Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Contest and Book Review - Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman

Schiffer Publishing sent me an ebook version of their newest knitting and crochet book to review. They will send a hard copy to a contest winner, the only limitation is that you must be in the U.S. 

To win please put a comment on my blog. The comment should answer these two questions: What is your biggest knitting challenge? What level knitter do you consider yourself to be, novice, intermediate or experienced?  Please include your Ravelry name so I can PM the winner. If you are not on Ravelry please include an email (if it isn't included on the profile you use to post comments). I'll use random number generator to pick a winner on Sept 2 at noon my time. You can check back on that date for the winner. If I can't reach the first random number due to missing contact info, I'll move onto the next one.

The book has a meditation theme with the recognition simple projects allow for feelings of relaxation to flow. The projects are both crochet and knitting with more of the latter. All the projects are very simple to execute, few require shaping and stitch patterns are simple and repetitive in nature. Most depend on multicoloured yarns to up the visual complexity.  I felt the accessories and home decor designs were the most successful and would appeal equally to novice and advanced knitters alike. 

The projects have not been loaded into Ravelry so I've included a few photos for you in this post. It's a small book just 40 pages and does not include a how to do the basics section.

The publisher's description follows:
"This knitting/crocheting book offers fourteen projects that are fun to make, while allowing the knitter to escape the stresses of the day. Using basic knitting and crocheting techniques, make throws, baby wraps, meditative yoga mats, a table runner, scarves, baby blankets, wrist warmers, and pillows. As the stitches unfold into an amazing art form, the warm colors will help soothe the mind and body. Design patterns are broken down, row by row, in easy-to-follow instructions. The use of color, combined with the ease of the designs and the pattern stitches, provide knitters and crocheters of all skill levels a chance to unwind as they complete these wonderfully colorful yet simple projects."


  1. I am an experienced knitter. I learned at the age of 4. My biggest challenge is FINISHING. I love starting new things too much! Rav amchart

  2. 1) Not finishing projects or casting on too many new ones. : )
    2) Experienced but lots still to learn.
    wahoomerryf on Rav