I knit, crochet, spin...you name it. I've even written a crochet book myself! But I love Not Your Mama's Crochet's fresh take on the art, and I even learned some things myself. (If you've ever found a vintage pattern you love that you want to adapt to modern yarns, check out "Vintage Patterns and Yarn Substitution" on page 57! I also discovered why crochet is cool in Mongolia on page 185 -- now where else are you going to read about that?)
The measurement worksheet at the back of the book is an easy way to keep all your personal measurements organized and in one place -- I admit I end up remeasuring myself almost any time I start a new project because I've lost the tiny slip of paper with everything from last time.
Patterns? oh yes... I'm eyeing the recycled denim rug on page 171 as a way to reuse all my old, ripped-up pairs of jeans, and the "Too Good for Your Boyfriend" sweater would look amazing on just about any body type thanks to its lovely raglan shaping. (I'm a big fan of raglans).
Y'know, the other reviewers complained about the information at the front of the book, but I'm sorry -- not everyone has a copy of the Happy Hooker on their desk, and there are only so many ways you can outline the basic info a new crocheter needs to get started. I thought the instructions were really clear and good, and the book title won't cause real-world Mamas to have fits. (Don't laugh -- I've overheard more than one mom at the yarn store passing up Stoller's books due to title... and while I think that's pretty stupid, it does happen. So comparing this book to the Happy Hooker is not really fair).
Not Your Mama's Crochet is a great way to get started, and gives readers lots of encouragement to try out their skills. I really liked this book!