April 13, 2011

Review Two Crochet Books: Amigurumi World & Lacy Crochet

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Bear with me readers who have 0 interest in crochet. I went on a crochet kick this past month and picked up a couple of books from the library.

First Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli. Amigurumi is the Japanese craft of creating cute crochet or knitted animals with yarn. Amigurumi World provides patterns for all kinds of tiny creatures: dogs, owls, octopuses (octopi?), bears, etc. Most patterns have both a big (Mommy) and little (baby) version. It's cute overload! The patterns are pretty simple and easy to follow. Nothing complicated here. Great for people who want to try Amigurumi.

Puppy from Amigurumi World. Rectangular Doily from Lacy Crochet
Lacy Crochet: Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts is more crochet craftiness from the Japanese. Lacy Crochet is a more traditional style of crochet with delicate designs in cotton thread. Using the book was a bit challenging for me. Since it's translated from Japanese, the text instructions are unfamiliar. I'm used to the way American instructions are written. The patterns rely on charts. I'm not a fan of charts, but was forced to use them. I managed to get the hang of it fairly quickly. One advantage the book had was plenty of colour photos of the techniques used in the patterns. And it's just a beautiful book with such pretty things. Though my husband looked askance at me with a "Doilies? Really? Okay Granny." I loved all these old fashioned patterns but this is probably the last doily for me for some time.

Round Doily and Ringlet
The green and pink doily above was made with vintage cotton thread I found at a local yarn shop. The beige thread used in the bottom photo is actually a bamboo thread from Aunt Lydia's.

I definitely enjoyed both these books and plan on making more from them soon.

4 comments :

  1. Wow, I'm impressed. I'm sure my creations would never look like that.

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  3. I've always admired your crocheting (is that right? or crochet work?)--and that doily is gorgeous. The old-fashionness actually gives it a lot of charm, I think!

    I've always wanted to try my hand (can just do basic basic crochet). Are you self-taught or did someone teach you or is there a beginning place you'd recommend? I've thought about taking into classes at local craft stores but will be tough with baby.

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  4. Kathy- Thanks!

    Trish- Crocheting, I think, though I'm fine with either. I started with some instructions from a magazine but had to have my Mom show me how to do it. I made lots of mistakes when I started. There are good how-to videos on Youtube that I refer to if I'm having trouble. If you can take a class, I'd say learn that way. Having someone show you will save lots of headaches. Maybe you can make that your "Me time" down the road a bit.

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