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Review | Lion Brand BonBons Yarn

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I usually choose bulky, nubby yarns to crochet with, but every so often I’ll go through a phase where all I want to do is crochet with “fine” or “sport weight” yarns (which are very thin in diameter and not very plush). The Bonbons yarns from Lion Brand are perfect for this. They come in a package of eight color coordinated mini-skeins, and are priced at $7.99 MSRP for a pack of eight skeins. While the skeins are quite small, the entire package is more than enough yarn to make a variety of projects. No, you won’t be able to crochet a large afghan with one package, but you will be able to make quite a variety of accessories and home decor projects.

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Books | The Crocheter’s Companion by Nancy Brown

I do not knit. That’s not to say that I’ve never knitted, but I currently do not knit because I was not good at it. It was frustrating because I so wanted to be good at it. I have a co-worker who is an exceptional knitter, and she makes the most wonderful things for her kids and family. Being the crafter that I am of course I wanted to try it and so a knitting soiree was had. I tried –  I really did – and I had moments of proficiency and then it vanished. Just like that! I’d do so well for a few rows then ruin! And I never picked it up again. I sadly thought my time playing with yarn was done.

Then I received this book, The Crocheter’s Companion, written by Nancy Brown and published by Interweave Press.

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Using the book I was able to try crochet, which I find to be so much easier that knitting! I still didn’t have much success by my high standards but I must say that the book was a great help. With it by my side for reference, I was able to understand many of the crochet videos I was watching and learn a lot.

The Crocheter’s Companion is intended as a reference book, so it has an extensive table of contents to easily find the topic you want. There’s also a spiral binding so it will lay flat while your hands are kept free to crochet. The book is thorough, with plenty of illustrations on every topic. International readers are taken care of with British and Metric measurements, and there’s reference for international stitch symbols, too.

Pros:

  • Measurements provided in U.S., UK, and Metric sizes
  • Illustrations at every step including yarn labels, and each crochet stitch
  • Reference for abbreviations & international stitch symbols

Cons:

  • Yellow orange tones of all the drawings can be a bit drab for reading.

The Crocheter’s Companion: Revised and Updated by Nancy Brown is available on Amazon.com for around $15.00.

Rustic Modern Crochet by Yumiko Alexander

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Most of us who crochet tend to look to the internet when we are searching out new ideas or inspiration. In this age of Pinterest, Ravelry, and a tremendous amount of crochet video tutorials on YouTube, sometimes it’s hard to imagine what a crochet book might offer that the internet does not.

In the book “Rustic Modern Crochet: 18 Designs Inspired by Nature” by Yumiko Alexander, the benefit is found in the innovation of the designs and patterns.

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