|Cold Weather Crochet by MarlaIna Bird|
But this cozy looking cover with the warm hooded scarf, white background and soft lights brought me back to those magical days of big snowflakes falling while gazing out the window. As an adult I moved from the deep south to northeastern Ohio, known as the “snow belt”, and even though I live in southern Ohio now, we get plenty of snow. People don't understand why I love snow so much especially growing up in the deep south. I love cuddling up on the couch with a warm afghan, and hot chocolate, sitting in front of the fire with loved ones. Winter was also the time I'd get together with a group of ladies once a month on a cold day, to visit, eat lunch and crochet. The older women helped the younger women, not only with our crochet, but giving us much needed advice on being a young wife and mother. I give those women, who've already passed on, much of the credit for me becoming a designer.
Sorry I got on a nostalgia trip, but those are the thoughts that affected me while browsing through this book. Marly has so cleverly come up with such an interesting variety here. These is something for everyone to keep them busy for years to come. Read more about Marly, her YouTube Podcast, and other books at the bottom of this post.
|Thrummed Slippers - Slipper is inside out at right|
Another favorite is the green Cabled Shawl, not only because I love textured cable stitches but because green is one of my favorite colors.
If you've never made cables before, I believe this would be a good one to learn on.
The Favorite Socks look so comfy and are calling out to me even though I don't have time to make them right now.
The Hooded Scarf reminds me of a fantasy world and maybe that's why they chose the magical font for the titles. Very unique.
I'm happy Marly added the Lace Motif Wrap simply because I love lace!
Another thing you don't see much in books are men's items. You'll find 2 hats for your hubby or boyfriend.
|African Flower Afghan|
Other perks of this book that Marly and Interweave have put together are:
1. Plenty of beautiful pictures
2. Much needed stitch charts and schematics
3. Instructions for hats include sizes sm, med and lg (up to xl on slippers)
4. Extra notes with each pattern
5. Variety of yarn weights from # 1 (fine) - bulky
6. Variety of stitch patterns - cables, shells, open lace, lose stitch projects and lots of color!
|Hat and Chevron Cowl|
|Lace Motif Wrap|