I just looked through all the gorgeous goodies and photography on the To Haiti With Love auction site. I hope some of you can bid on these! Btw, my book was recently added to the mix and may be bid on by clicking on the book image below:
I am so happy to be part of a charity that will help Haiti. Living in an earthquake city myself and owning a house 2 blocks from a fault, like so many — I have been moved by the suffering that Haiti is experiencing and want to help in some way. Please join me in To Haiti With Love.
The auction goes live at 9 am EST today, Monday. New donations will be added to the auction every day. My donation is a signed book that I photographed which should show up on the goodies list this week, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. There are many other wonderful goodies from other donors on which to bid. All proceeds will go direct to the St. Joseph’s Family of homes for children in Haiti. Photos of its condition are at this link.
The auction will last one week only, a fundraising blitz to meet the deadline of the Canadian federal government for charitable fund-matching. Please PASS IT ON, and make an offer, and get gorgeous loot in the mail for your effort. For Haiti. The auction opens at 8 AM EST on Monday, February 1, 2010.The auction closes at midnight EST on Monday, February 8, 2010.
The first time I photographed Ella was when she was still growing in her mommy’s tummy – it was a maternity session. The next time she was in front of my camera was when she was one years-old. When the book model shoot was going on, I remembered her beauty and suggested to her mom that she submit some recent pictures.
When Hadley, the book author, saw Ella’s photo she exclaimed, “SHE’S PERFECT!” and proceeded to make the knit she’s wearing below in her size just so that she could be in the book. And of no surprise, Ella WAS perfect and really loved having her picture taken and was a joy to photograph. Thank you Ella, and Julie for making it happen. Once she received her mom wrote me, “Hi Angela, Your book is marvelous. I think you have done such a great job capturing the children beautifully!!!!!! WOW…..What a debut to your profession. I wish you much luck my friend.” Julie
To see larger image click on the image.
Camilla’s family has come to me for photography often for 5 years, so I’ve taken pictures of her when her mom was pregnant with her, then 3 months old, 6 months old, 9 months old, and at 2 years. On this day Camilla had just finished her 6 month photo shoot and found a half hour of energy left for our Vintage Knits session. Her hair was the fuzziest cutest thing I’d ever seen! In this picture she was very focused on pulling the red booties off and she was quite successful at it. The light had faded by the time her first shoot was over, so we took the studio set up outside where the light was much nicer.
Soooo happy to have finally gotten together tonight with my dear friend, Hadley who authored the book, and her beautiful family. I still cannot believe she did all the stitching patterns in the book – it’s an incredibly tedious process and she did it beautifully. It’s been a long 7 years since they moved to New Zealand, and it was really fun to see them all and share a meal together. There was talk of our working together on another book project — oh how I would love this! Hadley and I are both very creative souls, but we are also very focused and we work seamlessly together. I am buzzing right now with excitement and anticipation that it will happen one day in the near future, and hopefully next time in New Zealand!
Thank you to everyone who bought Vintage Knits for Modern Babies, wrote a review, or told a friend about it. I appreciate all the support.
See you in 2010!
If you would like to follow the blog of book author and friend, Hadley Fierlinger, her blog address is http://shescraftyness.blogspot.com/ . There you will find patterns, giveaways, where to buy, and inspiration! Below are some images from the book.
Every once in a while, I get a really cool book to review (lots of times I get not-so-cool books, but I tend not to write here about those. You should be thanking me right about now…). A few months ago, I received Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger from 10 Speed Press. Let me tell you, this is one of the cool books!
Now, let me tell you, it’s not easy to review knitting books. First, you can’t just READ it and then write up your thoughts. You have to actually KNIT something to test out the instructions, and that, my friends, takes TIME. (I just noticed that “time” is a four-letter word. Coincidence? I think not.) So even though I received this book a few months ago, it isn’t until now that I can bring you a full report…
Now I can tell you, not only are the photos gorgeous, not only are the 25 projects are cute and approachable for a time-starved lady like me… and the patterns are easy to follow, and they WORK! (Wouldn’t you just hate to buy a knitting book and find out that the patterns… didn’t, well, work? Wouldn’t that just suck? Well, rest assured, Hadley has put together some mighty-fine instructions.)
If you’re interested in these sorts of things, I substituted six skeins of Lion brand organic cotton (in Almond) for the recommended Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Organic Cotton recommended in the pattern. Why? I had it on-hand. (Yes, I do occasionally “shop my stash” but I try not to make it a habit.)
I have also cast on for the Wavy Cashmere Baby Blanket, but I am not insane (at least about knitting in luxury yarns) so I am doing it in cotton chenille instead of cashmere:
So, in the spirit of fives, here are three more adorable projects I’m dying to create:
The Angora Bolero:
The Vintage Pixie Cap:
The Tiny Trousers (or maybe I just want those Tiny Toes!!):
I was out Christmas shopping the other day at Barnes & Noble and thought it would be fun to see the book displayed in the store. The employee told me it was sold out– so glad that people are buying the book!
I remember browsing through a few books that had just hit the stands a couple months ago, and without a doubt, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies, by Hadley Fierlinger, practically jumped into my arms. The cover design is adorable, classic, full of color, yet simplistic, all at the same time. How could it not reel you in?
Fierlinger became passionate about baby knits when she saw her friend’s baby wearing a beautiful handknit cardigan that had been passed down a few generations. This led Fierlinger to design knitting patterns that captured vintage style, but with modern simplicity. The knits found in Vintage Knits for Modern Babies are boutique-quality and really encapsulate Fierlinger’s style of trendy baby knitwear, which you can find at www.shescraftyknits.com
Fierlinger gives some history behind knitting for babies, both past and present. She gives great information about how to choose yarn for baby knits and how to care for the garments so that your modern heirloom can last for generations to come. I really like how she includes the usual knitting terms and abbreviations on the fold-out jacket cover. This makes them easy to find and you can always use the the jacket leaf as a bookmark. Fierlinger also gives very nice information on special techniques, including creating your own cloth buttons, embroidery and how to make twisted cords.
I find it very thoughtful that Fierlinger includes the sweet rhymes that are used to teach children how to knit. “Into the bunny hole, run around the tree, out of the bunny hole, away runs he.” If this doesn’t evoke nostalgia, I don’t know what does! This is yet another lovely piece of vintage information. She also adds personal anecdotes and memories, from friends, customers and herself, which gives a very personal and thoughtful feel to the book.
Each pattern in this book is darling. Fierlinger tags each pattern with a skill level, ranging from beginner to experienced. Many of the patterns use RYC Cashsoft and Debbie Bliss’ array of Cashmerino yarns. Some projects call for organic cotton, intelligently chosen for those projects that could easily end up in a baby’s mouth, such as toys and blankets. There are handknits for newborns and older babies; a nice selection for both boys and girls, as well as accessories and sweet knits for the home such as hangers and sachets.
I could easily say that I love all of the designs in this book, and it would be true. But there are a few that really make my heart melt:
Nana’s Bunnies: these adorable creatures were borrowed from a friend of Fierlinger’s pattern collection.The pattern had been handed down for three generations, giving every newborn that joined the family one of these sweet bunnies. I love that Fierlinger also incorporates these bunnies into the Bunny Mobile and adds one to the pocket of her Apron Dress. It’s little thoughtful details like this that makes me admire a book and it’s designer. Wavy Cashmere Blanket: I love everything about this blanket. The color combination is fantastic (cream, mustard and lavender), the classic feather and fan pattern, and it’s knit in cashmere. What a lucky baby to receive such a blanket! Modern Baby Bonnet: I love the stitch pattern used in this pattern and that the bonnet is snug against the baby’s head. Double Breasted Car Coat and Petite Beret Set: Oh my! The blue that Fierlinger chose for this set is so striking and the model is adorable. I know that I will be knitting this beret sometime in the near future. For those who are interested in a “supersized” version of the beret, you can find the “Mademoiselle” beret on Fierlinger’s site (this is also on my to-do list of knits!). Fierlinger rounds out the collection with a few nice bootie patterns, as well as pullovers and two very sweet wrap sweaters. All in all, it’s a lovely collection of knits.
I’d like to give credit to the book’s photographer, Angela Lang and whoever was in charge of the styling of the pattern pages. The colors used throughout the book are beautiful and very easy on the eye.
Congratulations to Hadley for such a beautiful book and wonderful designs. I look forward to seeing more from her in the future. For the time being, you can check out all of her designs at shescraftyknits.com