Book Review: Superstar Knitting by Debbie Stoller

superstar knittingI simply love Debbie Stoller’s books. I currently own the Knitter’s Handbook, the Happy Hooker, Stitch Nation, and Superstar Knitting. The only book I don’t own is the one she made for men’s fashions because I don’t feel I would get much use out of it.

On to the review…

I like the concept of this book. Pretty much, it is for those of us  who want to advance our knitting techniques. The previous Debbie Stoller books had great projects but, they were limited in their techniques. This book focuses on cables, intarsia, fair isle, lace, steeking, and so much more! I am the type of person that loves to advance and challenge myself when it comes to my crafts. It’s the way I keep things interesting. So, this book definitely answers my call.

Pros:

1. 41 patterns

2. Beautiful and wearable patterns

3. Gorgeous photography

4. The book is divided by (1) instructions and (2) the patterns

5. There is a diverse set of patterns–for baby, house, accesories, and adults

Cons:

1. I don’t feel the instruction part goes into enough detail for complex techniques. There will be a need for further research.

Below are a few of my favorite projects…

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Book Review: Crochet One Skein Wonders

crochet one skein wonderAs you know from a previous post, I have the Yarn Shop One Skein Wonders and Designers One Skein Wonders books. These books are great but, they are mainly for knitting. Yes, they did feature a few crochet patterns here and there but, the book’s focus was knitting. My sister, Alison,  even commented that it would be nice if they had a Crochet One Skein Wonder. Well, they answered her call. When I saw on Amazon that this book was coming, I was kinda excited.

So, I checked out my local bookstore but, they didn’t have it. They told me to check back in 3 days, which I did. Then, they told me that they won’t be carrying it.  So, I was preparing to order it from Amazon but, about a week later I happen to be in the Bookstore again. And when I wasn’t even looking for the book there it was!! So, I grabbed it and bought it 😉

Surprisingly, I have not made anything from the book yet. Usually, I am quick to pick up small projects. And I even ordered some lace yarn from Knit Picks to make the Shell Net Cowl. But, I have yet to get to it. Moving on the review…

Pros:

1. Beautiful photos with unique arrangement of the items.

2. Love the layout. It is in order by section from thread to super bulky.

3. There are versatile projects such as scarves, hats, jewelry, purses, baby wear, and so much more.

4. There are 101 patterns!!!

Cons:

1. The books does not feel that sturdy. I feel that with continued use it will begin to split in the middle.

2. I like amigurumi but, I felt there was a bit too much of it.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love for crochet–from the beginner to the more experienced. Check out a few of my favorite patterns from the book below:

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