May Day is just around the corner. It’s also Fair Use in Art and Craft Day. In honor of both, I’m giving away two copies of Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff by Kim Werker. It’s a fun beginning crochet book with big, clear photographic instructions and cute portable projects. It’s aimed at teen/tween girls. I often find the best how-to books are often aimed at kids, the type is big and the instructions are very clear. To be eligible for the book giveaway, just leave a comment telling about a craft project you’re currently working on or have made in the past that was inspired by or somehow used and transformed someone else’s art or craft. Bonus points for linking to pictures!

I’m still working on that little mystery project. And yes, it was inspired by another, if unlikely piece of crochet: the Stepping Stones cardigan by Kristin Omdahl in the Fall ’08 issue of Interweave Crochet. I’ve been intrigued since the pattern was published with how Kristin put all of the increases for the sweater at the start of the garment, and that’s the technique I’m playing with in my current piece.

A Book Giveaway for May Day
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29 thoughts on “A Book Giveaway for May Day

  • April 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    one of the books i was thinking of getting my dtr for her 10th bday (the 3rd)… along with sew what bags and searching for a knitting book……. yup, she's a little crafty 😀

  • April 28, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I had started making preemie caps that I could donate to a local hospital and showed them to my family. Recently my sister and her 13 yo daughter asked if I could give them a refresher on how to crochet so they could make them too.

    Here are 3 out of almost 30 I've made so far:

  • April 28, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I am currently working on a tie front top. This is the first time I am using crochet thread and so far I like the feel.
    Anywhosit, I am psyched to find this blog; I loved Sensual Crochet and look forward to more.

  • April 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I'm making a blouse with bamboo bernat yarn. It feels crisp and cool!

  • April 28, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I'm also intrigued by that pattern, but I guess I don't know how to do the spike stitch, so I haven't been able to make it work. Sure would like to figure it out!

  • April 28, 2009 at 5:24 pm


    Years ago, my best girlfriend's husband was just beginning his R/C airplane shop. He had the cleanest dumpster in town, and it was frequently filled to the brim with *things*. In particular, odd but intriguing cuts of balsa wood left over from constructing planes.

    He barked the day he saw the bags he'd spent hours cleaning up and loading disappearing into her trunk, but we just laughed. We took them to her apartment and divided them evenly.

    Playing with them later at my house, I realized one kind could be arranged into a very flat circle that looked like a wreath. Flip pairs another way, trim a second shape a bit, layer, and I had a wreath with a bow on top. I ran for the white glue, and sealed the deal. But the middle was still wide and open. What to do?

    Two matching heavy pieces, glued end to end, made a sort of floor that would reach across the front. The same pieces that made the edge, turned this way and that, made a robed Mary and Joseph to glue to the floor, made a manger between them. Slices made faces to attach, a baby for the manger. And a star. I was done.

    That star dangles to this day, some 30 years later, over the little family that was once destined for the dump. Every time I see the wreath hanging on my mother's wall, I remember the matching one I made for my girlfriend and her husband, and what I wrote on the back, a Biblical quote — “What good can come out of Nazareth?”

  • April 28, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Its sad to say I want to look at this before the yey..
    I love taking old tshirts and mkaing quilts and pillows

  • April 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I am so not crafty. I want to be, I really do. But I lack talent and creativity. I did try my hand at beadwork for awhile, and I enjoyed it very much. But nothing I made has ever been worn or used. Maybe crochet is my thing!

  • April 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I crocheted a giraffe for my son last week. He loves it and hasn't put it down yet!

  • April 28, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I am currently crocheting two scarves, knitting a sweater, a shawl, and a fingerless glove.

    I like that book, even though I'm not a tween/teen anymore. =D Nice of you to give it away.

  • April 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    My girls and I(ages 11 and 9) have been working on making blankets for newborn babies.I have just started them doing this and so far they are trying hard but it is slow going.Our goal is 2 blankets each a month fo now. They would love this book.Thanks!

  • April 29, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I am presently working on a purse and a shrug for my daughter who keeps reminding me that my 12 yo granddaughter wants to learn more advanced crochet. I taught her how to crochet when she was 9. My daughters (3 of them) never asked to learn to crochet!

  • April 29, 2009 at 5:32 am

    I am currrently working on a spring wreath for the front door. This came about entirely by chance while I was trimming back a vine which has taken over a good section of fence. Some of the vines have twined thickly around each other and I realized they looked like those grapevine wreaths you can buy. I have soaked the twined branches in warm water and formed them into a nice wreath circle – now to decorate!

  • April 29, 2009 at 7:11 am

    My daughter has been begging me to find her some help to learn to crochet. This book would bea great help.

  • April 29, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I had a sweater pattern from Bernet and the liked the stitch so much I started making shawls with the same stitch.

  • April 29, 2009 at 9:16 am

    this looks like a good book, especially for beginners! My daughter and i are learning crochet together….lol, stumbling but keeping at it!

  • April 29, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I have this book and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Whoever wins will truly enjoy!

  • April 29, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I'm motivated by all of the beautiful projects on Right now I'm working on a bridal shawl for my niece's wedding.

  • April 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I am working on a baby blanket for my daughter in law whose baby is due in May – such fun!

  • April 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I like to crochet blankets to give to friends/family.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • April 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I am currently crocheting an afghan that was inspired by the woman who taught me how to crochet. She was a patient in a nursing home that I worked in some time ago, and through her I learned basic stitches and how to read pattern instructions.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  • April 29, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I made a scarf out of fun fur for my granddaughter that was inspired by one my boss made for herself. My granddaughter loved it so much she wanted to know how to crochet herself. This would be a great book to teach her with. Thanks.

  • April 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I'm currently working on a red cardigan sweater. My mom taught me to knit, and I regret that I didn't get my grandmother to teach me to crochet, so am trying to learn it on my own–she made fabulous afghans and I'd like to do that for my grandchildren sometime!

    emvark at gmail dot com

  • April 30, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Last fall my son's girlfriend, Courtney, asked my to make her a slouchy hat for her senior pics. She loved it & it looked great in her pics. She loved it so much she asked for more in different colors. She has since asked my to teach her to crochet! She's doing well but this book would be a real help and inspiration for her. I want to give her a lifetime craft like my aunt gave me.

  • April 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    My little cousin is learning to crochet and would love this.

  • May 8, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Hi! i would really love that book!! im a beginner crocheter ( see, i even spelt it wrong!) and i want to crochet something for my dog! thankss

  • May 8, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Hi! i would really love that book!! im a beginner crocheter ( see, i even spelt it wrong!) and i want to crochet something for my dog! thankss

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