This morning (Sept. 22nd, 2015) I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the Yarn Thing Podcast by Marly Bird (show notes can be found here.)
To understand how I got here, we need to rewind a few months. Earlier this year I was contacted by the lovely folks at Stitchcraft Marketing to do a review and project using Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns, and I swiftly said yes and got to work on weaving a tartan scarf.
At Interweave YarnFest, I sauntered over to the Bijou Basin Ranch booth and showed the scarf to the folks working there, and didn't realize until after the encounter (except I knew she looked familiar) that I was talking to Marly Bird, the creative director of Bijou Basin Ranch.
Fast-forward a couple of weeks, and I get an e-mail from Stefanie at Stitchcraft saying that I should contact Marly about her designer dinner at the Summer TNNA ( a few hurried/flurried emails later I was in.) I then made the connection (along with a face-palm) that I had spoken to Marly at YarnFest.
I remember sitting at the designer dinner, looking around at the tables and noticing faces/names that I recognized, and meeting many people who were brand new to me! I realized a beautiful thing, Marly made this all happen. With the help of her friends and colleagues, she had put this dinner on in order to bring people together in a fun night of promos, giveaways, and at the end of the night all of us were friends, colleagues, and contacts.
Marly says she wants to be the Oprah of the fiber industry, and with her trajectory, she is well on her way to being that figure!
Marly wears MANY hats in her life, and one of the hats she wears the most is the cheerleader. Her support of so many people in the industry is a testament to her love for the industry, and that is why I feel so honored to know her, and help her in her quest!
Please check her podcast out as well as her many knit and crochet designs she has published!
Thank you Marly for all that you do!!
If you don't remember the particular layout of a BEnjAMIN review, please read the one I did on Eucalan's Wrapture.
I was asked by Quince and Co. to review their latest e-book, Top Down written by Elizabeth Doherty. I gladly said yes and was sent a copy for my reading pleasure.
The first reaction I had when I opened the file was "Wow, this is a seriously stunning book." Little did I know that the educational content was as rich as the photography and styling of the book.
B - If I was on Ravelry or perusing the Quince and Company website, I would definitely bite the bait and click the purchase or add to cart button. This book is particularly timely, I have been working on various sweater designs, and I wish I had seen this resource first.
Enj - Though on first glance the book looked quite wordy, I found myself thoroughly drawn in to the techniques and reasonings behind setting in sleeves into sweaters. The balance between the written content and the pictorial content is perfect. Right when I have the question "why does this matter?" she explains it in the text and then there is either a diagram or photo that further explains the technique.
A - This book takes the reader through a journey of different shaping techniques that are all centered on the placement and addition of sleeves onto top-down sweaters. The first 26 pages are entirely focused on reference and techniques, from short row shaping to blocking on the needles, this book has the tips and tricks needed for the rest of the book; The Sweaters.
The sweaters in this book are lovely, modern and completely wearable. 6 stunning interpretations of pullovers and cardigans, with a little bit of everything, stockinette, lace, even a great cabled cardigan. I can honestly say I'd be happy to knit any and all of them.
M - I haven't made any of these sweaters yet, however I am itching to cast on Copperplate and Serif. These two cardigans offer different styling desires, a practical button up cardigan (Serif) and a more "lounge-worthy" cabled cardigan (we'll see which one the wife chooses to wear.)
I - This isn't a cop-out I swear, but I found the whole book very interesting.
N - Did I know that I needed this book? No. However, having read it and started digesting the material, I can say this is a highly needed book in my library.
Do you have this book? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below to enter for a chance to win your own copy!