I am a bit obsessed with crafting items that look like food. Crochet, polymer clay, felt, knit, you name it…if it’s food themed, then I’ll make it. So when I first saw Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies, I fell in love. Her bold style is one of a kind and completely reiterates my personal philosophy of crafting – the more unusual, the better. I can buy a plain scarf at any store, but a pizza scarf, now that’s hard to find! If you’re looking for something refreshing and humorous, I highly recommend this book. You’ll be entertained, and perhaps a little hungry after browsing through the pages.
Anna Hrachovec’s new book, Teeny Tiny Mochimochi, came out last week and I am super excited! I never thought I’d be a fan of making tiny amigurumi – too fussy and too much finishing for my lazy tastes – but Anna’s techniques and style have really simplified the process. That’s the genius of Anna’s patterns: they are much easier to make than they look. Also, if you’re not ready to jump into knitting with size 1 needles and fingering weight yarn – you can always upscale to size 5 and worsted weight and end up with equally adorable results. Check out more amazing projects on Anna’s website, Mochimochi Land.
…and it involves heroin. No, wait. I meant books. Not heroin.
I work in a public library, which means I have access to a larger number of books than I will ever be able to read in my lifetime. When I was a kid, around 7 or 8, I briefly thought that maybe, just maybe, I might be able to read every single book in the entire world. Once I realized that I could only read one language…yeah. That died pretty quickly.
Working in a library means that I can delude myself into thinking that, hey, maybe I can at least read every book in the library. Okay, I don’t really think that. But I do have a problem (and herein lies the crux of this blog post) and that problem is that not only do I place requests for and bring home entirely too many books from the library (my library’s limit is 50 books per library card), but I check out craft books (mostly crochet) and never make a single project out of any of them! Although I am exaggerating just a bit (I’ve made a few things!), it’s true that I check out tons of craft books only to stare longingly at the perfectly lit photos of finished items.
And all that is to say that I would like to share with you a list of some of my current favorites in the world of crafting books.
This is a cute book that features cute pictures of cute kids wearing cute crocheted clothing. I’m telling you. It’s cute. My favorite pattern is for the hooded cape. What the heck?! I always wanted a hooded cape when I was a kid! And now I can make myself an inappropriately small cape. In all honesty, there are so many great patterns that are fantastic in their simplicity. I love it.
Classy lady, classy title. It puts me in mind of ladies of the night, standing on street corners, hawking their wares in shimmery sequined tops, fishnets, and pumps a half size too big, all while attempting to finish a few apple-shaped pot holders for their kid’s holiday gift exchange at school.
I have completed a number of patterns from this book and they were each pretty darn awesome. I’ve crocheted a handful of the flower-edged scarves in various types of yarn. They’re a fantastic, semi-last minute gifts (if you have a few hours, that is).
Come on. It is food. That is crocheted. You can’t eat it. But I don’t really care about that. Because it is food. That is crocheted.
This is really one of those that I look at and think (or even say out loud to a friend who later asks me if I ever did it), “Hahahahaha. That’s so awesome! I’m going to make that!” and then I don’t ever make. I did, however, crochet the chocolate chip cookie (okay, easiest pattern in the book, probably, but it’s a CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE). The cookie is now a cat toy, but I can promise that my cats appreciate Rose Langlitz’s pattern.
Maybe someday I will crochet a few more items in each of these books, but for now I will simply stare and drool.
– Amy –