Book review: Lace one-skein wonders

Judith Durant has written an awesome book for the intermediate knitter who wants to learn lace or bust some stash.

The projects start simply, with lace embellishments to simple hats, and increase in difficulty to include yummy lacy fingerless gloves.  I must confess a strong partiality to both the Trellis Mitts and the Travel-worthy Mitts.  Also, the I Heart You  Dress almost makes me want to have a kid.  Almost.  As for the scarves & the cowls, there’s not a bad one in the bunch.  None of them looks terribly difficult, but you won’t die of boredom, either.

The variety of projects means that you will have an appropriate gift for yourself or for anyone who has the exceptionally good taste to like handknits.

Projects include both written and charted instructions, which is particularly nice for those of us who are chart-phobic.  There are also projects that use thicker yarn, so you can practice lace-knitting skills while simultaneously making visible progress on your project.

I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a real copy of this book.  Highly recommended.


Book review: Handmade books for everyday adventures

I have to say, I love this little book by Erin Zamrzia.  It is engaging and beautifully photographed.  She writes as one who knows each reader personally.  The illustrations and directions are easy to follow, and the project ideas are terrific.   I definitely plan to make at least one book necklace, and who doesn’t need a waterproof book (or two)?  Belongs on the bookshelf of every crafter.

Books I need to return to the library – Grow Great Grub

Grow great grub: organic food from small spaces – Gayla Trail


I really like this book – lots of detail about various plants and how much each one produces and the ideal growing environment.

Also, lots of cute ideas for crafts and planting herbs in cans, plus recipes.

Dang!  I like this book.  I may end up putting this in my books I want to own list.

Maybe I’ll return it later.



Books I need to return to the library – Paper + Craft

Paper + Craft: 25 charming gifts, accents, and accessories to make from paper – by Minhee & Truman Cho











Great little book, but I’m trying to be more of a minimalist.  Perhaps not the best use of my time, creativity, or space.  But I would still recommend it.  Not only does it have some great ideas with good detail, but the Boston Terrier on the front is absolutely adorable.