Très Crochet Daily

Notes on Crochet...Ideas, Designs, & Experiences

Friday, July 22, 2005

Book Review

I recently purchased Cool Crochet by Melissa Leapman. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Her patterns are very well written and easily understood. I especially appreciate the way she gives a summary of the pattern stitch along with its stitch multiple at the beginning of each pattern. The book contains mostly nice, contemporary sweater patterns along with a few accessories. I don't know how many pieces I would actually make from this book, however. Also, she does not recommend substituting yarn. Overall, I am very happy with it.

The other book I recently bought is Fun & Funky Crochet by Sophie Britten. This one I would give 3 out of 5 stars. Although it was fun to read, again not many of the patterns would I make (fingerless gloves, leg warmers, bikini, frilly mini skirt). But the author has a cute style and it does have some good ideas in it. The patterns are not as fully well-explained as Melissa's book and again, generally no yarn substitutions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

This is new...

I thought I'd share some of my experiences as I go along with the creation of my new website for my crochet business, Très Crochet. I've read things from so many of you who seem to share this strange craziness for yarn, and patterns, and projects, and so on, and thought "That sounds like me" when I thought I was just weird! I hope to make some sort of interesting contribution to this on-line community.

Over the next few days I will be reformatting this blog to the best of my HTML ability. Meanwhile, on the topic of crochet - I recently purchased two new books, Cool Crochet by Melissa Leapman and Fun & Funky Crochet by Sophie Britten. I also just received the Sept. 05 issue of Crochet! Magazine which has some cute things in it. I'll be browsing through the two books this evening and will post my thoughts on them soon.

In August, I will be traveling to Boston for a weekend vacation with husband, and on the way, I am insisting that we stop at Webs Yarn Store in Northampton. Wow - 5,000 sq. feet of yarn plus a huge warehouse! I am already saving $$ to spend. If anyone has been there and has tips on keeping your visit to one hour, please share!