I’ve gotten a few crafting books recently, and I’m not sure if I ever shared my thoughts about them or not.
handknit holidays – I really like this book. I’ve made two projects from it so far. The cabled stocking and the elf hat. There’s a wide variety of patterns, from faster projects to more elaborate. A good amount of unisex items as well as home decor. I’m hoping to make the matching Christmas tree skirt this winter.
candy babies and candy tots, by Candi Jensen. I did not care for either of these books at all. There were one or two patterns that were cute, but most were nothing I’d consider making for a friend’s baby. My age might be showing here. I’m 29, and I prefer a more modern aestheic. These books didn’t do anything for me at all.
the new crochet by Terry Taylor. I went to all the trouble of getting this book through the interlibrary loan. SO glad I didn’t buy it. Really, the patterns are very uninspired with minimal shaping. And way. too. much. fun fur. Very disappointing.
Denyse Schmidt Quilts Several projects designed to help you learn quilting techniques, and then the quilts themselves. Great photos, fun projects. Inspiring. I plan to do a lot of experimenting with quilting this summer.
Weekend Knitting. I wanted this book for the portable chess/checkers board and for a few other projects. I liked the seat cushion project and a few of the wearables. It’s not jaw-dropping outstanding, but lots of good photos and I think it’s a strong addition to my craft shelf.
On my wish list?
Sweaterbabe.com’s Fabulous and Flirty Crochet – the few photos I’ve seen of these projects look really cute. I’m going to check it out in a bookstore before I buy it, but it seems like these projects actually attempt to use the wonderful qualities of crochet instead of making it look knit or just coming up with something easy to use expensive yarn.
Cupcakes! wow!! I had a chance to look at this book very closely at a friend’s house. So cute! The cupcake ideas were fun and practical. Several ideas that I could see myself making. In stark contrast to Clare Crespo’s Hey There, Cupcake, which was way too much for me. The reviews on Amazon for the first book have been mixed, so I will probably get this one from the library and try out a recipe before I actually buy it.
If anyone out there has these books, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.