Thanks to my lovely friends and family (who actually read my blog - who knew?!), I've recently acquired quite a number of books which I dropped hints about in my Christmas List post back in the autumn. Today, I thought I'd share my favourites with you. In no particular order....
1. Find & Keep by Beci Orpin
This was a favourite of mine on Christmas Day (when I escaped the TV for a while). This book is so beautiful and inspiring that I wonder how I ever managed without it. I'm not one to just copy projects straight from books (see my Material World review here), but I can see that I'll be taking a lot of ideas from this one.
2. Geek Chic Crochet by Nicki Trench
Geek Chic Crochet may however end up being the book that gets me to crochet from patterns (with my own little twist, of course). I particularly like the dress on the front cover (and it's clearly meant for me, I have that mug) and the stunning orange and white bag inside. Lots of lovely vintage inspired ideas in here.
3. Just Sew Stories by Katie Allen
Now, I liked this straight away, but it was when I turned to the page which includes a picture of the 7" of Miss World by Hole (an all time favourite) that I decided I love this book (silly maybe, but hey). This is a good book if you're new to sewing but also has lots of great ideas if you're not. Again, I don't imagine I'll be making any of the projects but it's packed with inspiration and a joy to flick through.
4. Learn to Knit Love to Knit by Anna Wilkinson
This one will hopefully help with one of my aims for 2013 - improving my knitting. Starts easy, ends with fiendishly tricky (in my opinion) but boy, are the projects gorgeous. If I don't manage to make something from this book by the end of the year, I'll be very disappointed with myself!
5. Granny Chic by Dotty Angel and Ted & Agnes
Another really lovely book to look at. Also smells good (which is always a bonus) and contains lots of beautiful projects and ideas for using up the stash. In a complete departure for me, I think I might actually make a couple of the patched and pieced lampshades for my soon to be redecorated bedroom - some of my fabrics will have to be involved though!
I hope you've enjoyed my little run through. All of these books are available on Amazon - you can follow the links above.