Yummi 'Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make Paperback – Jul 13 2010
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About the Author
Christen Haden is an amigurumi artist with a flair for making mouthwateringly good crochet designs. Her first book was Creepy Cute Crochet (Quirk, 2008).
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First off, the book arranges the projects in chapters that are different food themes: natural goodness, (fruits and veggies), global treats (dim sum, sushi platter and a stir fry selection), a bite to eat (sandwich bar and cheese board) and finally, yarn bakery (birthday cake with candle, two tier wedding cake, and cakes garnished with fruit).
Most of the pieces use simple crochet techniques, mostly just single crochet, seaming and embroidery embellishing in simple stitches, but the results are really nice as the cover of the book attests. There is a technical section geared at new crocheters, and impressively, it is adequate to the task of taking beginners and getting them started. Some of the illustrations are the best I've seen in a long time, with great clarity. It doesn't do a lot of explaining about stitches, but again, most of the project require very basic assembly, making a lot of the pieces beginner friendly.
The photography is quite nice as is the styling for the projects.
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Despite its shortcomings, this book has some beautiful photos of the finished products that are inspiring and just plain fun. So 'Gurumi at your own risk and see if you can't come up with your own versions of the wayward patterns.
I purchased this along with Tasty Crochet, and prefer the other book for its more realistic looking crochet designs.
That is probably why the instructions are so hard to follow unlike similar books I own.
If you are a beginner, I don't recommend this book, as the instructions assume you've got some knowledge of crocheting. I've been crocheting for 8 years or so, but still I had to do a lot of guessing when I tried few projects.
Otherwise, pictures are very well done and attractive, and make you want to make them. If you can follow instructions, the results are good too.
All in all, I think this is a book for intermediate or advanced crochetters.