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Off the Shelf Book Review - Tiny Yarn Animals by Tamie Snow


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I’ve been kvetching to myself for weeks about reviewing this book: Tiny Yarn Animals by Tamie Snow (62pp, Home Trade Paperback Original, $12.95, ISBN: 978-1-557-88530-2). It was released in August by Penguin group, and Vintage Indie was fortunate enough to receive a copy to review.

      The review has been on my to-do list, and the book has been alternating between my in-box, my in-pile and my in-awhile-ago pile. However, that rotation has nothing to do with the quality and content of the book.

      As the back cover says “small in size, big in charm” of the book’s subjects: Amigurumi friends to make and enjoy. In fact the 20 projects are so darn cute, I’ve been saving my review until I actually had time to make one.

      But, in fairness to the author and to the publisher and giving only the tiniest of credence to Nostradamus-like predictions that books will some day be extinct, I have finally caved in and can tell you, dear reader, that the projects look darling and the instructions appear easy, but that I can reasonably say as an intermediate to advanced crocheter (I’ve made a real sweater and have worn it).

      But enough about me and my crafty procrastinations. Author Tamie Snow is the owner of RoxyCraft and her patterns have been featured in Bust, Vogue Knitting and Get Crafty.

      She has created unusual characters, not your average bear, Boo-Boo. The octopus, fish and penguin are my personal favorites. But thanks to the large color photos, there’s a lot to love here, including lemurs and beavers and hippos, oh my! Lovers of current pop culture icons, like the ubiquitous owl and frog, will appreciate those patterns, and there’s still the traditional bear and dog.

      The patterns are short and sweet; there are photos and diagrams for the beginning crocheter, and there are complete and easy assembly instructions. If you’ve never done Amigurumi, it’s simply Japanese for “stuffed toy,” and it fits right in with the whole Japanese concept of cuteness or “kawaii.” Think Hello Kitty(R) and beyond.

      In fact, like me, think about actually making one of these critters. They’d make great holiday gifts, and beginning crocheters on up should have no trouble completing one with Snow’s charming guidance. If you do make one, let me know. Meanwhile, on to my New Year’s resolutions……        

Featurebutton_06 - Contributing Editor Gina Smith aka Lilly*s of London*ish, started making jewelry about six years ago and has since tied this in with a love of vintage finds, Blythe, crochet and altered art in her etsy shop. Growing up in an antiquing family gives her a background and appreciation for all things vintage, especially dinnerware, jewelry and Americana advertising prints and products

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish}

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