I bought the Kindle version of this book because I was mainly interested in the designer bios so than the patterns It s a really nice collection, and I enjoyed reading about how each of the individuals featured came to be knit designers I can think of enough other popular knit bloggers that would make a wonderful Volume 2 for this Interestingly, but not all together unexpectedly, almost every bio sang the praises of Ravelry as being instrumental to their successes In that way, the book may have been about individual designers, but it was just as much a love story, so to speak, for Jess Casey s brain child Personally, I d have enjoyed reading a chapter about them, as well. I m of mixed minds about this book, which is why it s a middling 3 stars from me Pros Good diversity of designers represented Definitely different personalities of designs, so a wealth of inspirations A bunch of my favorite designers were in here, as well as some new names to look up on Ravelry Always good to broaden my knitting influences I don t think I d make many of the patterns just personal taste and needs but I did really like the Global Cable Coat, the Orchid Thief Shawlette, and the Foxgloves Lovely photography from Jared FloodCons The biographies of the bloggers got a little repetitive after a while Especially when it was 2 3 pages for each one Though I haven t made any of the patterns yet, I checked her website for errata There were a good number of errors, actually 10 of the 26 patterns had something to correct Nearly half While there was a lot of design variety, there wasn t a lot of variety in the skill levels represented Of the 13 garments, only 1 beginner, 2 easy, and 1 advanced the rest were intermediate The 13 accessories were even worse 3 easy, 2 advanced, 8 intermediate, and no beginner at all When so many new knitters are coming to the craft via the Internet, seems like it would make sense to have a bit variety in the experience levels represented especially for a book focusing on blogging designers.Overall, that puts this book in my Glad the Library Has It, But Not One For My Home Collection category Certainly worth a look, but would rather just borrow it if when I ever get around to knitting the Orchid Thief. Brave New Knits By Julie Turjoman, Cofounder Of Ravelry Is The First Book To Celebrate The Convergence Of Traditional Hand Knitting And Modern Technology The Internet Has Made It Possible For The Knitting Community To Connect Through Photos, Pattern Sharing, And Blogs That Document The Knitting Projects And Passions Of Dozens Of Designers And Enthusiasts With A Foreword Written By Jessica Marshall Forbes, Co Founder Of Ravelry, Brave New Knits Includes Must Have Garment And Accessory Patterns, All Gorgeously Photographed By Knitting Celebrity Jared Flood Of Brooklyn Tweed Contributors Range From Established Designers Like Norah Gaughan, Wendy Bernard, Anne Hanson, And Knitgrrl Shannon Okey, To Rising Stars Such As Melissa Wehrle, Connie Chang Chinchio, And Hilary Smith Callis In Depth Interviews With The Designers Reveal Their Design Philosophy And Passions From Shapely Sweaters And Delicate Shawls To Fingerless Gloves And Stylish Hats, Each Of The Knitted Designs Features Detailed Directions And Charts To Inspire Both The Beginner And Experienced Knitter I like to collect patterns about as much as I like to collect pretty yarns, pretty beads, pretty paper, well pretty anything really, so I couldn t believe my luck when Rodale Books offered the digital version of Brave New Knits through NetGalley for reviewers I m thinking teehee, it s sooo good to do reviews Yum, yum, another good treat More on that later.The Brave part of the title is that it has a short bio on several of www.Ravelry.coms pioneers and then an original pattern from each designer They were a bit ahead of their time in that they had the foresight to use modern technology of the web with the ancient fiberart Very smart ladies, wouldn t you say This part of Brave New Knits was a very enjoyable read.I couldn t wait to get hold of this gem but little did I realize that the ebook would be laid out the way it is It s basically a draft of the book, uncorrected in soooo many ways In fact I ve not been able to actually review any of the patterns There are no photos of any of the items near the area of it s pattern, so if you want to see what the item looks like, you have to write down what page you re reading, hunt through the back of the book, where the pictures are, then flip back to where the pattern is Remember, I just reading it, not trying to follow an actual pattern When you do get to the pictures they are blurred This was sooo disappointing as you can imagine, but as a dear friend says, it is what it is Another big disappointment is the sizes offered within the patterns With America having the most obese folks myself included on the planet, why are our knit books not adjusted to that Now, I have heartburnI really don t like doing a non positive review.a knit book shouldn t do this to me It should lift my spirits. Chronicles the convergence of knitting, blogging and online social networking 26 personalities prominent in the knitting blogosphere are showcased Each has contributed an original pattern, with the finished object beautifully photographed The good Each of these designer bloggers has a compelling personal story The biographies are well done and very inspirational There is a wide range of lovely patterns, with 13 garments sweaters jackets camisoles and 13 accessories socks scarfs shawl gloves etc The bad I haven t personally knitted anything from here yet but the patterns have errors At the time of this writing, the errata for the patterns can be found here Also, although difficulty level and skills needed are listed for each pattern, these projects are not approachable for new knitters Which is a shame since the book is so inspiring and a perfect gateway to the online knitting community It is disconcerting to see such a beautifully produced book have so many errors Hopefully, they will be corrected in a second printing I also hope that in the future a companion book is produced which includes crocheter bloggers. 26 projects and personalities from the knitting blogosphere pretty much sums up what this book is all about Lots of the personalities have connections to Ravelry I borrowed the book from my boss for a quick look and really liked the book My library doesn t have a copy so I can t borrow it for a in depth review I didn t read the personality parts of the book They look like they might be interesting enough, but these are usually the parts that I skim through in knitting books I don t really care about reading someone else s story of how they learned to knit Love that they included pictures at the beginning of the book for all the patterns includes Lovely photography Pictures are available of items with and without models, which I find very helpful Each pattern has a brief description, tells the knitting level and skills needed, lists tools and yarns, and includes other important construction information I haven t made anything from the book, though I did make a copy of a hat pattern, but the pattern directions seem to be straightforward and are presented well on the page I definitely want to take a closer look at this book With a foreword from Jessica, one of the co owners of the facebook for knitters site ravelry.com, I jumped at the chance to get a copy of this book to review from netgalley.com While the galley was very rough there were notes back forth in between the actual text, and I had a few dozen pages of garbage to skip through , the true light of the book shown through Different designers shared a project, something that was suggestive of the designer s usual style The book comes with 26 patterns, divided up into different sections that s the usual for knitting books There s a good variety of projects in different skill sets Each one starts with a little biography about the designer their blogging history background, before one dives into the pattern There were a couple of projects that caught my eye especially, including Working all the Angles blanket the Lubov Scarf. Lots of projects I d love to knit this would be a great gift, but I m glad the library has a copy too.The ones I d like to do Milk maiden pulloverGlobal cable coatSilke jacketDelysia camisoleOrigami shrugWoodsmoke scarf I think I may want to do this one soonChutes and ladders socks designed by a mom with young kids cute name Hydrangea neckwearLenina capFoxgloves would make great gifts and they seem to be a fast knitHelix socksLubov scarfThere are others too, but I d have to see if I could afford the yarn and commit to the time of the other projects I like better It s a really fun book because it looks at the journey of becoming a designer for 20 of the current blogging knit designers. There are some amazing projects from big name designers here This book exceeded my expectations I think it s because of the use of blogosphere in the subtitle Editors, get rid of blogosphere Who says that To my surprise, my local public library acquired this book Their craft book budget has plummeted to nearly nothing over the past couple of years I made sure to check it out right away, and then renew it, to communicate interest And because I wasn t done with it yet This book features 26 short essays about prominent knit bloggers, as well as a pattern from each I quite enjoyed reading the pieces Some were about knitters I know a lot about Anne Hanson, Clara Parkes and others were new to me I ll be adding some blogs to my feed reader The patterns are a potluck mix of garments and accessories There are several photographs of each item, so generally you can get a good look at it though I noticed one hemline is not falling properly and is mostly cropped out of the picture My only criticism is that the garment photo usually falls on the second page of the pattern, so you have to flip back and forth when looking at the basic info like specified yarn, needle size, technique, etc.Sprinkled among the pages are definitions of knitblog jargon I didn t find any surprises here, but these would be helpful and informative for a new knitter to get up to speed on the lingo and may be fascinating to knitters reading this 50 years hence.Will I be making anything from this book Hmmm I like Jared Flood s Woodsmoke Scarf, which is a simple garter stitch rectangle with a pleasing lace border in a slightly contrasting yarn I m oddly drawn to Kirsten Kapur s Sockstravaganza, which features a busy mix of techniques that work well together stranded knitting and cables these are the socks on the cover, by the way Clara Parkes Foxgloves are simple and sweet fingerless mitts though I was surprised that she used a 100% merino wool knowing that one of her chief goals is to educate knitters about other breeds of sheep maybe that was an editor s call Clara s mitts would make a thoughtful, quick gift And if I wanted to make a lace scarf, Kathy Veeza s Lubov Scarf is a nice one that uses geometric patterns than floral ones which are so common in lace.
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- 242 pages
- Brave New Knits
- Julie Turjoman
- 15 March 2017 Julie Turjoman