Thanks to help from my wife, Jessica, I’m spending a little bit of my stay-at-home time learning how to knit. My first project, a scarf, should be finished today and sent off to my brother for his birthday.
Jessica also helped me pick out some knitting and crafting ebooks to download from Hoopla Digital. Hopefully you’ll find something in one of them to inspire you to get crafty.
Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival
Aimed at the rapidly growing new generation of knitters, Knitting Pretty offers up 30 smart-looking projects presented in language ordinary human beings can understand. Perfect for the beginner, the user-friendly basics section features step-by-step illustrations and instructions for everything the knitter on the make needs to know. The unique patterns-from cozy caps, scarves, and mittens, to pillow covers, kooky sock puppets, and even a paperweight-come with easy-to-follow instructions, helpful diagrams, and beautiful full-color photographs of the finished projects. From quick and easy projects to somewhat grander endeavors for the more experienced, Knitting Pretty makes it a pleasure to whip up warm and woolly masterpieces.
50 Fat Quarter Makes by Ame Verso
This unique collection of fifty quick and easy sewing projects includes contemporary ideas for DIY home decor, accessories, gifts, and more-all made using fat quarters. Projects range from instant fixes, like coin purses needing just one fat quarter, to quilts and wall hangings that require up to ten fat quarters-which will really bust your fabric collection! Ten talented designers from across the blogosphere contribute their patterns-including cases and cosies, bags and baskets, pillows and playmats, quilts and clothes. Bloggers featured include Kaye Prince, Kevin Kosbab, and Cynthia Shaffer from the United States.
The Cat Lover’s Craft Book by Neko Shugei
Here a cat there a cat, everywhere a crafted cat! Cats to decorate your home, to wear, or to give to someone you love. The Cat Lover’s Craft Book is dedicated to those who craft and those who are in love with all things cat-related! Whether you like to embroider, crochet, sew, knit or felt, there’s a cat-tastic project inside this charming book you’ll want to try your hand at.
Super simple, step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates make these adorable cat crafts accessible to knitting, felting and embroidery beginners. These purr-fect needlework crafts will delight cat lovers of all ages, and provide many hours of fun creating cute and kitschy cat-inspired items-the perfect handmade gifts with lots of purr-sonality.
Hoop Dreams by Cristin Morgan
Vibrant color and rich textures abound in Hoop Dreams, a stylish embroidery guide for the modern maker. Author Cristin Morgan of Marigold + Mars outlines the basics of 10 classic embroidery stitches and then teaches you how to use them to create 20 beautiful and practical projects for hoops, for the home, and to wear. New and experienced embroiderers alike will be delighted by the fresh motifs and bold color palettes and empowered by the easy step-by-step instructions and templates, which show that with just a few simple stitches, some basic materials, and an idea or two, you can stitch just about anything. A glossary of more than 50 additional patterns and motifs will inspire you to personalize your projects and use your newfound embroidery skills in fresh and imaginative ways.
Weaving on a Little Loom by Fiona Daly
Weaving on a Little Loom teaches readers everything they need to know to start small-frame loom weaving, an easy and inexpensive craft that can be done at home. From setting up the loom to finishing a project, this book covers both basic and more advanced techniques, with an introduction to creating patterns such as basket and bird’s eye weaves, rib, twill, and herringbone. With clear instruction and beautiful illustrative photographs, step-by-step tutorials guide you through designing and creating five contemporary woven projects-including table placemats, wall hangings, and a tote bag-all made with natural, environmentally friendly materials.