Need a perfect gift? | Angela Lang Bay Area Book Photographer

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies makes a wonderful and affordable gift for a baby shower, Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, or just because! It’s only $13.45. The reviewers, all of whom are listed on this blog from all over the world, say that this book is great for beginners through advanced levels, and that the photos are both beautiful and functional in helping the knitter to visualize what the pieces are supposed to look like. This will minimize frustration for the knitter. Check it out on Amazon!

This book holds a special place in my heart because it was my first book I photographed, and I did it in 4 photo shoots all while I was 8 months pregnant. Many of the adorable models are my clients and friends. It was published internationally by Random House/Ten Speed Press , and landed me a feature in the international Professional Photographer print and online magazine and my name on the cover. Sweet.


Book review on Baby Blue Tickled Pink | Bay Area Book Photographer

I came across a  project of Hadley Fierlinger and Angela Lang’s a while back on BKids and have been meaning to fill you in on it. So in order to keep with my New Year’s resolution, here is the scoop. These two are a dynamite team! Angela is a San Fransico Bay Area photographer. You can find her work here on her website.  Angela did the photography for Hadley Fierlinger’s  new book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. For all you crafty moms interested in knitting some of these for yourself you can purchase the book through my bookshop or by going here to Amazon. Both the knits and the lovely images provided by Angela are angelic works of art. The knits are guarenteed to keep your little ones warm and stylish in vintage patterns.To find out more about New Zealand residing Hadley and her knitting business, She’s Crafty go here.

Happy Knitting!


Book review on About – Bay Area Book Photographer

: Rating 4.5


Vintage knitting patterns are a lot of fun, but it’s not always fun to update those patterns for modern yarns and current design sensibilities. Hadley Fierlinger, baby knitwear designer and owner of Shescrafty Knits, offers up 25 patterns inspired by the looks of knitting patterns of old in Vintage Knits for Modern Babies.

The projects bring a classic, vintage appeal to more modern, relatively easy designs you’ll love to knit for all the little ones in your life.

Knitting for Baby

Fierlinger says she was inspired to learn to knit, and to design knit garments for babies, because of a collection of passed-down knit garments a friend used when she had a child. These days Fierlinger shares her passion for the knitting looks of old with knitwear designs that keep a modern flair.

The book begins with an introduction to knitting for babies, discussing the best sorts of yarns to be used and how to care for knit garments to ensure they’ll be around and looking great to pass on to the next generation. But the bulk of the book is devoted to the 25 patterns.

The Patterns

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies has patterns for caps, booties, cardigans, pullovers, toys, blankets, jackets and more. Six of the patterns are rated for beginning knitters, eight for beginner/intermediate, three for intermediate, seven intermediate/experienced and one for experienced knitters.

Most of the patterns are modeled by girls and knit in colors more suited to girls, but that doesn’t mean the project couldn’t be made for boys (though some of them are strictly girl terrain).

Most of the patterns that come in different sizes offer three choices; depending on the pattern they might range from 0 to 3 months up to 3 years.

Fierlinger’s style is similar to Debbie Bliss (and she uses a fair bit of Bliss’ yarn, too): often relatively simple shapes with nice design details like eyelets on a sweater, cables on a bootie or Seed Stitch borders on an otherwise simple Stockinette coat.

Some of my favorite patterns in the book are the Matinee Jacket, the one project in the book rated for experienced knitters, it’s a pretty little jacket with Seed Stitch detailing on the yoke; the Angora Bolero, truly a classic little girl pattern; the Modern Baby Bonnet, worked in a wool-silk-cashmere blend mostly in Moss Stitch; the super-easy Apron Dress with pockets for wee toys; and the Double-Breasted Car Coat; the aforementioned Stockinette coat with Seed Stitch borders.

Bottom Line

The projects in Vintage Knits for Modern Babies are really cute, useful, luxurious projects that you’ll enjoy knitting and giving to the little ones in your life. If you make them for your children or grandchildren and see to it that they’re cared for well, they may just become the next generation of heirlooms passed down to inspire another future knitter to take up the craft and a love for the vintage style.

Pottery Barn Kids | Bay Area Commercial Photographer

These are the Pottery Barn Kids catalogs in which my photography appears inside:


Book review on Rookie Moms | Bay Area Book Photographer

For knitting mamas (or for non-knitting mamas to purchase for knitting grandmas) Vintage Knits for Modern Babies, from Ten Speed Press. Beautiful photos and patterns for pixie caps, wee mittens and adorable booties.

Book review on Monty of London | Bay Area Book Photographer

I was pleased to finally see Hadley Fierlinger of She’s Crafty’s new book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies in the flesh. Loop are now stocking it and I was excited to see my own recommendation on the back cover. I still stand by my thoughts that it is a charming and somehow familiar book with pretty patterns and lovely photography. Here are some pictures from it to prove my point.
I love vintage knitting patterns, and I did use them as an inspiration for my own Easy Baby Knits. Hadley’s book is not only full of vintage inspired patterns but also vintage inspired pictures, including pretty pastel knitting needle shots; collecting vintage needles being yet another of my obsessions.

Angela Lang featured in Professional Photographer | Bay Area Book Photographer

So excited to share that this news! I was featured in Professional Photographer, an international photography magazine, this February on my photography and approach, and the process of photographing for Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. They put my name on the cover, did a beautiful layout using 8 of my photos, as well as a full-page image on the Table of Contents and the “What I Like” page that may be seen here. Such an honor!

Below is the cover and the interview in PDF FORMAT at this link: PPA_angelalang

Guest Blogger: Gina | Bay Area Book Photographer

“I am so excited to share the amazing feedback I have received on your beautiful Vintage Knits book. Of course, since my little girl was one of the models, the book adorns our coffee table and will be a cherished keepsake forever. This Christmas, I decided to spread the joy and purchased 20 copies for family and friends. Almost everyone receiving the book loves to knit, which was both coincidental and very special.

At each gift opening, it was fun to see the reactions. They gleamed at the beautiful photographs taken and commented on how my daughters true self was captured “exactly.”  With each turn of the page, there were ooooohhhhs and aaahhhhs about the adorable pictures and the lovely pieces. After closely examining the patterns, there was a consensus of encouraged knitters that these would not be “too difficult” to re create. I cannot wait to see some of them in person soon. I will continue to share this beautiful treasure with more friends and family as the occasions arise.

I had fun explaining the story of our wonderful experience working with you. I was thrilled that my little 10 month old, blue eyed dolly was asked to be part of such a neat project. I was not sure what to expect for the photo shoot day, would she cry, cooperate, cling to me, hummm?  It was incredible how you welcomed us into your home and created such a calm, warm environment where all she wanted to do was laugh, giggle, smile and just be herself.

Your talents and the quality of your work amaze me. And beyond that, you were working on this project 8 month pregnant. I was in awe. I thought it was so cool that for the shoot, nothing was completely set in stone. You worked with where the lighting was best, where and when the baby was at her best, you were up, down, all around and within a very few shots and a very short time, her piece was complete. And again, you were 8 month pregnant…wow.. We felt fortunate that you shared your incredible talents with us and it was a day I will always remember, my 10 month old will have the book as her memory.

Thanks again Angela! At some point over the holiday, I am sure your ears must have been ringing…with all of the comments around the book..and finally had to sit down and share. Have a great 2010 and best of luck on your future endeavors.

ps…I love to stay current with your photo blog to see all of your fantastic work, honestly out of this world.”  – Gina


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