It's been a while since we've gotten together. Don't think that I've been slacking! I've actually got so many things in the works right now that I struggle to keep a healthy balance. Since my last post and giveaway I'm excited to report that I've acquired some great new books and accessories to share with you. So let's get right down to business and talk about the Stitch Red series and the newest book: Crochet Red.
The Stitch Red series of books are the brain-child of Jimmy Beans Wool co-founder Laura Zander. Their designed to promote awareness and support for women and heart disease. Today heart disease is the number one killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer. Wow! The good news is that we can change! Information gives us knowledge and that makes us powerful! Beautiful projects are coupled with personal stories from the designers, tips for healthy living and even enticing recipes. On top of that, a portion of the proceeds go to The Heart Truth® and women's heart health education and research.
Our family has made lots of changes and as devastating as the whole ordeal has been we appreciate each other more, let the little things slide and enjoy every single moment we have together. Things I'm sad to say we didn't always do before.
During those difficult times going in and out of the hospital, crocheting was my serenity. I was too distracted to concentrate on books and reading, but the easy rhythm of hook and yarn helped to keep me calm and let time pass without counting every minute. I continue to find peace and relaxation with my yarn, and a project bag is always with me just in case!
Now, about the book... Crochet Red is an attractive, nicely laid out collection. The book is divided into 3 primary sections. Following the introductions by both Deborah Norville and Vanna White we have: Projects & Profiles, Heart-Healthy Living, and Crochet Know-How. There are a variety of projects, and while a complete novice may need a little guidance, there seems to be a little something for everyone. There are bigger items, like the Peplum Jacket by Kathy Merrick with it's flattering shaping and detailed stitching at the waist and small fun items like the Heart Sachet (that I chose to make) by Kristin Nicholas. The patterns are clearly written and easy to follow. I did run into a little trouble making the heart sachet, but I think that was more due to being tired than any problem with the pattern!! I am a fan of charts as a means to enhance a written pattern, but I was able to get by without them and I think the end result is just lovely!! The photography is wonderful with multiple images from different angles including close ups of stitch details. I found this helpful (in the absence of charts) to make sure that I was following the pattern correctly.
As a book and reading geek I especially like this book as the profiles of the designers and details about the patterns add insight and feelings that we don't always see in pattern collections. I'm always interested in what inspires a design and like to understand how it came into being.
If you've read my reviews in the past, you know that I have a pet peeve about book bindings. I'm pleased to report that while this is a paperback with a glued binding, it easily stayed opened to the right page!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me.
Until next time friends,
Be Blessed and Stitch & Read with Love!