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review 2017-10-17 22:22
Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art
Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art - Lee Meredith



Paint-by-number meets the traditional coloring book in this brand new format that showcases pixelated images of cool and quirky nostalgia objects. Doodlers, artists, and puzzlers alike will enjoy this new take on coloring. With a focus on old favorites, pictures of things like cassette tapes, a rotary phone, and roller skates have been pixelated and rendered as numbered grids. To fill them in, users have options to vary the colors, just vary the shading, or even use different shapes or lines. Color Squared can relieve stress or challenge the mind, depending on the approach the reader chooses--but either way, it will keep the head and hands busy, and make for a fun trip down memory lane. 


My Thoughts:


Wow, this is really time consuming, but it does completely take your mind off of everything else. Think paint by numbers, but not wit h paint and offers the user a chance to be more creative. It is like numbered grid paper and you choose what to fill each with whatever you want. This kind of made me a bit crazy because I have a terrible time with choices and will not decide until I have thoroughly thought about every possible option. I sat there with an unused page in front of me for like four hours... Lmao.


About the Author:


Lee Meredith calls herself a maker of things, doer of stuff; with a background in art and photography, a career in knitting pattern design, and a later-in-life education in graphic design, she has undertaken countless projects in the worlds of craft, art, and design. She brings her love of color, puzzles, and experimentation into her creative work, known for designing knitwear with unusual construction and often with game-like twists on the process of knitting itself, and thinking outside the norm in all pursuits.


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Review copy provided by Blogging for Books.

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review 2017-10-12 16:28
Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves - Kate Atherley

Knit Mitts Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley
What struck me first off was the wreath of mittens-so cool and I can do this!
I found this book to be very math oriented as you do need to do the numbers to get the right fit, everything from infants to adult sizes are included so charts are large.
Starts out with all the measurements you would ever need for any member of your family. It's going to fit like a second skin.
Adjustments can be made along the way. Special notes included.
I love seeing some of the patterns on the mittens and know they'd be good for even charity afghans. Other chapters include how to pick the right yarns for warmth.
Other strategies can be used to gain more warmth. Love color knitting patterns as they will go with any coat and outfit.
There's even a chart to estimate the yardage needed. I have done production work myself so understand about the ounces needed to make a project. So much math is used on the technical side to getting the perfect fit
Love the diagrams and pictures of the work as it's being done, really helps to explain what is going on.
Basic patterns are included along with variations for casting on, working cuff, thumb gusset and all other parts of the mitts.
Some of the photos are very dark in color making it difficult to see the stitches and patterns used.
So many charts to help you make the right size for the pattern you chose.
Especially like the section where they show a swatch of different rib patterns and how to make them-good part of a resource book for future projects also.
Patterns include not only charted instructions but everything is spelled out for you.
Like the abbreviation section because it tell you in various ways how to inc or dec and other knitting techniques.
Love twisted cables pattern the best and the other works by this author are highlighted at the end.
Everything you'd ever need to know about making hand coverings is covered in this book.
I received this review book from F+W Media via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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