9/22/12

Knitting books from Netgalley

Knitting For Baby - Melanie Falick & Kristin Nicholas

 ABOUT THE BOOK -
 Knitting for Baby provides knitters of all levels with everything they need to create handmade expressions of love for those special babies in their lives. Master hand-knitting designer Kristin Nicholas and bestselling author Melanie Falick offer 30 fresh, irresistible designs sized for infants to two-year-olds, step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and a comprehensive how-to-knit section for those new to the craft. From booties and blankets to toys and sweaters, the exquisite projects showcase contemporary colors and luscious natural fibers that are as soft as a baby’s skin.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS - 
Kristin Nicholas is the author of Kids’ Embroidery (STC), as well as Knitting Today’s Classics, Knitting the New Classics, and Colorful Stitchery. She was named one of Vogue Knitting’s master knitters of the 1990s and is one of the foremost hand-knitting designers and colorists in the country. For 16 years, Nicholas was the creative director of Classic Elite Yarns. She lives on a sheep farm in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Melanie Falick, publishing director of STC Craft, is the author of Handknit Holidays, Knit: A Personal Handbook, and Knitting for Baby (with Kristin Nicholas) (all STC), plus Kids Knitting and Knitting in America—with more than 400,000 books in print. Melanie Falick wrote Knitting for Baby with Kristin Nicholas. She lives in Dutchess County, NY.

MY REVIEW -
I was a little disappointed in this book.To me this seemed more like a "how-to" book rather than a pattern book, which is great if you are a beginner. I am a very experienced knitter so I found this book lacking. There were a couple of cute patterns but for the most part it was just too simple for me.
I normally love Melanie Falick's knitting books, so I found this to be disappointing.

For a beginner - this has lots to offer you! Very easy patterns, great instructions. It has in-depth descriptions on the basics with lots of nice colored pictures. There are also clear drawings and graphs with the instructions.

For an experienced knitter - 2 Stars
For a beginner - 4 Stars
So I am rounding it off and giving it a 3 star rating.


Knitting 24/7 - Véronik Avery

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Women who love to knit are determined to find time to practice their craft, despite the many roles they fulfill throughout the day. They knit while traveling or commuting, while waiting for their kids, while socializing. Times like these call for projects that are easily transportable and have stitch patterns that are simple to memorize.
Véronik Avery has created 30 such projects for Knitting 24/7, a collection of stylish clothing and accessories that make use of those “in-between” times when we’re busy, yet our hands are free. Ranging from sweaters, scarves, and shrugs to hats and mitts, the projects represent both what women want to wear and what they actually have time to knit. The book’s gorgeous color photographs capture women in a range of settings—a morning at work, a dinner with friends, a relaxing weekend afternoon—evoking the time of day when each wardrobe item might be worn.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Véronik Avery is the author of Knitting Classic Style (STC, 2007). Her work has appeared in the books Weekend Knitting, Handknit Holidays, Reversible Knitting (all STC), and Wrap Style, and the magazines Interweave Knits and Woman’s Day. She is the owner of St-Denis Yarns, a new yarn line distributed by Classic Elite Yarns. Avery lives in Montreal.

MY REVIEW -
This book had a few nice patterns that I thought I would knit.There are nice colored pictures and clear easy instructions.  I liked that there were several pictures of the same item. Giving you a clear view of what it looks like.
There is quite a variety of items to knit in this book.
There are shawls, sweaters, socks, mittens, hats and even things for the home. There were a couple nice pillows patterns.
I actually took this book out of the library so I could get a better look at it. And I have to say it does come across better in book form than it does on my nook. There was a hat I thought I didn't like but when I saw it in the actual book I liked it!

This is a nice all round mid-level knitting book with a wide range of patterns. It has something for every one.

I am giving this book a 4 Star rating.

Thank you Netgalley and Open Road Media for both of these e-books to review!
  

4 comments:

  1. Confession: I secretly keep hoping you do a contest for pink socks ;)

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    1. Hahahaha OK, I'll keep that in mind.
      You mean pink baby sock, or pink adult socks?

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  2. Great reviews...some books are geared more to the beginner and some for the experienced....i thought your reviews were accurate.
    RJB

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  3. I'm afraid I'm a total failure at knitting. Knitting needles would be dangerous in my hands ;-)

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