Crafting through the big chill

Hopefully everyone is managing to stay warm! I have had a recent knitting debacle; I thought I would try my hand at socks. Very bad idea, I have completed 1, but it has runs down the side! and I now have “leftitist” for those who don’t know, this is when you manage to knit 1 sock but don’t get around to knitting the other! Sigh. Time for another new project I think….Star Wars hat anyone?

Syndetics book coverThe Star wars craft book / Bonnie Burton.
“With this resource, fans of all ages and skill levels can bring the best of the galaxy far, far away right into their own homes. Fully illustrated, this guide features a variety of fun and original projects, from a Chewbacca sock puppet to an Ewok flower vase.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage craft workshop : fresh takes on twenty-four classic projects from the ’60s and ’70s / Cathy Callahan; photographs by Meiko Takechi Arquillos.
“Macrame, applique, decoupage, and more! …With an eye toward style, not kitsch, superstar contributors including … offer their unique interpretations on 24 vintage projects…. this spirited book makes vintage crafts perfectly stylish for today. Plus, it’s easy to get started with step-by-step instructions, how-to illustrations, perforated template pages, and a handy back pocket. Papiermache never looked so good!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSock knitting master class : innovative techniques + patterns from top designers / Ann Budd.
Learn the fundamentals of great sock design with 17 new sock patterns from 15 top knitwear designers. Bonus DVD includes additional tips.

Syndetics book coverPrint! : 25 original projects using hand-printing techniques on fabric and paper / Joy Jolliffe.
“Printing is a simple, effective way to make your mark on a variety of surfaces, from clothes to bedding to bags. Featuring an array of fun techniques-including block, transfer, and open screen printing-this engaging guide offers a multitude of prettily designed projects. Create a Primrose Skirt, a stenciled cushion, holiday wrapping paper and gift tags, personalized scrapbook covers, and more. Plenty of expert tips help guarantee perfect results every time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRegretsy : where DIY meets WTF / April Winchell.
“HANDMADE? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MADE IT WITH YOUR FEET. A chicken poncho. A painting of a corn dog. … Regretsy, a veritable sideshow of handcrafts gone wrong. …Regretsy showcases the best of the worst, ranging from the hilariously absurd to the purely horrifying. Each page of this jaw-dropping volume features the actual seller’s online listing with a light coat of snarky commentary to give it a good shellacking. So join us as we descend into handmade hell and gawk, gasp, and marvel at the disturbingly odd artifacts that Regretsy has collected for your viewing pleasure, …”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimple knits for easy living / Erika Knight ; photography by John Heseltine.
“This is an excellent book containing a variety of knitting tips and patterns for useful pieces for the home, such as blankets and cushions. It is a worthwhile investment for any knitter interested in creating useful and attractive objects for themselves or as gifts or heirlooms.” (Amazon.com customer’s review)