When you think Vickie Howell knitting is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Well I’ll have you know Vickie is a Jill of all trades in the needle (and hook) department. I’m not highly skilled in the crochet department, but the projects in Vickie’s new book sure make me want to brush up. Pop Goes Crochet: 36 Projects Inspired by Popular Culture is cover to cover cuteness. The projects range from swimsuits to ponchos all with pop culture celebrity inspiration behind the designs.
My favorite in the bunch would have to be Ester, the crocheted bikini by Jennifer Fletcher. Oh did I mention there are 20 guest contributors in Pop Goes Crochet? Look for projects by the likes of: rocker Kelly Deal, Disgruntled Housewife & Thrifty Knitter Nikol Lohr, Uncommon Thread’s host Allison Whitlock and the Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky. Back to the bikini. It’s not that I have worn a bikini in years, or ever could again after the havoc my new daughter has wreaked on my thighs, but the bright blue 2 piece with it’s perky floral trim is adorable. I think the fact that the swimsuit is named after Esther Williams might also have something to do with why I love it so much.
Another favorite are the Angelina boots by Whitney Larson. Crocheted boots inspired by Jane Smith. They are very reminiscent of spats which I have thing for. Plus you rarely think of crochet as sexy and projects like these boots, purses named after Betty Page and Dita von Tease are the exception to the rule.
The range of projects in the book is also what makes Pop Goes Crochet so much fun and worth the money. There are projects for men and women, adults and kids, warm and cold – the range is as broad as the celebrity inspiration. The fun Pop Goes Crochet E-Cards prove my point with projects inspired by Dita Von Tease, Gwen Stefani, Clint Eastwood and Kate Hudson. In the realm of crochet I have only conquered a few scarves and a baby blanket, but Pop Goes Crochet sure makes me want to learn more.
Already revving up your crochet hooks? Well lucky for you we have a copy of Pop Goes Crochet to giveaway! All you have to do is leave us a crochet related comment. What’s your favorite thing to make? Do you have a favorite brand of yarn? Who are some of your favorite crochet artists? Where do you get your crochet inspiration from? Lemme know and next week we will choose one lucky winner!