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National Crochet Month: Book Review and Class Giveaway

Hi Everyone! Happy National Crochet Month!

Today is my blog day to celebrate all things crochet in March. I have a something special for today – MULTIPLE GIVEAWAYS!

Book review and giveaway number one:
First, as my regularly readers know, I have been on a book review kick lately. I often get review copies of books from different publishers, so after I review it I give it away to my readership! I don’t have any crochet books to review right now, but I still wanted to do a giveaway. This week’s review is what I call an “oldie but a goodie.” Think Pink: Crochet for the Cure. There is good reason I go back to this book as it is a very special project to me for multiple reasons.


First, I have the distinct honor to have not just have a pattern in this book, but DRG decided to include my letter that went with my pattern submission. This was my first pattern every published.

“Celia’s Scarf” was named and designed in memory of my mother-in-law who ended her battle with cancer in 1992. She was far too young to lose her life to this terrible disease. Since then, there have been amazing advancements, but no cure…yet. But every donation gets closer to a cure and a portion of the proceeds from this book continue to support breast cancer research.

From hats, to scarves, to bookmarks and more, there are great patterns in this book for every level of ability. They are not your “typical” frilly pink patterns you often see, but a group of fun and exciting designs. I especially like the Free From Hat by breast cancer survivor, Margaret Hubert. It has wonderful bits of texture mixed with traditional stitches. I also absolutely love the Pineapple Scarf by Joyce Nordstrom. I must admit, I am quite terrible at pineapples, but this pattern uses larger yarn and I absolutely love the use of vertical lines to build the scarf!

At the end of the book, stitch directions and helpful hints are included so you have a point of reference, just in case you need it. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

And now here’s the best part – you can win a copy of this book! All you need to do is “like” my Facebook page and “like” this post on Facebook and you’ll be entered. I’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, March 14th.

Tunisian crochet and class giveaway:

A close-up of the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

While Tunisian crochet has been around for ages, it has really taken off in popularity in recent years. What was originally known as “afghan stitch,” Tunisian crochet has developed into a beautiful way to create a variety of projects. Many think it has a “mixed” look of knit and crochet.

Unfortunately, many crocheters think Tunisian is difficult. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth! The way I look at this style is an “interrupted” series of stitches. You do the first part of a crochet stitch as you progress and collect stitches on the hook. Then on the return, you finish each stitch. That’s what gives your project a combination of the woven/knitted look.


And now for the giveaway…

You can learn Tunisian Crochet for free! Craftsy has allowed me to give away one enrollment in their Tunisian Crochet online class. Taught by Jennifer Hansen of Stitch Diva Studios, you will learn all the ins and outs of Tunisian. I truly admire Jennifer. she has turned her business that she has started on her own into a fiber arts powerhouse. Both her designs and her teaching style are top notch.

So how do you get to win enrollment? Just click here to complete an entry form to enter to win this Craftsy class! A winner will be picked at the end of the month.

Wait, I have one more giveaway!
Just as a bonus, the person that won the last book giveaway never contacted me, so I’ll be picking a second book winner for a copy of Fair Isle Style. Make sure you like the post on my Facebook page for this post to be entered!

So I hope you enjoyed my post today and continue to follow the blog tour. And make sure you keep stitching!

Upcoming Arts & Crafts Event!

On September 23rd, I will be a part of a unique event in Denville. The Image Forum. This event is sponsored by a physicians group and will be a lot of fun!

The Image Forum will be held 11 AM Sunday, September 23, 2012 in the Urban Auditorium inside Saint Clares Hospital on 25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ. The event includes a light brunch, chamber music, several medical lectures, and an arts and crafts show. The best part is the entire event is FREE to the public! Simply register in advance (so they have an accurate head count) by calling 973-994-2484 or emailing Lmichaelson@nj.rr.com. Please tell them you are my guest.

The medical lectures include understanding thyroid cancer, today’s use of cosmeceuticals, what’s involved in permanent makeup. Additionally, there will be a presentation by the non-profit Center for Food Action and music will be provided by The West Essex Chamber Players. A variety of medical professionals will be on hand to answer questions about skin health, breast health, and plastic surgery.

There will be LOTS of artisans, crafters, and unique shopping opportunities, including home decor, unique accessories, custom made table cloths, couture clothing, jewelry, scarves, shawls, hats, Lia Sophia jewelry, Longaberger baskets, and more!

I am very excited to be a part of this event! I hope you will consider joining in on the fun!

PINK PROJECT AUCTION – NOW ON

Over 200 knitters and crocheters have contributed pieces towards the Pink Project items. This amazing auction will benefit breast cancer research, via the National Breast Cancer Foundation and similar organizations worldwide.

Here’s how the auction work: Bids for the 16 items in the first round of the auction can be placed by using the online form until midnight, Monday March 9, 2009, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Submit your starting bid now – the highest starting price will be posted next to each item on Wed, March 4, then bidding will commence in earnest and will run until midnight, Australian Eastern Standard time on Monday, March 9, 2009.

This amazing project was organized by Free Form Artist, Prudence Mapstone. You can see Prudence’s amazing fiber works at her website by clicking here and going to her gallery..

The Pink Project: Free Form Style!

Prudence Mapstone, an amazing free form artist, has started a great new project to benefit breast cancer research. She is asking for knitters and crocheters to send her pink scrumbles that she will assemble into amazing art pieces that will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

I have known many who have been affected by breast cancer, including my mother-in-law, my Godmother and one of my best friends. I think this is a great way to combine my love of crochet with my support for such an important cause!

I hope you will all consider joining in and sending Prudence a scrumble or two. I know I will! I congratulate Prudence for coming up with such a wonderfully creative project and am both proud and honored to call her my friend.

If you would like to participate, please click here.