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Jan 28, 2014

My DIY Books

Now that it is nearly a month into the year I am getting serious about my third crafting intention for the year: a project from each craft book I own! By serious, I mean I have gathered all my DIY type books (I think this is all of them, but I'm not totally sure because there were some on every bookshelf I own and I may have overlooked one) and compiled a list that I can mark off throughout the year.

My DIY Books

Bookshelf styling should be another resolution, but they all fit very snugly in one cube of the bookcase in my craft room! Here is the list of my DIY books separated by general type:

Knitting & Crochet
  • Cast On, Bind Off by Cap Sease - Use this one fairly often.
  • Hokkori Komono by Nihon Vogue - I've used it to make this möbius hat.
  • A Japanese book from Olympus Thread that I got as a free gift with purchase and have no idea what the title says other than no.2733. I also can't find it on Ravelry.
  • The Secret Lives of Letters by Dani Church
  • Knitting Mochimochi by Anna Hrachovec
  • Naughty Needles by Nikol Lohr
  • Knits Extraordinaire by Lena Maikon - I started making the Sassy Spring Skirt, but haven't gotten very far and stopped working on it to make other things.
  • Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh - The Jackalope is almost finished! Thursday!
  • UPDATE: I forgot Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman!
Sewing & Fabric
  • The Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garrett Smith - I've made this knit knot headband and this knit Turk's head knot coffee cozy.
  • How to do Just About Anything from Reader's Digest
  • Back to Basics from Reader's Digest
  • 101 Things to Do in Wartime 1940 by Lillie B. and Arthur C. Horth
  • 101 Things for the Housewife to Do 1949 by Lillie B. and Arthur C. Horth
  • Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists by Carla Sonheim

That is 19 books, but I've used five of them to make things and am in the process of making items from two others so once I finish my two in progress knitting projects I'll have 12 other projects to make. I'm retroactively counting projects for the make-something-from-every-book intention, but may do a second project from a book. Also, I wasn't quite sure on including the Reader's Digest or 101 Things books, but they have many different types of DIY projects and I should easily be able to cross them off the list!

If I buy any other craft type books I'll add them to the list, but I'm going to try not to buy any more for the rest of the year.

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