The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting

The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting by Faina Goberstein and Simona Merchant-Dest
Genre: Knitting
ISBN: 978-1620337561
Published: September 4th 2015 by Interweave
Rating: 5
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I know very little about slip stitch. Looking through this book I was impressed. there were a lot of stitch patterns and stitches I’ve never heard of before.

Everything about this book was artistic and well designed. From the photography of the knitted items to the type face and layout of the text.

The patterns themselves were awesome. Normally when I look through a book I tend to like some or most of the patterns. This book, I like all of them. Not only were they elegant, interesting, and unique, some of them were really pushing the boundaries of what you can do with stitch patterns and construction.

This is definitely more of an advanced book. But if you’re looking for something new, exciting, stunning, and challenging, this is the book for you.

About the Book

Slip stitch is one of the simplest and most versatile knitting techniques, but it's often overlooked. The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting is a modern and thorough take on this technique that delivers beautiful colorwork and gorgeous textures--with minimal effort.

A complete overview covers all the basics of slip-stitch knitting, including stitch formation, reading charts, customizing stitch patterns, choosing yarns, designing with slip-stitch patterns, and more. Forty stitch patterns, many of which are reversible, stretch the boundaries of slip stitch, creating colorwork that is just as graphic as Fair Isle, but much simpler; woven-looking fabrics; and fabulous textures that are sometimes combined with lace and cables. Sixteen original projects for cardigans, pullovers, hats, bags, scarves, and more showcase the versatility of slip stitch by using it as an allover pattern or accent.

Whether you're new to this exciting stitch or looking to go beyond the basics, The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting is your essential guide.

Tula Pink coloring book

The Tula Pink Coloring Book by Tula Pink
Genre: Adult Coloring
ISBN: 9781440245428
Published: October 23rd 2015 by Fons & Porter
Rating: 4.5

I love this book. There is a huge variety of large and small shapes, animals and flowers, ocean and sky. But they all go so well together, and they are all so fanciful with a touch of random goth. Upon first glance some of them look fairly normal, until you notice the little details hiding in the images, and they become something else entirely. Each of the designs are apparently pulled from the patterns in Tula’s different fabric lines. Each of the patterns are on the back of the page. (that being said, my quilting friends, check out Tula’s quilting books!)

The pages are perforated for easy removal, and are blank on the back side. The paper is a bit thin though so you’d have to avoid markers or pens.

With more than 75 designs, this book will keep me busy for a while. I’m loving it so far! Recommended for all ages.

About the Book

Intricate paisley, whimsical nature scenes, lush animal prints. This is what Tula Pink's designs are known for--and now you can add your own touch to her distinct style in "The Tula Pink Coloring Book."

Get lost in patterns or make a hummingbird fly off the page with an unexpected combination of reds and pinks. There are no wrong answers here. The perforated pages are ideal for framing and gifting, though you may want to hold on to your favorites! Whether you've been on Team Tula for years or you're new to her designs, "The Tula Pink Coloring Book" is sure to get your creative juices flowing--one page at a time!

About the Artist

Tula Pink is an illustrator, a fabric designer, a quilter, an author, a maker and a generally good person who enjoys talking about herself. Check out her page here.

Review: Career of Evil

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, narrated by Robert Glenister
Genre: Crime Thriller, Mystery
ISBN: 9780316349932
Published: October 20th 2015 by Mulholland Books
Rating: 5

This is the third book of the Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling, writing under the name Robert Galbraith. I jumped at the chance to review this story, as I enjoyed the other two so much. The second one left me with a slight surprise at the end, I was eager to continue the adventure. It surpassed my hopes, and I believe that so far, this is the best in the series. Galbraith seems to really be getting the hang of this crime novel thing. :-)

One of the great things I love about the series is the distinct way Galbraith slowly reveals the story, one bit at a time, one interview at a time, one little mistake the bad guy made at a time. And then Strike gets it, but you still don’t, so you’re sitting there like “What? What did I miss, what did he realize? what is it? WHAT IS IT!?” and it drives you crazy until Strike outlines it for you. I love that.

The relationship between Strike and Robin continues to grow, and the engagement between Robin and Matthew continues to deteriorate. More true emotions and motives are revealed, and some of Robins mysterious past is disclosed.

The audio book was narrated by Robert Glenister. He was excellent as always. He has the best voices and accents and

Just as the second novel, this one also ends in a way that demands the next book to hurry up and be published. I’m really excited about the growth of this series and I can’t wait for the next one!

Content/Recommendation: Some violent gruesome details, some language. No sex. Excellent narration. Ages 18+


About the Book

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Amazon | Goodreads | Author | Audible

Check out the FAQ on Galbraith’s website for more! There are some great questions and answers!

Super Awesome Coloring Book

The Super Awesome Coloring Book, featuring original artwork by Mark Cesarik
Genre: Adult Coloring Book
ISBN: 9780692525791
Published: September 11th 2015 by Test Pattern Press
Rating: 4

Amazon | Mark Cesarik, Artist | Jenean Morrison, Editor

This is a really  nice combination of designs, especially if you really like coloring but you aren’t sure what you like coloring. Big shapes, or little detailed places? Fish or birds? recognizable things like flowers, or abstract shapes? This book has a good combo of all of them, and every design is interesting and fun. Some of the shapes are reminiscent of wallpaper (which sounds boring but remember there are some cool wallpapers out there) some remind me of my favorite floral print blouses, and others remind me of long-lost childhood day dreams (Polar bears and flowers? Yes).

One thing I like is they look good even if you color, like, most of one page, but decide not to finish. Some things don’t look good when you stop halfway through a design. These designs do.

I would have liked the paper not to bleed. If you’re going to use gel pens or markers, you have to put paper between the pages, because it will bleed. Also, most of the designs were a ton of small shapes to make one big picture, so it was highly detailed. I did really enjoy the designs and the process though! Recommended for ages 8+, gel pens, pencils, and markers (crayons would be hard because of the small spaces).

About the Book
Designed by popular NYC illustrator Mark Cesarik, The Super Awesome Coloring Book features 50 super-awesome, original coloring pages. Adult coloring enthusiasts will find this book both super and awesome. Here's why: polar bears, penguins, astronauts, fighter pilots, bulldogs, fishing lures, butterflies, modern chairs, other super stuff, other awesome things. You get to color ALL of the above and more! The designs are intricate and challenging, yet really relaxing, too. Perfect for relieving stress and exploring your creativity! Designs are printed on one side of the page only so you don't have to worry about bleed-through when using markers. This super and awesome book is also perfect for other media, like colored pencils and even crayons. Edited by best-selling coloring book artist Jenean Morrison.

About the Author
Who: Mark Cesarik
What: Graphic designer, illustrator, and painter with a BFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago/In-house designer of home textiles/Licensed quilting fabric collections with Free Spirit Fabrics/Direct sales in the home, craft, and apparel industries/Work has appeared on everything from wallpaper to pajamas
Where: New York City
When: est. 1979
Why: Deep-seeded need to doodle and be creative


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