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Currently Craving: A Hobby

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When I saw the cover to Close Knit, it struck me that this is precisely what I crave this month: the chance to learn/improve my skills; a more sustainable approach to style (the rate I knit those scrunchies will be the ultimate slow fashion accessory); something I can do by candlelight if the threatened power outages become a reality; a money-saving hobby. The list goes on and on but what really makes me excited about this book are the dynamic designs by ‘Europe’s hippest textile designer’, the very Insta-friendly, Lærke Bagger.

I want every single one of these creations so may just have to enlist the skills of my mother-in-law if I want that fabulous coat any time before Christmas.

Close Knit: 15 Patterns and 45 Techniques from Beginner to Advanced by Lærke Bagger is published by Prestel



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