Thursday, May 5, 2016

Book Review: Crocheted Abode A La Mode by Twinkie Chan


Twinkie Chan has the sense of humor and knack for executing realistic-looking "food" just for fun and also for useful items. I thoroughly enjoyed her first book, Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. I adore my radish boa and my 6-year-old granddaughter insists that her mother wear the pizza scarf when they go out for pizza! She has dedicated her newest book, Crocheted Abode A La Mode, to keeping the home cozy and "yummy"with 20 food-themed crochet patterns that transform the adorable style of amigurumi to useful items for the house.

Admittedly, I am probably not fun-loving enough to appreciate Twinkie's creative spirit when it come to MY home decor. I don't have a strong need to transform my living space into something "delicious." However, if you are like me, try applying some of your own creativity to these patterns. Rather than used as a toiletpaper cozy, any child would love a crocheted birthday cake that becomes an annual tradition at party time.

Birthday Cake Toilet Paper Cozy
The Honey Bear Apron is adorable bur not practical. Turn it into a Halloween costume or make two in a scaled-down size. Once you join the two sides; fill with stuffing and voila... you have a teddy bear gift!

Honey Bear Apron
Sitting on a cherry pie may be a cheap thrill, but really?

Cherry Pie Seat Cover

My favorite project is the Taco Pencil Case that can also be used as a handy hook pouch; and the pattern offers an opportunity to get your feet wet with felting if you've never tried it.

Taco Pencil Case
If you are young at heart or want to be and you enjoy the process as much as the final project, this book is for you! Published in April 2016 by Creative Publishing International, Crocheted Abode A La Mode retails for $21.99.