Ahhh this book, do you remember me telling you it arrived on Saturday? It came aaaaaalllllll the way from Japan you know, and for some inexplicable reason this makes me feel incredibly excited. First time I've ever had anything arrive All The Way From Japan before. I keep thinking how bloomin marvelous it is that I can see something on my computer screen, make a few clickety-clicks on my keyboard, then hey-presto less than a week later a plop through my letter box brings it right into my excited hands. Can you tell I'm a newbie at International Internet Shopping?
Anyhow :: this book....let me tell you now, I've fallen truly, madly, deeply in L:O:V:E with it.
It is quite simply GORgeous. Stunning. Inspirational. Beautiful. Desirable.
Oh yes it is all those things and many more besides and I am seriously in love.
This is what greets you when you first tiptoe into the pages..............
Oh oh OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mm mm MMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!
Isn't that just the stuff of anyones Hooky Yarny Dreams???????
I fell in love right there and then, at the sight of that first Double Spread.
Just like that.
Want to see some more??
Want to see some of the projects within these delicious Japanese pages?
A perfectly perfect Attic24-stylie bag.
The most beautiful, beautiful crocheted clothes hangers.........just look at that amazingly pretty edging!!
And this, one of my absolute favourite pages in the whole book. Love everything about this image, isn't the styling to die for?? That shelf with those teapots!!! OH how I Love that!! Not to mention the beautiful hexie blanket there....Isn't that design just amazing?
Love it.Now as you know, this book came All The Way From Japan, meaning it is a Japanese book.
Meaning it is written in Japanese.
But fear-ye-not, because the patterns for all these desirable projects are written in Universal Diagram format, as show above. Lots of gobbledegooky Japanese writing as well, but we can ignore that and concentrate on the diagram....
....which is actually pretty straight forward to follow.
Now if anyones interested, I would gladly write a post about these diagrams, explaining the symbols etc and how to read them, cos thats Very Useful Knowledge to have if you're into crochet.
This afternoon, I had a little go at reading the above diagram and making a hexagon, well five rounds of one anyhow....
....and it didn't turn out too bad, although I think I would need to practice my joining techniques as it's a little messy where each round begins and ends.
Now before I toddle off to go drool some more over the pages, let me give you a few details....
It came to me via an amazing Etsy Seller called Pomadour24. Super fast delivery, and beautifully packaged too. I think it cost me about £19 including delivery.
The book itself is called "Pretty Colour Crochet and Knit Goods"
Do go take a look at this amazing Etsy shop, there are some lovely looking books to be had All The Way From Japan. (just spotted this one oooo-ooooo!!)
Hmmm....I can feel an addiction coming on. Dear oh dear.
Just to let you know that Pomadour24 does restock/update her etsy shop very frequently, so if the book is out of stock when you first go look, do check back again in a day or two as it will come back in again.
Also to add I've gone and bought Book 2. Dear-oh-dear. I'll show you it when it arrives All The Way From Japan.
And finally, due to popular demand, I will be writing a How-to-decipher post for the crochet diagrams, sometime this week I hope.