18. Juni 2011

Yarn Cocktails: Crochet Book

This is such a cute book! And I'm happy that I found it...

"The crocheter's guide to Yarn Cocktails" by Anastasia Blaes and Kelly Wilson shows 30 projects inspired by different cocktail recipes. There's a short but sufficient guide to the basic crochet techniques and one by one you learn some special techniques by doing the projects, such as cables, crocheting in the round, shaping and even felting, so this may even be a nice book for beginners.

The projects are really nice and wearable, and most of them seem to be quick to make, such as belts, a headband, hats, bags and purses and some jewelry. But there are some clothes also, such as two beautiful skirts, 2 Tops and a "corset" (which is something in between a top and a vest). And you can even make a necktie and a vest for your boyfriend ;)

The yarn substitution guide is really useful, especially as I don't expect to find the originally used yarns in Europe too easily (or not at all).

I'm already thinking about crocheting the "Bay Blue Hat" making some little changes to personalize it. Maybe adding a large crochet flower as embellishment? Or weaving through a satin ribbon? I really like these vintage-style ruffles...

And the cutest project: Pink panties made from soft alpaka yarn! On the backside playful ruffles are worked directly into the crochet fabric, that add this special burlesque touch to these oh so nice panties... I'll surely make these soon and show you some pictures if I'll be successful :)

And for the fun of it (or throwing your own yarn cocktail party with some crafty friends!?), the authors added some of the cocktail recipes that inspired the 30 projects... yummy!

There's also a knitting pendant to this book... maybe I should give it a try, though I'm not really a knitter yet!?


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