Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitting book review


Knockout Knits
New Tricks for scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and other accessories
By Laura Nelkin

 5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
An abundance of knitted luxuries--summery lace shawls, warm and wooly hats, a trio of cool knitted bracelets, and stunning beaded gloves--designed to grow your skills.

Who doesn't love to knit accessories? They're fast, often require only a skein or two of yarn, and make amazingly versatile gifts for friends and family. Small knits are also the perfect way to try something new--an unusual stitch pattern, wild multi-colored yarn, or even a touch of sparkle. Laura Nelkin is well-known for designing these fun-to-knit little projects introducing her students and fans to advanced techniques with her signature "You can do it!" enthusiasm. In her first book, she shares her 3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs. The result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly day, or dress up a casual outfit--these are knockout projects to enjoy knitting again and again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Laura Nelkin, a prolific independent knitwear designer, graduated from Cornell with a degree in Apparel Design. A former design director, Laura sells her knit pattern and kit line to yarn stores worldwide and teaches workshops around the country and online with Craftsy.com. Her patterns have been published through Nelkin Designs, and in The Rhinebeck Sweater, Scarf Style 2, Knitscene, and Knitty. Laura lives near Ithaca, New York.
Visit her at www.nelkindesigns.com.

MY REVIEW -
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Well I was already a fan of Laura (We share the same hometown - Ithaca!), but this book is just plain fantastic! There are so many items I want to make.Everything in this book is good, there are no throwaways. I love this kind of knitting anyway - Lace knitting and cables. And I love knitting the small but more complicated stuff, socks, gloves, scarves, hats. I would rather knit those than sweaters any day.

Her directions are always excellent. The pictures are beautiful (full color and lots of them) and the diagrams and charts are perfect... need I say more?

This is one of my favorites! I can't wait to make this hat -
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this amazing knitting book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'm baaaaack!

Sorry I was MIA there for a while. We bought a new house and moved to a new state. We are still getting settled, but coming along.

I bought this specialty yarn a loooong time ago, like a couple yrs ago. I didn't know what I was going to do with it. I only bought it because it was on mega sale, like .99 per skein. And it was pretty.
I tried knitting with it but it was so slippery I couldn't really do much with it.
I decided to crochet a decorative scarf with it. I think its turning out nicely.

I haven't crocheted in a long time and it feels good to do it again.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Finished project!

I finished my tank sweater I was working on! I love it. It still needs to be blocked, but fits nicely.




This is the pattern that I used -
I had never used a Cascade pattern before and to be honest I don't know if I ever will again! Parts of this pattern were so confusing and I ended up doing it a little different just because I couldn't figure it out. I think it could have been written better, more clear.

But it did turn out nice and I am very happy with it!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Knitting book review!

5 Stars 

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Rethink traditional knitting with this groundbreaking collection of 25 sophisticated patterns for beautiful sweaters, jackets, and accessories from one of the most influential voices in knitwear design.

Award-winning author Nicky Epstein offers knitters of all skill levels adventurous, wearable projects that showcase innovative and clever construction and garment details. From a tunic created by weaving sections of knitting to a pullover featuring braided sleeve details, these patterns all offer interesting new twists on classic handknit designs. The stitches are easy, but the eye-opening results will challenge the way knitters think about this age-old craft. Each chapter focuses on one type of treatment, including innovative shaping, weaving, and braiding, directional knitting, or cutting-edge ways to use edgings and colorwork. Distilling her more than 30 years of knit design know-how, Nicky shares all the tricks of her trade in this gorgeous volume.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nicky Epstein, one of today's hottest knitwear designers, has gained international recognition for her innovative work, whimsical sense of style, and informative workshops. She has authored numerous books, including Knitting in Circles, Knitting Block by Block, Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers, Knitting On the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge, Knitting Beyond the Edge, and Knits for Barbie® Doll, among others. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue Knitting and many other knitting publications, as well as on television and at art exhibitions. 

MY REVIEW -
Absolutely gorgeous hard-cover book! 
This is not really a knitting book for beginners, but that's what I love about it! I am an advanced knitter and it is getting harder to find knitting books that are not just the basics.
This book has some BEAUTIFUL patterns! I am so excited to try some. Every pattern has several full color pictures and diagrams. I fully read through one of the patterns and there was nothing I didn't understand. It all seemed very straight forward and easy to follow. And at the end of course is the stitch glossary.

I think this book is very well done! Two thumbs up! I am also very excited to check out some of her others books as well. I don't believe I have seen any others by this designer.

Here are my favorite patterns -



And this one I really LOOOOOVE! I think I am going to try to make this later this year!

Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this Gorgeous book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Crocheting book review!

5 Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This fresh, fun guide from expert Dora Ohrenstein covers all of the basic crochet techniques and so much more, from choosing yarns to finishing! It includes more than 70 stitch-along swatches that each teach a particular technique, as well as five projects (a hat, shawl, neck warmer, bag, and scarf) that put those techniques to use. The swatches offer not just a variety of stitch patterns but also a variety of shapes and can serve as the building blocks for sophisticated and creative projects of your own design.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Dora's designs have been published in Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today, as well as in several pattern collection books. She has contributed articles to Crochet Insider, Yarn Market News, and Interweave Crochet and has completed two books--Crochet Insider's Passion for Fashion (Leisure Arts, 2008) and Creating Crochet Fabric (Lark, 2009).

MY REVIEW -
Excellent book for someone who wants to learn how to crochet (or someone who would like to learn more). This is one of the best teaching books I have seen! The descriptions and directions are excellent. There are tons of pictures that show the steps vividly and lots of diagrams.

*There are all the basics - chain, single crochet, double, treble, etc. it even shows you exactly how to count the stitches!
*There are a lot of stitches and patterns - loop stitch, clusters, Marguerite stitch, bobbles and puffs, fans stitches, cables and soooo much more! There are even some stitches in her I have not done! And I have been crocheting for years.
*Shaping and increasing and decreasing
*Crocheting in the round
*Using two (or more) colors
*Finishing - sewing the seams, weaving in the ends, edgings

And again - all the directions and pictures are excellent! I dare anyone to try this book and NOT learn how to crochet!
Herre are a few pics and diagrams -



 
Thank you Netgalley and Storey Publishing for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Nary a knitter or crocheter can resist making soft, snuggly things for babies. In Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers, the Berroco design team (led by superstar design director Norah Gaughan) cover all of the cozy bases, presenting blankets, sweaters, bonnets, and plush toys. Like the first book in the Comfort series—Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans—this one features 50 knit and crochet projects using the company’s bestselling, affordably priced Comfort and Vintage yarns. With project styles ranging from traditional pastels and Aran knits to midcentury modern color-blocking, and challenge levels ranging from beginner to advanced, there’s something for every knitter and crocheter—and every baby they love—in this beautiful collection.
 
MY REVIEW -
Great book! There is lots of variety in here. All kinds of patterns from clothes, hats, and blankets.
Tons of great full color adorable pictures!
I love that this is a combination Knitting/crocheting book. I guess if you only do one or the other - you might not be as excited, but I happen to do both - so I thought this was great!

Who doesn't love knitting or crocheting for a baby???? My daughter just got married last summer so I am in Grandbaby envy right now. I want all the knit and crochet patterns I can get my hands on! I am determined to have a whole stack of stuff made by the time that baby comes... someday! My future grandchildren will be so lucky!

Wonderful, easy to follow patterns with lots of pictures!
I definitely would make some stuff from this book!
But be aware - as I said - this is a combo knit/crochet book.

Here are a couple of my favorites (I dare you to look at these and not say "awwww")


Oh my gosh! Adorable, am I right?

Thanks Netgalley and "Open Road Integrated Media" for sending me this e-book for my honest review!
 
Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Crochet book reviews

4 Stars! 

ABOUT THE BOOK -
For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans features 50 patterns for these cozy blankets, made with Berroco Comfort yarn—an affordable, ultra-soft acrylic/nylon blend—and designed by the Berroco team, headed by Norah Gaughan. The book includes something for everyone: The designs range from ultra-modern to traditional, from spare to embellished, and are inspired by sources as varied as Scottish tweeds, Japanese Ikat, and Delft pottery. Intended for knitters and crocheters of every skill level, this collection brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan.

MY REVIEW -
Very nice book! There are 50 patterns in this book! So you are bound to find a few you like. 
Very good, easy to follow instructions.
Bright, full color pictures for every pattern! Yay!
Lots of variety, every pattern is different and unique.

There are a few in here that I definitely want to make! Some of these could even be made smaller to make into a shawl! Which I know are real popular right now.

This is one of my favorites, I just love the whole patchwork quilt look of it. -

And I love this one as well -

Thank you Netgalley and "Open Road Integrated Media" for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get you copy from Amazon - HERE

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product. This sampler from Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans is intended for crocheters of every skill level, and brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan. 

MY REVIEW -
This is a very small book, 19 pages with only three patterns. I really only liked one of the patterns. The other two were kind of plain to me.
But - the directions for all three seemed very good! There were very nice full color pictures - so bravo for that.
Basically - look at the cover, if you like what you see - buy the book! Its only $1.99 on Amazon so well worth it even if you are only making one.

Thanks Netgalley and "Open Road Integrated Media" for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get yours from Amazon - HERE