not insane (at least about knitting in luxury yarns) so I am doing it in cotton chenille instead of cashmere:


So, in the spirit of fives, here are three more adorable projects I’m dying to create:

The Angora Bolero:


The Vintage Pixie Cap:


The Tiny Trousers (or maybe I just want those Tiny Toes!!):



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