Thursday Thoughts for Inspiration

Thursday Thoughts for InspirationFirst, a little introduction. I hope for this to be a regular weekly post, although some weeks I may not be able to post. This is simply a collection of the things that I have found inspiring since the last Thursday Thoughts for Inspiration post, to include books, magazines, websites and blogs. Wherever possible I will include a link to the specific post rather than the whole site/blog and a link to the relevant website for the subscription to the magazine or to purchase the book on Amazon. I will also wherever possible include a link to the Ravelry review. I may or may not include photos from other people’s blogs, and when I do I will credit them for the photo and link back to the post where I found it. I will also try to write a little bit about why I have included a link here, but sometimes words are not necessary.

Some weeks I may leave out the blogs and websites and only feature the magazines and books that have inspired me, as a kind of review I suppose. These will only be short reviews, and full reviews will have their own individual posts.

I would be grateful if you could click on over to the websites and blogs mentioned here and if appropriate leave a comment for them. Thank you.

Now, on with the show….

Inspiring Books

Crochet Master Class by Jean Leinhauser and Rita WeissCrochet Master Class by Jean Leinhauser – Ravelry Amazon

This book is fabulous. I am sure I am going to say that about a lot of books before the end of the year, but I really, sincerely mean it. The book is divided into sections for each technique, with clear instructions on how to work the technique and diagrams followed by a project featuring it. By far the easiest to follow instructions for many forms of crochet.

Unexpected Afghans by Robyn ChachulaUnexpected Afghans by Robyn Chachula – Ravelry Amazon

The range of blankets, throws and afghans together with the range of techniques covered makes this book an absolute must for any avid crocheter. I already have at least two of the projects on my to-do list!

The Simple Art of Japanese Paper Crafts by Mari OnoThe Simple Art of Japanese Paper Crafts by Mari Ono – Amazon

I love this little book with twenty-four projects and twenty-four pieces of washi so you can make every project in the book. I have my eye on a few, but need to find the time to make them!

Inspirational magazines

Simply Crochet magazineSimply Crochet issue 01 – Ravelry Website

This new magazine is filled with inspirational projects and articles. I have bookmarked several projects in the magazine, some of which will be made in the next week or so. There are beautiful blankets, amazing apparel and stunning soft furnishings.

Mollie Makes HomeMollie Makes Home – website

I am still drooling over this one with all its inspirational home decor ideas and beautiful crochet. Don’t take my word for it – check it out for yourself!

Blogs and websites

20130207-01-EPBOTSaturdaySteamI just love Jen’s Saturday Steam posts on EPBOT

20130207-02-GloomyBallerinaGloomy Ballerina on A[mi]dorable Crochet

20130207-03-mlbruno20130207-04-PluckyI just love Plucky by crayons and milk

20130207-05-BabysFirstUnicornplus 3 crochet made a beautiful unicorn for a baby girl

Click on over to Woolly Toons to see Kim’s new cartoon starring Boop

20130207-06-TexturedCirclesTutorialPatternClick on over to BabyLove Brand for a free pattern/tutorial to make this gorgeous textured circles granny square

20130207-07-NeedleFeltedPostcardsTotally smitten with Gone Rustic’s needlefelted postcards

20130207-08-SweetHeartsSweet lacy hearts from Linda’s Crafty Corner (there’s a free pattern)

That’s all for this week. I hope to back again with some more inspirational thoughts next week, but this post is a lot of work and I need to find the time to do it!

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