Wednesday, December 01, 2010

crochet inspiration

(my turkey's are getting SO big!)
I took this photo on Thanksgiving Day but never made it over here. I really did want to tell you how thankful I am for you visiting this little space. All the kind words you offer all year long are very much appreciated. Also, thanks so much for supporting my little shop. The elves (aka my parents) and I worked in the warehouse to box the chalkboard place mats which are on the way to homes as we speak. Thank you!
I haven't been "a friend to crochet with", yet, however, this book could change that. Pages upon pages filled with crochet inspiration.
There are four chapters that focus on crocheted fabrics, motifs, grannies, and flowers. All detailed to perfection, by Sasha Kagan.
It all looks so unbelievably gorgeous to me.
If you are a friend of mine that likes to crochet, or wants to learn to crochet, Tara at soho would like to share this book with two of you. Leave a comment by Friday, December 3, 5pm EST, and I will have the random generator draw two names.

Happy December!

188 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love all the variations of granny squares in that book! Gorgeous work.

Also, congrats on your chalkboard placemat success :)

Jen said...

I definitely want to learn!

Michelle said...

I really want to learn to crochet! Looks like a beautiful book

Katie L said...

ooohh.. new to crocheting, though I've knit for a while. Love the book!

Melanie said...

it's on my bucket list to learn to crochet a granny square blanket!

ColorSlut said...

I so dig crochet. Check out my latest crochet project:
http://nuclearknits.blogspot.com/2010/12/fo-holiday-designer-rock-ii.html

Jennifer said...

I first learned to knit about five years ago, but kind of got frustrated and let it go and then last year picked up crochet. I love crocheting but have been regretting that I didn't keep up with the knitting so recently I decided to give it a go. I looooove your toast wristwarmers and decided that would be my break back into knitting project. They turned out gorgeous, I love them and am already working on a second pair. Thanks so much for the pattern. This book looks great, lots of gorgeous crochet going on for sure.

Simplify said...

I used to knit and crochet a lot.
The last few months I've realized I LOVE TO KNIT! I still do crochet and I think it would be fun to make something from this book. Thank you for the opportunity. I just recently found your blog. Love the chalkboard placemats, too.

ijoemonkey said...

I've always found crochet daunting, but I'd love to learn!

Andrea Moberly said...

The book looks gorgeous! I'd love to have some new patterns to attempt :)

homeschoolmom said...

i love to crochet almost as much as i love to knit! this book looks great! :D

nestra said...

I want to learn to crochet, would love a crack at that book!

Kim said...

I'd love to learn how to crochet!

mle said...

Ooo, this book looks fabulous! I know how to do a few basic crochet stitches but I love all the pretties I see in this book.
Thanks!

Cozy Knitting said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. It sounds great!

Amanda said...

I technically know how to crochet but rarely use it for more than edgings and the occasional coaster. This book would be more than enough inspiration to put the hooking to good use!

Kathleen said...

The book looks great! I would love to learn to crochet. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I'm finding that as I become more familiar with knitting, I want to know more about crocheting and how to work with the two. Knitting stretches, usually, and crocheting does not, usually. This can be a great advantage!
This book looks awsome, thanks for the giveaway!
rav id: ceweller

Wylie said...

I would love to win this book. The chalkboard placemats are gorgeous. I love the idea!

zwizki said...

Ooh that looks like a really cool book! I do love to crochet :)

Sarah Jackson said...

eek! I'm just finally learning to crochet and I love that book. It would be perfect.

Dear Little Bird said...

My sister totally needs this book!

Becky said...

I have been crocheting for over two years and just learned how to knit a month ago. It hasn't quite grabbed my attention like crochet but I'm keeping at it. I just found your blog and am getting so much inspiration to keep up with the knitting. This book looks fun!

LisaJ said...

I like the look of this book!

Tricia U. said...

I'd love to learn how to crochet. At some point, I'm sure I'll have to incorporate it into my knitting, so no time like the present to learn! Many thanks!

Cupcake said...

Looks very inspirational. Learning to crochet has been on my to do list this year, but time is running out.... Maybe a new year's resolution for 2011! Meanwhile it is Get Knitting!

Julie said...

I don't crochet but I would learn with this book!
thanks for the giveaway!

Emma said...

Wow, what a gorgeous book. I taught myself to crochet earlier this year and have been loving it - would definitely like to try some of the designs in there.

Kathy said...

I can't get over the book. I learned to crochet in the 80's and everything was SO BULKY. I even knit a grey and lavender acrylic skirt (that thankfully never saw the light of day).
I pretty much learned to knit to make feminine things; I can't get my head around crochet being figure-flattering. Thank you for sharing!

Pippa said...

Hi there,

Would love to win the book, am I eligible as a Uk reader (lurker)?

Pippa

pzi236 said...

I'm still learning to crochet (finished my first crocheted blanket a few weeks ago) but I love it! And your blog!

C. said...

Thank you. The book looks gorgeous.

kelly said...

i am definitely a friend to crochet with!

Amy B said...

I love to crochet! Surprisingly, I can do it - not so much knitting!

magnusmog said...

I'm just learning - need all the help I can get!

Erin Joy said...

I do so love crochet! And I'm looking forward to a "friendly" package of chalkboards coming my way!

Jani said...

This is exactly what I need - more inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway.

Katiebee said...

This would inspire me to learn!

Heather said...

I've been trying to learn to crochet for years!

Ann said...

Enticing crochet book!

mtnchild said...

Look at all those motifs!! I love crochet flowers and those pictures would give me some GOOD ideas. I like flowers that can be washed and then good as new. I have crochet for over 40 years, but I can still never have enough books.
Thank you for a wonderful give-away! I hope I win ... te, he, ...
Yvette

Tekela said...

looks a wonderful book, would love to share this with my two young nieces who are desperate to learn to crochet. light bright colours to lift dark moods

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Your mats are adorable. Crochet is on my want-to-learn-to list.

Kim said...

would love a chance to learn different crochet techniques especiall small scale crochet.
KimVH

Kristina said...

I am in love with that flower on the cover and would love the book!

judy said...

Looks beautiful!!!!

Missy knits said...

I am always so envious when I see my friends at my LYS crocheting. The whole crochet language scares me, but I vow one of these years to make it my New Year's resolution to conquer this new skill. I do adore the granny square and would love to make some colorful afghans. Perhaps this book would make that happen!

Suzanne said...

Just now I was doing the crochet edge on my second Thorpe (finished two in a week-yay!). I found that hat pattern because of your blog. I love it.

Thanks for sharing your inspiration and all of the giveaways you do.

Alisha said...

Love the book!

I am planning on ordering a set of those place mats...love them so much!

Nicole said...

I can only crochet a chain and have always wanted to do more. This book would be great!

Lori said...

i am a confirmed knitter, however
i could be enticed to convert!

3 M's and 1 N said...

oh I've been looking for a cool crochet book- there is one on motifs that is great as well.
I would love to see this in person
:)

gunter said...

I have attempted crochet in the past but find the one hook so much more complicated than two needles. I would love to try again tho!

Kathy said...

Looks gorgeous! Would love to learn a little more crochet - I've only done 1 dishcloth!

TD wool design said...

i have been thinking.....and think this would be a perfect start!

Quiltnbee said...

That looks like a gorgeous book. And we all can use inspiration!

jdbknits said...

My aunt taught me how to crochet when I was 9. The book looks so great!

Jan said...

Leslie - I have crocheted since I was 8 when my grandmother taught me. I would love to share a flower pin with you. You can wear it on a jacket, a sweater, a scarf or a purse. Email me if you are interested. Can't wait to get my placemats for Anderson!!!

Casey said...

Someday! My 2011 goal is to figure crochet out.

jill said...

Crochet! Yes, please include me in the drawing.

Lara said...

That looks like one beautiful crochet book! I knit and crochet. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

cksknitter said...

This books makes me want to learn to crochet!
knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

loribird said...

I have always sworn that crocheting was beyond me, that anything less than two needles left me confused... and yet I really want to learn. Lately I've developed a crush on hexagonal-granny-squares...

I NEED that book! :)

Angie Keeton said...

I would love to win a copy!

Bonnie said...

I love to crochet. This is such a beautiful book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Your chalkboard placemats are delightful.

Lesley said...

Not sure if you're opening this giveaway to international crochet lovers, but if you are - count me in! I love the motifs - so instantly gratifying.

Frances said...

Oh, that book's a joy. And I treasure the memory of actually meeting Sasha K years and years ago at one of the very first Country Living Magazine's spring fairs.

She was a delight. Over the interim decades, Sasha has been able to keep true to her color sense, her love of vintage knit and crochet inspiration, and to lead the rest of us to enjoy the pleasures of knitting and crocheting.

As you also do! xo

Cyndi said...

I have done very little crochet but would love to learn. What a nice giveaway & great opportunity to learn. Thanks!

Andi said...

I am a friend that loves to knit and crochet! That book looks insanely wonderful.
Thank you for another giveaway.

Teadiva2 said...

Happy late Thanksgiving. I would love this crochet book. Thanks for the chance to win.

cam said...

It looks like a beautiful book!

Nataliya said...

What a gorgeous book. I used to crochet when I was in high school, but lately I've been in love with knitting. This book would definitely motivate me to get back to crocheting.

Judi said...

Haven't crocheted in years but after seeing the photos in this book I think I'll have to find my crochet hook. Gorgeous book, great inspiration!

Sangeetha said...

Wow just in time - I just picked up crochet last week, so would love this book to inspire

Anonymous said...

I am a friend and I LOVE to crochet!

Thanks!

Anne Marie
anne0604@optonline.net

Priscilla said...

This looks like a great book of crochet. Fun!

Gertie said...

Very colourful and inspirational!

Lisa B. said...

I confess, I crochet much better than I knit. Someday I will be as comfortable with the needles as I am a hook. I've seen this book in stores and added it to my wish list it had so many great projects in it! Happy December 1st. I am very thankful for your blog. Love all your posts!

Anonymous said...

Rosie.
Maybe I don´t have a chance, but never say never.
I love crochet. Here in México it´s to difficult find a book like this.
Love your posts.

Proud Mama said...

I am a knitter, but I recently decided to learn to crochet. I am looking for good books on crochet, and I will have to check this one out..

heather said...

What a great book! I am a crocheter but I have always been inspired your knitted projects.

Larissa said...

Love your chalkboard art! I'm learning to crochet but i am super slow - need lots more practice!

Sarah said...

I just learned to crochet, and would love to add that fabulous book to my library!

passingdowncrazy said...

I got my chalkboards today! So fun! I'd love to learn to crochet. I need another addiction to add to knitting, spinning, and quilting. Ha!

LISA said...

You mean there really could be life beyond dishrags? I am so happy to have dishrags, this is not a complaint, I'm just sayin...

And, I agree with Jennifer, I love knitting toast wristwarmers for the violist in my house, thank you thank you.

Peggy said...

Looks gorgeous! Pick me!

jessica said...

Ooooooh ... what a beautiful book!

Kristyn Knits said...

smiling at the success of your shop!

alleysally said...

I was here last week, looking at all your wonderful posts, projects, and prettiness! Ended up here again from UK lass in US when I clicked on her link to you! Happy to be back, and I love your blog.

I've put the Toast, Toasty, and Those Mitts on my list to make . . . but having trouble tearing myself away from the crochet hook!

Have been busy experimenting with crocheting various flower forms (you can see some of them here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/alleysally) and having a ball, so the book in your giveaway would be a wonderful addition to the patterns I already know.

Love your chalkboard placemats, BTW! What an ingenious idea! I may have to give them to my daughter's four-year old fraternal twins (a boy and a girl) for Christmas from their doting Grandma (me!).

I am constantly impessed with blogs such as yours as the amazing amount of creativity I see displayed in them. (I'm sure men are equally creative, but I don't see the same wonderful things coming out of their blogs. Let's face it: we women rock!)

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

RW said...

I love crocheting. Took me a while to give it a try. Looking for inspiration. This book looks like just the thing.

Anonymous said...

I have been croceting since I was 5self taught knitter when I was 35. Find I can never have too many books and this would be a great addition. Thank you for the opportunity Shelly T.

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

i would sooooo love to be able to pop into soho to see this book inperson....but very much settle for the give-a-way....thanks for the chance...

~RaenWa~ said...

I am dying to learn to crochet I have the hooks & yarn but just haven't figured it out yet. I want to learn just so I can make granny squares.

Thanks for having the giveaway.

Annini said...

I would love it!

Greetings from Switzerland, I always enjoy reading your blog!

Maxine said...

Oh, I would love to win this book. I've just finished my first crochet blanket and need another project now!

Lone Ringskær said...

Would love to enter your drawing.

tracytracy said...

That picture decides it. I need chalkboard placemats!

Also, count me in for the book giveaway. I'm a crochet newbie, but this looks like great inspiration to learn.

Anonymous said...

What lovely crochet---
Ingela

Jenny Bennett-Stringer said...

Wow!! Beautiful book!!! I have wanted to learn to crochet.

christina said...

About 4 weeks ago I searched the web for direction on how to crochet. Well, crochet bloggers are unbelievable. Through them I learned and crocheted a doilie and flowers. I would love a look at this book. I am not quite sure that I'll find it in Sout Africa.

Linda said...

My daughter in law loves to crochet and is forever creating beautiful things to share with others. This book would be a lovely inspiration!

bluekaeru said...

The book looks lovely. I would love for you to join us as "A Friend to crochet with." I both knit and crochet and am always looking for new inspiration.

jennifer said...

I crocheted before I fell hard for knitting. I'm totally addicted to knitting but the awesome patterns make it so much more fun. This crochet book might get me to pick up a hook again!

Allison said...

A lovely blog! I've just discovered it... Thank you for entering me! xoxo

Susan J. said...

I am a friend who used to crochet but who hasn't crocheted (is that the right spelling?) in a while. I'd love that gorgeous book!

deb said...

that looks like a wonderful book. Love the pics.

From All Stitched Up said...

I have a friend who would be over the moon to have this book. If I'm lucky it will be her Christmas present.

michelle said...

hey....since I can't knit, I may as well not crochet as well!
xox M

penelope10 said...

Such inspiration, love to be a part of it!

kim said...

I just started to crochet...what a great book to learn a bit more!!

paula said...

inspired!

Ellen said...

Beautiful book, but what I really love are the placemats! Ours arrived yesterday and my kids (5th and 8th graders) can't stop drawing. Thank you for so generously sharing your creativity (especially Toast, one of my top to-to gifts). Your blog is always an inspiration.

Debbie said...

I love to crochet too so I would love a chance to win this beautiful book!

Anonymous said...

I haven't crocheted in a long time, I too am a knitter. Those patterns though look like they may inspire me to pick up my hook :-)

Heather Byrne said...

I love the Book I want it please...so pretty!

Jules said...

I'm one of those who'd like to learn to crochet. Scrumptious colors in that book!

Jen G. said...

Book looks great!

Thanks..

Kat said...

I am slowly getting back into crochet. I would love some eye candy to inspire and instruct me.

Susan said...

I would love to win this book and give it to my daughter-in-law. She does beautiful crochet work, and I know she would love it.

Mami Dearest said...

I need some crochet inspiration!

Love your blog - so thanking you for all your inspiration :)

kristofer and ivy said...

I'd love to learn! Thanks for the offer. =)

.ivy

Julie said...

That crochet book looks wonderful. I have only barely tried it a few times. The book looks quite inspiring. Thanks.

Ginger said...

I'm not much of a crocheter, but it's something I would like to work on.

Maggie O said...

I'm a knitter...not a chrocheter...but I would love to be. I have been looking at crochet items lately and they seem to be coming into their own. I even bought an afghan in gray shades of granny squares last week and can't take my eyes off it. New Year is a time to learn new things...count me in!!

Nicole said...

Dabbled in it, really want to do it!
Thanks for the chance to win this book!

k2k2tog said...

Beautiful book.

Alison27607 said...

Wow! I have never seriously thought about trying crochet but looking at these pictures?! I can't wait to get a good look at the book - it's gorgeous!

Alison27607 said...

I have never seriously considered learning to crochet, but after seeing these photographs?! What a beautiful book - can't wait to see more of it!!

Anonymous said...

I AM a friend and live in WI and we need sweaters, shawls, knitted, crocheted - you name it. This weekend: highs of 20 and snowstorm on the way. PLEASE pick me!

Kathleen C. said...

I would be thrilled to receive this book! Many thanks to both you and Tara at Soho!
coneryka
at jmu
dot edu

Martha said...

I love to crochet and while I can knit, I always have a slight panic that I am going to drop a stitch. I would love this book for all of the inspirational photos. I can't get enough of crochet photos. I really enjoy your blog by the way.

paigely said...

oooh, i know a few basic stitches but that book would definitely inspire me to learn more!

i love love love the chalkboards! we recently did a toddler table and section of wall in chalkboard paint here :)

jenmaree said...

I love to crochet as well as knitting! :)

Leslie said...

I actually learned to crochet a bit because of that Be Sweet scarf I started the day we met (I actually finished the scarf!). Thanks for the giveaway.

mc said...

I don't crochet (still learning to knit), but I have a friend who would absolutely love this!

e.kinnear said...

Me please :)

Anonymous said...

How lovely .... the thankful comments and the crochet book! You are the first blog I visit on my blog reading day! Keep up with the sweet and whimisical post...they are a thankful break from a day at work

Joanne said...

I have lots of scrap yarn that I want to crochet into a blanket. This book looks like great inspiration!

jo said...

Yes please - I dont know why I learnt to knit longer ago than I can remember yet never did crochet - tried this year and still learning.

Rebekah said...

I've just been learning how to crochet, this would be wonderful!!!

~m said...

I wold love to learn to crochet!

Sara said...

I'd love to have the chance to try out such pretty crochet patterns in the book... it looks great!

Maryvonne said...

I also are more a friend to knitting, but maybe it is time to become friend to crochet!
vonken@casema.nl

a day in the life of a davis said...

I am a true knitter at heart but I love a sweet crocheted flower!

stitching under oaks said...

whoa...it took me five minutes to get to the bottom of the comments! crochet is pretty popular eh!? I know how to do just enough to get by... Hope your thanksgiving was fabulous. My set of chalkboards came and they're set aside to be wrapped up! YEah!

Lisa said...

I love to crochet...Pick me Pick me!!!

Brenda said...

Beautiful book! Congratulations on your shop.

jessica said...

Lovely, and very inspirational! I would love a chance to will that book, but if I don't I might have to add that to my Christmas wish list.

Tracey said...

I HOPE I WIN! I HOPE I WIN! I would love to own this book!

berriesforjam said...

I've always been a bit intimidated by crochet, but these lovely photos are sure inspiring. I think I would pass on the book to my mom! She would love it!

Shannchris said...

I'm an avid knitter and sometime crocheter...could use the inspriation!
(knitting Toast right now).

: )
Shannon S.
shannchris@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh I'd love to win this beautiful book! Thanks for the chance.

Liz

Jennifer said...

I too am a knitter, but not a crocheter...I'm so intimidated for some reason. This book looks like a nice way to ease into it...

Christina said...

I'd love to make a warm afghan with unique motifs from this beautiful looking book. The placemats are adorable. Do you think my friend would like them for a wedding present? They look like the perfect fun, mealtime decor to begin your new life/family together.

Kathy said...

I would love to learn crochet. Thanks for the opportunity! P.S. love the placements...wish my kids were still young enough to love them too!

Marie-Lucie said...

I taught myself the basics of crocheting at the age of thirteen, but really never knew how to do granny squares. This book would sure inspire me to accomplish that. Beautiful pictures.

Nadine C. said...

I would love to crochet a granny square blanket, hoping this book would be my teacher. Love those place mats, but no little ones yet.

Anonymous said...

Definitely!

Maile (My-lee) Ann said...

Love it! Would love to work on my crochet skills...can we add more hours to the day or better yet more days to the week...just don't tell my employer. :-)

Katrina said...

I would love to have a book that would help me learn to crochet. I can chain stitch, but turning it around and making a second row? Don't be silly!

Heather said...

I've always wanted to learn to crochet... both my grandmothers did, as well as my mom. I would love to learn how to make those lovely granny squares!

Heather said...

I've always wanted to learn to crochet... both my grandmothers did, as well as my mom. I would love to learn how to make those lovely granny squares!

Rebekah said...

what a beautiful book!

Island822 said...

I'm a knitter ready to try crochet. This looks like the perfect book.

Kathy said...

Inspiration is the best word in the title! To pick up crocheting again after a long absence would be wonderful.

duni said...

i really need to learn to crochet- this stuff looks amazing! :)

Lynn said...

This book would encourage me to crochet again...I, too,, prefer knitting, but this looks very interesting and wonderful patterns to try. Thanks for the offer.

ali@skeinsherway said...

Looks like a book that could definitely convert a knitter or two to take up some part time crocheting!

Mandy said...

Another great book, and another great example of generosity!

Thank you!

Sandra said...

I am fairly new to knitting and have crochet on my list to tackle next! That book looks fab!

Tammy said...

This book looks amazing! I have been looking for inspiration for a blanket project!

erins said...

I haven't crocheted in a long time but this book could be my inspiration. Enter me please!

monikita said...

I'm a beginning crocheter, and I've been looking for a book of stitches and motifs. This would be perfect for me to sink my, er, hook? into!

ShknitsandGiggles said...

I love the chalkboard placemats. What a clever idea! I love to crochet and knit. The book looks awesome with all those granny square patterns. Before long you'll be "hooked";)

Dana Wright said...

I was looking at this book just the other day. Love your blog!

Dana @ bookgirlknitting.blogspot.com

Dana Wright said...

I was looking at this book just the other day. Love your blog!

Dana @ bookgirlknitting.blogspot.com

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