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    Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie Review

    Copy of the book Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie and an amigurumi cardinal made using a pattern in the book.
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie. In this book, Vanessa Mooncie provides the designs for 10 gorgeous, realistic amigurumi birds. Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of the book.

    I have been a long-time admirer of Vanessa Mooncie’s work when I stumbled across her on Instagram and saw this beautiful picture of a show-stopping crochet barn owl. As an absolute owl-fanatic, I was hooked. I later learned that the pattern for that same crochet barn owl is in this book Crocheted Birds: A Flock of Feathered Friends to Make by Vanessa Mooncie. So when the chance to review this book became available, I was obviously all over it.

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    The designs in this book are absolutely gorgeous. I seriously love them. These designs aren’t your standard amigurumi designs though. They are meticiulously constructed and more of an art piece than a toy. The list of supplies needed for each bird is a little more extensive than you may expect because the designs utilize various gauges of wires which would require you to utilize pliers, glass teddy bear buttons for eyes and adhesives. Because of the wires and the glass eyes, these projects wouldn’t be appropriate to give to young children.

    Check out the video version of this review here:

    A copy of the Vanessa Mooncie Book Crocheted Birds with some furls crochet hooks and scissors

    Patterns are given in Crocheted Birds for the following birds:

    • Blackbird
    • Robin
    • Blue Tit
    • Wren
    • Budgie
    • Dove
    • Cardinal
    • Swan
    • Bald Eagle
    • Barn Owl
    Crocheted barn owl page inside the Crocheted Birds Book
    Crocheted Blue Tit Bird pattern image

    The projects are a variety of sizes. The largest being the bald eagle, followed by the swan. My favourite design is the barn owl but the swan is a close second. The designs to create realistic bird eggs for each bird species in the book are also included.

    Most people won’t have everything in their house to make the birds exactly as written but to get the desired effect, it’s worth the time to get the supplies. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I was unable to obtain all the supplies necessary to make the birds exactly as written. But, I didn’t let that stop me. Knowing that my bird wouldn’t be exactly like the book, I decided to try one of the patterns with what I had on hand. I decided to give the cardinal a try since I had some red and black yarn on hand and after reading through the pattern, I figured I could accomplish something similar with my on hand materials.

    Image of the crochet cardinal available in the Crocheted Birds book

    The pattern worked up quickly and the techniques that are used in creating the patterns in this book really gave me an education in looking at amigurumi shaping in a completely different way. Rather than just working in rounds, short rows are used to assist in chaping the bird and creating the main part of the bird all in one piece. Despite the fact that I had never done amigurumi in this way, the pattern was clear and easy to understand. Charts are included for all of the patterns in this book to assist with ensuring the patterns are understood but honestly, I didn’t even need them.

    Crochet Cardinal on a white background

    Even without the exact same materials, my crochet cardinal turned out incredibly and I am really happy with how he turned out. I will probably make another one once I’m able tot get the proper wires because the legs on this one aren’t as strong as I’d like them to be, but I knew that was a possibility because I didn’t have the right materials on hand.

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    The book is written in UK terminology and after looking for it, I found that a UK to US terminology conversion chart was included in the resource section in the back of the Crocheted Birds book. The resource section itself was well instrated, helpful and just, well, cool. There is a section that shows you step-by-step how to make the birds’ legs and as I’ve never attempted to make birds’ legs from wire, I found it really cool how it was accomplished. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The illustrations that accompanied the instructions were really helpful.

    Back Cover of the book showing some of the patterns inside.

    I think this book is best suited for intermediate level crocheters. Although there are great resources available in the book to assist you in creating the projects in Crochet Birds, ultimately, despite the clear instructions, I think the construction techniques may be confusing to beginners, and leave them frustrated.

    I absolutely love this book and it has become one of my favourite pattern books that I’ve come across in a while. Not only are the designs gorgeous, the book has taught me a few things and the unique construction of each bird kept me thoroughly engaged and interested from beginning to end. If you’re interested in birds, amigurumi or even just trying different amigurumi shaping techniques, this is a beautiful addition to your crochet library.

    If you want to check out Crocheted Birds: A Flock of Feathers Friends to Make by Vanessa Mooncie you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Follow Vanessa Mooncie, the author/designer of this book on Instagram: @vanessamooncie. I’ve also reviewed another book by Vanessa Mooncie called Simple Crocheted Hats. You can check out that review HERE.

    If you enjoy crochet pattern books, you can check out some more of my crochet book reviews on my blog: Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, Weekend Makes, Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond, Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein. You can find all my crochet book reviews HERE.

    Crocheted Birds Book Giveaway

    Front cover of the book Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie

    Thanks to GMC Publications, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Crocheted Birds Book Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

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    Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys Review

    Front cover of Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond with a text overlay indicating the book has been reviewed.
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys – 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make by Emma Osmond. In this book, Emma Osmond provides the designs for 25 amigurumi projects that should be able to be completed in a weekend. Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of this book.

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    This book starts off with the standard section you find in all crochet pattern books: a resource section. Step-by-step instructions are provided for the stitches and techniques utilized in the book. The illustrations are clear and easy to follow. The instructions accompanying the illustrastions could be a little bit clearer but the illustrations get the point across well enough. The book is written in UK crochet terminology however, charts to convert the UK terminology and hook sizes to U.S. terminology and hook sizes are included.

    The projects included in the book are a variety of items for young childen. Some of the projects include:

    • Rattles
    • Mobiles
    • Stuffed Animals (Teddy Bear, Rabbit, Octopus, Girafe, Elephant, Unicorn)
    • A Toy Basket
    • A variety of different games;
    • And more.
    Inside page preview of car pattern inside Weekend Makes Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond

    I really enjoy the variety of projects in Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond. There are a few projects in this book that I think would be wonderful baby shower gifts and I would definitely add them to my baby shower project short list. Specifically the Stacking Rings toy, Cloud Cot Toy and Star Mobile.

    The skill levels in the book are described as “Easy” and “Some Experience”. “Some Experience” is not defined anywhere but “Some” implied to me that not a lot of experience would be needed to complete the project, just “some”.

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    I found the “Easy” levelled patterns to be mostly straight forward to follow. There were some points with the “Some Experience” levelled patterns where I felt like further clarification being included could have been helpful. Again, because I felt that “some experience” implied not a lot of experience, I looked at the patterns as if I was someone that had maybe a few crochet projects under my belt or even a year of experience casually crocheting. When making the Star Mobile pattern, I didn’t feel like a beginner would necessarily understand how to create the center of the star appropriately. I have done a star shape previously and was therefore, able to fill in the blanks that would have existed for someone without that experience. Because of that, I can’t recommend the book for beginner crocheters but if you have a decent amount of experience doing a variety of amigurumi projects then I think you could really enjoy this book.

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    Overall, the patterns should be relatively quick makes. There are a couple of patterns, specifically the Skittles bowling game and the Colour Game that I doubt I’d be capable of completing in a weekend. For those two patterns specifically, I’d probably have to do nothing else that weekend to get them completed but hey, if you’re quicker and have got some extra time, you may be able to get them done. The Skittles bowling game is really fun so although I may not have been able to complete it in a weekend, I would definitely still want to make it.

    Crochet Stacking Ring toy picture inside Weekend Makes Crocheted Toys.

    The projects in Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys are whimsical and full of colour. My youngest found several projects to request after only a moment or two with the book. Even my son who is almost 6 made a request or two. Because of the variety, I think you could find something to please young kids at a variety of stages. The variety of project types means that you shouldn’t be bored quickly either. The stuffed animals in this book are a good size and could be customized pretty easily as well, by experienced crocheters.

    Overall, if you’re looking for a boredom buster or a project book that could act as a quick resource for a last minute baby shower/kid’s birthday gift, then Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond could be exactly what you’re looking for.

    If you want to check out Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys by Emma Osmond you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Crochet bowling set image with a furls crochet hook and yarn.

    Check out some of my other crochet book reviews while you’re here:
    Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie, Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Snuggle and Play Crochet and Crochet Mini Animals Kit Review. Find all my Crochet Book Reviews HERE.

    Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys Book Giveaway

    Thanks to GMC Publications, I have a copy of Weekend Makes: Crocheted Toys to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Weekend Makes: Crochet Toys Book Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday May 29, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time. Winner will be notified by email by Monday June 1, 2020.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

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    Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie Review

    Simple Crocheted Hats Book
    This post may contain affiliate links. This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

    I was recently given the opportunity to review Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie. In this book, Vanessa Mooncie provides the designs for 15 beautiful hats that are simple to make. Keep reading to learn more about this book and how you can enter to win a copy of the book.

    I have been a long-time admirer of Vanessa Mooncie’s work so when I had the opportunity to check out this book, I was all over it. I had come to know Vanessa’s work through her amigurumi designs and was surprised to learn that the book was crochet hats which made me more intrigued and excited to take a look.

    Simple Crocheted Hats has a variety of different hat styles in the book. Although the title is Simple Crocheted Hats, Mooncie shows us that simple doesn’t have to look simple or unstylish. There’s a plaid hat, cowl hood, pompom tam, beret, earflap hat, hooded scarf, sun hat, brimmed hat and more. My personal favourites are the Pinwheel Beret and the Pom Pom Tam hats. Different sizes are included for each hat so there’s no need to worry about whether the hats may be too big or small.

    Image of the pom pom tam crochet hat in the book Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie

    The first thing to note about this book is that it is written in UK terminology. That isn’t a huge deal because converting it to US terminology isn’t very difficult but if you’re not aware of that up front, you could be frustrated when your work isn’t coming out the way it should. There is a chart in the back of the book with the terminology conversions to help you out. They’ve also included the crochet hook conversion charts in the book as well.

    In terms of resources, the book covers the basic stitch tutorials you’d expect to find as well as instructions on the different techniques used in the book. There’s a section on seaming your projects and how to use the techniques used in the projects that I found helpful. All the patterns in the book are accompanied by crochet charts so if you’re stuck or just prefer to read the charts, they’re a helpful addition.

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    To get a sneek peak of the designs available in the book, watch my video review of this book below!

    If you’re a beginner, this book may seem a bit intimidating when you quickly flip through the pages and are met with a plethora of crochet diagrams. Don’t let that scare you. The actual text of the patterns in Simpled Crocheted Hats are incredibly clear and simple to follow. A point to note is that the book is written using UK terminology.  But there is a conversion chart in the back of the book to help you out. Overall, regardless of your skill-level, I think this book is a great addition to your crochet library.

    If you want to check out Simple Crocheted Hats by Vanessa Mooncie, you can grab a copy of the book HERE.

    Follow Vanessa Mooncie, the author/designer of this book on Instagram: @vanessamooncie

    Back cover of the book Simple Crocheted Hats, a Furls Crochet Hook and some blue Knitcrate yarn

    If you like crocheted hat patterns, you may enjoy these free crochet hat patterns available on my blog: Juneau Blues Beanie, The Catena Hat, The Aeipathy Beanie, Crochet Tartan Beanie, Arctic Gem Beanie. Find all my hat patterns HERE.

    Simple Crocheted Hats Book Giveaway

    Thanks to GMC Publications, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Simple Crocheted Hats Book Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday May 1, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only. Please note that by entering your email below, you are subscribing to The Loopy Lamb email list. We will not send you spam, just notifications about new free crochet patterns, news and giveaways.

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    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley – A Crochet Book Review

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley cover image with a furls crochet hook underneath.
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    I was recently given the opportunity to review the brand new Kawaii Crochet: 40 Super Cute Crochet Patterns for Adorable Amigurumi by Melissa Bradley. In this fun new book, Melissa brings us a variety of cute amigurumi patterns, organized by colour. Keep reading for a sneak peak inside this exciting new book and a chance to win a copy of Kawaii Crochet!

    My first impression of this book was “adorable!”. The cover art is colourful, inviting and fun. I would’ve definitely picked this up to take a further look when browsing the book store. The bright and fun colours are continued throughout the book and it’s hard not to smile when flipping through it’s pages. The patterns in this book are organized by colour so flipping through this book is like flipping through a rainbow.

    Fun illustrations compliment the colourful pages in Kawaii Crochet. One of my favourite features of the book are the little suggestion boxes sprinkled throughout the book. Many of these boxes have puns (which you know I love) and were a fun addition. Besides the puns, the boxes contain tips for additions and alterations to the pattern on that page.

    Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley open to pattern page featuring image of an apple.

    The beginning of the book includes a bit of an intro to colour theory which was interesting. It doesn’t get too technical or in-depth, which keeps it easy and accessible to everyone. It outlines the different colour terms which I found helpful and made me consider how colour theory applies to my own colour choices in my designs.

    The book includes 10 pages of tips and instructions for techniques which were clear and helpful. If you’re someone new to crochet that wants to take a stab at making the little cuties in Kawaii Crochet, then you have all the tools needed to get started here in the book.

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    The projects in Kawaii Crochet are indeed “super cute” as the title suggests. With everything from pencils and brussel sprouts to condiment bottles and bowls of cereal, there is a great selection of fun and unique patterns in this book. The patterns themselves are clear and easy to follow. I made the beet in the picture below and found the pattern to be quick and simple. My daughter scooped it up immedately and claimed it as her own. My son wants me to make him the pencil (among other things) from the book so the patterns are definitely a hit with little ones.

    Kawaii Crochet opened to a book featuring images of crochet patterns in the book.

    Overall, the book is a visual pleasure and contains plenty of patterns to keep your interest. Everything in the book is well-thought out to maximize the cuteness factor. The difficulty gauge is illustrated with little clouds! It is really adorable. This book is just cute, cute, cute! I’d gladly gift this book to any crocheter in my life.

    If you’re interested in grabbing your very own copy of Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley, you can grab a copy of it HERE.

    Follow Melissa Bradley, the author/designer of this adorable book on Instagram: @yarnblossomboutique.

    Kawaii Crochet Giveaway

    Thanks to David and Charles publishing, I have a copy of this beautiful book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

    The Kawaii Crochet by Melissa Bradley Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends January 17th, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

    To enter, use the King Sumo form below. If you are on mobile and have difficulty entering, please use a desktop computer to enter. Only the Email option is mandatory – all other tasks are optional, for bonus entries only.

    Check out some of my other crochet book reviews: Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein

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    Dinosaurs to Crochet: A Crochet Book Review

    The book Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner laying next to three toy dinosaurs
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    If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I’m a bit of a crochet book lover. I have a stack of crochet-related books next to my bed that I’m working through. This week I read Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner so I thought I’d review it for you all this week. I’m also giving away a copy of this book! Keep reading to find out how to enter.

    Last fall, after a dramatic trip to the library, I made it home with a copy of Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner. (You can read that review and the tale about the dreaded library trip HERE). I came home, consumed the book and posted my review.

    I was so shocked when Megan contacted me directly and thanked me for the review. It seriously made my day. She mentioned that she had a dinosaur crochet book in the works. Dinosaurs are a big deal at my house so we couldn’t wait for it to come out.

    Fast forward several months and Dinosaurs to Crochet is here and my first impression was “This. is. SO. COOL!” I reached out to Megan and she kindly arranged to get me a copy of the book to review.

    Megan is an animator for DreamWorks (how cool is that?) and her attention to detail in this book is insane. The dinosaurs in Dinosaurs to Crochet aren’t your normal cutesy cartoonish crochet dinosaurs. These dinosaurs are legit. They look like actual dinosaurs and each one is an absolute work of art. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this ankylosaurus!

    crochet ankylosaus from new book by Megan Kreiner

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    Each pattern is accompanied with multiple pictures to guide you through the process of making your own prehistoric pal. Many of the projects include instructions for utilizing wire to make your dinosaur poseable and keep them stabilized. It is an optional step but I love that it is included

    Dinosaurs to Crochet comes with 12 patterns so you’re sure to find something for the dinosaur lover in your life. Dinosaurs in this book include:
    – T-Rex
    – Triceratops
    – Stegasaurus
    – Velociraptor
    – Brachiasaurus
    – Pteradon
    – and more!

    Preview of crochet triceratops from new dinosaur pattern book by Megan Kreiner

    As with most crochet books, Dinosaurs to Crochet includes written and visual instructions for the stitches used in the book, crochet and finishing techniques. I found the patterns to be clear, concise and logical. If you’re a beginner or absolutely new to amigurumi, all the steps involved may seem a little daunting upon first inspection but I think Megan has done a great job of making this book accessible to everyone.

    This book generated a lot of excitement when it arrived at my house. My family has already put in requests for me to make almost every dinosaur in this book. Even my husband asked me to make him a triceratops. So if you plan on getting yourself a copy of Dinosaurs to Crochet, you may find yourself very busy making dinosaurs if you forget to put it away when company is over.

    If you’re interested in buying a copy of Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, it can be purchased from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and my patterns free.

    Group of triceratops looking at a crochet triceratops in Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner
    My husband and I had a bit of fun taking pictures.

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    Check out these other crochet book reviews I’ve done: Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein

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    Snuggle and Play Crochet – A Crochet Book Review

    Snuggle and Play Crochet book laying ontop of a crochet project

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    A baby! A baby! Everyone I know is having a baby! Maybe it’s just me but I feel like there are spurts where I am crocheting a lot of baby shower gifts. I don’t like to make everyone the same things over and over because hey, that’s boring and not fun for me. So I’m always on the look out for inspiration or patterns to use in a pinch when making baby shower gifts. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez. I found this book during my last trip to the library and I wanted to share this little gem with you all.

    What drew me to this book initially were the adorable little monkeys on the cover and the fact that the cover says there are “40 amigurumi patterns for lovey security blankets and matching toys”. With 40 different patterns how can you get bored? Unless you’re invited to 40 baby showers in a year (if you are attending 40 baby showers, I am so so so sorry) you could likely make something different for each shower you attend over a couple of years and eliminate hours of searching for a new pattern each time.

    Snuggle and Play Crochet has 20 different toy patterns and matching lovey blankets. The toys in the book include:

    • Teddy Bear
    • Bunny
    • Dog
    • Cat
    • Zebra
    • Rhino
    • Giraffe
    • Hipp0
    • Frog
    • Sheep
    • Panda
    • Cow
    • Dug
    • Pig
    • Reindeer
    • Mouse
    • Fox
    • Monkey
    • Girl doll
    • Boy doll
    Snuggle and Play Crochet by Caroline Guzman Benitez - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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    The patterns in this book are C-U-T-E! You will be a big hit at any baby shower (or other gift giving occassion for babies/kids) giving something you made from this book. For the loveys, 5 basic blanket patterns are used and it’s easy enough to switch up the blanket you use for the lovey you’re making.

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    I found this book to be really accessible for beginners. Each pattern includes the written instructions and the charts. Snuggle and Play crochet also has a clear, concise references section in the back to explain basic stitches, abbreviations and various techniques. The book is loaded with crisp, clean pictures that make the characters jump out and scream “make me!”.

    All the amigurumi and loveys in Snuggle and Play Crochet use safety eyes which of course, makes them look uber adorable and polished looking. However, safety eyes aren’t a great idea for items for small children that are likely to put their precious playthings in their mouth. The author does recommend embroidering the eyes for toys being made for young children but never actually gives instructions anywhere on how to do that. If you don’t mind the book providing you with those alternatives and are ok to wing it/google how to do it then it’s fine. But if you’re a beginner picking the book up and have never embroidered before, you’ll need to do a quick google or youtube search.

    Other than missing that small detail, the book is great. It’s clear, comprehensive and just darn cute. Snuggle and Play Crochet by Carolina Guzman Benitez makes a great, quick resource with plenty of options for baby/kids gifts which can help eliminate hours of research on google/pinterest/ravlery etc.

    If you’re interested in buying Snuggle and Play Crochet, it can be purchased from Amazon HERE. If you purchase through this link, I will get a small commission which helps keep my site running and free.

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    Check out these other crochet book reviews I’ve done: Dinosaurs to Crochet by Megan Kreiner, Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott and, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein

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    Crochet Animal Rugs: A Crochet Book Review

    Crochet Animal Rugs Book

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    If you’ve been following my blog or have read one of my crochet book reviews, you may have caught on that I love books and my local library. I typically discover many of the books I review with a visit to the library or looking online at the library’s online catalogue. My discovery of the book Crochet Animals Rugs by Ira Rott is no different.

    My local library has this section of books right when you walk in where they feature a different topic, author or genre. When I visit the library I’m usually on a mission so this shelf gets a passing glance and unless something catches my eye, this shelf is barely registered other than to avoid crashing into it. (This may have happened to me before but that’s a story for another day). Anyways, the last time I walked into the library this shelf practically jumped out and screamed at me to look at it (which I wish it had done that time I crashed into it…). The whole shelf was dedicated to fiber arts!

    After having a little fangirl type scream in my head, I started some serious browsing. There were books on spinning, dying yarn, crochet, knitting, weaving, etc. That’s when Crochet Animal Rugs by Ira Rott caught my eye. Having seen some of Ira’s work shared online previously, I knew who the book was by before picking it up.

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    Ira has this whimsical, fun style to her designs that I absolutely LOVE. The crochet animal rugs in this book are fun, accessible to crocheters of any level and kids will love them. Well, at least both my kids do since I had to wrestle the book out of one of their hands just to get some pictures for this post. 🤦 My son has already placed orders for the crab and dinosaur rugs. Kids aren’t the only ones drawn to the designs either. My husband wants one of the crab pillows from this book.

    Although the title is Crochet Animal Rugs, you’ll find matching accessories for each rug so you can really deck out your little one’s room. Some of the accessories include, pillows, security blankets, stool covers and toy bags. Everything in this book is beyond adorable and you could really have some fun making a menagerie of animal items for your kids.

    Crochet Animal Rugs also covers instructions for techniques you’ll need to create one of these lovlies including how to add a non-slip lining. Charts and written instructions are provided for the patterns as well as some beautiful photos to help with construction.

    Overall I LOVE this book and will definitely be making it a part of my collection soon. The book can be purchased HERE from Amazon or you can check out Ira’s website (https://irarott.com/) where she has other fabulous patterns available for purchase.

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    The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop Book Review

    The Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop laying next to a crochet hook and yarn.

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    Happy Holidays everyone! Now that the bulk of the holiday festivities are complete for my family, I’ve been able to steal a little extra time for reading and crocheting. One of the books I have been reading is “The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop” by Dora Ohrenstein. I have had this book for some time and it is one of those books that I go back to reference when I need to. So I decided to review this book for you and give you an idea of what you can expect from this book.

    What initially drew me to this book when shopping was the subtitle for the book on the cover that reads “Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter“. As someone that is always looking to increase my skill set this line is what made me pick this book up. It honestly didn’t take me more than 2 minutes to decide that this book would be coming home with me.

    This book is comprehensive. If you’re a beginner or even an intermediate level crocheter, you can learn a lot from this book. This book talks about things like understanding the different varieties of yarn and their applications, yarn twists, drape and figuring out stitch patterns. Colour changes, turning chains, blocking and seaming are also covered. As you’d expect, the book walks you through your basic crochet stitches but it also has 75 different swatches to try out different stitches. There are also 5 different crochet patterns in the back of the book to try out. The author also notes on each pattern what techniques you’ll be learning/using for each pattern. Those patterns are:

    • A Slouchy Hat
    • Marguerite Cowl
    • Colorwork Bag
    • Lace Capelet
    • Cabled Lace Scarf

    One of my favourite parts of this book is the section on advanced shaping. If you’re interested in designing your own patterns or just understanding how the shaping of crochet patterns is done, this section is a must-read. There are various types of shaping scenarios covered, with colour images and stitch charts which help you see what is being covered. I haven’t seen shaping gone into such detail in any other book to date

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    Overall, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein is a solid resource to have in your collection and is worth the time to read. Will it make you a more adventurous crocheter? Maybe not, but it will definitely fill in any gaps you have in your crochet knowledge, expand your skillset/versatility and give you solid understanding of shaping and crochet basics. I definitely recommend checking it out.

    Have you read The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein? What did you think?

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    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner: A Crochet Book Review

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    This week I want to tell you what NOT to do when you go to the library with a toddler.  Oh, and also review this adorable book that I got while at the library: Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday by Megan Kreiner.

    Recently I made a library trip to get myself another pile of crochet books to bring home.  I had put some books on hold and expected to be picking up 1 or 2 books.  When I got to the library with an already fussy toddler in tow, I found out that I had a lot more books waiting for me.  I was expecting a max of 2 and found there were 9.

    My first instinct was to get excited about getting my hands on those glossy pages and finding new techniques, projects and inspiration.  My fussy toddler’s first instinct was to drop on the ground and go limp.  I, being the brilliant person that I am, did not bring a bag with me.  I, also being the stubborn person that I am thought “I can do this.  Take the books to the check out, your child will suddenly comply with your requests and you’ll walk out of here a superstar.”  I am an idiot.  None of those things happened.

    My daughter decided that this was the day to experiment with running away, screaming in public and rolling around on the floor.  While trying to balance 9 books under one arm, I tried to hold my daughter with the other arm and make my way to the librarian’s desk.  Well, my daughter wasn’t having that.  She wriggled out of my grip and after running a few feet away, dropped to the ground while screaming.  A smart person would take their child and leave.  I am not that smart person.

    After what felt like forever, I was able to get to the librarian’s desk with both my screaming child and my books.  The librarian offered to help me and lent me a bag to carry the books in.  I was so grateful to this woman for not just helping me but for not judging me and my child’s tantrum that was happening in the library. I can now tell you from experience that a toddler’s screaming never sounds louder than when you’re in the library.  It may not seem like a huge gesture but in that moment, when my stress level was through the roof and my hands were full, this woman felt like my saviour.  So if you’re ever reading this: Thank you so much for your kindness and making my day so much better.

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    In this nightmare of a trip, I picked up Megan Kreiner’s book “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday“.  I’m so glad that I persevered to bring these books home or I would not have remembered to go back for this book.

    “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet” is a book of mini amigurumi Christmas ornaments that are beyond adorable.  Some of the projects include:

    – a Christmas tree
    – Santa and Mrs. Claus
    – Woodland creatures: Owl, Fox and Moose
    – Baby’s first Christmas ornaments and,
    – A nativity scene, complete with Camel, Donkey and Christmas star

    Megan’s designs are clear, easy to follow and come with illustrations to assist you in various steps like attaching limbs or doing embroidery.  The pictures are clear and fill me with Christmas anticipation.

    One of my favourite things that Megan has included is how to make decorative wire ornament hangers. These are gorgeous and I need to hit Michaels up for some wire ASAP to make some. Instructions are also given on how to customize/personalize the hangers with things like adding gems or initials and dates to the hangers.   Combine this with her fun and easy designs and you can make some seriously awesome stuff using her book.  I don’t know anyone on my Christmas list that wouldn’t be impressed when receiving something made from this book.

    So if you’re interested in checking out Megan’s book “Christmas Ornaments to Crochet: 31 Festive and Fun-to-Make Designs for a Handmade Holiday”, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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    Crochet Book Review: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs

    Crochet Book Review: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns
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    Today I’ll share my crochet book review of the book The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic and Original Patterns by Linda P. Schapp and the story of how I came across this gem.

    From the second that I picked up a crochet hook and took those first steps to learning the basics, I was hooked (<—see overused but still apt pun here).  I have always loved to create and when I was younger, I always had this urge to create something and sometimes struggled to find an outlet that held my interest for long.  Then I set out to learn crochet and I finally found that outlet that I had been searching for.

    My first crochet project was a headband.  It was too big, my tension was a nightmare but it was mine.  Bringing my completed project home, I dove headfirst into the never-ending rabbit hole that is Pinterest.  I was obsessed with finding new information, seeking to expand my skill set.  I joined Facebook crochet groups, watched Youtube videos and pinned on Pinterest until the wee hours of the morning.  There are crazy amounts of information out there!  If you’re not careful, you look up from your screen and realize that you have spent an hour on Pinterest when you only meant to spend 5 minutes.

    I checked online to see what kind of books I could find on crochet.  My initial search on Amazon for “crochet books” yielded 30,000 results.  30,000!   On an initial scroll-through, most books were priced at around $30.  I wasn’t prepared to drop $30 on a book I hadn’t yet touched and been able to flip through in person.

    A Crazy Girl In The Library

    My next step was checking out my local library to see if there were any books on crochet available to borrow.  My first trip to the library, I checked out over a dozen books.  Looking at the Librarian’s face as she saw me checking out so many books on crochet, I knew exactly what she was thinking.  “This girl is a PSY-CHO!”  I didn’t care.  Placing my books in my crochet market bag (obviously), I set off for home to devour these wonderful new treasure troves of information.

    That day, my daughter decided that nap time was optional so my books would have to wait.  Since I am a weirdo, every time I looked at the books waiting in my bag I thought “I’ll read you my pretties, and your author bios too”. Cue: maniacal laugh.  Look, the blog name is The Loopy Lamb.  I love puns, and I’m (more than) a little loopy.

    After looking at all the books I decided that what I had been looking for was a book on various stitch designs.  The library only had three available to borrow and some psycho that took out more than a dozen books had all three of them… oh wait, that was me.  After reviewing all three, I decided that I liked “The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs – 500 Classic and Original Patterns” by Linda P. Schapper the best.  It just also happened to be on sale on Amazon and I had Amazon Prime, so it was a no brainer.  Two days later, I had the book in my hands.

    The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns Review. A crochet book review by The Loopy Lamb

    The Best Things About The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs:

    My two favourite things about this book are that:

    1. It has a pictoral index.  When I’m searching for inspiration or wanting to reference a stitch design whose name I can’t recall (thanks mommy brain!), I can look at the pictures and find it quickly.

    2. The instructions are clear and easy for beginners and it gives you the multiples needed to implement it in your own project.  Basic stitches are clearly illustrated in the front of the book.  There is also a guide to international crochet symbols.  Each stitch design has an image of the crocheted design as well as the chart and written instructions.  Before I bought this book I could not read a crochet chart to save my life but after using this book and seeing the side-by-side chart and written instructions, I can confidently say that I understand the basics now.

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    The book is broken down into sections which is great too.  If you’re looking for a stitch design using a certain type of stitch, you’ll find this helpful.  I have used this feature to look for a design many, many times.  The other day I was wanting to find a design that featured a cluster stitch.  Flip to section 17 and there are all your cluster stitches.  The sections are all helpfully outlined in the contents section of the book which makes finding the section you’re looking for a breeze.

    What Could Be Improved

    The one thing that I’m not crazy about is that stitch design images are done in white yarn with a coloured background behind the design.  It really makes the book seem dated.   If I was shopping the shelves at Indigo, this book would not have drawn my eye and made me go “get in my buggy!”  Doing the designs all in white can illustrate the designs more clearly and I appreciate that fact.  However, mixing things up with another light colour could maybe make the book a bit more visually appealing.

    Additionally, none of the designs have names.  This makes it difficult to reference a stitch design when describing it to someone else.  It isn’t a deal breaker but it would be nice to have had it included.

    Overall, I think it gives you a nice variety of different stitch variations and when I’m in a crochet rut, flipping through the pages always gives me a flare of inspiration.  As for the price of the book, it was pretty reasonable. The cover price (at the time I bought it) was $22.95 CAD and $19.95 USD so at approximately $0.05/stitch design, it’s a great buy. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced crocheter, this book has something to offer everyone.

    If you’re interested in getting yourself a copy of The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs by Linda P. Schapp, you can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

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