Maisie Cardigan

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I was at the bookstore yesterday looking at the crochet books and found two that look really good. (I was actually there looking for cookbooks for crock-pots [elegantly re-branded as "slow cookers," but I still cheerily call them crock-pots, conjuring a sort of lazy Winnie the Pooh–ish yummy-in-my tummy-ness] and became immediately overwhelmed — who knew there would be an entire shelf-and-a-half of them? Eeek. Any recommendations welcome. I had no idea which one to get.) If you are new to crocheting, or even if you just need a refresher course, The Crochet Answer Book seems very helpful. It's tiny, about four by six inches, and I'm going to keep it in my yarn basket indefinitely. It's very comprehensive and concise and a great general resource — just what I needed.

I also got Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting Design, not because I'm a knitter, but because one of the most challenging things I encounter when designing things in crochet is determining standard measurements for things like armhole lengths, ease, sleeve-cap shape, and stuff like that. YarnStandards.com has general info, but this book gives schematics and detailed measurements for all sorts of potential design options. It even tells you how many stitches and rows you need to decrease/increase based on gauge to achieve certain shapes. I don't know why this is the first time I've seen this book. I told you I was slow. Talk about unnecessarily reinventing the wheel, as I've been doing.

Nursery10

This is a little crocheted puff-sleeved baby cardi I designed last week, inspired by this poufy gathered blossom from the nursery day. The cardi's for an upcoming book by my lovely friend Susan, who owns the delectable yarn store Loop in London (remember when I went mental when she called me?). I can't wait for this book. Knowing Susan, it's going to be gorgeous and understated and bright. Books take a long time to happen and this one's a ways away, but I'll keep you posted.

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What a sweet lilac creation! How Springy.

Thanks for recommending the books. I look forward to checking them out. Ever since crochet has become popular (finally!) I've been in Heaven with all the new resources available.

Happy Tuesday :)

Hello...I LOVE bookstore outings. I always manage to find books I didn't know I needed! :-)

As for crockpot cookbooks, try "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker" by Beth Hensperger. I love the rice and grain section!

Cheers,
Michelle

Dear Alicia, I am just so smitten with your new little cardigan. Are you going to be selling it by chance? If you are in fact going to sell it and it is for a newborn-ish little one I am very interested in purchasing it! My dear dear childhood friend is having her fisrt baby, she has been trying to learn to crochet to make her upcoming baby girl a little sweater but is very frustrated and has resorted to just attempting a hat. She is getting rather aunry about this matter (blame it on the pregnancy) and I know she would be as smitten with your delightful sweater as I am.
Sincerely, Cece

BEAUTIFUL! I didn't know crochet could looks like that! I just love that color palette, too...Two of my three favorite colors (besides brown).

How fun! I love that little cardi. I will be so sad when my baby girl dosen't want to wear sweet little crocheted things. Is it bad that my greatest fear as a parent is that my girl will not be in the least bit interested in crafting and frills and dolls...(ok, maybe it's not my *greatest* fear, but its up there!)

That is one cute little jacket. I love it!

Elizabeth says: March 27, 2007 at 09:46 AM

My favorite crock pot cookbook is the Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook. I've tried many of the recipes, and they are just great. I actually have several crock pot cookbooks. (The Fix It and Forget It series is also very good.) Now I just use the recipes as a guide, just like cooking with any other appliance. I have a pork roast cooking as "we speak", making pulled pork for dinner and pork enchiladas for a potluck tomorrow. YUM! I sliced onions for the bottom of the pot, threw in lots of garlic cloves, put the roast on top of the onions and garlic, threw pico de gallo on top of that, along with some Worcestershire and soy sauce and a bit of Stubb's marinade. It's a mishmash, empty-the-condiment-shelf sort of recipe, but goodness it's good!

very pretty little cardigan. a proof crochet can also look cute :-)

The crock pot book I have is "Fix It and Forget it" for crock pots. Great recipes.. book is not too big.

Love your new design. It is sure to be a hit in her new book. I know what you mean about gauge and measurements when crocheting. I try to "enlarge" things for Emma and it sometimes becomes overwhelming!

I love Slow Cooker Cooking (try the Moroccan chicken and couscous) by Lora Brody and Food Made Fast: Slow Cooker from Williams Sonoma. I have the pulled pork in the crock this morning!

Amy in Tillamook says: March 27, 2007 at 10:06 AM

How gorgeous the baby dress is!

As far as the crock-pot, I haven't tried a whole lot of recipes, but one thing that's a sure bet for us is herbes de Provence with a whole chicken. I usually put a Tb and a dash in for good measure.

That little cardigan is a dream. It will be lovely in your friends book. Congratulations! That will be so fun! :)

What a beautiful cardigan!

Crock pot books to take a look at:
Smart Crockery Cooking by Sterling is good, and Fix It & Forget It Light is a staple around here. I ditched the original Fix It book because the recipes were very, very heavy meat & potatoes fare and just not the way we eat--this light version is much easier to deal with!

84 degrees here today, so no crock-pot dinner.

Haha It will always be a crock pot to me too!

Beautiful sweater! Thanks for the recommendation of the crochet book for beginner tips, I will look into it!

Yes! I have had the Crochet Answer book for a while now and love it! It's so easy to carry along on my outings and it's very concise. I haven't had any problems understanding the directions.

I will second Michelle's comment about "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker" Cookbook. I know you're a fan of Steel Cut oats and there's a recipe in there for cooking them overnight. Super Yummy!
And the baby cardi is absolutely adorable. :)

I love Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. We made the 1-2-3-4 chili this weekend, and it was mighty tasty. There are lots of yummy dishes that you wouldn't necessarily think of cooking in a crock-pot (like enchiladas - yum!), including some pretty good dessert recipes.

Can't wait to see your pattern in Susan's book - Loop is an adorable shop. Actually our SnB group was knitting in the pub last week and one man seemed really interested - then he revealed he was Susan's husband!

Lovly cardi! Makes me want a baby girl. :)

I totally have that Crochet Answer Book, and it's been invaluable. Actually, I bought it along with Happy Hooker and this really cheapy "I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting!" book from Wal-Mart, and since reading all three, have graduated from lumpy two-inch swatches with no turning chains to actual projects. Love the blog by the way! So inspirational!

Such a cute little dress!!!

Lovely cardigan. So sweet!!

I have the "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook" for slow cooker recipes. I love it, I have used many recipes. Good luck finding your favorite book!

Teresa

I have to second the recommendations of any of the Fix it and Forget it books. There is a Slowcooker Yahoo group that has tons of recipes too. I also have several crock pot recipes on my recipe archive if you want to take a look:
http://schoolworkcookknit.wordpress.com/recipe-archives/

Boy, the blog chicks were on top of the titles. I have the same ones recommended. They are good. Love the little dress. Knitting is wonderful once you get over the coordination thing. Be warned it can start a whole new habit of buying tools. On one of the spinners blogs, the husband makes wooden crochet hooks. I have got to have one. The yarn the books and the crock meals due to working compulsively working on a project. It is a blast..and you have real winters for sweaters. Here in Houston it is rare for us to bundle up. Your crochet experience will help with patterns. When I started, I felt like I was reading engineering plans for a jet. Our group laughed so much over instructions and counting with someone talking. Sooo, fun. Add a few more tubs in the basement it is like fabric...the yarns are so lovely.

Boy, the blog chicks were on top of the titles. I have the same ones recommended. They are good. Love the little dress. Knitting is wonderful once you get over the coordination thing. Be warned it can start a whole new habit of buying tools. On one of the spinners blogs, the husband makes wooden crochet hooks. I have got to have one. The yarn the books and the crock meals due to working compulsively working on a project. It is a blast..and you have real winters for sweaters. Here in Houston it is rare for us to bundle up. Your crochet experience will help with patterns. When I started, I felt like I was reading engineering plans for a jet. Our group laughed so much over instructions and counting with someone talking. Sooo, fun. Add a few more tubs in the basement it is like fabric...the yarns are so lovely.

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