Nope, this one isn't crochet. Or knitting. But it's so much fun - and you get to use yarn! I received a copy of Des Pawson's Knot Crafts & Rope Mats to review - and another one to give away! So here's my thoughts, my attempts at a new hobby, my honest opinions... and a chance to win your own copy and give it a try yourself!
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So, what's this book about? Well, it's a lot like a crochet or knitting book. It's full of patterns, or "recipes" as Des calls them, for 60 different projects, all using knots. Sixty!!
And you don't have to be a boy scout or sailor to do it - but prior experience with knot tying (or at least the terms) does help. Nonetheless, there is a combination of written instructions and drawings to guide you through each project. And ideas for how to use them too! And a little bit of googling cleared up most of my questions.
Yes, there are lots of projects that might make more sense on a boat. But there are also projects you can use as a landlubber - including keychains, pretty mats to use as trivets or rugs, lapel pins, light pulls, even a simple lanyard!
Now, I was not a boy scout, or a girl scout, and I can't swim - so you won't get me on a boat unless it's got sufficient life rafts and an all day buffet. But I've always been fascinated with knot tying, and with the "Monkey's Fist" in particular. Lucky for me, it's included in Knot Crafts & Rope Mats! Unlucky for me... it's more advanced than I'm ready for. So I followed instructions, and tried an easier pattern first - the Portuguese Sennit Bracelet.
So with a skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (the thickest yarn on my shelf) I waded in... and tada!
Not perfect... but not too shabby for a first attempt! And it was a lot of fun figuring it all out! I don't have any of the tools listed in the front of the book, and since this is my first go at knot craft, I don't understand all the terms used. But for someone who's tried knot tying before, I suspect it's a bit easier!
Will I abandon crochet and knitting for knotting? No, but I can see myself sitting down with this book in the future - and maybe another book on more basic knots beside it - and figuring out some more of these recipes! There are so many lovely patterns and ideas here, and I can see it would be a very relaxing hobby!
Do you want to give it a try? Know someone who does? You can pick up Des Pawson's Knot Crafts & Rope Mats on Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, and probably a few other places too! And you can enter to win a copy in the giveaway below!
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