Saturday, January 23, 2010

Review 1: New Pathways for Sock Knitters

Sock knitting is something that seems to come along in every knitters create.
Most of us believe that Sockyarn is not stash.
There for, we should want to use up all that non-stash from time to time.

In Cat Bordhi's book New Pathways for Sock Knitters we have a ton of ways to create with our sock yarn. What she tries to do in the book is create a way of thinking about the structure of the knit sock.

Now the ideas of this book are pretty good. The increases that she uses Linc/Rinc are a nice way to make stitches with out holes. The diagrams that show how to use two circs is pretty nice too. Though I don't think that's the method for me.

The designs are good, the charts for working socks for your own feet are understandable (which is more than some).

I did the Woven Ridge Socks socks. They turned out well. The get a bit droopy on my caff but otherwise they fit quite well.

The one thing that I'm critical of is the lay out of the book. Some of the instructions get a bit muddled. There are cut outs and instructions and sometimes it feels like a chose your own adventure book.

I did my homework.
I started at the very beginning of the book and knit the first baby bootee fallowing
the pattern word for word. Well, mostly.

Starting from the beginning of the book is the best way to figure out the way that Miss Cat thinks about the socks. If you try jumping around in the patterns, well the chose your own adventure aspect of the book gets more pronounced.

All in all a good book to have in your arsenal.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Patterns doing good.

Ysolda Teague is a great knit designer.
This month she is donating 50% of her profits from pattern sales to DWB.
Click on the picture to fallow to her Whimsical Little Knits 2 page on Ravelry.

I have also been eyeing Sarah Barbour's Kimono Top for a while.
She is donating 100% of her profits to StC.

What better time to pick up some patterns that you have been looking at.
You will be doing good as well.

This weekend I'm going to sit down and write up a review of the book below.

I have knit a few of the patterns and I have read all the instructions.
I think it will be a good way to start off this new year direction of the blog.
I'm even going to start a new baby sock or 2 to prep for this.
That's right, I do my homework... sometimes.

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Year, new direction

There is a lot of snow on the ground. To much in fact. All the snow never makes me feel like it's a new year. Spring, that's when the year starts again for me.

But for the sake of blogging more, I will make a "New Year Resolution". I am going to start reviewing my knitting/crafting books. I need a reason to justify the compultion i have to buy craft books. If they are well designed, they just call out to me. I'm going to make it a monthly thing. Maybe the last Monday of the month.

Now it I really get cracking, I'm going to review tools and yarn and patterns as well. Though I'm just going to start with books. No over doing it right off the bat.

On another note, the marshmallows have defeeted me. I don't know if it's the fact that my mixer can't go as fast as it should. Or if i'm not leaving it to sit as long as I should. I've decided that if I need some, I'm just going to buy my hand made marshmallows from some folks that know what they are doing. I found this great maker to try.

Well that's all for now. Keep an eye out for the book review.