When Lisa Cook asked me to be a part of her blog tour, I jumped at the opportunity, mainly because I love her work but because I knew it was going to be an amazing book, and I needed to get my hands on it stat.
Well, I was right! And amazing book and the rest. It’s a bit different to Tuva’s other crochet books. They layout is wonderful – so easy to follow along; the photography works very well, as I want to make at least one of everything and the patterns; well, without these amazing designs, there’d be no book, they are above and beyond ‘wow’. And if you’re a visual person like myself, there’s charts! WIN WIN WIN!
One of my favourite things about the layout of this book, and other Tuva ones, is that there’s a double-page spread full of all of the projects with their page numbers. So it’s really easy to find the one you need at a quick glance.
Now in saying that, trying to decide on ONE project to start was nearly impossible. I think I began about three, (if you know me, you know I’m super indecisive), and finally rested upon the amazing Rhubarb Crumble.
Now, Tuva have been very clever to use to cover of the book in the way that they have. They placed the Stitches and Abbreviations used on it and it can be used as a bookmark and quick reference guide, instead of searching through all the other pages for it. Well done Tuva, I like it a lot! So if you’re a beginner, then don’t be scared at attempting anything in this book, thanks to this amazing little cover.
If you’re like me, you like to also look at beautiful photos of crochet all day. Then this book will certainly hit the right spot. Throughout the entire book, there are photos of all of the shawl being worn in full-shots and close ups. They are gorgeously lit, and definitely sell the patterns inside.
Lisa, is an amazing designer. I’ve always highly admired her shawls and now, I have a collection of 21 stylish designs all in one place. I know that I’ll definitely be making more from this book, hard part is choosing which ones.
Just a warning though….. make sure you’ve eaten before starting one of the shawls.. with names like ‘Honey Cake’, ‘Raspberry Ripple’, ‘Banana Split’, I’m sure you’ll want to take a bite of something sooner rather than later.
Due to a lot happening in my world of crochet (and real life), I’ve been super busy so I’ve only had a chance to make a start of Rhubarb Ripple. And what I love about this design, is the 4-round repeat. Makes crocheting it easy and I don’t have to keep referring back to the pattern every couple of rounds. So, late night crocheting is a breeze.
I am using a Scheepjes Whirl in Liquorice Yumyum and it’s turning out amazing. I cannot wait to see it finished (I’ll post an updated photo or two when it is).
So do I highly recommend this book to everyone, well of course I do! It’s one for all skill-levels. A big congratulations to Lisa on her first book. I do think there will be more in the future, you can never have too many shawls (or crochet books).
Please do yourself a favour and go and buy this book. Available on Amazon and other good online book stores. I just googled it here if you want to click the link and see where you can get it from.
So happy hooking and much love,