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Color by Kristin: How to Design Your Own Beautiful Knits Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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About the Author
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Crafting a Colorful Home is Kristin's newest book - published by Roost Books in early 2015. It is a how-to guide to decorating, painting, and crafting for your home. Kristin's home has been featured in Country Home, the Boston Globe, and on the Houzz.com website where it was the "Most Popular Colorful House of the Year" in 2012.
Check out a video of Kristin and her family and their colorful farmhouse on Houzz.com:
Colorful Stitchery, originally published in 2006 has been re-issued and re-designed. It was published by Roost Books in Sept. 2014.
Kristin teaches on-line knitting and stitching classes on the websites Craftsy, Creativebug, and is the Knitting Expert on PBS' Knit and Crochet Now.
She learned to knit, crochet, embroider and sew as a young girl. For 16 years she was the Creative Director of Classic Elite Yarns in Lowell, MA. She writes the popular farming, knitting and lifestyle blog http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/
Kristin is known for her innovative use of bright colors and textures. Many of her designs feature the Fair Isle knitting technique and many of the projects are worked in the round on circular and double pointed needles.
Kristin and her family own Leyden Glen Farm with a flock of 250 breeding ewes. The sheep are raised for meat with they sell at local Farmers' Markets in western Massachusetts. Their 2 Border Collies, Ness and Kate, help herd the sheep and keep everyone in line. Guard dog Winston, guard llama Jeremy and guard donkey Eeyore try to keep the critters at bay.
Kristin hosts retreats on her farm a few times a year where knitters, stitchers, and crafters come to learn about colorwork, design, and living on a working sheep farm.
Check out her website at www.kristinnicholas.com
Top Customer Reviews
The patterns in this book are lovely. Think COLOR, COLOR, COLOR. My favorites are the child's zip-up cardigan, the Best Friends Pullover for girls, and the Marrakesh Market Pillows. The layout and photography in the book are beautiful.
Whenever I purchase a knitting book I ask myself these three questions:
1) Do I want to knit any of these projects?
2) Are the instructions clear?
3) Is the book a good resource?
The answer is 'yes'. However, this is a book primarily for experienced knitters. The patterns will be overwhelming for any beginner or even some intermediate knitters. The book is a good resource for anyone and it is great eye candy for all knitters.
The Introduction is priceless, giving insights into Kristin's amazing world of color and wool. The first three chapters of the book are jam-packed with useful and important information on color and technique, and the Practice Projects will help jump-start knitters new to stranded knitting.
In the Patterns section, there are patterns appropriate for knitters new to stranded knitting, and for knitters experienced in the technique. The Designer Sourcebook section is an invaluable resource that any knitter working with color will return to again and again for information and inspiration.
Look for vital tips and techniques in the light green and light blue text boxes throughout the book.
Treat yourself to Color by Kristin, or gift a copy to someone you know who loves to knit!
There are projects in this book that are accessible to any level of knitting expertise. The designs themselves are timeless and classic in style and I believe would be beautiful to wear for years. There are many charts and much encouragement throughout to change up the designs and make them one's own.
Included are adult and child sweaters, scarves, wraps, mittens, gloves, hats, as well as items for the home including a lap top holder,(one of my favorites) and bolsters, pillows, ottoman and more.
This one is a keeper! I became acquainted with Kirstin's work when I bumped into her blog.[...]
Very inspiring pictures and projects--the author clearly is a very talented albeit limited colourist.
Hits all the important points about stranding, steeking etc.
Lots of actual patterns--many books advertising themselves as colour design books have very few but this one has many and they are inspiring.
All projects use only her own line of yarn which consists of mainly saturated colours. This, understandably, meshes with the authors colour style. However, if you are looking for shaded fair isles or subtle, complex combinations you won't find them here.
No neutrals or patterns incorporating neutrals. The author says that neutrals deaden a colour scheme.
The subtitle, "How to Design Your Own Beautiful Knits" is misleading. One page on colour theory and colour wheel. One page urging you to swatch. A few pages illustrating converting line drawings to charts and adding embroidery.
This is not a sufficiently exhaustive 'how to' to justify the subtitle. The book is more about inspiration than instruction.
That said, within the confines of her limited colour style, the author is very successful at creating rich, inspiring projects that are wonderful eye candy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of the ordered books were in great shape. They are building blocks that give me joy...Published 10 months ago by Loretta Henderson
VERY COLORFUL. MORE ADVANCED THEN MY SKILLS. HAS LOTS OF GOOD IDEAS. LOTS OF PHOTO'S. WELL WRITTEN.Published 18 months ago by Gigi's Mom
Kristen has an easy and unique way of introducing one to color.Published 19 months ago by Deborah Thibaul