Monday, June 6, 2011

books, books, books

I did get some sewing done this weekend. And, here's a hint...

this weekend

But, the stars did not align for finished pictures, so I've decided to share some books with you with a little giveaway too.

I've been reading a lot, all the sudden.  You know how that'll happen in spurts.

books I'm reading...

These books each found me, quite unbidden, through friends and book club and such.  I finished "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana De Rosnay well ahead of our book club meeting.  It's a very emotional read for someone with young children, but time well spent.  I picked up "The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love" on Saturday night and I'm already more than halfway done - it's just such a fun, fascinating peek into a life I can almost imagine enjoying.   "Raising Elijah" is a look at the environmental crises by a mother and ecologist whom I respect.

homeschooling extras on my "to read" list

And then there are the books and binders of curriculum I'm reading in preparation for school. Aria's first grade year of homeschooling will begin the 2nd week of August. I've received all my supplies and done a good bit of preparation, but there's still plenty to do.  These are a few "extras" with inspiration for working with yoga, art and knitting.  I can't believe she's going to be knitting!  But on the other hand I totally believe she can do it.  Crochet comes so much more naturally for me, but knitting is recommended as a first experience for children.  She's already learned to finger crochet and use a knitting tower.  We're excited!

Block Party giveaway!

And here's one for you!  I received an extra copy of "Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee" by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks.  Would you like one?

You should say "Yes".  For sure!

As a member and facilitator of do. Good Stitches {a virtual charity bee} I was excited to see what this book had to offer.  It's definitely a keeper.

the "February" quilt from Block Party

The book chronicles all 12 months of the Block Party quilting bee, sharing inspiration, fabric and color choices behind each quilt's design, specific directions for making each quilt and mini interviews with each bee member. 

little interviews with the Bee Members

How fun to see familiar faces of folks whose books and blogs I've enjoyed. Very inspiring stuff!

July is my next opportunity to lead a circle of do. Good Stitches in designing the quilt for the month. I was already thinking circles, but now I've got a definite plan inspired by the August quilt in Block Party:

the "August" quilt from Block Party

I love the large rectangle blocks and gray background, but I'm going to make some changes to the quilt size and colors with a boy in mind.

If you're involved in a virtual quilting bee, you should definitely find a way to get your hands on this book.  Sometimes planning a collaborative quilt can be tricky.  More often than not, I think the danger is for your vision of the quilt to be too tiny, to narrow to allow for the creativity of each member.  Block Party is a great resource for stretching the mind with new possibilities.  If I wasn't already in a bee, I think I'd be running off to join one now!

from Block Party - great general quilting section!

There's also a very comprehensive how-to quilting section at the back of the book. Like the 30 pages kind of comprehensive! Besides the basics you need to know to finish a quilt, there are ideas I haven't seen presented like this page on "freestyle pieced backs" and examples of straight-line quilting designs. I'm still reading through this part. And learning!  Sometimes I don't put enough thought into these details because the quilt top features so prominently in my mind.  I'm appreciating the inspiration here very much.

How to win!
I'm wishing I had a load of these to giveaway, but alas I have just the one.  To put your name in the hat, please leave a comment sharing your feelings about crochet (do you know how, do you crochet much, is it an interesting craft or... not).  Because I happen to be curious.  This giveaway open to residents of the US only.  I'll draw the random winner on Wednesday!

Good luck!   Comments now closed.

245 comments:

  1. I'd love a copy of this book! What a fabulous addition to my library!

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  2. I would love to win this giveaway! Block Party has been on my wish list for quite some time.

    I do not know how to crochet but I love things that are made using that technique. Hopefully I will get the chance to learn in my lifetime :)

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  3. I don't personally crochet, because touching most yarns gives me the willies, like nails on a blackboard. But my 12 year old does and she really enjoys it. She rarely follows a pattern, just makes things up as she goes. She wants to learn to knit now.

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  4. I'd love to get my hands on this book!

    I have some knitting experience, but I just can't seem to get the hang of crochet. I've heard that it can be hard to learn if you knit first (and vice versa).

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  5. I LOVE crochet! It was the first craft I taught myself over 12 years ago. From there I segued into knitting, then weaving a few years after that. Finally, picked up sewing and quilting just 2 years ago. It all started with crochet! I still do it, mostly for washcloths, scrubbies, hats, baby afghans, etc. which I give away to friends and family for presents.

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  6. The book is so up my alley. I love to collect quilting books!

    As for crocheting..I tried. But then I realize that it took time away from my crosstitch/embroidery "sitting on the couch" time!

    My sister is now into it, and she says that I already do too much of everything else. So I will let her have it!!

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  7. Oh fun! I crochet. I have been crocheting since I was 8. I still love it, but I usually do it more in the winter and make smaller things like hats and scarves.

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  8. I LOVE to crochet. I have made many things and love that my mom taught me how to crochet when I was young.

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  9. I dont crochet and while I have been jonesin' for a granny square blanket, my hands are full of current projects. I will support the handmoade community and buy one this winter, instead!

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  10. What a neat quilt book!

    I've only just picked up doing crochet again after a long hiatus to knitting. I've yet to really the tension down for crochet though -- definitely way too tight. I wish I could do the filet crochet my grandmother did... I have some beautiful tablecloths & wall hangings from her

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  11. My grandmother taught me to crochet in the back seat of the car on a family vacation when I was 6-I did miles of chain stitch first. I really have never done much of it, but will once in a while! I have to say I think it's a whole lot easier than knitting!

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  12. oh wow, I've been eyeballing this book. I don't know anything about crochet. Kinda scared of it.

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  13. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was young and I enjoyed making a few blankets. I didn't crochet for 5 or 6 years and then learned to knit in 2005. I tried to teach myself to crochet again a couple years ago, which was challenging, but I do like it. I feel like it goes so much faster than knitting!

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  14. Looks like a great book!

    I knew how to crochet once - my grandma taught me when I was 9 and I worked on a project with her...that turned out to be a gift for me! Sadly, that was the last time I crocheted anything, and I've had a hard time trying to teach myself. My town doesn't have a yarn store, so there's no easy place to find a teacher, either.

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  15. I 'kinda' know how to crochet. But I always seem to turn to sewing when I have a creative moment.

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  16. I'm desperate to learn crochet. Since becoming (slightly)obsessed with quilting last autumn, I'd like to learn my next new skill-it helps to unwind after a busy day teaching! many thanks, jo

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  17. Fantastic giveaway, Rachael! My grandmother showed me how to crochet many years ago. I could crochet a single chain long enough to go around the world, but couldn't ever get the hang of turning around and making it wider! I know how to knit, but I've always been a little initmidated by crochet and sadly have never tried it since.

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  18. I love to crochet! I've made atleast 8 blankets if not more... I've lost count :) I have atleast 3 WIPs... those kind of got pushed aside last year as soon and I got a sewing machine tho. Poor yarn... it misses me :)

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  19. I crochet very basically -- I wish I could learn to do more!!

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  20. Oh fun. Thanks for the chance! I've dabbled in crochet, and would like to do more. I made lovely snowflakes for winter decor, and really enjoyed the process.

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  21. I don't crochet. Sometimes I get interested in learning, but that always fades. I like sewing way too much. And as a brand new quilter, I would love this book!

    (p.s. I'd love to join in do Good Stitches! What should I do?)

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  22. I am definitely a knitter, and have never done crochet for more than an accent or stabilizing item on a knit sweater. I think crochet blankets look cute and I would love to crochet a rag rug, but I think a lot of crochet clothing looks dated.

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  23. I'm always looking for good book recommendations and The Dirty Life sounds like something I would enjoy.

    Crochet definitely came easier for me but I was determined to become proficient in knitting because honestly I like the look of the finished results better and I think there is just more room for variety with knitting. I still enjoy crocheting every once in a blue moon though (especially when I see the things One Flew Over crochets)!

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  24. Crocheting was the first "fiber art" I learned. I did some granny square blankets and some other frilly baby blankets, but it was impossible for me to "not look" at the project and my neck was always hurting, so I later got into knitting which I LOVE, and am crazy and obsessed about yarn. Currently i'm learning to quilt, i'm 4 months in and having a blast!

    My quilting library is quite small, so this book would make a lovely addition!

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  25. I've been crocheting since I was young. My mother tried to teach me and I just couldn't get it, but a neighbor lady took me under her wing and I was off. I've got a huge single granny square afghan on the hook now in a lovely blue boucle. It's well worth trying.

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  26. Mostly knitting over here. I used to do a lot of it in college because it is so portable, but haven't done a whole lot since then. Great book--thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. My mother crochets and has tried to teach me several times. I have weak wrists and it tends to fatigue my wrists easily. I tend to use too much tension, therefore hurting my wrists. My mom has been able to go to the womens prison here and teach some of them how to do granny squares. They then combine the granny squares to make lap quilts for various organizations.

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  28. I was a knitter and a crocheter before I was a sewer
    (sewist?) and love both very much. I no longer really have the time to do either. Right now I am spending any free time I have with my sewing machine.

    I do find crocheting to be very pleasant. It's much faster than knitting but it does require more yarn for the same size finished object. I taught myself to knit and crochet from a book.

    It's interesting that knitting is recommended for kids to learn before crochet. I used to work in a yarn store and my experience is that whichever you learn first is what you consider to be the "easier" skill. I think that if a kid can use a pencil in the proper way and get the desired results, then they can crochet or knit. The hardest part to learn is that it requires practice. Every kid I've taught had the hardest time with that. Good luck and have fun with it.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. It's been on my wish list.

    jennhgray at gmail dot com

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  29. I would love to win this wonderful book!
    I started out knitting 11 years ago, but have been crocheting a lot more since my 3yo was born. You are always at a good stopping point with crochet! I like knit fabric for sweaters best, but for blankets and toys for kids, crochet is my new favorite!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. My aunt taught me how to crochet when I was in the forth grade. It's been over 15 years and I still do it! Not as often, but I have made blankets, baby clothes, purses, etc. I'm currently making dishcloths. I don't crochet as often because I don't like how the finished product looks. To me it looks too handmade and rough. That's why I took up knitting. Knitting looks handmade while still looking professional and streamlined. And while I know there are many ways to make the finished product of crochet look more professional, it's just been easier for me to knit! BUT, in terms of having to think while doing it, crocheting is easier for me to do and not have to think! Which is why I like to crochet simple projects, like my dishcloths! Everyone's different!

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  31. I just taught myself how to crochet at the end of last month!! I have a million books on "how to learn how to crochet", but I just couldn't get it. I'm not sure what finally made it click :)

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  32. I love me a good book, and I've started to do online bees...so this giveaway is perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. what a great book! crochet is okay. i was a knitter first and feel like i'm faster at knitting - i'm the world's slowest crocheter! i like crocheting flowers for embellishing hats and hair clips, but that's about it. :)

    bess

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  34. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was eleven, and until I learned how to sew it was my main craft. I've made tons of baby blankets over the years. I find now that I prefer to quilt, as it's a bit quicker, but I still made my son a little sweater while I was pregnant, and I love that I can crochet anywhere-I haven't yet figured out hand stitching anything other than bindings.

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I became interested in crochet when I inherited an afghan from my grandmother. I borrowed several books from the library; but couldn't really get the hang of it...although I was quite young.

    I picked up the crochet hook several years later and instantly got the hang of it. I have since made tons of scarves for friends and family, along with a handful of afghans.

    Just like quilting, I always have a few projects lying around unfinished.

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  36. I have several things to say in response to this post:

    1) I also worked on a Bottle Rainbows block this weekend, and it was green. Well, it was lime, to be more specific.

    2) I read Having Faith by Steingraber, which was excellent, and I've been wanting to read her latest.

    3)I would love a chance to win the Block Party book. I've been eyeing it on Amazon, and I'm glad it is finaly getting released!

    4)I have never crocheted, but it's been on my to-learn list for, well, I'm not sure how long. A long time. I will definitely be learning sometime soon, hopefully before the end of the year.

    /end long response.

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  37. I know how to crochet, but I knit alot more than I crochet. I think there is a lack of really good crochet patterns available.

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  38. Before I was actually old enough to use a sewing machine my mom taught me how to crochet. I've been in love with it ever since. A lot of people say knitting is easier, but I completely disagree. And I actually think it produces a much more interesting product because there is such a large variety of stitches at your disposal. I have to admit though, sewing far out-weighs my love of crochet and that is why winning this book would mean so much to me :)

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  39. I do crochet! Although I don't get much time to do it. Knitting is beyond me...I have never learned how (although I have tried to learn many times). Sounds like lots of fun! Can't wait until my daughter is old enough to learn!

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  40. I am a knitter, not really a crocheter. I can put on a simple border, but that is about it. For some reason, my hands just can't handle the motions. I have a lot of respect for people that can crochet, however.

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  41. I'd love to win this book!

    I do crochet... and I forget how to every summer - and then remember again every Fall. I am so much more of a sewer, but I do love a good hand craft and the Fall and Winter make me want to curl up in yarn and have a good crochet!

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  42. Super lovely idea for a book. I would love to see this in person. As for your question, yes I crochet. I'm not as taken by this craft anymore since I found knitting. I did need to crochet to break my mind into knitting. It's the whole idea of - oh we are just making loops! So, I have a few items that I still plan to finish with crochet but my yarn love goes to knitting.

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  43. This book is on my wishlist; what a fantastic giveaway! Thank you for doing this!

    I don't mind crochet. I can do it and will for small toys and afghans. I'm more of a knitter.

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  44. I don't know how to crochet, and I'm not sure I want to learn, because I barely have time to quilt. I used to know how to knit; my grandmother taught me when I was young. I'm sure I could pick it up again quickly.

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  45. I can crochet a little bit, but I'm not very good at following patterns for it, and I keep wanting to do some granny squares or hexagons (I LOVE all the beautiful bright FOs I see on ravelry and blogs), but then I get overwhelmed by all the color changing and loose ends to weave in. :(

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  46. Oooo - that book looks amazing! Crochet.... well, I learned how to do the basic stitch at a very young age, and never took it past that. A few scarves from decades ago. I don't think I could pick it back up now, as I have too many hobbies, HOWEVER, I would love to have hobby like crochet that travels well.

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  47. i am a self taught crocheter - i taught myself at the age of 18 because it was "weird" & something only grannies did at the time. i still love it 15 (gasp!) years later & love making afghans for friends & little ones. now if only i would have had the same luck teaching myself to knit. :)

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  48. I tried crocheting once or twice but it never really stuck. I have a sister who is amazing at it, though. She can whip through an afgahn in a matter of hours, it seems - and they are always gorgeous! Another sister is really into crosstitching, and quilting is my thing. I think we have a pretty good mix!

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  49. I taught myself to crochet a few years ago. I went full speed ahead and had a while bunch of blankets and scarves and baby hats I wanted to make. Bought a ton of fun variegated yarns... I made 2 little hats, one small blanket, and an extremely wonky scarf. For some reason I just couldn't keep the stiches even on the scarf and I became completely discouraged and scrapped the whole hobby. These days I stick to sewing/quilting...

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  50. Good question. :) As you know, I do a little bit of crocheting. Not much. I'm self-taught because I don't have the patience for being taught by someone who is trying to also figure it out with me. I can follow verbal patterns but have difficulty with charts and get frustrated by switching from the European directions to the American directions, etc. I can never remember when a single crochet actually means a double crochet or vice versa. So, even though I'm not "fluent" with crochet, I still love it! Especially in fun, fresh colors.

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  51. I knit. I've tried to learn crochet before and I just don't "get" it.
    ellaredstar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  52. I am learning how to crochet and have been for the last Oooh forever lol It's one of these things I enjoy but I'm not actually very good at, I'm a bit like an old sewing machine - I'm great at it for a while but then my tension goes to pot and everything comes undone!
    Sorry I'm in the UK so not entering your lovely give away, however I am very interested in the book so may well head over to Amazon for a look :)

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  53. I can kinda crochet. I only know a couple of stitches. I could make a blanket, but not anything too fun like stuffed animals or clothing. I have seen a lot of interesting crochet patterns but I can't seem to really follow them. Sewing seems to come a little easier. Thanks!

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  54. i actually learned how to crochet when i was little and it was my first introduction to crafty things, such as sewing and knitting! i love how simple it is, but can look so elegant

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  55. This book looks like a keeper to me. thanks for the chance to win one. I was an insatiable crocheter in my younger years. I crocheted everything! My favorite thing to make was toys. My favorite patterns were from Annie's Attic. Don't know if they are still in business but they were located in Big Sandy, Texas. I crocheted until carpal tunnel prohibits it. I even crocheted a double wedding ring quilt!! Would highly recommend it.

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  56. I have no clue how to crochet, but I love seeing what friends of mine make when they do!

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  57. That looks like a great book!
    I want to learn to crochet. I knit, and I hear crochet is a faster way to make a baby blanket. And I hear it's easier, but I'm not so sure about that because I didn't find it easy to teach myself...

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  58. My Mom taught me how to crochet. I had several afghans under my belt. Even finished up the fringe on one the night before my 2nd C-Section. Haven't crochet lately but I do enjoy it. I love that book. I would really enjoy it.

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  59. Thanks for the chance to win!

    My only experience with crocheting is my grammy (who inspired my blog!) attempting to teach me how to do it. I remember bright yellow yarn, and only being patient enough to make a long chain. I was much more interested in subsequently tearing the chain apart to see the way the yarn got all crinkly. After that she taught me counted cross stitch, which I enjoyed much more!

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  60. I have never crocheted before in my life. I recently learned how to knit and am still in the early stages of that craft, so I haven't bothered to even consider learning how to crochet!
    The book looks fabulous!

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  61. I would love that book as I'm in a few virtual bees and always looking for good blocks.

    I can crochet but I prefer knitting. Crochet produces more in a shorter amount of time but I like the look of knitting more. Good luck!

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  62. Thanks for the chance to win! I do love crochet. I sort of lost interest for a while and then discovered attic24 blog and fell in love with her use of color. I am now totally into crochet again :)

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  63. I only know the basics of crocheting but I love the results some people can make, like granny squares. Years ago I bought a bunch of yarn and crochet books but never made much. Gave them to my aunt who crochets all the time. Maybe someday I will take it up again!

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  64. Thanks for the chance to win this great book! I've crocheted an afghan. I have a WIP crocheting silver eyelash yarn around the cuff of black gloves.

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  65. That book looks like such a great resource- so nice of you to share it with a lucky reader.

    I do not know how to crochet but I can knit. I caught the knitting bug a few years back and made a ton of scarves, shalls and even a blanket. I really love the blanket as the yarn was a gift from my favorite class of students when I taught 2nd grade. The blanket always reminds me of them plus it is the biggest thing I knitted and the last! :)

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  66. I know the basics of crochet, but I've never made anything more complicated than a scarf. I like crochet because it's a lot faster than knitting (for me at least), and it's nice to have a quiet, portable craft for car trips and movie marathons. I never got too deep into crochet, however, because I wasn't convinced that it was possible to make anything that didn't look old-lady-ish. I recently saw some super adorable blankets at the blog Maybe Matilda, though, and I've been really thinking about giving it all another go.

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  67. I do know how but I much prefer quilting. I've never been good at keeping it nice and fluffy. I always pull my stitches way too tight and it ends up taking me 5 times as many rows as it should. I never could knit. Tried and tried to learn but I just couldn't do it. Thanks for a chance to win this book. I've been looking forward to it for a long time.

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  68. I like to crochet as it I find it quicker than knitting! I made a few crocheted scarves for winter because and also some cute crocheted flowers using a tutorial form Attic 24.

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  69. This book looks like a useful tool for my beginning quilting talent! I've considered learning to crochet but am afraid to open another bag of worms. I've got enough unfinished projects without adding crochet to the mix!

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  70. I've done very basic crochet for a very long time. Never crocheted clothes however. Most complicated thing I've done is a pair of legwarmers for my baby. :) But the complicated stitches really lose me.

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  71. That book looks awesome!
    I learned to crochet in pre-school (Montessori), but I've only ever done straight stitches. Never bothered to learn anything more complicated. Same with knitting, I know the basics, but honestly, it's just too boring to sit and do that stuff. I like sewing much better. :)

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  72. I haven't tried crochet. I've tried knitting and can't pick up a dropped stitch to save my life! I loved it though, but...I've done hardanger and it was fun. I just don't have time and would rather quilt!!
    Lroghair (at) aol (dot) com

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  73. I'm goofy about crochet, some days I get inspired and I will crochet and I won't even have a pattern. Then there are days that I want to crochet something and my mind can not remember how!!So you see,I'm goofy about crochet!!!!

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  74. I've had my eye on this book for awhile :) I love to crochet, because it is something to do with your hands while you can't sit in front of your sewing machine. I have some fun patterns for flowers, and such, that make my crochet more 'stylish'. If you want to get into crochet, learn how to read patterns; your world will expand exponetially. Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

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  75. I knew how to crochet at one point, and then went back to pick up a project and had totally forgotten what to do. I much prefer knitting to crochet, and usually sewing to knitting.

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  76. i do know how to crochet, but haven't in ages.... lovely giveaway!

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  77. I'm more partial to knitting than crocheting. I learned to knit before learning to crochet and by the time I picked up a crochet needle, it seemed like way too much effort to become proficient. Knitting came easier to me and I felt like I could do more with knitting than crocheting.

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  78. I learned to crochet many many moons ago, and never did finish that first afghan. I can make most anything that is rectangular (pillow case, scarf, small blanket) or that can be made from something rectangular (snow hat with a pom on top). But thats it. I like to do it, but I don't always like what it creates. Too holey for me.

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  79. Count me in! My Nan crochets, my Mom knits and I sew! Between the three of us we're all set!

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  80. I tried crochet this winter for the first time and enjoyed it! It didn't hold my attention though like sewing. Now I have some supplies though and am sure to pick it up at some point and give it another go! :)
    Thanks for the chance!!

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  81. Oh, boy would I love a copy of this book!
    I've never done any crochet-ing. I am curious, though. But I guess I just have a much stronger love affair with fabric than with string.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  82. My thoughts on crochet are that I wish I could remember the simple chain stitch I learned as a child. My Mom and I used to make crochet necklaces adding a bead every so often and they were very well liked by everyone. Sadly, I think raising three boys broke my brain as I can't recall any of that and my Mom is gone now. :( I would love to learn to crochet and learn much more than Mom ever taught me but geez, where do I find that time? I am still learning quilting and that must continue to take the time I do spend reading. This book is exactly what I could really use. The fact you say it has such a comprehensive bit of info about quilting really sounds awesome for sure. Thank you for sharing the giveaway.

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  83. I have tried to learn how to crochet "loose". I am a "tight" crocheter. Therefore I do not enjoy it. Yarn doesn't feel as nice to me as fabric...so I will stick to quilting. I much prefer quilts to keep warm with versus crocheted or knitted items.

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  84. I used to crochet ... long ago and found it very satisfying. Then I picked up knitting again after learning it as a child and discovered how much more versatile that is. The perfect project? Crochet an edge on a knitted piece. Ahh. The best of both!

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  85. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

    I know how to do basic crochet, but it isn't my favorite. I prefer to focus, so I pretty much confine my activities to quilting. If I had to pick a second choice, I'd knit more.

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  86. I have no idea how but it amazes me.....thanks for sharing the book, it looks wonderful :)

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  87. I love to crochet! I find it easier to follow crochet patterns than knitting patterns. I've made several handbags and a guitar hero scarf.

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  88. That book looks fantastic! Crossing my fingers. ;) I love to crochet. My mom taught me how when I was pretty young, I don't even remember exactly when. I made a lot of basic things and then taught myself some of the more complicated stitches and have made a lot of afghans and bags mostly since then. It its my favorite thing to do when I need a "break" from life, and some time to think about absolutely nothing. It's definitely meditative, if that's a word.

    Knitting on the other hand... Well, I can kind of do it, but it takes forever!! :) it seems like most people do one or the other. That will be so much fun to teach your girl. :)

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  89. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was little. I can muddle through the basic stitches, but I haven't crocheted anything for a long time. It would be a great portable project though :)

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  90. As I begin my 40th year, I'm more forgiving of myself and I'm able to admit things like....I hate cooking. I love to bake. I love to sew. I don't like to knit and I am marginal with a crochet hook....

    miscstadra at hotmail dot com

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  91. I do not crochet. I do knit (not well, ha ha) and would like to learn crochet, but I have so many "I'd like to learn x"s on my plate that crochet is going to have to wait.

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  92. I'd love to win this book!

    My thoughts about crochet are ambivalent. I learned just a little crochet as a girl--enough to make little scallped edges on pillowcases I'd embroidered. But I never got hooked (bad pun).

    I am in awe of the hand-crocheted antique lace tablecloth made by a maternal relative (possibly my great-grandmother?).

    I loved to snuggle under my grandma's colorful granny afghan as a little girl.

    I admire the skilled modern crocheters who make cute little hats with big decorative crochet flowers.

    I'm thinking of using up some of my bottomless pile of fabric scraps to make crocheted rugs.

    LeAnn aka pasqueflower
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/pasqueflower
    http://pasqueflowerponderings.blogspot.com

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  93. I am terrible at crochet --tight, loose, tight, loose... You get the dismal picture. Now, quilting I love, and I would definitely use that book!

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  94. I never learned how to crochet, nor have I even attempted it. My mom once tried to teach me how to knit... I thought I was doing pretty well at that, but she would look at my knitting and ask me "what did you do?" Then rip it all out. (sigh)

    msmadhatter(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  95. I taught myself to crochet while on bedrest with my (now 19 year old) son... I found it a lot of fun...

    Now my daughter crochets...

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  96. I don't do crochet. It is popular in my family, but it never really appealed to me. Then again, I tend to go a bit rogue in general.

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  97. Hmm... haven't crochet(ed) since I was a teenager. We spent an entire summer making rainbow bikinis via crochet when I was thirteen.
    Loved it then, haven't tried to pick it up again.

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  98. I do not know how to crochet, but I always feel that I should learn after seeing all of the beautiful and fun projects that people made and share online.

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  99. my g'ma crocheted and my mom did very briefly. i love it in baby blankets, but much prefer to quilt personally.:)

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  100. I too had a few minutes to sew and finished '2' additional blocks and only have 2 to go. I would love this book too!

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  101. I know how to crochet but find knitting much more relaxing.

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  102. Crochet,I have done very little of it shince I was in High school, lets just say that was more than 45 yrs ago and leave it at that. The only thing I crochet now on aregular basis are my dishcloths!
    mrsunclefuzzy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I loved the Dirty Life and have Sarah's Key on my list - but I digress.... this book looks so cool!!! I just joined some bees this spring and have loved it. I think you are right about the limitations of creativity to some degree... I love the work Alissa and others have done with this book and with bees!! elizabethlehman@hotmail.com

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  104. I don't crochet. I've tried. I hate it. It just doesn't feel right in my hands. I'll stick to quilting.

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  105. I learned to crochet as a child,but haven't tried it in years. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  106. I like to crochet. At heart, I'm more comfortable knitting, but I love the structural possibilities that crochet can offer. Also, I love tiny little crocheted things and the tiny hooks they require.

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  107. I love to knit and to crochet, I'd say I definitely find myself less fearful when it comes to crochet....

    knspears (at) gmail (dot) com

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  108. I love to crochet, it's kind of my "yes I'll sit with all of you people and leave my sewing machine, but I still need to create with my hands" craft. Actually right now I am crocheting a basket with fabric. It is tremendous! I can't wait to finish it. It uses a ton of fabric from your stash, but then you know, you get to buy more! I hope I win the book. I am in a bee and next month is my turn and I don't know what to do! Pick me! hehehe.

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  109. I haven't crocheted for 35 years! Quilting took over everything! (including cooking and cleaning!) It is easy to crochet...I'm seeing lots of tempting ideas in blog land.

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  110. I enjoy chrocheting but never advanced beyond the granny square - knitting then crosstitch and finally quilting took over as my addictions!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and I would love to have the book!
    And I love your site!!

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  111. This is a great giveaway! This book would be a great resource for me, as I hope to join in with do.Good Stitches someday!

    I love crochet, but have yet to learn how to do anything other than finish off my knitted items with a little crocheting. Someday soon, I hope!

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  112. I would LOVE to win one of these! I have been bitten by the quilting bug and could use the inspiration from a modern book like this one :)

    I learned to crochet from a beginner class here (http://www.kyarns.com/) when we first moved. I liked it, it's easy to learn and do - but not a project that's easy to do while doing something else (for me anyway) but fast and easy, yeah... I made one granny square hat but then stopped.

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  113. Awesome gveaway! I do know how to crochet and would claim to be pretty good at it. ;)

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  114. Would love to have that book on my shelf. I knit more than I crochet but I want to do more quilting than knitting!

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  115. woo hoo! what a lovely giveaway!!

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  116. I don't know how to crochet--- I am not sure I will ever learn either! I took up knitting last year and that was a fad that only lasted 6 months! But, I've seen some amazing projects for crocheting, so I won't ever day never!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  117. I learned to crochet when I was much younger, but never really took to it for more than a scarf or something basic. Id love to improve and get better though because the animals to make and patterns i've seen are fantastic! The lingo is confusing and scares me though.. we'll see!

    jmistok(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. My mom used to crochet until the arthritis in her thumb made her stop. I haven't tried, but I think I might now that it's easier to find luscious yarns and cute patterns!

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  119. i dont know how and i think i would love it but i dont need one more hobby right now

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  120. Thanks for the chance! I've dabbled in crochet, but haven't gotten enough in depth with it to really enjoy it.

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  121. I have never tried it. I'm not sure I'm interested either to be honest. i love my quilting.

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  122. As a teacher, today's my first day of summer. Love seeing your book titles. I have a pile of books to read over the summer; it's so relaxing. I know only basic crochet stitches. Lately, my father and I have been on a quest to learn more. He find it harder and harder to move around, so crocheting looks to be something that he can do to keep busy and productive. I'm looking forward to sharing the learning with him. Then, I need to share it with my daughter. I'm ready for the adventure. BTW, the book looks wonderful!

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  123. it's something i've meant to learn, but haven't gotten around to yet! i even bought a couple patterns about a year ago, thinking that would motivate me (wrong!)

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  124. Looks like a fun book! I do not crochet...I've been more of a cross-stitcher and scrapbooker until recently when I've become a quilter...and love it!

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  125. i am totally intrigued by crochet and all of the wonderful things i have seen created with crochet. i do not crochet, but my mother does. she has tried to teach me, but it didn't quite go well. but she is a master crocheter and so fast. for christmas one year, she made my husband and i an afghan for our king sized bed...but she kept adding to it and it is monterously oversized...but i LOVE it! it has a bunch of flowers and trees and different landscapes and she wrote a little allegory-type tale to go along with it. i believe the thing weighs 60lbs, at least. :) thanks for the chance at the giveaway...i have been eyeing this book for a bit and would be cool to win.

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  126. yes please!

    I have given very thought to crochet -- I don't knit either, but I could see taking up crochet before knitting. I've seen some really cute crocheted edges on tea towels and linens.

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  127. Looks like a very cool book! I can knit (very slowly) but not crochet. Sometimes I think I would like to because I am intrigued by what you can make (esp the little stuffies) then I think I can just sew something up faster & I tend to lose interest if a project cannot be completed quickly!

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  128. Have you ever seen the crochet covered stones? They make me wish I could crochet better! So far I've only crocheted scarves and rag rugs.
    I'm just more of a fabric kind of gal, I guess.

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  129. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was about nine or ten...wish I would have paid more attention!

    Thanks for a fun giveaway!
    Julie

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  130. I learned to crochet about 30 years ago and made lots of afghans. I haven't made anything else. I took a beginners class and that's all I learned. Then I started quilting and haven't crocheted for about 15 years.

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  131. I used to know how to do some basic crochet...not anymore, though. My sister, however, is a crochet NUT! She's actually making me a purse right now.

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  132. Crochet is one of the few crafts I don't do and really have never tried to learn... Aside from a basic chain stitch to do a provisional knitting caston, ha.

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  133. I both knit and crochet- though I much prefer knitting- easier, faster results, etc. Crocheting for me is mostly flowers :P I love how cute and easy they are to whip out!

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  134. I love to Crochet! I've made tons of hats, scarves, and wash cloths! I stick to the basic stitches so it's pretty easy!

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  135. When I was in medical school, I taught a friend how to knit, and she taught me how to crochet. And we spent the next many years helping each other out during long overnights on call at the hospital.
    I can't decide which I love more - it probably depends on the project - definitely crochet for blankets!
    Hope you have fun teaching your daughter to knit - I plan to do this in the next year, too!

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  136. The book looks terrific! I don't know how to crochet, but purposefully have decided not to learn. Grandma and my daughters enjoy their time together doing crochet as their hobby. I don't want to infringe. I was very impressed many years ago when I bought a toddler shirt with a neck too small for my daughter. Grandma cut the neck, added a button and crocheted a button hole to make the shirt work!

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  137. I don't crochet, but my mom is an addict. She collects yarn the way I collect fabric.

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  138. My Great-Grandmother started teaching me how to crochet when I was about 8. She would visit us every summer and at Christmas and teach me something new each time she came. I loved sitting with her drinking tea and crocheting. I hope to someday pass it on to my own children. =)

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  139. I crochet in spurts but need to learn how to knit. Thanks for the chance to have this book.

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  140. I do not know how to crochet. I think that I would like to learn at some point, but it's going to have to wait a very long while! I'm LOVING sewing so much right now and have so many projects started and not yet started that I'm not sure I will ever get to it. Especially now that #4 is on the way! :)

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  141. I do not know how to crochet, I was taught when I was younger but all I could was a row. lol
    I am more of a knitting kind of girl.Excited to enter, thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  142. During the ice storm this past winter, I made 19 scarves which will be a part of the Super Bowl to be held in Indy. This is the first time to crochet in many years. The Super Bowl Committee is asking for 8 thousand scarves to be given to the volunteers. I really enjoyed it.
    fcmoore6@yahoo.com

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  143. The book looks fabulous! I taught myself to crochet when my first child was a baby(25 years ago!). I mostly do baby blankets. It's pretty relaxing since you can crochet and keep and eye on the tv at the same time! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  144. I really *should* know how to crochet because I work at a yarn shop. But the truth is that in my little part of Maine, knitting is far more popular so I've never really had to get over my crochet-phobia. But I want to because I keep seeing all these wonderful crocheted blankets on Ravelry, and would love to curl up with one.

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  145. I loved Sarah's Key - great book, although as you said, not very easy to read.

    I learnt to crochet when I was little, taught by my grandmother who was a prolific knitter/crocheter! I didn't keep it up and am pretty sure I've forgotten everything I could once do, but I have a large pile of crochet treasures from my grandmother :)

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  146. My grandmother was a MASTER crocheter. I've spent the last several decades kicking myself in the head for not learning from her. But the book looks fabulous, thanks for the chance to win!

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  147. This is easy. I do not crochet. As a matter a fact, if it does not involve my machine I pretty much don't do it. I don't knit. I don't embroider. I don't cross stitch. Heck, I don't even hand stitch binding to my quilts. I do that all by machine.

    That said, I'd love to win the book. Looks like lots of good machine sewing in there!!!!!

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  148. Forgive me, that post from RabbitKrazy is my daughter's account. I do not think she'd like to win the book. (Actually, she knits and I'm slightly jealous, but not enough so to actually learn how to do it.)

    Anyway, so goes the plight of sharing my computer with two tech savvy teens.

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  149. Knitting has always made much more sense to me. I would love to be able to make amigurami crochet animals because they are adorable, but they always end up looking like toxic yams. I can make one helluva granny square.

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  150. I learned to crochet a chain (only)when I was very young from my grandmother. Then I learned to crochet "for real" from a book when I was expecting my first child, and made a baby blanket and an afghan. Now I much prefer to quilt or sew in general. I don't think you see many crochet patterns around (not nearly as much as knitting), but if I saw something cute, I might want to crochet again; I do love how portable it is and I love working with my hands.

    I just saw these the other day and want to use it to teach my kids (they think they are cute)!
    http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html

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  151. i love crochet but I don't know how...there's a friend of mine who is quite accomplished in crochet and I have taught her how to bind a quilt so I'm hoping she'll return the favour :)

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  152. For the longest time I was not particularly interested in crocheting. But I got hooked on granny's squares and pretty little flowers recently and if I had more time... emma (http://emmallamb.blogspot.com) is my inspiration.

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  153. i do crochet! its the one thing my mom handed down. I have tried to knit, but i like crocheting much more.. (couldnt remember all those purls) I did see a neat quilt recently where the person added a crochet'd lace like look to the binding on the quilt... very cute! I bet you'll love it. Thanks for the chance on the book

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  154. I just finished "The Dirty Life" myself, and I was so intrigued by the whole thing!

    Anway, I can't crochet to save my life....literally. If someone asked me to crochet them a scarf or die, I would live no more.

    I can knit though...

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  155. I know how to crochet, I just don't. I am a stress ball and my tension is too tight. Once I tried to make a baby hat, it turned out to be a Barbie sun hat. That was the last of my crocheting experiences. Thanks for the giveaway. This book is on my wishlist I would to have it join my collection of quilt books.

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  156. I've been trying to decide whether to buy yet another quilting book. I've become a bit obsessed with buying the books, but finding time to sew is rough.

    I love crochet. My grandmother taught me after my great-grandmother decided I was a lost cause for knitting. As a kid it was mostly doll blankets, but I've done large afgans, and now mostly crochet my own washcloths. (And as it turns out, I figured out that whole knitting thing too!)

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  157. I don't crochet, but my sons' most favorite-ist afghan in the world is one that my step-grandma made out of leftover odds ends of some of the most God-awful yarns I've ever seen. It is thick and dense and just plain ugly. It washes like a dream. It is the warmest blanket to put over an ailing youngster. It's the best for all the reasons that an afghan should be best.

    I think that when I'm dead and gone, my sons will have their biggest fight over that afghan.

    All the best - Chris

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  158. I've tried to crochet, and have successfully made a hat. But when I started sewing, I lost interest.

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  159. I learned to knit and crochet from my grandma. She would knit sweaters for my children and then I would crochet them together. Thanks for the giveaway...I would love this book.

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  160. I love to crochet, love to knit and love to quilt/sew. I would love this book and thanks for the giveaway.

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  161. i would love ti know how to crochet, but right now i don't have time to pick up another hobby!
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  162. First of all, I read Sarah's Key awhile back, definitely moving and thought-provoking (first half anyway, second half not so much). Crochet: I love it. It's the perfect thing to do when you don't want to think but do want to keep your hands busy. Soothingly monotonous. Relaxing.

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  163. I have never crocheted, but I think it is amazing that you are teaching your 1st grade daughter. She's a lucky girl!

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  164. i love crochet, however knitting is easier for me. i learnt to do that first. There are such great things you can do in crochet that you can't in knitting.

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  165. Crochet, eh??? I think that there are neat crochet crafts, but I also think that I am not coordinated enough to even attempt to crochet. (I can't even cross stitch straight!)

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  166. I love to crochet! It did take me a long time to learn though as I am left handed, but it is such a great mobile craft. Car rides, waiting around, whatever - you can just pull out your hook, a small ball of yarn, and crochet away!

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  167. I used to crochet dolls and such when my children were small. I really love it so hopefully I can do more someday.

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  168. I know how to crochet, but rarely ever do. I now remember that I crocheted a (tiny) bikini in my teenager years. That was very cool back then. What I like about it is, that you can take it with you wherever you go. I even put aside a crocheted shawl pattern already. I have just not yet found the perfect yarn for it.

    I would love to win the book. I belong to a quilting bee in Munich, Germany - real, not online. We often do common projects and could well use some helpful tips for that. Thanks for the offer!

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  169. This is definitely a book I want to add to my library! I have crocheted in the past, and you'll laugh, but I seem to have "forgotten" how. I'm so frustrated with myself, because I used to find it so relaxing to sit and crochet while watching TV, or just unwinding at the end of the day. It is great to keep your hand (and mind) occupied. I cannot knit for some reason ... so I'm determined to re-learn this skill. I even have a pinterest board dedicated to motivating me to this end! If you want to see some of the beautiful things others are crocheting, check it out:
    http://pinterest.com/jentheodore/reasons-to-crochet/
    There's some basic tutorials on there, which I plan to start following soon!

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  170. Wow I would love to win!! Looks like a great read! (And I love that circle block. I think I'm going to try to re create it!)
    The_yellow_submarine440(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  171. I don't crochet, but I've been thinking about it ever since a crafty friend crocheted a new bath mat for herself. Pretty cool!

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  172. What do I know about crochet? Not much but I plan to learn from my mama when I'm back in the USA later this year. (If I win, you can send the book to her for me to pick up.)

    If you want to dream and get a ton of ideas - be sure to check out Ravelry.....I can spend hours on that site and not even come up for air! My favorite crochet dream project is Bohemian Rhapsody....OMG.....it's gorgeous.

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  173. My mom crochets and tried teaching me when I was younger. I like the look of the finer crochet, but I don't do it because holding my hands the way I taught hurts my hands. So, I switched to quilting which I prefer, and ask my mom for anything I want crocheted.

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  174. Very cool! I know some little boys who can crochet because I taught them and they love it- your daughter will take to it sooo fast :) Knitting is trickier for their small hands- that's what we found ;)

    candy at fiber dot net

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  175. Crocheting was one of the first crafty skills I learned as a little girl (along with cross-stitch and hand sewing). I think that it's pretty easy to pick-up, but offers so much variety in terms of stitches that it still can feel fresh and challenging even to an experienced stitcher.

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  176. Thanks for including book recomendations! About crochet? I would love to learn and make cool circular baby blankets and flowers and such... but I had to limit myself to one craft (sewing) since it's so darn expensive to do so many crafts (imagine all the pretty colors of yarn that are out there!). So it's not for me (right now)

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  177. I learned how to crochet years ago to make a baby blanket but promptly forgot as soon as the blanket was done. I'm a voracious knitter now but would love to pick up crochet again.

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  178. What a great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity. As for crochet....I haven't ever tried it. I remember trying knitting in high school, when I really wanted to make my own shawl....it turned out horrible. So now I quilt. :)
    Not sure why my comment came on twice, sorry.

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  179. What a great book! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

    As for crochet, I learned when I was a kid but didn't realize it was possible to crochet cool things until just a few years ago when I discovered Ravelry. I feel like its easier and faster than knitting, but I still generally prefer to knit.

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  180. I tried to learn to crochet a few years ago after years of knitting but couldn't get the hang of it on my own! However, I found a coworker whose mom knows how to crochet and I'm gonna try to get a free lesson or two!

    This book looks really awesome.

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  181. Bevarnold123@comcast.netJune 7, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    I crocheted about thirty years ago and enjoyed it even though the yarn available to me back then was 100% acrylic. I would love to get back to crochet with the beautiful yarns i see now. I have recently tried knitting but found it was difficult for me to learn from a book.
    Just read the Dirty Life and loved it. My husband and I grow lots of veggies, flowers and have 18 chickens so could relate to the demands she must have felt on the farm. Gardening brings a zen quality to my life similar to how I feel after a yoga class. Both are great Mind cleansers. Like mouthwash for the brain!
    Would love, naturally, to win the book. Maybe you could do a crochet along? Bev

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  182. Crochet and macrame were my starting points to the world of crafting...can you tell I'm a child of the 70's? I occasionally crochet a hat for a kid but never macrame anymore, I much prefer sewing these days.

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  183. I don't crochet but I have seen some beautiful crocheted items. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  184. I do not know how to crochet, but I have done knitting before. It sounds like a craft that has been gaining popularity lately, but I won't be learning any time soon!

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  185. I would so love to win a copy of this book, it looks fantastic. I don't know how to crochet but would like to learn, I have been amazed at the 'modern' interprations of crochet that I've been seeing on various blogs recently.

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  186. I absolutely love to crochet. You can make anything from chunky blankets to lace doilies. My favorite are the pop up flowers blocks. Definately something to try. Or maybe Tunesian Crochet would be good for beginners!

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  187. Yes please!
    Jenni Neibling

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  188. Just learning to crochet, and just finished my first afghan. Love how relaxing it is. AND I would love to have that book! Thanks for the chance.

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  189. I LOVE crochet! I've sort-of/barely/kinda started learning to knit, because the textures and whatnot in knitting look so interesting, but if I had to choose between them I'd stick with crochet. It feels free-er to me than knitting seems (although, as I mentioned, I'm not exactly a knitter). I think they each have their place, but I love sitting down with 1 hook and a ball of yarn and just crocheting.

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  190. I'm not eligible to win because I'm not in US, so I apologise if you draw my number and have to draw again, but I wanted to share my thoughts on crochet.

    My nanna was a knitter and taught me to knit, but she did not crochet. So many knitting patterns I came across included cute crochet details like edgings and I couldn't do them. I had learn to crochet books and tried but never seemed to get the hang of it. Then one day I caught a show on tv that was all about crochet and watched what they did and suddenly it all made sense! I really had to see someone else doing it to understand what the books were talking about.

    I do like crochet now and find it a quicker craft than knitting, although I've basically only made small toys. I believe it would also be easier to work out my own patterns with crochet, than knitting, (although I haven't tried). For some reason I just fee like working out size, increases and decreases etc would be easier in crochet.

    Also it's more portable because the crochet hook is so much smaller than a pair of knitting needles. You're not going to stab the person beside you on the train with a crochet hook.... unless you meant to of course ;)

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  191. Crochet was the first craft that my grandma taught me when I was little. I loved it then and I've let it go - neglected for my sewing machine! Maybe it's time to pick it up again.

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  192. I too learned to crochet when I was a young child... I gave up on that and I learned to needlepoint, and then I learned to cross stitch. I enjoyed cross stitching quite a bit, and stuck with that for many years, but then I tried quilting and I haven't looked back.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win, looks like a great book...

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  193. I am a knitter and crocheting eludes me! My daughter has learned to crochet though and said she is going to teach me! thanks for the lovely giveaway.
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  194. Crochet...meh. I can knit, but my attempts at crochet have always been disastrous. I admit I really don't like the way crochet looks, either, so I haven't been super motivated to get better at it.

    Cool book. That WOULD be a good resource for do.Good Stitches for sure.

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  195. I'm actually a newbie to crochet, but I love it. It's so much easier for me to do than knitting has been. I am still in the process of making my 2nd daughter a crocheted baby blanket (ok...so who cares if she's almost 18 months old? I got sidetracked.)

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  196. i love crochet! it was one of the first crafts i learned as a teenager. i mostly love doing blankets and other home dec items but i like lacy items like shawls and garments too.

    it's great for using up scraps as well.

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  197. HI! I've been homeschooling for 6 years now. My youngest of 4 is starting up in the fall. The ONLY BOY! My 7 year old is crochet crazy and wants to learn knitting desperately. I am only a passable knitter, so I'm thinking of lessons at a great shop nearby called Stormy Blue Pottery and Fine Yarns. They have great hand-dyed yarns and offer lessons. The owner Christine is awesome! I would love the quilt book. My oldest daughter is into modern quilting. She is 11, almost 12! Thanks for the chance!

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  198. Ooooh, I would love this book! I've been debating joining a virtual quilting bee for a while now, and this may be the little push I need!

    I'm a dyed-in-the-wool knitter & spinner, but I had a fling with crochet last summer. I picked up the book "Creepy Cute Crochet" by Christen Haden and made a few little monsters of my own, which I absolutely love.

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  199. Crochet was my first craft :) My great-grandmother used to crochet lots of blankets for the family and clothing for my cabbage patch dolls >.< so, I've always found it fun and interesting. I'm fairly new to sewing and brand new to quilting - but I'm starting plans to quilt for a friend's wedding present - very nervous, but excited! :D

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  200. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. I am a beginner quilter and this book likes fantastic. I have been a knitter for over 20 years and crochet has always eluded me. I think its something to do with holding the wool in the other hand. In knitting, I hold the wool in my right hand and in crochet you hold it in your left and I am SO NOT ambidextrous. But I do want a granny blanket just like my granny had.

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