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Lovely projects but pricey yarn suggestions!
on 2 June 2008
I love this book and bought it for myself and a crocheting friend around Xmas time. I've been crocheting for just over a year and my friend for a bit less. So far we've had no problems with this book and have each made several items with no problems re: errata etc which you find quite a lot in other crochet or knitting books.
As I could already crochet when I bought this book, I didn't need the crochet intstructions at the start of the book but from what I have seen they cover everything you need to know and would be enough for someone with maybe a very basic or rusty crochet knowledge to get through the book. A beginner would possibly be able to learn from this book alone but I'd still recommend Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker as the best book for newcomers.
The only thing I don't really like about this book is that it has clearly been at least part-funded by Rowan as both the writers are employed by Rowan and all the yarn they use in every single project is Rowan. Therefore if you were to use the yarn they suggest and never substitute any other yarn, it would cost you a fortune to make the things in this book!
That said, it is a really nice looking and colourful book with some interesting patterns and ideas. The section on homewares has some cool ideas to inspire you and I also really love the bags. The weakest section is probably the bit at the end for customising clothes. Some of the ideas (pom pom trimming on your skirt anyone?) look a little frumpy and tacky but might be fun for little girls clothes.
Overall a lovely book with plenty of value for money and lots of inspiration.