I first came across Nudinits on Facebook, I am fairly certain it was a couple of years ago now, and I remember being irrevocably charmed by the humour, detail, and downright candid nature of the villagers in the oh-so-aptly named town Woolly Bush. Every time they appear on my feed, or I just need cheering up, I could rely on Nudinits to bring a smile to my face!
So when Pavillion Books got in touch with me to ask if I would like to review the new book, from creator Sarah Simi, I was delighted to say yes please-with-a-suggestive-cherry-on-top!*
If you haven't figured it out yet, everyone in the town of Nudinits is rather naked. There will be an expertly placed vegetable or tool placed every now and then (just see those watermelons on the front cover) but you get your fair share of naughty in this book! Just think of the mature content tab on Ravelry if you need a reference point. Man I do love a grown-up and rude knitting topic!
The book is a fun mix of funny, staged photos - which are always of the highest quality, with ridiculous attention to detail and so so funny - and 20 knitting patterns, including the patterns to knit the stars of the book themselves, Bernard and Barbara! Bernie and Babs (they strike me as the type of Nudinits that wouldn't mind nicknames) are a retired couple, who spend most of their days tottering around the house doing 'retired life' activities (knitting, gardening, DIY - the dream bascially) and chatting with other Nudinits in town (perhaps popping down to The Ram Inn or St Angora's Church - hey, it's not all nude jokes in this book!).
It's so much fun just flicking through the book, and spending time chuckling at the comments while spotting something new in the detail of each picture every time; one of my favourites has to be in an image of Bernie gardening, he is expertly placed behind the garden gnome, who also happens to be naked and manages to cover both, ahem, WILLIES with his fishing rod. It is SO MUCH FUN!
Patterns galore are included in the book, which don't disappoint in terms of their charm and attention to detail. And considering you get Bernie and Babs' patterns too, you get so much more than the promised 20 because the person's anatomy has extra bits and pieces (seriously, when you buy the book, read the suggested knitting note on Bernie's willy, you will not be disappointed!) I can't wait to find an excuse to knit my own Babs with some accessories!
You might think that this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, but believe you me this is up the street of EVERY knitter! No matter who I have shown the book too or talked to about it, they've all of them laughed jovially at some joke or other in the book or online. Even though everything about the book centres of the nude (we could all do with being a little more open about human anatomy if you ask me, but that is getting close to what some people might deem 'politics', so I will back away slowly now) it is NEVER crude, and NEVER rude. I don't know how it does it, there are naked people everywhere and its just never crude, always charming and funny and I love it.
I am really so happy that I have this book now. It would make a perfect present for the knitter in your life that really appreciates a joke and humouring knitting (who doesn't) and, basically, it is ridiculously clever and a whole lot of fun!
Nudinits; Bare-bottomed fun from the village of Woolly Bush by Sarah Simi
£9.99, Pavillion Books
£9.99, Pavillion Books