“Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.”
I haven’t been buying a lot of books lately, but I’ve recently been trying to get back into both reading and crafting. I learned to crochet back in Fall of 2018 and had a lot of fun making granny squares last summer with the Yarnutopia’s 365 Days of Granny Squares videos on Youtube.
I ordered 2 books from Barnes & Noble last week that came in over the weekend. I’ve been meaning to try Bookshop.org as well, since I like the idea of supporting independent bookstores with my purchase. I feel like Amazon is getting plenty of business right now, and ordering books from them is not the same experience it once was (a while back, they sent my copy of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar just floating around in a box and the cover was damaged in transit).
The first book I ordered is The Making It Guide to Crafting by The Creators of Making It with foreword by Nick Offerman. If you haven’t seen NBC’s Making It TV show, I highly recommend it. I watched all of the episodes on Hulu a while back. It’s a fun, feel-good crafting competition show, hosted by Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler. The show has some incredible work I couldn’t possibly do as well as a few things that made me think, “huh, I could probably do that.” The book contains 25 crafting projects inspired by the makers from the show. I’m looking forward to trying some of these projects. I’m definitely down to make the adorable terrarium and the table runner imprinted with a funky design using paint and fork tines. These are simple ideas, but for the less crafty among us such as myself, provide needed inspiration.
As previously mentioned, I had a lot of fun making different kinds of granny squares last summer. They’re all stored in shoeboxes and hopefully one day I’ll have enough to assemble into a blanket. So, the second book I ordered is 3D Granny Squares: 100 Crochet Patterns for Pop-Up Granny Squares by Celine Semaan, Sharna Moore, and Caitie Moore. The patterns in this book are absolutely adorable and hopefully some of them are simple enough for someone who hasn’t kept up with a lot of crocheting recently.