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Book Review: Animal Friends Of Pica Pau

Hello Lovelies!
As many of you know from following my instagram and blog feed I have been enjoying working through the patterns from a gorgeous little crochet book; Animal Friends Of Pica Pau by Yan Schenkel.

As I was working through the patterns, it got me thinking about finally starting the series of Book reviews that I had been thinking about for months (if not years!).
No time like the present, and so I got my camera out and got stuck into making a review of the book.
Hope you like...

Animal Friends of Pica Pau Specifics

  • created by talented Argentinian designer, Yan Schenkel
  • Paperback, by Meteoor Books
  • Over 150 Pages
  • 20 Amigurumi Patterns
  • Less than €1 per pattern!
  • How to of crochet techniques
  • Beautiful colour photography
  • Fun character information and stories to accompany all amigurumi dolls

I have am having such a blast working through this book, the projects really are very cute indeed. Part of the reason why I wanted to do these book reviews is to share with you all when I strike gold, this book is that! It's one hell of a good crochet book....pure gold! I guess that's why I gave it a whopping great 9/10 stars!!!


How do I get my hands on a copy of Animal Friends of Pica Pau?

Animal Friends Of Pica Pau pricing info:

  • Recommended retail price of €18.50 (USD $21.95, GBP £15.95, CAD $26.95)

Animal Friends of Pica Pau is available to order at all good book stores and available here at amazon.co.uk


Alternatively you can try your luck at winning a copy of "Animal Friends Of Pica Pau" as I bought an extra copy as a gift for you!!!
Details of the giveaway will be up on my Instagram feed later this evening (CET 17.00, 11.02.18)

(Don't have instagram? Simply subscribe to my blog and leave a comment below and you'll be added to the draw)

The lucky winner will be chosen at random next Sunday 18th February! Good Luck hookers!

Other Products Featured In The Book Review

I hope you enjoyed my first book review! I plan on making a whole series of them.
As mentioned in the video, the next book to be reviewed will be Vanessa Mooncies "Animal Heads", a book that you already know I'm a very big fan of!

Finally I just wanted to end this post by making it clear, that these reviews are entirely own, as in I haven't been asked or paid to make them...They are purely some fun as I share my opinion, a way (I hope) of informing others about interesting and new books available to us as crafters.

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great start to next week!

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Animal Friends

Hello Lovelies!
Thanks so much for the lovely response to my last post, I had so much fun making the review for the Scheepjes Studio Pack and hope to make reviews and unboxing videos more of a regular feature here on the blog.
If there is something you have in mind that you would like me to review or take a look at, then please let me know.

Sooooo...How are you all doing?
I was hoping to be back with a blog post earlier last week, but life got the better of me and things took a little longer than expected. It gave me a little more time for some hooky action though. So here I am a week later with a few more projects than anticipated to share with you all!

I've fallen in love with a book, "Animal friends of Pica Pau" by Yan Schenkel. It was a gift from my Mum for Christmas and what better gift to buy an addicted hooker, than a crochet book?

It's a gorgeous book, not only as a pattern book, but also as a book to browse and inspire. Amongst it's pages are pattern upon pattern of cute and cuddly designs. Each design with a little something extra and some added flare!

Having given myself a moment after Christmas to finish up other projects, I took the time to flick through the pages and decided which pattern was going to be my first. I raided my craft room for the prefect yarn for the project and settled with my stash of Scheepjes cotton 8. I kept my colour choices as close as possible to those recommended within the book.

I must be honest, I knew from the very first moment that I saw this book which project I wanted to make first. In fact it may have been this project that made me want to get the book in the first place.....Robin the unicorn

What a cute make this was, clever design especially the body, which was made all in one part, so no sewing on the legs at the end...yiiiiipeeee!
It was the little "extras" that really made this project though. The well crafted main, the horn and those cute little wings!

I still have a little anchor to embroider on the body of the unicorn, then all finished. I'll get a complete pic of him once he's totally finished! Isn't he adorable though?!

You know me though....never one project on the go! As well as working up the unicorn, I got going on Bonny the Puffin.

I was drawn to Bonny because of the colour work around her chest. I've been crocheting for some time now, but never actually tried tapestry crochet. I thought that this would be a fun make, as well as one to try out a new technique.

After experimenting with a couple of the projects from the book, I couldn't resist buying Yan's other crochet book, "The world of Pica Pau".
It's also a gorgeous book, unfortunately not available in English, but Spanish and French.
Since I can't speak either of those languages, I picked the book with the quickest delivery date...French. So not only am I going to work up a few of the patterns from her first book, but also brush the cobwebs off of the French that I learnt at school, way back when.

The final project from the book that I've started is was Audrey Gazelle. She's poised very elegantly on the front cover of the book and is absolutely adorable.

I still need to give her some ears, but other than that she's done!

Two very gorgeous books! I'm looking forward to making more projects from both books.

So now to finish off Robin and Audrey. Like I said I'll show you some complete pictures once the projects are totally finished. I really can't get enough of them though!

I'm also in the middle of editing a book review for the "Animal Friends of Pica Pau" book.
It'll be a video, so you'll be able to see a little more of the book and get a better idea of the yumminess that I've been jabbering on about!

Hopefully that will be up on the blog early next week! .....until then lovelies!

Keep it crafty!

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Unboxing: Scheepjes Studio Pack

Hello Lovelies!
How are you all doing? I hope you're in the middle of a superbly creative week?

I'm feeling super excited about this post, as it's the first time that I've made an "unboxing video"!
A video of me taking a product out of the box for the first time. I'll be giving you my opinion and impressions about the product, which I hope will not only inspire you along your creative paths, but give you an informed and objective view of some of the products available to us as crafters and crocheters.

Today....as it's my fist "unboxing" I thought I'd do something rather special......I'm taking a look at the totally awesome....Scheepjes Studio Pack!

Check out the video below as I give my creative space a makeover using the brand spanking new Studio Pack:

Studio Pack Specifics:

  1. Large magnetic notice board (with materials to hang on wall)
  2. Small magnetic notice board (with material to hang on wall)
  3. Swatch cards (of chosen yarn pack)
  4. Magnets (perfect for applying to the back of your swatch cards)
  5. Scheepjes craft tin (for your bits'n bobs)
  6. Scheepjes magnetic clips
  7. Scheepjes Studio pack display packaging 

Along with all of the great crafting equipment inside of the studio pack you also get a complete set of either:

 Scheepjes Cahlista
 (109 X 15g ball) with matching shade cards


Scheepjes Catona
(109 X 10g balls) with matching shade cards.
I guess it goes without saying that the studio pack is pretty awesome!!! A perfect gift for any yarn hoarder/ Enthusiast. The pack would make for an amazing present! Something a little individual and unique! It's something that any creative mind would think the absolute world of! 

How do I get my hands on a Scheepjes Studio Pack?

The Scheepjes Studio Pack retails at a bargain price of:

  • €89.95 for the Catona Studio Pack (£79.99, $107.99) 
  • €107.95 for the Cahlista Studio Pack (£96.99, $129.99)

For stockist of Scheepjes products you can follow the link here to take you to the Scheepjes store locator

Or if you fancy you can purchase or have a browse of the Studio Packs:  

Other Products from Matt's Craft room:

Well....That was pretty fun! Taking a look at a new product and giving it a review.
I hope you found this video useful?
Like I mentioned in the video, I plan on doing these unboxing videos quite frequently, so that we can take a look together at some of the cool crafting products available on the market.

I'm also going to get stuck into doing a few book revues....so stayed tuned!

 Have a lovely rest of the week hookers!