Received in a Goodreads giveaway in October 2012. Thank you.
I can't praise this book enough. It is beautiful. The explanation and writing are very cleReceived in a Goodreads giveaway in October 2012. Thank you.
I can't praise this book enough. It is beautiful. The explanation and writing are very clear. The wording makes the information very accessible and understandable. I would highly recommend this book for beginners. It goes over every stitch type with illustrations and explains all chart symbols. That makes this book a great reference for stitches as well.
The content goes over techniques for crochet, choosing color, gauge, blocking and sewing pieces together. Multiple methods are shown and well illustrated. The author did not skimp on illustrations.
In addition to the granny square patterns, several edge patterns are included. All of these are well photographed. There are no awkward or silly looking pictures of things looking unintentionally funny, as tends to happen in many crochet and knitting books. Everything had good lighting and most had more than one example of the same square shown in different colors.
Overall an amazing book. I would highly recommend it. ...more
Received in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway November 2014. Thank you.
Nice quick read. The first part is applicable to anyone and is a good common sensReceived in a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway November 2014. Thank you.
Nice quick read. The first part is applicable to anyone and is a good common sense planning guide with reasoning and motivation to plan. The second part is much more business orientated and is not quite as applicable if you are not in a standard business profession. Clear writing.
This is something many people can get to or look up online but if you are not organized this might help motivate you. ...more
Received in a Goodreads Giveaway in September 2014. Thank you!
Lovely book, great patterns. It has several different methods of toe-up socks representeReceived in a Goodreads Giveaway in September 2014. Thank you!
Lovely book, great patterns. It has several different methods of toe-up socks represented, which is very helpful for knitters with different styles. My mother has already put a claim to get this book after I'm done with it. She's been knitting socks for most of her life top down and with her own method. She is very interested in learning how to make them toe-up and will be choosing the method that works best for her.
The structure explanations and reasons why are very clear. Patterns are straightforward. This will probably replace my previous go to sock knitting reference book. The only gripe pattern wise is many of the heels. I find this problem with American/English sock knitting in general. The heels are formed such that the thicker stitching is pretty much guaranteed to rub the foot raw for me or make them uncomfortable for long walking wear in general. ...more
Received in a Goodreads Giveaway in September 2014. Thank you!
This is a great little book! It is both a restaurant guide book and a recipe book. So itReceived in a Goodreads Giveaway in September 2014. Thank you!
This is a great little book! It is both a restaurant guide book and a recipe book. So it's not comprehensive at either. the recipes given are interesting and very much doable. Some are from the actual restaurants while others are inspired by the original dishes.
The writing is very clear and interesting. There is a bit of history, a bit of cultural information and a lot of food. If you are coming to NYC or want to taste some of the restaurant style ethnic foods, I'd recommend getting this book. It also gives clear travel directions to neighborhoods that are not often visited by tourists but are wonderful to to see, and have meal in.
Oh and the author forgot about Jamaica, which you might need if you are heading to, or from the JFK airport by public transport. ...more
Received in a Goodreads Giveaway in September 2014. Thank you!
Very beautiful book. The images are big, clear and relevant. It gives great informationReceived in a Goodreads Giveaway in September 2014. Thank you!
Very beautiful book. The images are big, clear and relevant. It gives great information on the stabilizers, needles, thread and how they related to the type of fabric used and the design you are trying to make. Everything is written and explained very clearly. If you have a computerized embroidery only or computerized sewing machine with that capability, then this book is great. There are trouble shooting segments for every section as well explaining what might be wrong based on what the result looks like.
Now this book is only for computerized machines. Mine is a manual with an optional embroidery hoop attachment possible. The needle, stabilizer and fabric information might be useful for me but I cannot use over 50% of the book. All the aligning, design creating, placing and finishing is all software based. Something I would not be able to do. This is not mentioned in the description and in the book it's assumed manual machines cannot do embroidery at all apparently. The fancy stitch application as embroidery is put in the last chapter as an afterthought. It would be good to mention in the description that it's for computerized machines only.
Otherwise, if you are giving someone an computerized embroidery machine as a gift or are getting one yourself, get this book. I think it would be a huge help in getting started. It explains all the, what I'm guessing are, common software features. ...more
First let me state, I'm glad I'm not in the field this is geared for. The attitude of the writing reaReceived in Goodreads giveaway on September 20th.
First let me state, I'm glad I'm not in the field this is geared for. The attitude of the writing really puts me off. The writer states "be confident not arrogant," unfortunately the writing style of this book fails at that. I understand this is advice for a business company and there are requirements to be met but the advice for the interviewee is rather callous at times. Especially the job fair advice of "go to just my booth and no others, otherwise it looks bad." This doesn't makes sense, as the job seeker may be looking at various companies, and assuming yours as the be all and end all for the person is arrogant and callous. I believe it's the companies job to energize the employees' or possible employees' interest, not necessarily the other way around.
This might be because I'm from a field that very different from the one described here but the answer suggestions are written in a way no one would speak in. It's a good suggestion but if you actually speak like that in real life, unless it's job jargon situation, people will not understand you and will probably look at you a little crazy.
Much of the other interview advice is pretty good, especially conflict management. Other advice on a general standpoint is good. It is still written very conversationally. If my boss talked to me that way I would have left that work place as soon as I could. It denotes a lack of respect for people. ...more
The "50 Sunflowers" book starts with clear explanation of materials. Very good instructions on how to start. It does gloss over the very basics of kni The "50 Sunflowers" book starts with clear explanation of materials. Very good instructions on how to start. It does gloss over the very basics of knitting and crochet so it's not for the very beginners of either one. Felting is mentioned very quickly, just one page. The patterns are pretty but they can look a little childish depending on where they are used. Some can be made more classy with thinner yarn or lace effects. Others, I'd only used in a kids room. Most pictures and examples are quite good. The teddy bear brooch has the misfortune of looking like an alien creepy crawly in the picture where it's pinned on the shirt. The forward picture seems ok. Overall cute patterns, and clearly written. The knitting patterns are all written while crochet has both written and diagrams.
This is a very clearly written, short and clear book on how to set up, run and complete a project. It givI recieved this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This is a very clearly written, short and clear book on how to set up, run and complete a project. It give a nice overview of the available organizational resources that can be used and how to organize and break down tasks. In addition it gives suggestions for troubleshooting problems. This is great for not just business management but any project management. It can easily be applied to a scientific or non-profit grant as well. ...more
The book Ditch the pitch has a great premise and wonderful advice in how to not just sell things but communicate ideas in a way that doesn't force theThe book Ditch the pitch has a great premise and wonderful advice in how to not just sell things but communicate ideas in a way that doesn't force them down the listener's throat. It's not just useful in management but in developing a collaboration in any industry. The content itself is wonderful. The writing on the other hand could have been edited a bit tighter. The text lacked flow and while repetition of new concepts is necessary to help in remembering, it was done in a way that was almost abrasive or forced. I'm not sure what exactly the problem was, possibly more information than needed in the examples and the text, that did not overlap well overall. Considering the topic of ditching the stylized pitch, it read like one of those pitches too much at times.
Very easy to read and very clear writing, close to speech complexity, makes it easy to understand and faster to read. At times too informal especiallyVery easy to read and very clear writing, close to speech complexity, makes it easy to understand and faster to read. At times too informal especially the parenthesis parts that are a bit distracting from the flow of the text. Also one of the lists starts at 3, which is confusing. The numerous links in the text stopped the flow a bit too. I usually don't read sitting by a computer so it's a hassle to go and watch them. A short description of that is in the link would be nice, or a link reference in the back. Some links had descriptions others didn't.
Not coming from a business or marketing background I understood the concepts easily and had some ideas on how to use them. Especially in laboratory safety in classes. Students easily forget safety instructions and this would help in creating things that would reinforce that.
That snipe at academics at the end was off putting. Jargon is for field specific publications or communication. For general communication a good academic can write in clear language. So talking about a whole huge field of people in such a generalization will make you lose out on that audience. And I think that this could be useful to workers (academics) in research and biotechnology.
I tried to like this book more, I really did. it was ok overall, some jokes are amusing but a chunk have fallen flat. I'm most likely from a differentI tried to like this book more, I really did. it was ok overall, some jokes are amusing but a chunk have fallen flat. I'm most likely from a different demographic than this is aimed at so I'm missing some things and some statements come off as off putting, not offensive but leave me with a bad taste/ feeling.
I'm sure the book would be a lot more interesting if I knew who the author was before I got the book. I didn't know most of the people mentioned and have not watched even one episode of Seinfeld. So yea, wrong audience for this. Needless to say, I don't watch much TV. Anything related to knowing specifically a show or a person, tended to fly right past me.
The advice in the book is something you can find anywhere but framed with anecdotes from the author's life. Not bad in general, there are some that rubbed me the wrong way but that's possibly because, again, I'm not the target demographic, even in the work field.
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you.
Lovely craft book for quick decorative and fashion things. Most of the craft projects are inteI received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you.
Lovely craft book for quick decorative and fashion things. Most of the craft projects are interesting and possibly useful. There are a few could use some improvements especially in the picture portion. Some pictures weren't flattering to the work. The there projects involving sewing would have benefited from some shaping and a more even stitch. They are also not shown from the back, and with the lace one, it wouldn't look good as is in the back. Probably should have lace all the way around the back or cut neater there. The blanket with ties won't look good past 5 minutes in use with the fabric chosen. Non fraying materials would be better, or just sewing straight stitch.
I really liked the ballet flat modifications, especially good for flats that got scrapes in front to give them new life and the fedora improvements. The mirror was a great idea as well.
One big drawback in the writing itself is the puns. I felt like I entered pun hell. They were incessant and never ending. Way over the top.
Overall, puns besides, it's a fun craft guide with a great option for videos of all these projects. I'm definitely passing it on to my family who are into crafts and host parties at often. ...more
Recieved this book in a Ravelry Giveaway. Thank you.
The way the author wrote this book is as though you are with them through the journey with occasioRecieved this book in a Ravelry Giveaway. Thank you.
The way the author wrote this book is as though you are with them through the journey with occasional stops on the way to explain some background over dinner. She immerses you in the culture and brings you into the homes of the people. This makes you feel like the you know and understand Sumpat and everyone around her. Shows exactly what women in that part of rural India encounter as part of their life and how some are doing their best to help improve things for themselves, their families and their communities.
A drawback this book is that it tried to be a linear story but included significant parts of background in the middle of the story as the characters were introduced. These side trips in the story line were so extensive they took away with from the overall flow and left me a bit confused sometimes when it jumped back into the linear story. ...more