book: Yummy ‘Gurumi

by KateG on 14/12/2010

in Books, knitting+crochet+yarn

Yummi ‘Gurumi: Over 60 Gourmet Crochet Treats to Make. By Christen Haden & Mariarosa Sala. Ivy Press Limited (2010)

This delicious little book is like a recipe book full of dinner party menus, except all the food is crocheted. If you are in any way familiar with the phenomenon of amigurumi, you will know that crocheting (and knitting) all kinds of cute and weird creatures is all the go in yarn circles, and this book follows on from creatures to help you create cute crocheted food. Each project could be used as play food, or to decorate a table, or just for fun.

The book starts with a technique section, so that even a brand new crocheter can get a handle on a foundation chain, stitches, increases and decreases, and constructing and decorating each project. The diagrams are clear, but each pattern only uses US terminology and hook sizes, which will be misleading for those of us who use British/Australian stitch names and measure our hooks in millimetres.

My favourite menus in this book are the vegetable dip with curved celery sticks and stuffed olives, sushi platter with the cutest little shrimp nigri and a wee squirt of wasabi, and the dim sum basket where the dim sim and pork buns look yummy enough to want to have a little nibble.

Reviewed by: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

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1 La Woodstock December 14, 2010 at 8:14 am

What a surprise!!
It is an honour to me to have my book on this site :)
As for British and American terms, I can say that there are 2 different copies of this book. This is the other copy:
http://www.ivypress.co.uk/_-Gourmet_Crochet_-_product/?pid=42387
and the cake on the cover is one of my creations. Hope this can be of help!

Thank You!!

La Woodstock

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