Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Launching Tomorrow: SpinKnit eMag from Interweave!

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My good friends over at Interweave are launching a NEW eMag, SpinKnit!  You may remember my review on Sockupied (a sock knitting eMag from Interweave) awhile back. If you spin, knit, or spin AND knit - this is a fabulous eMag.  As many of you know, I have admired spinners but haven't yet taken the plunge.  But gosh after watching the videos, reading the articles, and looking at the photos, I am getting the itch to spin!!

In this issue, SpinKnit devotes their articles to Andean Knitting & Spinning, Energized S & Z Yarns, Double Drafting Techniques, and highlights from the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat.  It is an edition chock full of color, texture, interesting demonstrations, gorgeous pictures, and amazing articles!

 I just have to say to those of you who are paper mag purists - YOU'LL LOVE eMag format!  It's a tad tricky at first because you don't just flip pages left to right as in a traditional mag or digital book.  At the top of the screen, you'll actually notice a navigation bar.  You can scroll left to right to advance to the next article.  But once in the article, you can scroll down to read the entire article.  At the top right on the nav bar, you'll see how many pages are included in that article and which page you are on: Example '1of 4.'  In the middle of the nav bar, it will tell you which article you are reading: Example '11 of 23.' You can use your navigation bar to view the page(s) in different perspectives, print, or see the eMag Content and Media in the left sidebar for quick and easy navigation.
You can click on the video links to see the demonstrations or to see a video article which enhances the written article.  And next to the projects within the article, when you see PDF, you can click to capture the PDF file pattern!  You'll also see a big 'S' which indicates that you can view a picture slideshow. You may see a 'V' which indicates video.  'R' will help you zoom in on the photo.  'P' is for project notes.  It feels strange at first - like you need a key to get through it.  But once you've gone through the entire eMag, you'll be a pro.  Hey, if you can deal with knitting charts, you can do this! No paper mag can bring you this close to the action.  With the videos, I felt like I was there in Peru, watching the women spin and knit.  To see that after reading about it brought great definition to the piece.

SpinKnit launches TOMORROW from Interweave Press and retails for $14.97.  Check it out!!  You'll be pleasantly surprised!

Disclosure: KnitPurlGurl received an advanced copy of SpinKnit free for review from Interweave Press.  All opinions expressed in the above blog post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Interweave Press.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Move Over Martha..

DD was crafting in my room.  And the entire time was explaining to me step by step what she was doing.  By the time I grabbed my phone to record it, she'd already made the face.  Once the camera was going, she proceeded as though she's been taping craft tutorial segments her entire life.  I just wish I was a better videotographer.  ;p

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And the finished project.. Maddie decided that she liked it better as a whole cat, not merely a face.  It's an artist's prerogative to change her mind.

Disclosure: No yarn was hurt during the making of this video/blog post

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