Friday, 2 May 2014

my five favourite craft books

Day 2 of #BEDM and I've hit a wall already - a great idea, pimping out your favourite 5 posts that you've posted as a way to reinvigorate interest in your blog and to bring to the surface old posts that new readers may never have seen...except I only started this blog on 29 March this year with this tentative post!

And as such so far I have a grand total of 21 posts - 22 if we count this one.

So in a twist I will instead share my favourite 5 craft books (in no particular order) that I have on my bookshelf so as to keep with the spirit of the #BEDM challenge.

softies : simple instructions for 25 plush pals by Therese Laskey was the first craft book I ever bought for myself on recommendation from C years and years ago, and it is a brilliant book! All the projects in the book are filled with such character (see the tree and dog above that I made!) and the book comes complete with patterns in a sleeve on the inside back cover. Patterns are marked by skill level and don't take long to make - a must have!

KNIT step by step by Vikki Haffenden & Frederica Patmore was a Christmas gift from B's Mum and is a marvellous book - intended for beginners it just holds lots of information, stitches, techniques and even patterns that make this book an invaluable one on my shelf if I want to look up a technique I don't recognise - something about looking it up rather than googling it is very satisfying.

Knits for Nerds by Joan of Dark (a.k.a Toni Carr) - NEED I SAY MORE?! Thanks to S for this fantastic birthday present on my 22nd!

201 knitting motifs, blocks, projects & ideas by Nicki Trench is full of stitch ideas, fair isles, instaria, blocks, projects and so on and so on - this book I use for inspiration in choosing colours for projects and creating ideas for Christmas presents and my own future projects. With this blog and my inspiration juices flowing like they never have before I know I will be pulling this off my shelf more and more!

30-minute knits by Carol Meldrum is packed with 60 projects that all (in theory) take only half an hour to complete! Although I find they take a little longer than promised it is still a marvellous book filled with adorable little projects that I turn to in between larger projects to fill the time while I decide what I want to do next. Also ideal for gift inspiration.

What are your favourite craft books? Do you have any of the ones I have come to love?

8 comments:

  1. I agree, it is much more satisfying to be able to look something up in a book than just google it! Especially when you know the book will contain one correct answer, and google might have several million wrong ones...

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    1. so so true - and youtube vides are useful put not always proof read to the extent that books are :)

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  2. Knits for nerds! I need this book in my life, might help if I could knit though! Looking forward to the rest of your BEDM posts :) x

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    1. a good book to have reagrdless - might inspire you to pick up knitting? :) Thanks Rosie I'm looking forward to yours and everyone elses too :) xx

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  3. If I could knit I would so get the knitting for nerds book. I have so many craft books and magazines, the other half told me that maybe I should sort through or cut down, PAH! Men lol x

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    1. PAH what do they know - B told me he wouldn't get me a knitting book for christmas and I was so upset that he bought me one in the end :p xx

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  4. That softies book looks perfect for me, and if I could knit I would want the nerds one too!!

    Hannah
    x

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    1. Ooh yeah it really would be - it also has a simple crochet bear pattern too which you could use as your inspiration to learn if you're interested! :) x

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