Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New knitting/crochet ebook downloads {Written by Emilee}

Do you or anyone you know love to knit and/or crochet?

Well, I have three exciting new ebooks by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter & the Berroco Design Team. These are perfect for both knitters and crocheters alike, and the stunning full-color photos on each page will make you want to create practically everything in these ebooks. Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & ToddlersComfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans, and Comfort Crochet Afghans (a 3-pattern sampler of the previous title) have never been available in digital format until now.

I received these three ebooks through NetGalley which actually is a brilliant website dedicated to book bloggers.
Let's begin with...

Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers

 
by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter & the Berroco Design Team

 About: 

Nary a knitter or crocheter can resist making soft, snuggly things for babies. In Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers, the Berroco design team (led by superstar design director Norah Gaughan) cover all of the cozy bases, presenting blankets, sweaters, bonnets, and plush toys. Like the first book in the Comfort series—Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans—this one features 50 knit and crochet projects using the company’s bestselling, affordably priced Comfort and Vintage yarns. With project styles ranging from traditional pastels and Aran knits to midcentury modern color-blocking, and challenge levels ranging from beginner to advanced, there’s something for every knitter and crocheter—and every baby they love—in this beautiful collection.
In Emilee's opinion:
 
First, this book offered 50 knit and crochet designs using the same affordable yarn-Berroco. Normally, you would find a knitting book with several different projects and a variety of yarn. It doesn't seem fair to buy lots of yarn when you can just stick to one type. That is why I recommend the Comfort Knitting & Crochet Babies & Toddlers. Then you can do most or all of the projects without breaking the penny bank. I also liked how the authors separated the projects between knitting and crochet. This helped me because I only knit which I may change in the future, who knows.
 
My favorite projects were the Cleire Cardigan, Slice cap, Pomelo Slice, High Fidoodlity Blanket, and the Compass Cap. 

There were even abbreviations for knitting and crochet toward the back of the book as well as a few pages on special techniques. It is always important to learn more techniques to understand the knitting/crochet language.

Comfort Crocheted Afghans

by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter & the Berroco Design Team
About:

For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product. This sampler from Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans is intended for crocheters of every skill level, and brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan. 
In Emilee's opinion:
This was a sampler of the book so I didn't get to see the entire publication. However, I got to see three projects. I really liked the Serpentine project. It reminded me of a guest room in a beach house. I liked the texture of the ruffles. If I learned how to crochet, I would definitely learn how to make this afghan. It was thought out and had pretty details.

Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans


by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter & the Berroco Design Team

About:
  
For many of us, afghans are the epitome of comfort. Colorful and inviting, they are a staple of the home, without which a living room or bedroom just wouldn’t feel complete. And whether you’re making one for yourself, as a housewarming gift, or to welcome a new baby into the world, the process of creating a handmade afghan can be as rewarding as the finished product.

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans features 50 patterns for these cozy blankets, made with Berroco Comfort yarn—an affordable, ultra-soft acrylic/nylon blend—and designed by the Berroco team, headed by Norah Gaughan. The book includes something for everyone: The designs range from ultra-modern to traditional, from spare to embellished, and are inspired by sources as varied as Scottish tweeds, Japanese Ikat, and Delft pottery. Intended for knitters and crocheters of every skill level, this collection brings new life to the well-loved and versatile afghan.

In Emilee's opinion:
Again, this book was a sampler. I got a taste of a few projects to get excited. However, the full book includes 50 affordable designs that feature Berroco's comfort yarn. 
I was most excited about the Retro afghan. I liked the back in time design and you could do any color to match a family room or sitting area. It also included a chart which seemed very helpful. 
Overall, the sampler got me excited to see all of the other projects. I was also impressed with the layout of the book. Organized and well written.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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