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Book Review: Knitting and Tea by Jane Gottelier

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The trend in knitting books right now seems to be “knitting and…” Knitting and recipes, knitting and travelogue, etc. Knitting and Tea by Jane Gottelier is another entry into this sub-genre. As the name suggests, the 25 knitting projects within were inspired by different teas. Six chapters are broken down by tea type, and each chapter includes patterns, a recipe, and background on the tea.

“Ceylon Cardigan” is a simple pieced construction with embroidered flowers at one shoulder, and a tie at the neck in lieu of buttons. “Flowerdew Evening Tank” is a delicate sleeveless top with lace edges and a branch pattern. “Girl’s Argyle Cardigan” is a feminine take on the classic, done in soft pink, blue, and lavender. “Cricket Blazer” is a very busy piece, with vertical stripes in a variety of colors and textures, topped off with an embroidered flower pocket and braided trim. The “Cricket Sweater,” as seen on the cover, is a much better cricket piece, a sophisticated V-neck cabled pullover with colored bands at the hem, cuff, and neck.

“Argyle Socks” take argyle to the next level, by creating the thin crisscrossing lines lines out of beads, and seaming them up the back. “Summer House Sweater” is a lightweight pullover made of chevron lace and accented by hundreds of sequins. “Cupcake Cardigan” is a standard cardigan with intarsia cupcakes at the shoulder. “Builder’s Cable Sweater” offers a unique and masculine pattern of cables that appear to be braided. “Biker’s Jacket” looks nothing like a biker’s jacket, but it is still cute, with an asymmetrical placket. “Cozy Capelet” is unique and feminine, a cross between a capelet and a bolero. “Snug Hooded Wrap” is a cozy blend between a scarf, a shawl, and a hoodie. “Striped Egg Cozy” is something I have never heard of. Why would you need to keep an egg cozy?

Recipes include fruitcake, mini meringues, Bakewell tart, clotted cream biscuits, and strawberry tea.

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  • Pam DiMuzio

    Egg cozies have been popular recently- perhaps for cuteness alone. I’ve seen some that resemble yellow chicks, and some in sporty stripes. One of those projects for using up odd bits of yarn.