Oh goodness, I think I’ve just fallen in love. (Apologies Stoic Spouse, for this small lapse in fidelity.)
But it’s love. You know, the sort of love that gets mightily on your friends’ nerves, and which results in a structurally-unsound pile of unwashed laundry because who needs to worry about the mundanities of regular life when you’re in lurrrrve? Like many such love affairs, its start wasn’t so very auspicious. I discovered that there was a book all about how to join crochet shapes together. Sounds a little… dull, no? Worthy and relevant, yes, but deeply dull.
Just how wrong can a lass be?
Pretty freakin’ wrong, it seems. I have this book (and I paid for it – nobody’s twisted the arm of The Twisted Yarn to say nice stuff).
And, once you look past the unprepossessing title, it’s rather fabulously awesome as a general crochet manual for anyone who’s beyond the getting-the-hang-of-granny-squares stage. (People! If you’re not already there, please hurry up and get past that stage, so that you can enjoy the wonders of this book!) Yes, it does have some measured, sensible advice about attaching separate motifs, and about join-as-you-go, and about motifs where joining is inherent in the design, like a network of lily-pads across a pond. (I know, lily-pads aren’t really joined, but it’s hard to come up with decent analogies whilst being climbed by the Toddler Twinnage.) But that’s not the stuff that had me drooling just a little on its previously pristine pages. Look at these beauties!
What I like, other than its sheer yarn-porn potential, is the fact that for every single design there are written instructions, and a chart, and a photograph of the result, between which you’re pretty much guaranteed to produce something decent. Here’s one I made:-
I found this book when I was looking for something that would help me with overlay crochet, or anything where layers of different colours are built up vertically, and I was sold as soon as I saw this:-
And there are some patterns, too. Ones that you might actually might want to make. My work wardrobe seriously needs this skirt:-
Mind you, I’m not sure what’s so camp about this rug:-
Overall, Connect The Shapes is a feast of colour and design yumptiousness. It would suit a wide variety of skill levels, but as I said, maybe leave it for later if you’re busy embroiled in your very first granny square. I have to say, I’m still a little intimidated by the BPtr7tog, whatever that is:-
The Stoic Spouse thinks it looks a little like a formula for nuclear fission and assumes that I’m crocheting a nuclear bomb. But maybe he senses my infidelity and is feeling twitchy.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: No husbands were harmed in the making of this blog post. The Stoic Spouse has read and fully approved its content, and still seems to be on speaking terms with me. 🙂