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Getting Crafty

Looking to make something? This the category that includes crafts, decorating, DIY, and repair materials.

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Submitter: The purpose of the book isn’t exactly clear. It doesn’t explain how to create Hanimations for yourself. It’s not a story about these creatures. It’s just…pictures of this guy’s painted hands? And in some pictures, an unusual amount of arm hair. More arm hair than is typically expected in books in the children’s department. It was last checked out in 1996. Added to the weed pile!

Holly: It’s actually kind of clever, in a creeptastic kind of way. You have to look closely in some of the pictures to figure out how many hands there are. You’d swear there were three or four hands in some of them, but I think they’re all the work of hairy-arm guy himself (although the peacock pictured below has suspiciously delicate wrists…). If it hasn’t circulated in 18 years, it’s probably a safe weeder.

More Creeptastic Hands:

Puppet Nightmares

Creepy or Clever?

Body Watchin’

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Men, Dogs, and Knitting

“Men Who Knit & the Dogs Who Love Them: 30 Great-Great Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend”
Modessit and Emborsky

Submitter: This book appeals to a worldwide audience of maybe five people: namely dudes who are into knitting matching man/dog Rasta hats.

Thankfully there are tons of full-page pictures featuring inexplicably euphoric men posing next to dogs that look itchy, confused, and more than a little annoyed.

In the introduction, the author writes, “I love men – and I adore dogs, too.” And that giving a dog one of these sweaters “generally results in an orgy of tail wagging, so be warned!” She concludes with, “Happy knitting, all you cool men out there!”

I think this book should have been called, “Men Who Knit & the Dogs Who Hate Them : 30 Wardrobe Fails for ‘Man’ and his Dejected Bondservant.”

Holly: Men who knit are dead sexy, but this is an odd collection of pictures and patterns. It’s almost like adding a dog makes it more manly to be knitting; like dudes can’t just knit sweaters and hats for themselves because they want to. The matchy-matchy man and dog bit feels like a gimmick. Knit on, fellas. With or without your dog.

More Manly Hobbies:

Royal Knitting

Tin Can Crafts

Please Throw it Away!

Here Fishy Fishy

DIY Hot Tub

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Pregnancy Fashion Sewing

Patterns for Pregnancy

Submitter: I worked in a large city public library for about 2 years where I located this relic of 1980′s maternity fashion. Patterns for Pregnancy is an interesting concept: sew your own maternity clothing for a fraction of the cost of buying new clothes. While the concept is a good one and there has been a recent resurgence in the DIY movement, I can’t imagine any modern mom checking out this book and wanting to create these fashions for themselves. I was unable to find a modern equivalent to this concept. There are a ton of sewing books out there but none specific to maternity clothes. Due to the outdated fashions in the book, and relatively low circulation statistics it must go. Still, the models and fashions are highly entertaining and it’s a good reminder of how far maternity fashion has come!

Holly: Maternity fashion trends have come a loooong way since the 80s! In fact, these days it seems more fashionable to show off your baby bump than to cover it (and I support that!). Pinterest links to all kinds of good maternity sewing sites. If your library has a Pinterest account, you could create a board for maternity sewing if you don’t have any books readily available. Let’s take note, though, that people who are good enough seamstresses to even consider sewing their own clothes, maternity or otherwise, will probably be able to take the patterns in this book and turn them into something a little more fashionable. They just need the pattern for aThe problem is, they might be so turned off by the cover that they won’t even pick it up to give it a try. Part of library browsing for a topic like this is in the inspiration, and this book isn’t very inspiring. Verdict: it’s not the worst thing, but there are better options.

More Maternity Madness:

Pregnant and Fabulous

Fashion for Pregnancy

Be a Guilt-Free and Organized Working Mother!

Childbirth with Hypnosis

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