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Style Your Brand. Book Review. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope the first week of 2019 treated you kindly and you enjoyed some free time! I am starting the year with new projects in mind, new books and yarns. Style Your Brand is the book that I bought by recommendation of one of my favorite editorials – Veter – that always has great articles on how to build the job of your dreams and make it actually work for you.

As for yarn, I am starting to swatch with cloud-like soft alpaca by Knit One Crochet Too. I worked with this company last year and their gorgeous linen/silk/hemp blend that turned into Wings sweater. Covet is a very different from Daisy yarn, perfect for cozy sweaters and cardigans. It comes in the wide range of colors, but I decided to go with my usual neutral color scheme and chose Pewter which is dark grey.

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

 

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

What I loved about this yarn immediate, apart from its incredible softness, is that it can be knit in various gauges, depending on what look you want to achieve – airy and lightweight or more dense. The even gauge is achieved better on the wooden/bamboo needles, as the thread is pretty slippery. Covet will work great with classic simple stitch patterns and will create a wonderful drape.

Covet Alpaca Yarn. The Gift Of Knitting

Coming back to the book… Style Your Brand is a book by Fiona Humberstone who has created brand identity for numerous companies. I always wondered how to present your business that will reflect so many aspects – your vision, what you want to bring to the client, your style… Something that after looking at can be immediately associated with your name and work. I have been thinking about this for a long time – how I want to present my website, my patterns and me, as a person, behind it. I do not want it to be polished, but impersonal, I want my clients and readers to “see” me behind the words and images. But before hiring someone to help me with that, I want to understand myself first what the perfect brand style recipe is made of. This book is a great guide to start with in my opinion and its principles can be applied to absolutely any kind of business you are running. Using various brands as an example, Fiona breaks down each company’s identity into parts – logos, colors, typography, materials used, etc. – and explains how each of these parts contribute to the image of the brand. A great bonus is the layout of the book – it is so well done and such a pleasure to flip through its pages!

Style Your Brand. Book Review. The Gift Of Knitting

Have a wonderful Sunday today!


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By |2019-01-06T06:22:56-07:00January 6th, 2019|Books, Yarn|2 Comments

Cables and Chocolate

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

My hands were devoted to YOTH yarns for the past several weeks. I will be happy to share with you soon what I have been up to in the knitting department 🙂 Meanwhile I would love to introduce you to Daughter yarn in Chocolate shade. As you can see, the skeins are much smaller that the Natural Vanilla one that I shared with you in July. I love how YOTH offers you the choice – you can get either the standard generous 330 yds size or go with mini, which is 165 yds, depending on what you need for your project.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I love this shade so much and it turned out even better in real life than in photos – those tiny white speckles add more “life” to the fabric and make the whole knitting process much more engaging. It is perfect for simple stockinette stitch knits with minimum texture.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

One more thing that makes my knitter’s heart sing is this amazing book that I have just ordered – Knitted Cable Sourcebook by Norah Gaughan. Being obsessed with cables, I can’t believe I didn’t get it before!! I actually saw its copy for the first time during my trip to St Petersburg, but the idea of adding so much weight to my luggage didn’t really appeal to me, so I waited until I came back home and ordered it right away. I was not disappointed!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

Apart from amazing cable stitch source, this book is a treat to the eye! Neutral colors, luxurious textures, beautiful layout – it is the perfect coffee table book if you need some inspiration.

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

In Knitted Cable Sourcebook the cables instructions are both charted and written row by row. Each photo of the swatch just makes you want to grab your needles as soon as possible! Apart from the stitches collection, the book breaks down the basics of cable knitting – from how to read the charts to fixing mistakes in your knitting. It also includes 15 projects that you can use to practice your cable knitting skills!

Cable Knitting. The Gift Of Knitting.

I hope you will have a wonderful weekend! I don’t have any major plans this weekend, just working, walking and dinner with friends.


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By |2018-09-28T07:02:39-07:00September 28th, 2018|Books, Knitting, Yarn|2 Comments

Yarn Along

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

Happy Wednesday! This month I decided to join Ginny’s Yarn Along again to share what I am reading and some knit update. It’s been awhile since I read anything in Russian and I missed it so much – I love the diverse and unique Russian literature. The main reason is that it is not easy to get the book in the original language for the reasonable price when you are on the other side of the world. And though I love the feeling of holding the real book in my hands, my new Kindle definitely has its advantages. I am almost done with Yefremov’s Bull’s Hour – it is a third book in trilogy, a sequel of Andromeda Nebula and The Heart of the Serpent. It is a space fiction tale that portraits the utopia world where people on Earth reached the perfect state of the government, where there were no wars, nations, weather cataclysms, etc, all people had great health and devoted themselves to science and work. Though it does contain lots of communist propaganda, it is still a fascinating read with great ideas and interesting point of view of what it would be like to have the society like that. It is like the opposite of Orwell’s 1984.

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

As for knitting I am working on a summer sweater in Daisy yarn and using the cutest stitch markers from Creating with Sticks. There is a test knit going on of my cardigan that I designed awhile ago for YOTH yarns and one of the testers were using these markers – I ordered them immediately!

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

 

The markers come in two sizes – the bigger size can fir the needle up to US 17 needle! And I am even wearing one as a ring right now, because they are just too adorable!

Knitting Blog. The Gift Of Knitting

Visit Yarn Along to pick up ideas for a good book and a knitting project!


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By |2018-04-04T05:39:25-07:00April 4th, 2018|Books, Knitting|7 Comments

Japanese Knitting

A couple of months ago I saw the review of Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible  book at Knitted Bliss. Julie presented it in such an alluring way that I immediately ordered the book! First of all, it is just beautiful to look at. I am so judging it by the cover, because it is stunning – intricate textured stitch pattern in neutral shade just makes you open it and browse for more. The content didn’t disappoint me either – 250+ unique stitch patterns presented in minimalist format.

Hitomi Shida created absolutely magical stitch patterns, from lace to cables – each of them is a small masterpiece. What I also like about them is that each pattern consists of several elements and you can easily “break it down” and use just a part of a pattern if it seems too busy for this or that particular project. I did something similar when designing Journey sweater a couple of years ago – browsing through a huge collection of stitch patterns and “filtering out” the elements that appealed to be and then putting the puzzle together. Now I have a great resource that I am sure I will come back to again and again.

Actually one of the elements in a beautiful stitch pattern caught my attention and I can’t wait to “draw” it on this merino fabric. 

It is worth mentioning that Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible doesn’t provide any step-be-step written instructions – only charts! All the symbols are explained in a detailed and clear way and some techniques are showed in the tutorials at the end of the book. Personally, being a visual knitter and always knitting from a chart, I love this approach – it allows to fit in more information in a less cluttered way, but if you prefer knitting from the written instructions, you might find it challenging at first to use this book.

I hope you are having a great weekend!


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By |2018-03-11T07:35:53-07:00March 11th, 2018|Books, Knitting|24 Comments

Vogue Knitting. Review and Giveaway.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I got my first Vogue Knitting. The Ultimate Knitting Book. more than three years ago, it was a beautiful edition in golden tones and one of my first big knitting reference books. I loved it dearly until a huge hurricane hit the town and half of my library was sinking in water. When I was contacted with the offer to write the review for the brand new edition of this great book, I immediately said yes, because I knew it would be amazing and something that you will also like!

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

300+ pages of completely revised and updated information on all kinds of aspects of knitting – starting from supplies and introduction to basic stitches to designing your own projects. It is jam packed with information in a very easy and comprehensive format both in written and visual forms. And apart from its practical use, it is just a great coffee table book – absolutely in love with the new cover design and its sleek pages with beautiful photos and illustrations.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I love how universal Vogue Knitting is – both complete beginners and advanced knitters will find it useful. One of the new sections for more advanced crafters are the chapters on hat, glove, sock and shawl design and construction – 100+ pages on knitwear design! This section reveals the logic behind the design, breaks it down for you in a very easy to grasp visual form and walks you through the whole process. So, if you have been dreaming of putting your ideas into shape, but were lost where to start, you will find your answers here.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

The book formatting is very user friendly – each section has its own specific color which makes it very easy to navigate. All the information is in the right place in the right time – photos, illustrations, step-by-step written instructions, schematics, charts – the editors used all the tools possible to present you each concept in the best way.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

I really love this quote from Elizabeth Zimmerman at the end of the book… Yes, we, knitters, are very fortunate.

Vogue Knitting. Ultimate Knitting Book.

GIVEAWAY

And of course, I cannot leave you without a chance to win a copy! Please, leave a comment under this post to enter the giveaway. The giveaway is open to US, Canada and Mexico until 25th of February! Good luck!!

The giveaway is closed! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, 28th of February!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!


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By |2018-02-25T09:08:58-07:00February 14th, 2018|Books, Knitting|63 Comments

Add One Stitch Knitting. Structure.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

As Add One Stitch Knitting is already available for sale, I thought I would tell you a little bit more about the structure of the book and how you can use it.

The book is aimed at beginners. The main goal is to introduce you to the knit textures in a detailed and simple way and to show how learning just knit and purl stitches can open you the realm of diverse kinds of textured fabric. The book starts with techniques that are presented in both written and visual form – you will need them in your further projects.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

The next section is The Lessons. Each lesson consists of an explanation of a stitch you are about to learn, that is to say the nature of the stitch, how it will behave in different kinds of yarn and for what projects it is more suitable. Then you will find a very detailed, step by step guide of how to knit the stitch. After you get the idea, you can make the practice piece/swatch. And as you get more confident, you can move on to the actual project to put your new skills to action!

There are 15 simple and quick to make patterns for the scarf, pillow cover, hats, leg warmers, headband, cowls, blankets, phone case, pot holders, mitts, a bag and a summer top.

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

You can work through the book either step-by-step, lesson by lesson, which means learning the techniques, then getting to know a new stitch, practicing it and finally making a project, using it. Or you can first find the project that appeals to you the most, something you can’t wait to make and start learning techniques just for this particular project – each pattern includes the list of techniques used with the number of a page indicated, so you can easily find them. And you can move from there – learn the technique that you will need just for this particular project that you want to make, practice the stitch used in the pattern and start the project itself!

Add One Stitch Knitting by Alina Schneider

Though the book has been written for the absolute beginners in mind, those who have been knitting for awhile can also use it for those times when you are craving for some simple, one-page pattern that you can work on while binge watching your favorite show 🙂

I really hope Add One Stitch Knitting will make you fall in love with knit textures over and over again!


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By |2018-02-07T10:44:14-07:00February 7th, 2018|Books, Knitting|2 Comments
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