Tuesday, June 21, 2011

book review: Incredible Cardboard

Incredible Cardboard!Incredible Cardboard! by Instructable Authors
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I picked this up for free, and didn't realize it was put together from Instructables. Anybody who does DIY projects is aware of this site, one I don't really frequent because the vast majority of the projects posted there are poor quality, with even poorer instructions and photography.

This "book" is simply a compliation of projects from the site, which includes frequent advertising for the website. The directions are complete with typos, nothing is edited and the projects shown are those only suitable for children.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Crochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs with Fine YarnsCrochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs with Fine Yarns by Kristin Omdahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been oogling the designs from the book on Ravelry since it first came out, & I finally borrowed the book from the library to see for myself. I was hoping to have time to actually make something out of it, but alas, that will have to be another time.

There are so many gorgeous designs, I wouldn't have been able to just pick one. If I was doing the Ravelry blogging challenge, where you work through all the projects in a book... this would be the book for me (or maybe one of my sock books, but that's another topic for another day). I don't think there is one project in the book that I wouldn't want to make, and there are many projects that I'd love to make more then once, in different colors & / or for gifts (such as Cascade sweater, or the Skinny Flower scarf, or the Diamonds shawl...)

My absolutely favorite project, however, is Pearl's Cardigan, which is made with the easily available, easily affordable, and/or easily substituted for a more expensive yarn, if you'd like.

This is another must-buy for your crochet library.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

mini book review: Back on Blossom Street

Back on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, #4)Back on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very quick read. It definitely wasn't as good, in my opinion, as the other books in the series, but it was another light, fluffy book to read & that seems to be all I can read lately.

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