21 March 2011
This is a fun book, whether you intend to actually knit any of the dolls or not. It is a nice little souvenir to commemorate the royal wedding and if you are so inclined you can go ahead and knit a number of royals, footmen, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and even a few corgies.
On the whole, the dolls are easy to knit, though most of the time is taken up by the embellishments which make them really stand out and give them character. The book is divided into different chapters that feature certain dolls and represent the stages of, for instance, the engagement, the ceremony at the altar, and the kiss on the balcony. What's more, the boom includes a cardboard balcony you can use as a backdrop for your knitted characters.
You can knit characters of your own choice, even yourself, with a little tweaking. There are a few patterns for random dresses, suits and hats to give you something to start with.
It is nice to have the book, as I said, as a souvenir, which is what makes it special. If it had been a book only about a variety of random dolls, it wouldn't be anything special at all. This is more of a book for knitters who very much enjoy knitting small toys, of course. For me, being a knitter who prefers making items of clothing, it is a book I am happy with as a gift, but I wouldn't ever buy.