Book Review: Knitless: 50 No-knit, Stash-Busting YarnProjects

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 27 September 2015 at 1:13 pm

Knitless: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects by Laura McFadden is published by Running Press. The copyright date is October 2015, and the retail price is $18 US or $22.50 CAN. It is a big, chunky paper back packed with 50 project that use yarn but do not require any knitting (or crochet) skills to accomplish.

The projects in the book are divided into 4 areas: For the Home, Wearable Accessories, Yarn Art, and Stationery and Gift Ideas. There is no technique section, as you might see in most craft books, because the techniques used are pretty simple. All the projects are really geared toward very basic yarn manipulation such as wrapping yarn around an object (such as a frame); making pom-poms (which are secured to a chair); braiding yarn (to create a rug); or stitching with yarn (to attach to objects like a lamp shade).

If you’ve been looking for simple projects to use up bits of yarn, want a way to decorate your home or create simple gifts that use yarn, or are in need of easy projects to do with crafters who have limited skills (like children or newbies), then I think there is a lot to offer in this fun book.

Video Book Review: Amigurume

Blogged under Good Books, amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 21 September 2015 at 8:59 am

In this video book review, I take a look at the very cool book called AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People by Allison Hoffman.

Video Book Review: Bead Crochet Jewelry

Blogged under Good Books, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 6:49 pm

I have a new video book review up! This one combines my love of crochet and jewelry making: Bead Crochet Jewelry: Tools, Tips and and 15 Beautiful Projects

Book Review: Paper Jewelry

Blogged under Good Books, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 29 August 2015 at 1:54 pm

Here is my latest video book review for Paper Jewelry: 55 Projects for Reusing Paper.

Video Book Review: Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Good Books by Tammy on Monday 24 August 2015 at 7:15 am

I discuss the book Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet: 30 Stylish Shoes, Booties, and Sandals to Crochet for Babies in this video book review.

Coloring Dream Mandalas

Blogged under Good Books, paper arts by Tammy on Sunday 23 August 2015 at 12:03 pm

Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation is published by Ulysses Press and retails for $10 in the US and $11.95 in Canada. The author is Wendy Piersall. I hesitate to refer to her as just an author because, obviously, she is a very talented artist as well.

I was not really surprised to receive this book as a review copy from the publisher because coloring books for adults is a super popular trend right now, especially among those who enjoy creating and crafting. It is suppose to help relieve stress, and of course, creative people are drawn to colors so it’s a good fit.

This is her third book of mandalas created with the idea that the read/user is able to color inside the book. The designs are all fairly intricate, and many of them also include inspirational saying such as “Follow Your Dreams They Know the Way.” Images she has drawn in the mandalas include dragons, fairies, castles, lots of wonderful fantasy-themed elements.

Wendy is making this a collaborative and interactive book by inviting readers to share their finished colorings on her Facebook page:

And you can also share images through Instagram by tagging them with #wendypiersall or #coloringdreammandalas .

This is a super fun book, and I’m thinking that this and a box of colored pencils might be a wonderful gift for a few people on my holiday gift list.

Video Book Review: Sock Yarn Studio

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Saturday 15 August 2015 at 1:18 pm

In this video, I review a book published by Lark entitled Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn.

Crafting Memories!

Blogged under Good Books, My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Monday 3 August 2015 at 8:16 am

Woot! I have been mentioning this through all my social media outlets and through my video podcast, but just in case you missed it, my new novel is out and available through Kindle download on Amazon. It is called Crafting Memories, and below is a brief description:

Tess Dudley Forrester finds herself forty, unemployed, and wondering: Had it been a mistake for her to leave her secure job as a craft book editor so many years ago to pursue a career as a teacher? How long will her husband’s good nature last as she navigates depression and tries to reconfigure her career goals? While Tess tries to understand the fickle nature of fate, along the way she discovers a distant family relative’s journal and letters that open up a tragic chapter from her ancestors’ lives, a mother/daughter suicide. At first, this discovery is just a distraction from her own troubles, but eventually, as she digs into her family’s past, she also takes a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she reconnects with her knitting and crochet friends, is tempted by a man who may be the answer to her future in more ways than one, and remembers how much she enjoys the art of crafting, both with her hands and her words.

You can read the preface and first chapter for free if you go over to the listing (here) on Amazon and click on the “Look Inside” option.

Video: Knit Notes Book Review

Blogged under Crafty Products, Good Books by Tammy on Friday 10 July 2015 at 8:29 am

In this brief video (a little over 8 minutes), I show and tell you about an interesting book called Knit Notes that is more than just a book. It’s a crafting design tool.

Book Review: 60 Quick Baby Knits

Blogged under Good Books, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 10:06 am

60 Quick Baby Knits: Blankets, Booties, Sweaters & More in Cascade 220™ Superwash (60 Quick Knits Collection) is published by Sixth and Spring books and retails for $17.95 in the US and $21.95 in Canada. All of the projects are knit using Cascade’s 220 Superwash yarn, and the 60 projects were designed by a variety of professional knitters/designers. A few names that may look familiar include Jeannie Chi, Lee Grant, Tanis Gray, and Veronica Manno.

Of course, with 60 patterns that means you get a really big selection, and I have to admit a fondness for making baby items. They are smaller so usually quicker than adult patterns. Now as far as being really “quick” as the title suggestions, I think that may be kind of subjective depending on your skill level. All of the pattern are designated beginner, easy, intermediate, or experienced. The majority of projects are categorized as intermediate, so if you are a beginner knitter, that means these may not be that quick for you.

So for intermediate to experienced level knitters, these would probably be pretty fast to make. The photographs are also a good point of this book. There are lots of them, which means you can get a good visual idea of what the finished item will look like. For me, that’s a big plus.

If you have the skill level needed and want a good selection of patterns to pick from for your baby knits, then definitely consider taking a look at 60 Quick Baby Knits. For those with less experience, one nice point of this book is that you can have projects that will expand your skill level but are not a huge commitment since they are so small.

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