As with Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights, I was disappointed in the two-dimensionality of most of these flowers. (I wasAs with Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights, I was disappointed in the two-dimensionality of most of these flowers. (I was looking for knit and crochet flower patterns to make a three-dimensional bouquet.) Many of the fruits and vegetables in this collection, however, have a more three-dimensional look. The blackberries are particularly cute. I like the way this book is arranged, with a photographic Directory of Flowers near the beginning, so you can easily browse through the whole collection. It also includes basic knitting and crocheting instructions. On the whole, I noted 11 out of the 100 patterns that I would be interested in making, in future....more
On first skim-through, I was a bit disappointed in the flower patterns offered in Crochet Garden. I was looking for something more three-dimensional,On first skim-through, I was a bit disappointed in the flower patterns offered in Crochet Garden. I was looking for something more three-dimensional, whereas all of these are essentially two-dimensional and best displayed on a flat surface (like placements or close or what-have-you, not as an actually bouquet of crocheted flowers in a base, for example). However, there were still quite a few flower patterns that I earmarked. And I am quite amazed by the effort it must take patternists to come up with this kind of stuff.
A word of warning - this book contains no crocheting instructions. So if you're a very infrequent crocheter, like me, then be prepared with a separate crochet reference book or the internet....more
This biography of the criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde was slow to begin and often frustrating to read, at first. It turns out B&C were, for the mostThis biography of the criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde was slow to begin and often frustrating to read, at first. It turns out B&C were, for the most part, terrible at what they did, blundering from one semi-botched hold-up job to the next.
The biography begins before that, though, going through the childhoods of Bonnie and Clyde and the economic backgrounds of their families--poverty was a big contributor to Clyde turning to a life of crime. As I already mentioned, the middle section lagged. Guinn goes through every single known hold-up. Many of which, particularly in the beginning, did not go very smoothly for Clyde and his "Barrow Gang." But intermixed between those frustrating failures were some very interesting tidbits about the pair. Clyde's time in prison for example, and the extraordinary measures he went to to get relocated to a less back-breaking labor camp. Also, Bonnie's poetry and the car accident that rendered her crippled for life. These are the kinds of things they don't mention in most of the movies and TV documentaries. The things, honestly, that make Bonnie and Clyde most interesting. The story really picked up in the end, too, as Guinn began setting up the inevitable demise of the pair.
Guinn makes a strong argument for why his biography is much more historically accurate than most of those that have preceded him, which he says were inundated with sensationalism and blatantly fictionalized dialogue and events. It intrigued me enough to consider reading some of these other materials, to see how the media can so skew reality as to make a pair of bumbling, two-bit crooks into one of the most wanted criminal gangs in the country....more