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REVIEW: ‘Meet me at Mike’s: 26 crafty projects and things to make’ by Pip Lincolne

by Emma Rafter of http://yumptatious.blogspot.com

Meet Me At Mikes Pip Lincolne

ISBN-10: 1740666305

I was very excited when I saw that the inspirational ‘Meet Me at Mike’s’ had brought out its first book. In tone, it reminds me of the wonderful ‘Crafter’s Companion’ in that it is a collection of projects from 26 crafters. Founder and author, Pip Lincolne weaves it all together, instructing the reader that, with craft, one needs ‘a sense of humour and a bit of persistence’, very true! As with ‘Crafter’s’, it has a range of projects, mainly aimed at the novice but easily adaptable for the more experienced.

The book is ring-bound: why more instructional books aren’t done this

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way is alien to me. It also has a handy envelope pouch on the inner cover, full of all the patterns required to complete the projects within the book, like Lotta Jansdotter and Amy Butler’s books. This book isn’t just about the projects but is an object of beauty that will appeal to most crafters – photographs of seemingly random groups of haberdashery and ephemera remind the reader to allow inspiration from a myriad of sources.

Pip stresses in her introduction the need to read through the instructions before starting a project. This is vital if, like me, you have a more organic way of doing things (i.e. you make it up as you go along). On the whole, the instructions are clear but sometimes lack detail. This was particularly true for the Granny

Squares project. Having previously decided that clearly crochet was freaky yarn voodoo that only the initiated / possessed could decipher, I was lulled into a false sense of security by Pip’s own words: ‘...after a couple of weeks of undoing and tears – I finally worked it out!’ Clearly here was someone that understood! The instructions say that it should take ‘40 minutes or so for the first few squares – less as you get the hang of it.’ This, however, was not my experience. I timed myself and after 40 minutes (plus extra time for referring to every other crochet book I had in the house) I still hadn’t completed the first round. Undeterred, I unravelled it again and another 40 minutes and a soothing glass of wine later, I ran back to the safety of my knitting, leaving not even a hint of anything resembling a Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98
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