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


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Comforting Hugs from Baskets

Craft Fair Basket I've had for 30 years and still love it
I have a thing for baskets and quite a collection of them, I must say. They comfort me and when I look at them, I feel joy. I've collected baskets for many years from craft fairs, travels and from other countries I've visited or lived in.