Monday, June 17, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Finer Edge

Another wonderful and useful book by a well-known crochet designer Kristin Omdahl.




It is a combination of a dictionary of special edgings and beautiful designs where these edgings are applied.  Any crocheter who wants to polish some skills or looking for ideas will be very pleased with Kristin's innovative techniques. It is a reference book that you can treasure.

Please read to the very end and you will see that there is a surprise waiting for you.

What's inside:

Almost half of the book is the dictionary of edgings. They are broken into 4 groups: Top-Down, Bottom-up, Side-to-Side, and Miscellaneous. Each begins with a photo and followed by a detailed and clear written instruction, and ends with a very well-done chart. It is your choice what to follow. 

Not only you have a lot to choose from, you also get suggestions on how to mix and match these edgings for your projects. Do you want to learn how to turn the corner? It is right there on page 9. 


This shows how to use the edging right on the fabric



A few edgings from this book

I can see how you can apply practically any of the edgings to adorn a knitted or a crochet project. Just use a simple overall stitch pattern and finish with one of these edgings and you got a winner.

In the second part of the book Kristin is helping us to see how actually we can use her dictionary. Since she is a wonderful designer, her projects in this book are original, beautiful, and stylish.

Here are some of my favorites for you to see and admire.


Ephesus cowl


Petra Wrap skirt


Palmira Shawl


Memphis Bag
There is so much more to enjoy and learn as you are working with this book. It is not the book to look at and  put back on the shelf. It is the one to use over and over again for many different projects. I love books like this. It will never go out of style since you are adding a chosen edging to your stylish project. I highly recommend this book for any person interested in crochet.

And now the surprise you were waiting for.

I am having a giveaway of this book. Interweave Press kindly provided a copy of the book for my readers. There are 3 places where you can leave a comment about this book or what you would like to make and why this book is especially useful to you.
Here is where you can leave your comment:
1. Here on my blog;
2. On my twitter account @inasilver 
3. In my Ravelry group FGDesigns (become a member)

You can choose to leave a comment in all three places and triple your chance to win this book.

THE DEADLINE  is July 27th (my daughter's birthday :) ) 

Good luck! I hope you win!


FG: I am sorry that I did not announce it here, but I postponed the date since we did not get as many responses as I hoped :( This book is wonderful and I am surprised that we have only 3 comments on the blog and some on Twitter. All in all we had 9 comments. I gave each a number starting with my blog as 1, 2,  and 3. 
Now, when you are not waiting anymore :) , I am announcing the winner of this book. I use the random number generator http://www.random.org and the number I got is 2. 

So, the author of the comment number 2 , Edith,  is the winner of this lovely book!! Congratulations!!

Edith, please contact me and give me your mailing address. I will send you the book right away. 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Knit Red



Laura Zander, founder of Jimmy Beans Wool has gathered up 30 superstar designers from around the world to awe and inspire in the book Knit Red.  This book is part of the stitch red campaign, a partnership between Jimmy Beans Wool and many other companies in the fiber arts industry, compiled to help raise awareness of heart disease in women. Needless to say that all designs are done in different red yarns. Even from this point of view the book is very interesting and artistic. You do not get tired looking at so many red garments and accessories.

Knit Red starts off strong with a beautiful preview of all of the designs in the book and on what page they can be found.  I always liked this feature in books. It makes it so easy to navigate. What caught my interest was that with every design there was a profile of the designer.  I felt like I got to know each designer on a personal level.  Their stories inspired me to make heart healthy decisions in my life. 

    

Though most of the designs in the book are not ideal for beginners this should not deter the novice knitter.  The section called knitting know-how contains all the information needed for any beginner to move up a level in their knitting.   Laura included basic stitches, cast-ons, cables, yarn overs, bind offs, and even how to use double pointed needles and circular needles.  The pictures and instructions are very clear and techniques are so well explained that I feel a knitter of any level would find this useful. You can start with a smaller project and progress to a more intricate one learning a new technique or two on a way.


So, let’s look at some of the patterns that caught my eye

Beaded lace shawl by Andrea Jurgrau


 Multipattern Mittens by Jared Flood

Leaf lace sweater by Deborah Newton



Cabled Cardi by Norah Gaughan



Cabled Knee-Highs by Deborah Norville



The list goes on and on...  

Another great aspect is the section called Heart-healthy Living.  It contains shocking heart disease facts, questions for you to ask your doctor, and recipes for some delicious health conscious meals.   All in all,  I found this book inspirational for both my knitting and my health.