I love exploring different crochet books, and it’s always interesting to see what other bloggers I respect think about different crochet books that interest me. In addition to some great recent book reviews, there are some new crochet magazines out on the market.
Hi! Yesterday was my birthday, which I mentioned in the post about my parents yesterday. I also shared some old photos and memories on Instagram yesterday as part of my celebration. But today the celebration is extended to you. As my birthday gift to you, I’m offering steep discounts on my books throughout the rest of April.
One of the first books that I ever reviewed on this blog was Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies by Twinkie Chan. I was enchanted by the way she applied crochet ideas to making food-related art that was also wearable. I’ve followed her work ever since, always intrigued by what she’s creating whether it was her free patterns for Michael’s or her artistic imagery showcasing her creations. So, it’s no surprise that I’m in love with her new book, Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode a la Mode, in which she has applied her crochet food-making talents to home decor.
Kristin Omdahl is a fabulous crochet designer who, with this newest title, has authored one dozen knit and crochet books. Her work is widely published, she has her own beautiful yarn line, and she is a great resource for all things related to the craft. Continuous Crochet is another example of her excellent work.
When the book arrived, the first thing that I noticed was that the cover image looks just like a crochet mandala! I can’t remember now if I’d ever seen the book cover before now, but if I did, it was before crochet mandalas were popular and way before I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project. But after my initial surprise at the book’s cover, I realized that it didn’t surprise me at all, because the piece is so artistic and beautiful and this is exactly what Del, and many of the other designers from that time were doing as they pushed the envelope in crochet.
One of the reasons that people love Tunisian crochet is because you can get a knit-like look using the basics of crochet. There may be no pattern more “knit” than Fair Isle so many people will take an interest in Brenda Bourg’s new crochet book Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet: Step-by-Step Instructions and 16 Colorful Cowls, Sweaters, and More.
I always love the books that Margaret Hubert authors, and she’s especially talented at her work with crochet granny squares (and variations thereof), so it’s no surprise that I’m loving her recent titles which showcase crochet granny blocks in all of their glory. For example, I loved her book 10 Granny Squares, 30 Blankets. And now I’m also loving 10 Granny Squares, 30 Bags.