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BOOK REVIEW: CROCHET KALEIDOSCOPE


Title: Crochet Kaleidoscope
Author: Sandra Eng
Genre:Art > Crafts
My Rating:

Book Description:


Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch.

Along with a collection of 100 fresh motifs, this book includes a complete guide to choosing yarn colors, what order to put them in, and how many to include. Plus, get five home decor and accessory patterns including a table runner, pillow, and rug from crochet designer and author Sandra Eng. You can shift shapes and shades to make the perfect piece for your home.

Every turn of the crochet kaleidoscope allows you to get creative with color and apply your own unique personality to your crochet motifs.

My Review

I love to look through patterns books for knitting and crocheting. It inspires me to create, design, to play with colors, and to imagine. This book surpasses my expectations. I could easily see myself purchasing a physical copy of this book to keep on my shelf with the few other go-to crochet books on my shelf. The author describes how she chooses colors very well – it makes sense. I will use this information to help me choose in the future. The pictures of her motifs are clear enough that if you don’t understand the pattern and/or graph you could very well crochet it anyhow by just looking at the photo. The stitches show very well. I like how there are notes for the pattern. I like notes in patterns no matter where they are and prefer patterns with them. The book is well done and I want to buy a physical copy for me to have on my shelf.


I received this book from Net Galley for a honest review.

BOOK REVIEW: Getting Started Knitting Socks


Title: Getting Started Knitting Socks
Author: Ann Budd
Genre: Art > Crafts
My Rating:

Book Description:


From cast-on stitches to binding off, this handbook details the simple steps needed to turn seemingly complicated sock knitting projects into easy and enjoyable activities. Helpful photographs and instructional drawings ensure that even inexperienced knitters will be able to produce high-quality socks and handle more complicated techniques, such as the Kitchener stitch at the toe. Using instructions for five different sizes–from child through adult large–at five different gauges, knitters can produce styles ranging from delicate dress socks to thick and furry slipper socks. More adventurous knitters can add variety and flair by following one of 16 unique designs or trying one of the dozens of rib, cable, and lace patterns provided. With plenty of tips and a handy stitch dictionary, this guide unleashes the creativity and fun of sock knitting.

My Review

I thought since I started reviewing books I would reviews the books I cannot live without. This book is one of those. Though I can knit all sorts of styles of socks I always refer to this book for anything sock related. I bought this book from a yarn store for the price on the back because I was desperate to learn how to knit socks. It was well worth the price and i will pay full price for ANY of Ann Budds books in the future.

Ann Budd explains the construction of socks very well. She tells you what materials you need as well. How she explains the anatomy of a sock just clicked with me when others couldn’t.

This is my ‘Sock Bible’. I really don’t think I could live without this book and continue to knit socks.