Blog Tour: Short Row Knits

I had a feeling Carol Feller knew how much I needed her latest book, Short Row Knits, when she sent me the blog tour invitation a few months ago. When I opened the book and saw the first line, that pretty much confirmed it....

"Have you ever avoided a pattern when you saw that it included short rows?"
Short Row Knits by Carol Feller

Short Row Knits by Carol Feller

Carol Feller has been demystifying short rows for knitters for some time. Her Craftsy class 'Essential Short Row Techniques' (affiliate link) is incredibly useful so I was delighted when I heard the news that she would be releasing a book exploring the technique. Released by Potter Craft this month, Short Row Knits joins the 'essential knit books' collection on my shelves. 

Riyito  by Carol Feller

Riyito by Carol Feller

Inside the book, you will find 20 patterns, each featuring different short row techniques. For me though, the most impressive part of the book is the in depth focus Carol gives to different ways in which to work a short row.  First, Carol starts by working a flat example and explaining what is happening when you create a direction change or wedge with a short row. There are four different types used and Carol works this in the simplest way with good image and illustration support so you can fully understand each technique. 

Short Row Knits techniques in focus

Short Row Knits techniques in focus

Equipped with this understanding, you can then move on to variations such as working in the round or in a specific stitch pattern. These particular portions are between patterns so you could work from cover to cover should you wish to take a learning journey or pick and choose to suit your knitting needs. 

Short Row Knits Garment Section

Short Row Knits Garment Section

The really great part is the sections Carol gives on using short rows in garments to support construction and fit as well as an section teaching you how to apply all this knowledge. The information here is so useful that you could go on to design and create your own pieces or heavily modify the patterns Carol provides. 

This is a superb example of a knit designer who has developed a very sound understanding of a technique and using it to create a collection of beautiful knitwear. I've always loved Carol's pattern writing- thoughtful, intelligent and educational. 

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Pin me for later- Short Row Knits Blog Tour via A Playful Day

To pick up your copy, ask at your local yarn store or check Carol's website for more information. With thanks to Potter Craft for sending this book for review. Views expressed here are entirely my own. 


The Importance of Believing in yourself as a Blogger

Change is never easy. No matter how you come to the decision that an evolution needs to happen, the emotions you feel in the build up to it and afterwards can range from sheer exhilaration to gut wrenching fear. I think it's fair to say I've felt every emotion in the run up to this blog post but you know what?

It's going to be ok. 

Do you know how I know that? I know that because of so many of you are reaching out and leaving comments on the blog, chatting with me online and sharing your lives with me. You have all helped me grow into this storyteller that cheers smart women doing clever and creative things with their businesses and someone who encourages sharing inspirational ideas. 

However, something has been stirring inside of me and now has reached a frighteningly forceful chant of 'YOU MUST CREATE MORE' and I think every creative person I've ever met can relate to that feeling. 

If in doubt, read widely and give yourself time to reflect on your goals. Trust me on this. 

If in doubt, read widely and give yourself time to reflect on your goals. Trust me on this. 

In the light of too many ideas, too many barriers, too much anxiety (and not enough gin) I reached out within this fibre community and do you know what happened? People responded with excitement to hear that finally I am ready to invest time in my ideas. Personal heroes and people I have held up as my inspiration have given me time and feedback about what A Playful Day means to them and I have listened. 

the importance of believing in yourself as a blogger

So what does that mean?

It means ending some relationships or changing the way they work in my professional life to give me the room I need to grow. 

It means developing a sponsorship package for A Playful Day that creates new and exciting collaborations doing what I do best: story telling. 

It means holding my breath and taking a plunge. 

I've decided to immerse myself in this blog and this community. It starts with the 'Love Your Blog' challenge but it goes deeper than that and I hope you will all join me on my journey to create something truly special. 

Spring: Time to grow?

Spring: Time to grow?

So here we go, a commitment to YOU as much as a commitment to myself. Change is hard and so I'm asking today, will you help me? 

If you've been reading and following along in my various homes on the internet, today is a really good day to let me know you're listening and that this community is strong. Help me spread the A Playful Day message by sharing anything you love that I've created. It's important that right now, I know I'm standing on strong foundations. 

I have to change the way I support my family and so have taken on special sponsorships and affiliates. These need to sustain me while I'm developing new and exciting possibilities so if you wish please do click the links, get that Craftsy  or CreativeBug class you've been meaning to take and get what you want! I would so appreciate that at an uncertain time. 

In return I promise to be here more, to listen and to keep creating. Yes, there is a monetising effort but it won't change my voice and I promise to protect this corner of the internet we've created together. In fact, if there's someone you want to see me working with, get in touch. I want to create stories together. 

Ok?

Now go forth and have a great week. I'll be here, evolving and it's going to be great.