Granny is no square

For those crocheters who don’t give granny squares a glance, try taking a look at “Granny Squares”. “Granny Squares” the latest book in this genre has over 25 creative ways to crochet the classic pattern and is written by Stephanie Gohr, Melanie Sturm and Barbara Wilder. It is worth a look.

There are many more than a dozen different square designs to crochet. That alone is worth turning the pages. Primrose, Netting and Cornflower squares are my favorites. Color choice and yarn fiber help to make these patterns fit into contemporary home decor and fashion. Granny squares are a great yarn stash buster. No matter what granny square pattern you choose, they all start from the center. For more about this book…

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Vogue’s Crochet 2012 special collector’s issue

The last Vogue magazine dedicated to crochet was back in 1994. Seventy percent of today’s knitters, crochet. Crochet designs have come a long way. You can see them everywhere from the runway to the classroom.

There are jewelry designs you can crochet with thread. Baubles, bangles and beads can be incorporated into your crochet to accent your garments with flair. And crochet designs do have flair, just look at the cover. From the articles to the patterns, this magazine will have you taking out your crochet hook.
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Felt painting

Moy Mackay creates beautiful works of art using fleece, fiber and threads in her book “Art in Felt & Stitch”. It is filled with colorful felt paintings of still-life, animals and landscapes inspired by her home in the Scottish Borders. See how she uses various felt techniques to achieve her paintings.

Felt is one of the earliest fabrics and is older than weaving, spinning and knitting. The book itself is a work of art with the fiber colors jumping off the page in the numerous photographs. Four step by step projects are included with instructional pictures that are clear, detailed and inspiring and numerous. Also included are many examples of her finished pieces.

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Knit Your Own Cat

Thirty-three percent of households in the United States own at least one cat. Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne have made it possible for you to own a cat without the care and maintenance. “Knit Your Own Cat” is their latest book after “Knit Your Own Dog”.

Knitters and cat lovers alike will enjoy the easy to follow patterns for 16 frisky felines. Whether you prefer a street cat or a pedigree like a Turkish Van, you can have one, both or all 16. You can knit them with step-by-step instructions. The cats cover all knitting skill levels.

For more info on knitting a cat or dog.

Circular Knitting Workshop

Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe is filled with essential techniques to master knitting in the round. It is a comprehensive guide that is for all knitting levels. Margaret even shows you how to convert flat patterns to circular and make your own charts.

John Polak was the photographer of this book and he was very busy. You might think of it as as a picture book with words. The book is an over sized paperback with 300 plus pages. Whether this will be your first attempt or you have been circular knitting for quite some time, there is a lot you will learn step by step. read more

 

Beautiful knitted flowers from Nora J. Bellows


Flowers make a great gift but, the book “Noni Flowers” is a beautiful gift in itself. “Noni Flowers” is authored by Nora J. Bellows. It is a book of 40 knitted and felted flower patterns and six projects to adorn and embellish garments, accessories, gift decorations and home decor.

The photographs by R. A. Sullivan are so well done that you feel as though you have just visited a florist or walked through the botanical gardens with Latin names provided. The flowers in all their detail are eye candy.

More about this book and a beautiful slideshow here.

It’s Goth playtime

Fiona McDonald has a new book out, “Gothic Knits”. You will be introduced into the world of the Goth doll, no poseurs here. Each of the nine knitted dolls are unique in personality and style. This is a perfect collection of dolls for people who found her “Knitted Fairies” too tame.

The characters of the night are interpreted as handsomely beautiful in a haunting way. The proportions, facial anatomy and costume detail of the dolls are a product of Fiona’s art school training in Australia, where she resides. Each doll is a marvel of its own. You will also enjoy the snippets of back story for each character. For more