New Books Added to My Library

Ok, so I promised myself that I would not add any new knitting or crochet books to my personal library for awhile because I had actually purchased quite a few over the past months but, I failed 😦 However, one book actually wasn’t a purchase but, a gift from my sister Alison so, I am not guilty for that one 😉 And my Dad bought me another book but, I am kinda guilty of that one because I asked him for it.

So, here they are…

Modern Knits, Vintage Style – This was purchased at Hastings Bookstore and it was a used book. So, it only cost me $5. And I couldn’t pass up a book with gorgeous, vintage, and elegant patterns for only $5. So, I bought it and I am happy that I scooped it up.

modern knits vintage style

Knitting Stitches – I love this book! I want to one day design my own garments so, this book is  a great resource for different stitch patterns. It was bought at Hastings Bookstore too and it was used. So, I only spent $5 on this too! That is a great deal for over 300 stitch patterns. And I actually did pass up this book a previous time when I was at the bookstore but, when I went back many weeks later it was still there so, it was meant for me.

knitting stitches 2

Coastal Knits – Now this book was an absolute surprise addition! I was talking to my sister about this gorgeous book and how I had been planning to add it to my library since the day it came out. I had planned on ordering it but, it kept being put off. Every single pattern in the book calls to me but, it was this one particular pattern that I dream of making…the Rocky Coast Cardigan. So, while we were at the Sit N’ Knit at the Yarnhouse Studio this past Saturday she up and bought it for me! I was ecstatic!

coastal knits

Sweater Design in Plain English – Now this book was bought brand new and full price by me at Books-A-Million (well, I did get a 10% discount with my card). It is pretty much self-explanatory. I want to know how sweaters are designed and constructed. So, I feel this would be a great resource for breaking it down. I am really excited to delve into this book.

sweater design in plain english

Now these next additions are not really books but, just little bonuses…

Stitch Nation, Collection 1 – This is more of a booklet that features knit and crochet designs. This was purchased at Michael’s because I was there to pick up some size 8 16-inch circular needles (which I later found out, I already had a pair hiding in my knitting bag). It was only $4 and my Dad got it for me.

stitch nation

Knitscene, Fall 2013 – This is actually a magazine but, I still try to limit how many magazines I purchase because they will take up space. This is the reason, I don’t ever see myself subscribing to a magazine because I can’t have that many come to my house and every issue is not guaranteed to have great designs. However, this issue was phenomenal! I want to make everything out of it and I am still having a really hard time deciding what to do first. We shall see…

knitscene fall 2013

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Book Review: Sweater Girls

Sweater_girls_lgI have been purchasing quite a few craft books in the past few months. It is for that reason that I am now on a break from purchasing more. (Even though, I have been really wanting to purchase Blueprint Sweater by Robyn Chachula)

But, on to the review. If you know me, then you would know I love all things vintage, antique, old, whatever you may call it. So, when I was browsing the books in the Needlecraft section of Books-A-Million I knew I had to purchase it. They took old patterns from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and they put them in this book. I think there are about two new designs in the book but, they also have a vintage feel to it.

Pros:

1. A nice number of vintage sweaters. There are also some gorgeous knitted stockings, a fair isle hat, a lace skirt, and some elegant wristers.

2. Nice instructions (I have read over a few but, I have yet to do a pattern yet.)

3. Very diverse. As aforementioned the patterns are from the 1940s – 1950s so, they are all the same style.

4. Beautiful and inspiring photos. They kept with the vintage feel but, still you can really see yourself wearing the style in today’s era.

Cons:

1. All of the patterns use fingering yarn except, the wristers (sport yarn). So, for me that means I have to order because there aren’t really any yarn stores in my area. I am limited to the department stores. But, KnitPicks really answers this call.

2. The patterns are mainly worked flat so, there will be a bit of seaming and a lot of finishing.

Future projects from the book I plan on making are: Clara Bow Panel Sweater, Vivien Sweater, Great Lacy Wristwarmers

Below I have featured a few of my favorite designs:

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Amazon Gift: One Skein Wonders…Book 1 and Book 2

one skein wonders 1 and 2A co-worker gave me the sweetest gift…an Amazon gift card! If you know me, then you know that I absolutely ADORE Amazon. I mean it is the place for everything you can think of with even better deals than most places.

So, my mind was wracking with the many options of what to buy. Should I get a DVD, some fiction by my favorite author, or some craft books? Well, you know the craft books won, right? So, then I was like what type of craft book? Should it be knit, crochet, felting, quilting, cardmaking, etc? Well, I narrowed it down to knit or crochet (or both).

After previewing so many (and I do mean many) books, I finally made a decision. One Skein Wonders: 101 Yarn Shop Favorites and 101 Designer One Skein Wonders

The reasons I chose these books: (1) they feature knit with some crochet (2) each book has over 100 designs (3) they feature projects that can be made using one skein…thrifty (3) the projects are not complex, which means they won’t require too much time (4) because the projects can be worked up quickly, they would make great gifts (5) the pictures and outline of the book were very detailed

Expect my official review sometime in the future…

I am so excited about these books!

Book Review: Knit Red, Stitching for Women’s Heart Health

knit red 2I first Knit Red, Stitching for Women’s Heart Health advertised in my Vogue Knitting magazine. I thought it looked like a great book with a great cause and with some gorgeous patterns. So, I then checked out the book on Ravelry so, I could get a look at all the patterns and I fell in love. As soon as it came out, I scooped it up in Books-A-Million for about $20. Great deal! Let me just tell you a few things about this book…

The book features 31 patterns from the top designers in the knitting world. I’ll just name a few from the top of my head: Deborah Norville, Debbie Bliss, Debbie Stoller, Deborah Newton, Nicky Epstein, and so many more! And let me just say they really brought their A-game with these designs. The designs are so beautiful–ranging from a skill level of Easy – Experienced. The designs feature lace, cables, texture, simple stockinette stitch, and so much more. They are beautifully displayed with that gorgeous red color. Every pattern in the book is in red as a tribute to Heart Disease.

The book doesn’t just stop with the gorgeous knits, it really gives useful information on Heart Disease. Heart Disease is the number one killer on women in the United States. I must admit that I didn’t even know this. It really raised my awareness. The book features information on how we can lead healthier lifestyles, the designers tell us how Heart Disease affected their lives, they provide heart healthy recipes, and other resources on preventative measures. I am so happy that this book is helping to spread the awareness for Heart Disease.

I dream of making about 99% of the patterns in this book but, here are my top picks: (1) Cabled Knee Highs by Deborah Norville (2) Dolman Sleeve Sweater by Debbie Bliss (3) Heart Motif Mitts by Debbie Stoller (4) Modular Dress by Maie Landra (5) Cowl Neck Vest by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

I’ll leave you with a few inspiring pictures of the designs from the book…

a line hoodiecabled knee highshome spa setone shoulder tunicslip stitch beret

 

Book Review: Granny Square Love by Sarah London

The story of me and this book…So, I first saw this book in Hobby Lobby quite a few months back. I thought the book was absolutely gorgeous. I mean the pictures are out of this world phenomenal. The book is just filled with yummy, bright colors. And there were so many vast patterns to really make your space one of a kind. But, I put the book back down thinking, I can make a granny square with no problem and don’t really need this book to tell me how. Maybe later…

So, I would continue to go back to Hobby Lobby and Books-A-Million and I kept picking up the book then, putting it back down. I promise you I did this about 10 times. My sister, April, was even getting so over me picking the book up then, changing my mind. She kept trying to convince me to go ahead and purchase it. Finally, one day I was in Books-A-Million again and I took the plunge. I am so glad that I did!!!

I absolutely LOVE this book! It is simply amazing how Sarah London took the basic granny square to the next level. Who knew you could do so much with the granny square?!?! She has patterns for stool covers, a headboard, teapot cozy, napkin holders, grocer tote, and so much more! I find myself constantly looking in the book and struggling with what to make.

Over the weekend, I started making her granny square stockings since it is Christmas season. I plan on making two in deep green. One for me and the other for my sister, April to put in the living room of our apartment. I have finished mine already and I am currently working on hers (pics coming soon).

Below are just a few of my favorite patterns from the book…