Camden Passage market was in full swing – brimming with sunshine, antiques and The Beautiful People.
Is that a pair of block colour trousers I spy?
I wasn’t here to people watch. (Who am I kidding?) I was here for the author signing of Jane Brocket’s latest book, ‘The Gentle Art of Knitting‘.
Do you know of Jane Brocket? You should. Her blog is a piece of beauty and she’s the author of several books that cover quilting, knitting, baking, domesticity and a recent children’s book. I ACHE to own a copy of ‘The Gentle Art Of Quilting’.
When I heard that Jane was going to be at Loop in Islington there was never any doubt that I would be one of the first in the queue. Loop were offering a 10 per cent discount on Jane’s book plus 10 per cent off any wool bought to make a project from the book.
The wool discount could make a real difference to the cost of a project. After all, good wool doesn’t come cheap. The book discount could never stand up to the aggressive discounting to be found on Amazon, but that’s not really the point is it? I was here to support an independent shop, a startlingly good author and, well, let’s be honest – I wanted an inscription on my fly leaf:
Loop and Jane did a sterling job of hosting this event. Visitors were greeted with piles of cake:
Jane was merrily chatting with customers and signing books:
I grinned with delight at my own signed copy:
And bought the wool to make a bag to go with my rose print cotton dress for the wedding:
This book of FORTY projects couldn’t have arrived at a better time in my knitting career, which has become close to non-existent of late. I am currently working on a knitted cushion cover and a lace capelet but they both badly deserve more attention and, crucially, completion. After that, I want to make almost everything in Jane’s book.
What do I particularly like about ‘The Gentle Art Of Knitting’?
- Jane makes wine recommendations to go with her knitting projects. (She used to work in the wine trade.)
- She doesn’t mind sharing details of popular online free knitting patterns, such as the February Lady Sweater to be found on Ravelry.
- She’s pragmatic and honest about stitches and shares my love/hate relationship with moss stitch. (I love its structure; it gives me the most terrible RSI.)
This is the first Jane Brocket book I’ve invested in and guess what – she deserves the hype. This is a genuinely inspiring, honest and original book and would make the perfect present for any knitter in your life, be they beginner or experienced.
Go ahead. Buy a copy!