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Yummi 'Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make Paperback – Jul 13 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (July 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740792601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740792601
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I've loved almost every amigurumi book I've laid my eyes on, and this one is no exception. But instead of regaling us with cute animals and tools, Haden and Sala, instead mean to feed our minds with the most clever little pieces representing food in realistic ways, but all made with crochet and yarn. To say they are pretty is probably too simple, some of their sets make me salivate, not just for the food they contain, but for the fun project they are.

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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While the items look adorable in the pictures, they don't seem to be properly translated into patterns. I've only made a few pieces so far, and have had to make things up as I go due to mistaken or misprinted pattern text. I would only reccomend this book for the more experienced crochet crafter who is comfortable with modifying a messy pattern... if only for the cute, inspiring pictures!
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By Lindsay on June 26 2014
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Love this book! So many adorable things to make, every type of snack crochet you can think of pretend feeding your kids :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pattern mistakes April 11 2011
By Lini - Published on
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I think all the patterns in this book are very cute and creative, but I had so much trouble making the nigiri rice base for the sushi on the cover. I ended up having to undo my work over and over again, even after following the pattern exactly. I finally used my own experience and adjusted the pattern to work. For that reason, I give it only two stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grinning & Groaning With 'Gurumi April 20 2011
By Kerry Dashnaw - Published on
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While I LOVE the creativity that oozes from this fun little pattern book, I have to say I am a little dismayed at the patterns themselves. First of all, they are oversimplified. I am the type of person that really needs picture diagrams, especially when it comes to piecing & joining things together--this book has none of that. It merely tells you how in convoluted directions that make you go "huh?" So you are left trying to figure it out by trial and error--this is especially true for more of the complex items like the dip, the cheese, and some of the sushi that require multiple pieces for the finished product. Secondly, the actual crochet methods seem harder than they need to be. For instance, this annoying "magic ring" they want you to use is way harder than just joining a chain and the results are exactly the same. I also found the terminology sequence to be confusing while working in the round. Luckily I have been crocheting for a while so I can adjust and change the patterns to better suit my preferences but to the novice or unconfident person, this book would be challenging.
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute Designs Dec 14 2011
By Clairene M. Guerra - Published on
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I enjoyed this book and it has many very cute designs.

I purchased this along with Tasty Crochet, and prefer the other book for its more realistic looking crochet designs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute works but the instructions are hard to read May 21 2011
By N.T. - Published on
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I bought this as I wanted to make sushi. This book is very thin but contains 60 projects.
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh... April 26 2012
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It's cool to look at, but some of the items here I would never make and don't look very well done. The sushi look great, but the other projects like the stir fry and mustard/ketchup bottles arent too impressive. Overall I wasn't very impressed with it. It does make me hungry for Japanese food though...