I recently received the book Cast Iron, Cast On: Cooking and Knitting Through the Seasons by Becky Herrick and Calley Hastings from Cooperative Press to review. I am not being paid for this review. The book is for sale on Amazon for $26.95 or $16.95 for the Ravelry download.
To begin with, I loved the Table of Contents which shows pictures of each individual project. Chapters are divided into seasons and by the month showing the knit project(s) and recipe(s). Each season is also designated with a specific color which makes it easy to view. Recipes and patterns fit the New England climate. There were 16 patterns and 22 recipes.
The back of the book includes links to the yarn sources used in the book and also a list of abbreviations and their meanings used in the patterns.
There was a wide variety of the types of patterns from gift bags, accessories, to garments. The patterns were easy to read including the required skills needed to complete the project. Included were great photos of each project. Size ranges for garments were from XS to 5X which was fabulous along with how much positive or negative ease was expected. Schematics were give which are extremely handy especially when blocking. There were 11 of the 16 patterns that I would definitely want to make.
Some recipes were a little too advanced for my simple cooking skills but some were easy enough that I could be successful with them. Some of the recipes were intriguing enough that I might give them a try and expand my horizons.
I think this is a fun book to have and a great addition to any collection of knitting books. I believe it would help me grow as a knitter and a cook.
If you like the book and want to enter to win a digital copy, please leave a comment below by March 9 along with your Ravelry name or email address. I will draw a name on March 10 using a random number generator and the winner will get a digital copy of the book. Please check it out and let me know what you think!