50 Sunflowers to knit, crochet & felt by Kristin Nicholas is a book that I have looked forward to with much anticipation. I just couldn't wait to see what Kristin would come up with next.
Kristin has already authored several really beautiful books like:
Color by Kristin: How to Design your own Beautiful Knits
Knitting for Baby
Knitting Today's Classics
Knitting the New Classics
All of her books are rich with her signature color talent. All her books can be found here. She even has her own line of yarn that can help you get that same saturated color style. Her yarn line is called Color by Kristin and is distributed by Classic Elite.
Getting Stitched on the Farm and in products: photos, knitting and crochet patterns, notecards, and wall coverings.
There are crochet stitch diagrams for the crochet projects. There are actually many more than 50 items in the book because she throws in as a bonus: creatures (butterfly, Robin, bumble bee, etc) and 15 projects that include a pillow, market bag, summer hat, brooch, grapevine wreath, wall art, a lampshade, a cardigan and more. ANY of the 50+ flowers and embellishments can be used on the projects. The projects can be made exactly as she described or you can mix and match the elements from the first part of the book in any configuration on the projects.
The crochet ladybug is especially adorable. Some of the flowers are full 3-D with a stem and everything. Really awesome for "real" bouquet feel. There are several petals for the flowers (and each are NOT counted individually... so MORE bonus items). I'm partial to the Bi-color gem flower on page 89, and Autumn Beauty (#52 on page 90).
It's 128 pages of soft-bound bliss by St. Martin's Press. To win a free copy of 50 Sunflowers leave a comment on THIS post by Monday night, May 27 at 11:59pm. Please consider visiting her shop HERE and posting a comment on this post about something that impresses you about Kristin and her products. A winner will be drawn at random from the comment entries on this blog post and the winner announced on Tuesday May 28 on this blog. The giveaway is limited to US residents. Please leave a post with your First name, Ravelry name if you have it or a city to help me identify you. If you are the winner, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ravelry message me at GoCrochet with your mailing address by Friday May 31.
Purchasing ANY of Kristin's products including books, patterns, notecards, etc, directly from her shop supports her family farm even more than purchasing her items elsewhere. Shop small business even on the internet :)
Of course, you know that Kristin is one of co-cast members on the PBS Show, Knit and Crochet Now!