Hello Knitters, and Happy Friday!
I've got a gem for you today, a new book, Coffee with C. C. (and Dami too). I snatched up the chance to review this book (with the generous bonus of a copy of the pdf for one of you awesome readers as well!) for you because, Coffee! I can be persuaded by just about anything coffee. Also, in the last stages of getting my own book finished, I'm studying, reading, and picking apart every ebook and knit book I can get my hands on these days. I'm waiting on the last essential pieces to be finished (you know those very important things like Pictures and schematics! I ended up being able to use my favorite photographer of all times, and found an incredible illustrator, so I am more than happy to sit back and let them do their things, I know it will make it a project that I am super happy with because they are on board). C. C. and Dami are a mother/daughter knit design team, the hosts of the Geeky Girls Knit podcast, and all-around, coffee lovers (gals after my own heart!)
Books stats in a coffee bean:
Seven patterns- (1 shawl, 1 pair of fingerless mitts, and 5 pairs of socks).
Sock patterns are written Toe-up AND Cuff down, so no matter how you prefer to knit your socks, this book has got you covered!
Designs have written instructions and are charted- so again, no matter your flavor, they have something for you!
I love the illustrations, and that the level of difficulty for each pattern is depicted by cups of coffee! (I absolutely adore it when you can tie something to your theme, and keep with the overall theme through your entire project). Getting photographs done in a coffee shop? Um, yes please! Makes me want to grab my knitting and run out for coffee right now.
Overall, this book is a fantastic offering for knitters who like smaller projects, who enjoy knitting socks (either way!), or someone who just really loves coffee and knitting (who, me?)
The instructions are clear, the charts are easy to read, and I love how things are related to coffee, and named after coffee shop favorites. Most likely because I am looking at so many ebooks right now (and super nervous about this part of putting mine together!), I'm finding myself wanting to make changes to this book, like putting the Row numbers in Bold, changing the way the columns are set up, and taking out the pink highlighter for the differing Instructions (I can see how you want to draw attention to someone following the Chart directions versus the Written, but I don't like the pink highlighter method). Again, you probably aren't biting your nails about your own book layout, and can enjoy reading through a book, so don't let my "quirk of the moment" persuade you!
I am in love with the Flat White Wrap and wish I had time to cast one one right now!
I have a pdf copy of the book to send to one of my blog readers! To enter, simply leave a comment with your favorite pattern from the book (and be sure to leave your Ravelry name as well!). I'll pick a winner on April 14. Good luck!
Happy (coffee) and Knitting!