Ok, as far as literature/novels go, I honestly cannot pick a favorite. Even a top 10 would be unfair. But that is not the kind of book I’m talking about. I mean helpful crafting books!! These are a few that I have found invaluable. (Listed in no particular order)
1) Donna Kooler’s Needlework Encyclopedia
I got this for either Christmas or my birthday, and for about a month I carried it with me EVERYWHERE, with a needle, embroidery floss, and a small piece of needlepoint canvas, trying out every stitch I liked. Not the most practical hobby for traveling, but it was fun!!
2) Amigurumi World, by Ana Paula Rimoi
I love this book. It was the first knitting/crocheting book where I wanted to make everything in it, and thought that I could. I have made so many projects from this book, I memorized the pattern for mini-gurumis.
3) Cute Stuff, by Aranzi Aronzo
This is the sewing equivalent of #2. I love the illustrated how-tos, and everything is so darn cute!! I spent a whole weekend just making things, and then had to put my sewing machine away so we could actually eat dinner at the dinner table.
4) Amigurumi Knits, by Hansi Singh
The knitting equivalent to #2. (Now that I think about it, I have a book for almost every hobby. I promise that was completely unintentional!) Anyways, this book is simply amazing. I LOVE the pattern for the Loch Ness monster. (I have two!) Some patterns are a little challenging, which is awesome, and all of the critters are, well, I guess cute, even though the spider is a little…yeah. Not a big fan of spiders, even cute ones.
5) AwareKnits, by Vickie Howel and Adrienne Armstrong
Ok, I’ll admit it, part of the reason I initially loved this book was because it was written by the wife of Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day (my favorite band!!). But it has 100% earned it’s own stripes. I have made so many things from this book. And it’s awesome because it has patterns for knitting and crocheting, and has a lot of cool information about how to make knitting more Eco-friendly, such as using recycled or natural yarn.
Well, that’s my list so far. If I come across any other amazing books, I’ll update my list and let you know. Until then, I would highly suggest checking some of these books out. The library is a good place to start if you don’t want to buy the book right away.
Happy knitting/crocheting/sewing/needlework/anything else you like to do!!