Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Review: Crochet Refresher ~ Brush Up on Your Skills with Baby gifts! by Sharon H. Silverman

Crochet Refresher ~ Brush Up on Your Skills with Baby Gifts!

If you are a former crocheter with a special baby on its way into your life, it is only logical that you have become inspired to make a lasting treasure for that baby. This book has everything you need to refresh your skills and to present something special on the blessed day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Crochet is Hanging Over My Head!

Crochet is my life; it is how I define myself. I am a Gemini, okay, so do give me credit for having a "life."
I really hate to admit that there could be anything negative about the crochet about which I am so passionate.

I am not stranger to having 3 or 4 projects going at one time. There's usually the complicated one that takes concentration. There is the one that is repetitive and is good for just keeping the hands busy in front of daily tv sessions; and there is the "traveling project" kept in the car for using those moments as they appear to stitch a row or two with no deadline to get the project finished. So, why oh why, am I feeling such pressure? Let's explore....

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Book Review: Quick Crocheted Accessories: 3 Skeins or Less

Quick Crocheted Accessories: 3 Skeins or  Less
Sharon, also the author of It Girl Crochet  which I reviewed, has assembled a stellar group of crochet fashionistas who have designed accessories that are not only quick but they also underscore the praises of clever crochet!

There is a unique quality about each person in this group of designers yet a commonality in how they look at crochet that unites the designs in this book. Sharon, a fabulous designer in her own right, has tapped into those qualities to ensure you will want to add it to your library.

Wavelength Beanie by Sharon Zientara
Many of the designers within are women whose crochet I have greatly admired in the past while crocheting marvelous projects from their patterns. Several of the designers are European-born which, it seems, exposes them to a legacy of needlework and fashion sense. Others in the book bring graphic design skills and television costume design experience.
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Mosaic Slippers by Cristina Mershon
Honeycomb Shawl by Regina Rioux

Combine all this with observation of new things that bring fascinating ideas, yarn-obsession and other interests like belly-dancing, and you have a captivating group that brings out the best in crochet! 

Corona Cowl by Kathy Merrick

Sharon believes that the desire to take the time and care to make something balances how we live in a fast-paced manner these days. However, she says that “you don’t need to spend a huge amount of time, money or effort in order to create something by hand. Near instant-gratification is built into these pages.”
Quick Crochet Accessories is published by Interweave/F+W and is available now for $23.99