Thursday, March 17, 2016

Children's Book Review: Knit, Hook, and Spin by Laurie Carlson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge,from Chicago Review Press review >purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


If you know Ireland, you know they are known for their Aran sweaters

The Aran Islands lie at the mouth of Galway Bay, off the West Coast of Ireland. The islanders were fisherman and farmers, and the sweater designs evolved into clan distinctions, so that each could be identified at a glance, in case of emergency or disaster. Did you know that?



So if your kids are looking at learning this wonderful traditional Irish craft, 
I have the perfect book for them:


Note- this book comes out in June, in time for Summer!

Synopsis:

This easy-to-follow activity book is packed with over 70 projects across a variety of fiber arts including knitting, felting, knotting and braiding, spinning, weaving, crocheting, and dyeing. Kids will learn to felt a bag, braid a rug, weave a tapestry, knit comfy slippers, crochet a belt, make and use natural dyes, and create dozens of other projects. Along the way they’ll learn about Viking ships’ woolen sails, the history of rope bridges, Japan’s yearly Straw Festival, the invention of the spinning machine, and much more.

Review:

This is a great starter book for kids (and really even adults), that teaches the basics of all types of yarn crafting. The illustrations are perfect for showing how to do the individual steps- so important in learning crocheting and knitting, and the patterns are simple and easy for beginners. The basics that I learned are all here, and they are ones that they will be able to use, and expand on, as they grow and mature. It truly is a book that you can keep referring back to! in fact, I used it to brush back up on making Granny Squares for a baby afghan. Add in the great historical and cultural info and you have a great book for keeping the kids occupied over the Summer! You could incorporate trips to museums, craft stores, festivals, etc, as ways to not only keep the kids busy, but LEARNING all Summer long! AHA! There is a plan here! This is not a book to be missed!

Why should your kids learn to crochet/knit?
1. It's fun- kids can make and produce something that didn't exist before
2. It develops patience and self- control- kids have to take time to finish the project, and in doing so, learn patience. And that morphs directly into crafting becoming a calming activity, that allows them to concentrate and forget other stressors going on in their lives.
3. Most importantly it stimulates the brain and imagination- hand-eye coordination actually helps your brain to learn and make new neural paths, to keep it active. Research in Alzheimer's has shown keeping the brain active and learning is a key to keeping it at bay. Even kids can get in the habit now, for a lifetime benefit! Plus now that they are doing imaginative play, crafting is a way to keep their imagination flowing and studies have proven being creative equals more happiness!




About the Author:

Laurie Carlson is the author of over 20 nonfiction books for children and adults including 
Colonial KidsDays of Knights and DamselsMore Than MoccasinsWestward Ho, and others. She operates an artisanal yarn store on her farm and speaks to local groups about goats, sheep, and fiber arts. She lives in Dallas, OR. Check out her website for more on her crafting!

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