I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hello Kitty Crochet by Mei Li Lee
Published by Quirk Books on September 16th 2014
Genres: Arts & Crafts
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Hello Kitty Crochet is all about cute: the whimsical world of Hello Kitty and her Sanrio friends meets the Japanese art of amigurumi, or crocheted dolls. With easy-to-make patterns for adorable characters and accessories, Hello Kitty Crochet allows you to make all your favorites, new and old, from Badtz-Maru and My Melody to Pekkle, Purin, and Little Twin Stars. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never picked up a hook, you’ll find helpful tips and how-tos for creating kawaii crafts. It’s the perfect way for crafters and cuteness lovers alike to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Japan’s most famous kitty.
When I saw this book, I knew, hands down that I needed to have it. Crochet hello kitty amigurumi dolls by one of my favourite online amigurumi bloggers? Count me in.
The designs, as you can expect from Mei Li Lee, are impeccable and their construction is flawless. And if you have the skill level plus a healthy love of gorgeous hello kitty paraphernalia then this is your thing. The book’s biggest strength is also its biggest weakness. Yes, the designs are precious and I wanted to make all of them. But they’re also tiny and incredibly fiddly. A huge pain in the ass to construct like the photo and if you’re as clumsy and awkward as me, they’re damn near impossible.
No, I couldn’t be bothered finishing the little fucker.
The book turns from a fun past time to an exercise in shame and I have the beleaguered and mired creations to show for it.
Additionally, the book is billed as being for beginners to experts, thus accessible to all levels of crafters. But if I weren’t familiar with Mei Li Lee’s pattern style, I would have been lost. And the designs are so small and need to be made so specifically that I can’t see a beginner having too much luck with them.
However, the book is still utterly, utterly charming and obviously lovingly made. I just wished I weren’t so uncoordinated as to be ineffectual at recreating any of these beautiful artworks.
Witness the face of true torment! That is one unhappy bunny!