Artistic Differences – A Review

When Talitha Kuomi approached me recently about reviewing her new book Artistic Differences I jumped at the opportunity.IMG_6646

This collaboration with Classic Elite Yarns was Tal’s first real chance to express herself more fully and the finished result is packed with beautiful pictures and each pattern knit with two variations!  Tal differentiates the two versions of each pattern with a Rocker version  (on the right in the picture below) and a Boho version (on the left). I love when books do that – show you different ways to spice up your project and make it unique.IMG_6648

The patterns included run the gamut from sweaters to socks, bags and cowls to hats and mitts.  All of the projects would easily translate to real life and I can see many of them working in my own closet!  If I had to pick a fave, it’d probably be Terva but Tensity is up there too – I’m a sucker for a good knitted purse.IMG_6647

One of the best things about the sheer functionality of the book and patterns, in my opinion, is that they’ve provided a wide range of sizes for the garments!  The Terva alone comes in sizes ranging from a 31″ to 58″ bust.  I love when designers and publishers take that into account, don’t you?

Have you seen Artistic Differences yet?  What’s your favorite pattern?

Giveaway Time!

I’ve been in my new headquarters for a month now, am finally unpacking the rest of the boxes as the office is *finally* finished (pictures will come, I promise) and I think it’s about time for a giveaway on the blog, don’t you?

Knitting is a huge part of my life (obviously) and I imagine fiber arts are at least a small part of yours too, that’s what I want this giveaway to be centered on!  I want to know all the little bits and pieces of how and why you enjoy the fiber arts, what you like to create, where, when, why.

The prize will be a copy of Natural Dying, 5 balls of Argyll Chameleon Mohair yarn and quite probably some extra, surprise goodies 😉IMG_7456

Deadline: Giveaway will end on February 22, 2013 and the winner will be announced the following week.

How to enter:

  • Comment on this post telling me your favorite sorts of things to knit!  Do you like sweaters? Hats? Blankets?  Do you prefer intarsia or lace or garter stitch over any other process?
  • Tweet about it linking to this post and tagging me (@sillylittlelady)
  • Like my Facebook Page
  • Join my Ravelry Group
  • Sign up for my Newsletter

You certainly don’t have to do all of these things to enter the giveaway, just let me know which ones you do choose to do and I’ll put all entries in a spreadsheet and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator.