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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

  • Crochet Book Reviews

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

    A copy of Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner with a Harry Potter pen on top.

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    This is an unsponsored post and the thoughts/opinions are all my own.

    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.

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb

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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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    Looking for more crochet book reviews?  Check out: The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs, Snuggle and Play Crochet, Dinosaurs to Crochet and The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop.

    Christmas Ornaments to Crochet by Megan Kreiner - A Crochet Book Review by The Loopy Lamb