Thursday, June 20, 2013

Interview on Marly's Yarn Thing BlogRadio

If you missed Faina's and my interview on Marly Bird's BlogRadio podcast last week, you are in luck because it's been archived! You can listen to it here.

We talked about how we had started knitting and crocheting, how we became designers. We share with  you how Faina and I met, and how we met Marly.  We reveal how The Art of Seamless Knitting came about, why we wrote this book and how we worked on the book living on opposite sides of the country. Hope you will enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lace Cardigan

What a great news! My Lace Cardigan from The Art of Seamless Knitting has reached 500+ likes within a week of being featured on Raverly

Constructed seamlessly from the top down and shaped along raglan lines, a beautiful chandelier lace pattern in the main body is combined with a smaller lace pattern along the center of each sleeve. Stitches are picked up along the center front selvedges and the bands are worked perpendicular to the body. 

This classic cardigan showcases how to position a pattern that repeats over a relatively large number of stitches in the body. Alongside the standard instructions, you can also learn how to adjust the number of stitches to achieve the desired bust circumference for a perfectly customized fit. 

Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) 

24 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches

US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm

900 - 1440 yards (823 - 1317 m)

35 (37, 41, 43, 47, 49, 53)"  Cardigan shown measures 35" (89 cm)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Starred Review in Library Journal for The Art of Seamless Knitting

It's been a long while since I blogged, and I am back. I have a great news to share with you. Faina's and my new book, The Art of Seamless Knitting, has been getting excellent reviews since its release last month.  It's been among the top 10 best selling book in knitting on Amazon. The latest awesome review we got was a STARRED review in the Library Journal this past weekend.
Interweave (2013)
Merchant-Dest, Simona & Faina Goberstein. 
The Art of Seamless Knitting. Interweave: F+W. 2013. 183p. illus. index. ISBN 9781596687882. pap. $26.95. FIBER CRAFTS
"Ask a group of knitters to name their least favorite part of knitting a garment, and many will say seaming. This aversion has led to an abundance of patterns—especially for sweaters—that don’t involve seaming. In this guide, experienced knitwear designers Merchant-Dest and Goberstein explore the whys behind seamless knitting, describe the various shapes of seamless garments and accessories, and educate knitters on best practices for seamless knitting. For the truly seam-averse, there’s even a section about adapting flat-knitting patterns for seamless knitting in the round. Eleven patterns—most for sweaters—are included. VERDICT Rarely do knitting books contain both gorgeous patterns and authoritative information on technique; this title is a notable exception. The background information about seamless knitting is useful, and the patterns are beautiful."—Nanette Donohue, Champaigne, P.L., IL
Library Journal Reviews (June 15, 2013) 
All you who know us personally know that we had spent countless hours on it and we are so excited that our hard work has been getting such a positive response.