Friday, April 15, 2011

Linda Perman's Little Crochet and a Fab Book and Julia Yarn Giveaway!

I met Linda Perman when she was editor of Adorn, the now defunct cool sewing and craft magazine that was out a few years ago. I did a project for them and have kept in touch with Linda as she has moved around the USA - first to Montana and then to Texas, two places that sound great to live! During it all, she got a two book deal with Potter Craft and we have kept in touch. Linda writes the great blog "Lindamade."

I must admit, I don't crochet too much. I know the basics and I love a good granny. I've never had the desire to become a crochet designer but I'm glad Linda Perman did. Her books are colorful, clever, really fun, and very, very stylish. Her new book is Little Crochet and it is full of amazingly sweet crochet projects for babies and toddlers. The photography is drop dead gorgeous and the instrux look clear and well written, just as her first book Crochet Adorned was.


There are 24 fabulous projects for babies and toddlers up to 4 years old. I am really in love with the cover booties. Are they just too much? Little stars inset into the top of the bootie. Linda says you can whip up a pair in an evening. 


And the next one is a colorful afghan worked in my Julia Yarn. It's called the Mix and Match Blanket.  This blankie is so clever. To work it, you use the one chart given. All of the squares are made with the same chart but it gets mixed up by changing colors. Some of the squares have a solid color circle, some striped, and some feature a pinwheel design. Linda added embroidery to some of them also. She is a woman after my own heart! I could see this Blankie made much larger into an official Blanket and looking really great on a couch or a bed. What a really nice gift for a new baby..... you could keep adding squares as the baby grows. Here's the Ravelry Page for it.


Linda was kind enough to answer some questions I had about the Mix and Match Blanket.

KN: I'll admit it Linda. I can change color like a master when I'm knitting but I have no clue how to change color in the midst of a round in crochet. What is the secret?
LP: Really the key to nice color changes in crochet is this: complete the last stitch of the OLD color with the NEW color.
IE, for Double crochet: "With FIRST color, yarn over and insert hook in stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through first 2 loops on hook, yarn over with NEXT color, and draw through both remaining loops on hook. Continue working with next color." 
Since the last yarn over of the stitch before the "first" stitch in the new color is the loop that lays on top of the stitch, you have to change colors a little before what you would do intuitively (which would be to start the next stitch with the new color). I hope that makes sense, there is an illustration in the appendix of the book under "Joining Yarns and Changing Colors."

KN: Okay Linda, I trust you. I've got an idea for a video tutorial for you now! Like you don't have enough on your plate! But seriously, I love how you used the one motif for the blanket but really mixed it up so it looks totally fun and colorful. How did you plan it?
LP: I knew when I was planning the book that I wanted to have at least one motif-based blanket. What I like about motifs is that they are easy to work and you can easily carry them along with you. I wanted to keep the pattern simple, because I'm someone who likes to put the pattern down after a while and just keep crocheting, so for the Mix and Match Motif Blanket, I based each of the squares on the same motif, with simple touches like color changes and embroidery to make each square feel different. It's easy to personalize the blanket and I also think it's a fun first colorwork project for those who are a little intimidated to mix and match colors.

KN: What was the inspiration behind the Mix & Match Blankie?
LP: I was really inspired by the color palette available in your Julia yarn, and in case any art buffs are reading, by the work of Jasper Johns. If you have trouble picking out colors for this project, look to a piece of fabric or a painting that you like--then look closer to see what colors are involved. If you start with something you know you like, it will make it easier to visualize your color scheme.

Linda also made this really cute video for a book trailer. If you watch it, you'll see everyone of the projects parade across your computer screen. Linda surely is a talented designer.


So here's what I have for you to win today. To celebrate the launch of Linda Perman's Little Crochet, I have enough Julia Yarn for the Mix and Match Motif Blanket and a copy of Linda's new book!

I'll make it easy for you to enter. All you have to answer is this question:
Do you knit, crochet, or embroider, or do you do a combo of all?
Make sure you leave an easy way to get a hold of you! U.S. addresses only please!
Deadline is Monday April 18th at 11:59 EST.
Contest is closed. The winner is cellobean who wrote: I love both, but barely get to either. I have always knitted, but taught my mother to crochet in the last few years of her life (she was a very accomplished woman and wasn't happy being less active and ill...the new skill gave her a boost!). I seem to do more dreaming about both than actual doing. I'd love to crochet the blanket! Love your blog. 

142 comments:

Dianna said...

I am mainly a knitter - I do that all the time - but I also crochet occasionally. Embroidery is another thing - I have quilt squares to embroider that I started 40 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter that have been waiting to be finished all this time. I like to do it, but it is just not my first love - or I guess my second.

much2knit@hotmail.com

Bonnie said...

I'm a knitter, but I think it would be very helpful to also crochet. Not only are there lots of times when a pattern calls for crochet edging, but I think an occasional crochet project would be a nice break from my usual knitting.

Susan said...

I knit and embroider. I learned them both from my mother more than 50 years ago and am very happy to have rediscovered them recently, AND to see so many young women interested and involved in these crafts. Crochet? My mom does that too, but it just never grabbed my interest,though there are some really cute projects out there now-like this book!
sbsford(at)gmail(dot)com

Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

I am a crocheter and an embroiderer. My grandmother taught me and I taught my daughters. One of them, however, wasn't satisfied with just crocheting, so she taught herself how to knit and then a friend of mine even taught her how to spin. I tried to learn how to knit when she was first learning, but I just can't wrap my brain around the two needle thing. I guess I have been crocheting for too long... I'm brain locked. While I love making my own embroidery designs, I find that I just don't embroider as much as I would like to. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

CupcakeCatie said...

I simply cant wait for this book! So excited!
I actually do a mix of all! I taught my self to knit first! Then a few months later I taught myself to crochet, and embroider! I was inspired to by catching a few episodes of Knit and Crochet Today on PBS, and its been an addiction ever since then! :)

~Catlyn

Leslie said...

Mostly a knitter, but a self taught crocheter who would like to improve my skills. Sometimes my wrists hurt when knitting and crocheting is another skill and muscle set for balance.
I embroidered when I was younger, but not with these eyes!
bagatelle@comcast.net

Anne P said...

I was first a crocheter - my Grandma taught me when I was very small- maybe 5 or so. I used to love to watch her crochet...Then she tried to teach me to knit when I was a bit older, but crochet was easier for both of us. Then when I was about 21 I taught myself how to knit. And I can embroider as needed, but it's not my strong suit! annegp on ravelry

Cari said...

I love to crochet. My grandmother was my inspiration. She loved to crochet baby things - mostly booties and hats. I like to crochet anything, but baby things and doilies are my favorite. I have done embroidery, but never learned to knit.
This book looks great!

Bonney said...

I'm a long time knitter but I've stuck my toe in the crochet pond a few times and this blanket is going to push me right in! I love this blanket! I'm going to brush up on my crochet right now!

Anonymous said...

I started crocheting as a child, embroidered & cross-stitched as a young adult and learned to knit as an adult. Now I mostly knit & crochet. I would love to win this book. Love your designs too, Kristin. Thanks for all you do for the knitting world!!
griffinknits@ravelry

tracy_a said...

Stunning blanket! I am working on (crochet) a blanket sort of like that - but not nearly as cool! The pinwheels - love!

I knit - and have picked up crochet (thinking it would help me use up leftovers - ha!) and also am a beginning quilter.

Artifax said...

I've been crocheting for ages, am a just-past-beginner knitter, and I haven't embroidered at all but I've always wanted to give it a try :)

enquiry@jeweledonline.com

Amanda said...

Knit, Crochet, and Embroider. Not often all three are combined into one project....but, hmmmmm. Maybe I should work on that! :-)

Cynthia.landers@ocps.net said...

I'm mainly a knitter but also crochet but you inspire me to go beyond and add my own little touches to my projects!

Sarah said...

I'm in love. It's the first crochet that I've seen that I actually like! I'm more of a knitter, but this inspires me.

Wendy said...

I do all three, but probably crochet the least. Those booties are adorable!

dianenorth said...

So far just a knitter but my mother managed to teach me how to chain so I could probably learn to crochet..Linda's blanket makes it very tempting..thinking about a class since I have this left handedness situation! I have hand quilted but never embellished a sweater with embroidery..another item for the life list!

debra said...

I grew up crocheting potholders, afghans, hats, and table cloths. Now, I am primarily a knitter. However, I crochet market bags and for Christmas I embroider handkerchiefs for family members with copies of drawings my daughter did in elementary school.

Anonymous said...

I love both, but barely get to either. I have always knitted, but taught my mother to crochet in the last few years of her life (she was a very accomplished woman and wasn't happy being less active and ill...the new skill gave her a boost!). I seem to do more dreaming about both than actual doing. I'd love to crochet the blanket! Love your blog. I may be reached at cellobean@hotmail.com

Marcia said...

I do all but I'm best at crochet and needlepoint -- knitting not so much.
I crochet constantly -- usually afghans. I'll never live long enough to do all the wonderful designs and patterns there are.

mamaross said...

I'm primarily a knitter, although I have crocheted small projects in the past. I do occasional embroidery as an embellishment, although the designs never turn out quite as I envision them.

Priscilla said...

I knit and crochet and embroider. I have tried all kinds of needlework. I have been very lucky to have many talented needlewomen in my family to pass along their knowledge to me. This book looks great. I love the blanket.

Carla said...

I knit and have just started to crochet!

may knits said...

At one point I have done all of those things. I prefer to knit at the moment and I have not embroidered in quite a while. I have never done any of those things in a combo. I would love to learn more about embroidering on knitting though.

Karey said...

Currently I primarily knit but would love to dabble in crochet and embroidiery. Thanks for the giveaway.

Stacey said...

Love this book! Such super-cute projects!
I knit & crochet :)
stacey (att) freshstitches (dott) com

JeanP said...

I do all three and sometimes on the same project. I just finished a crochet baby blanket with embroidered palm trees and the new baby's initials. I matched the blanket with a knit hat and sweater with attached crocheted roses. I used to make crocheted granny square blankets and this one looks fabulous.

Tracie said...

I crochet all the time! I know how to knit, but it's not something I do well, so I don't have as much fun with it. Plus, who has time to knit with all the great crochet patterns out there? :)

denice@inkstitch said...

I crochet and embroider, and I'm always excited to see great crochet patterns... This book looks perfect!

denice *at* inkstitch *dot* net

Joy said...

Knitter with basic crochet skills here. Love Linda's tips on changing colors in crochet.

Anonymous said...

I do all three, but mostly I think of myself as a knitter. Knitting is what I do every day. I do crochet projects from time to time, as I get inspired. I do embroidery infrequently because I don't have the patience for it and don't enjoy it as much. I wish I did!

But I'd love to make that blanket. It's beautiful. Please enter me in the drawing!
susanabarfield(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

hello from Shell~
~ beautiful blanket ~
The Julia yarn colors are superb !
I learned to knit,crochet,embroider & needlepoint as a child. I haven't made any type of blanket since I was hired at age 11 to crochet a KING sized bed afghan in red, white & blue giant squares !! I had a meltdown when I realized I had to crochet them all together. The Mix & Match blanket may change my aversion to blankets ! Its artsy, creative & terrific colors. Perhaps I'll make a wee doll one first ! I still enjoy embroidery & needlepoint, but knitting is my passion. I'm excited to see Linda's new crochet designs. My challenge this year is to knit paisley patterns. I have been embroidering my knitting thanks to your inspiring books Kristin ! ~
thanks for the giveaway.
Shell ~
YarnSoup@yahoo.com

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Hallie said...

I did embroidery as a kid, later moving on to crocheting in my early 20s and now spending my 30s knitting! I still love to crochet and love learning to knit! :)

wpooh_9 at hotmail dot com

weavinfool said...

I crochet and knit. I also know how to embroider and my SIL is learning how to do it now.

weavinfool@gmail.com

Laural said...

I am a knitter. I do a little bit of crochet and embroidery for embellinshing, which I learned fromyou in a class at Webs.

HomsteadL@arps.org

Stoney said...

I do all three, but since I had four boys, I had to wait until my eight granddaughters came along to really use all three skills. This book looks so fun...I hope I am a lucky winner!!

Stoney Monte
stoneymonte@hotmail.com
10500 9th Lane
Athens WI 54411

Carolyn said...

I learned both knit and crochet from my mother when I was about 5 years old, and then discovered embroidery a few years later. I still do it all and now also do machine knitting and embroidery.
Carolyn
cclarke@xmission.com

fracksmom said...

I found out I'm a Critter since I do both. I actually do everything with a fabric or yarn except tat. and the only reason i don't tat is there is no one to teach me. I love your blog, and would love to have your yarn. Someday I will be able to come east and meet you and see your farm

Fracksmom on Ravelry

anythingbutsnow said...

I mostly knit, which I learned from my mom. But I did teach myself to crochet and enjoy it just as much. I also embroider, one of my favorite classes I ever took was on Brazilian embroidery, really really fun!

This blanket is completely gorgeous, I have been on the lookout for a great blanket to work on as my Hubs and I are planning to add a third and last child to the family pretty soon. I think that this book is a must have for cute kids stuff and I'll be making that blanket for sure!

anythingbutsnow-at-gmail-dot-com

Anonymous said...

I do all three. Would love to win this book!

Judi M.

Sue said...

I started out as a crocheter and now I knit too. I love both. Lots of bloggers are singing the praises of this book!

Thanks for the chance to win it!
Sue
scampbell1@phxhs.k12.az.us

Sharon said...

I started crafting by embroidering on pillowcases when I was 12. I can still see the little deer I worked on. When I would stay at my grandma's she would give me yarn and a crochet hook and I would see how long a chain I could make. Now I'm a knitter and spinner. But there always seems to be some type of yarn and needles in my hands. smile..

Melissa said...

I knit. I have tried to crochet, but for some reason I always have trouble counting my stitches, so I get frustrated. Embroidery counts as sewing in my book: something to be avoided as much as possible!

Sally said...

I knit a lot, embroider quite a bit, quilt (piece, applique, embroider, etc. + hand quilt) quite a lot, crochet very little (mostly chains and edges) but I want to crochet more! I'd like to do a granny or hexi or Mix and Match blankie!

nikki said...

I knit, embroider & am beginning to crochet, with a little help from Linda.

Wendy said...

I knit and I am trying teach myself to crochet and seeing the cute patterns in "Little Crochet" makes me want to learn to crochet all the more.

wenkruger@gmail.com

Emma said...

I mostly knit, but I also enjoy crochet and embroidery. I would love to try the projects in that book. My email is toemma@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

I am mostly a knitter now, but intersperse my projects with crocheted afghans and toys. I also did embroidery for a while and use it now for accents. I've been doing all these things for 50+ years and never get tired of any of them!
marcydoane@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I like to knit and embroider. Learning to crochet is on my list of things I'd like to do... the blanket knit in Julia is certainly good inspiration to finally learn to crochet!

Sarabethd on ravelry

Claudine said...

I knit most, but also love to embroider. I crochet, but not quite as much. I am sure this book would provide some inspiration!

Susan said...

Crochet. . . I keep trying to pick up knitting.
:)

Francie said...

I LOVE that blanket. And those great Jingle Balls.

I crocheted before knitting and did counted cross stitch before that. But I have been mostly knitting for 20+ years now. But it is nice to be able to do a crocheted edging without any fears!

Thanks for the chance to win.

Francie
francieos@yahoo.com

mommarocks said...

I knit.
But! I seriously need to learn to crochet more than just a flower. I love crochet trim.
ahandmadeprincess@hotmail.com

jab said...

I have done all three at various times, but for now I am primarily playing with crochet. Hats, scarves, and blankets make great gifts and my grandkids love amigurumi toys.

Suzanne said...

I mostly knit but I do crochet borders. I hope to try more crochet in the future.

Fibercrafter said...

I knit, crochet and embroider, sometimes all on the same project! I'm a professional quilter too.

K. Anne said...

I knit and crochet. I've done cross stitch, but I've never really embroidered.

K. Anne
karmah (at) comcast (dot) net

owlette said...
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Patty said...

I knit, have tried to crochet but haven't been successful.I am learning to spin, which is wonderful. Years ago I embroidered, did counted cross stitch and made clothes for our 4 boys. all fun to do.
Patty
pclark204@comcast.net

Colleen said...

I do it all! I concentrate primarily on knitting currently, but I love to do it all.
Colleen

pippinred67 at gmail dot com

onescrappychick said...

I do both. I first learned how to crochet when I quit smoking 10 years ago, then 3 years later I taught myself to knit. I enjoy them both.

justplainbeth at myfairpoint dot net

SLucy said...

I mainly crochet and sometimes knit.
hypersky5athotmaildotcom

lindagerig said...

I do a little of each. learned to knit and crochet from my best friends mom many years ago.
lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

Joan Turner said...

I do all three and throw some weaving and bobbin lace in to the mix. I have 4 grandladies to wear rhe creations Joan at tfcat@aol.com

Laura T said...

I do a combo of all three. I love this book and the blanket and would love to make it! Thanks for the opportunity!
Laura T
Lauratawney7@gmail.com

Denise P. said...

I knit and embroider, but I don't embroider my knits!

flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

phaedra96 said...

I quilt, embroider, do English smocking, sew, knit, crochet, needlepoint, if it has to do with needle and thread, I do it! bonnieanne@omnicityusa.com

barb said...

WOW! What a great giveaway, thank you.
I knit, crochet, and embroider. I have 5 grandchildren with a 6th on the way. I would LOVE to make the wonderful blanket for the new baby.

barb
blyerke1@yahoo.com
yerkeb on rav

Diane H K in Greenfield said...

I am a knitter. I have some sort of weird mental block about learning to crochet. I'm so lame. But maybe I'd be able to learn with this book.

Hilda said...

I was a crocheter--having learned in Brazil in my teens to make doilies by copying an already done one. Previously I had done needlepoint and crewel embroidery. I became a quilter in the last ten years, but also learned to knit. I always wanted to learn to knit socks. Everyone discouraged me--so I just picked up a book and learned on my own. This book looks great, and I am a recent grandmother of twin boys. Hope I win!

Kristin said...

I knit and crochet. I just haven't gotten the knack of embroidery yet!

andrea said...

I do all three but have yet to combine them all in one project.
Andrea W
KnitAweigh- Ravelry

Judi said...

I grew up with a mother and grandmother that did all three. I started embroidering as a small child and still have some of those "beautiful" works. :-) I have knit since an early teenager and still enjoy it immensely. I can do enough crocheting to make a single or double crochet edging on something (with verbal help from my sister!)and keep thinking I should/could learn more. I love granny squares. This book and yarn would be the much needed motivation to do so. :-)

Zowmom on Ravelry

Teresa said...

I mainly knit but have picked embroidery back up after many years away. I do some crochet but very basic and mostly as edging for my knitting.

Denise said...

I crochet, cross stitch, and embroidery. Thank you for the chance to win!

sallie828@yahoo.com

TheAntiquePalette said...

Lovely offer, thank you!
Knitting, crocheting and embroidering I learned from a neighbor lady back in the early 60's. She gave me needles, yarn, hours of her time....teaching me something I do almost every day.
She's still alive and I never thanked her.......
Susie
ooman55@yahoo.com

Sue said...

I do all three, however crochet is
my weakest. Never quite sure I'm doing it right.
Sue
sdoyle1313@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I do everything. I don't even have a favorite. I just love working with yarns and fabrics. This book looks adorable and my niece is trying to have a baby.
Perfect timing!
contact me at bjjiminy@aol.com
(Barbara Rechtfertig)

Betty said...

I do all three, and also spin; but when I crochet, it's like I've put on my favorite pair of shoes. It's my passion.

Contact me at: taser52@yahoo.com

Bonnie said...

I do all three and have for years. What a darling book. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great giveaway.

Deb and Robin said...

I've done all three in reverse order but I love them all. What a wonderful contest!
Robin Corddry
Debrob22@msn.com

Judy said...

I love to knit, crochet and embroider. I also quilt and dabble with needlepoint. I learned to knit first (about age 10), and it is my favorite, but I think all of these crafts are useful and fulfilling to know. I especially like portable projects so that I have something to do while waiting at drs' offices, watching my son play volleyball, etc. I enjoy both blogs: yours and Linda's. Keep the great designs coming! judywilkinson@comcast.net

Grammie Welcome said...

Hi Kristin,
I'd like to say I am knitter who crochets but since I made my wedding gown by crocheting it I think I have to say I am a crocheter that knits. Actually I teach knitting every Thursday night from 6:30-8:30 around my dining room table. I also embroider and cross stitch. The worse part of being bystitchual is that I when I'm doing one I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to do the other. That is why I often combine the two: maybe a bodice of crochet with a knit skirt for my grandbaby daughters: 2,4,5! Oh the joy!!!

julie k said...

I do all three! I used to consider myself mainly a knitter, but I crochet too much now to say that.

Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

annie said...

I do all three though not as much embroidery. My grandmother (who also taught me to crochet) embroidered beautifully, and her pieces were as lovely on the back as on the front! Sigh, I'm not that good at it. orillaknits on ravelry

Christine said...

I do them all!!! but I don't usually embroider on my knit/crochet items....there's usually a lot of pattern or lace or color going on already.

mjknits said...
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mjknits said...

I started my fiber path with crochet after the birth of my first child. I then went on to learn knitting,spinning,dying and weaving. I try to do something "fibery" everyday to help my sanity:)

maryjn@earthlink.net

Stacy said...
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Robin C said...

I do all three. I like everything which gets me in trouble.

Connie said...

Ohhh, nice looking book and giveaway! I knit and crochet (and spin). I know how to embroider, but haven't done it in a long time.

Connie
tcrpm at sonic dot net

Lisa C. said...

I've tried them all but love knitting the most.
paul.lisa.c@gmail.com

Bonnie said...

Both because a friend's husband makes the most wonderful handmade crochet hooks ~~!! They feel so good that I started crocheting again. Anything beautiful and simple is what I do with these fingers and yarn!

KBUCKINGHAM@carolina.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I knit all of the time and can barely crochet but want to learn in the worst way, especially learn to do granny squares. mary in Cincinnati

Sharon said...

I love to crochet and love pattern books with ideas for kids. I just finished a poncho for my two year old daughter, which was a bit of a flop (hopefully we will enjoy it more later). Now I am working on a blanket (I forgot how much time they take!) and a shawl for a mother's day gift. Thanks for sharing!

Beverly P said...

I crochet. Maybe I'll learn to knit one day.
bjp1989 AT hotmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

I crochet, knit and embroider - sometimes each alone and other times combine crochet and embroidery as well as knitting and embroidery.

Love baby things!

Sandy in NJ
Pecsan114@optonline.net

tamdoll said...

I knit and crochet - a lot! Sometimes I'll embroider, and not-so often combine a few of these also.

Right now I have a crochet baby gift to crochet that I carry around in my purse for idle moments, and a sweater I'm knitting for myself to be started. That baby blanket via chart looks fantastic! If I hadn't read it, I would have thought it was all squares that need to be sewn together. Genius!

Anonymous said...

I knit. I've tried to crochet a few times, but really, I don't think my heart is in it. Though I do admire the speed of crochet and sometimes the effects. Thank you for the lovely giveaway! nancywalters44@hotmail.com

Cortney said...

I crochet! I've made a business doing something I love :) I've tried knitting but just didn't feel it like I do crochet.

Gramma Phyllis said...

I'm multicraftual, including that almost lost art of tatting. But for the most part I knit and crochet depending on what is wanted or needed by friends and family. The mix and Match Motif blanket looks like it would make the perfect snuggle up and read with Gramma blanket.
pahelmes@rochester.rr.com

Lorraine said...

I do it all! Mainly sewing and knitting. I also crochet and embroider, thoug not usually combining the art forms.

owlette said...

I do both:)I also sew, spin, dye,embroider, and cross-stitch (I'm going to be trying needle felting soon)well fingers crossed:)
carej1994 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I knit and crochet and always have at least one or more projects of both going---I think it helps doing different motions with your hands and wrists so they don't tire---plus I really like the look of certain projects with the different techniques---I would love to win this book--it looks awesome!

Aria said...

Hello Kristin!

My name is Aria Westbrook and I was hoping to enter in order to possibly win the Linda Perman book and yarn samples.
In response to your question....
My grandmothers on both sides taught me how to make simple single crochet dishrags and upon finding that I was pregnant with my first child, I began teaching myself. I considered it an homage to these wonderful women who got me started. After about 3 years of practice, I'm loving how quickly I've been able to tackle new crochet challenges. :-)

Sara G-L said...

I mostly am a knitter but I didn't start knitting until I was in my late teens. I learned to crochet as a child, mostly little drawstring bags and dolly blankets, then granny squares. I also embroider, quilt, smock and have dabbled in counted cross-stitch and hardanger!

I love to crochet but have trouble finding patterns I like. I really am intrigued with the baby blanket from Little Crochet and would love to make it!

Jenny said...

Awww...so cute. I'm mostly a knitter, embroider & crochet a bit too.

Thanks! If I'm the winner, pls contact me at grdepa@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

I mostly knit, but before I took my first knitting class in 2003, I was an intense crocheter and made all kinds of sweaters, afghans, etc. I embroider if necessary . I would love the Julia yarn and book and thanks for holding this giveaway!
Debbie

The "colored" Museum said...

I am mostly a knitter. But I am also a quilter and I like to incorporate knitted pieces into my quilts. I have an equally consuming passion for both textiles and yarn. It's all about making and creating with fabric.

Jo Griffith said...

I HAVE MULTIPLE FIBER ADDICTIONS!
Knitting, crochet, embroidery, quilting. There are support groups for this, but who wants to be cured?

Geraldine said...

All of the above! My 'Oma' from Holland would come for an extended stay when I was a little girl, and despite the language barrier, she taught me how to knit and crochet. I'm also a somewhat burnt out cross stitcher...

Dorothy Dinsmoor said...

I embroider, knit, weave, and quilt (including crazy). I'd like to win the book for my good friend who is expecting her first grand nephew soon. I really enjoy your blog. I spent part of my childhood on a west Texas ranch where we raised sheep---very different from Mass.! Thanks for all your good information. Dorothy in Edmond.

Christine said...

I am primarily a knitter, but am in the process of teaching myself crochet. So far, so good. This would definitely let me cut my teeth on some great crochet projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kari said...

2 years of crochet and I am "hooked"! My mother in law spent an evening teaching me and I can't stop. My 3 kids are my critics and are constantly requesting toys, so amigurumi is a frequent quest around here. I would love to get Linda's darling book!!!

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

I crochet a bit, but knitting is my forte. Darling book! Thanks so much for all the wonderful giveaways that you offer.

tehachapisockcompany@gmail.com

evie said...

I knit most of the time with occasional forays into crochet and embroidery. Most of my crochet work of later has been with cotton which is unforgiving to the hands. But maybe your Julia yarn is a reason to crochet again. I do have a brand new great niece who could use a colorful blankie.

Patt Ward said...

I do 'em all. I am more skilled at knitting than crochet, though. My last project was a combination of knitting and embroidery. I bought some sock yarn in Alaska with the name"Denali Autumn." I made a pair of St. st. socks and then embroidered the heels with leaves swirling up the legs. Great fun and I get a lot of copliments, too. Thanks for the giveaway. The book will be great for making grandbaby things and I haven't used Julia yarn. (yet) auntiddaknits@yahoo.com

Bonnita said...

All three for me! My favorite is what I'm working on at the time. Thank you for having such great giveaway!

grammynan said...

I loved the "trailer". I love to knit but I crochet as well and especially appreciate crocheting blankets/afghans since crocheting goes faster for me. The Julia colors are so appealing and I am hoping to be chosen!..

Sue said...

I knit, crochet and embroider plus a few more but knitting and crochet are by far my favorites. If I had to pick one it would be knitting I think.
suzi4554 or ravelry.

Kacy said...

I knit and crochet, and consider myself intermediate at both. My mom taught me hoe to crochet when I was 12, but I only learned how to read patterns 3 years ago. That's around the time I picked up knitting too. i do one or the other every night after the kids are asleep.

Linda Perman's newest book looks awesome!

kacyrellis [at] gmail [dot] com

Mimi F said...

I am primarily a knitter, but have crocheted a fair amount on embellishments. I am getting intrigued by crocheting objects on their own and would love to start with a baby blanket out of this cute book!

tex_mexie said...

I crochet way more than i knit.

:)

dina_1974@yahoo.com

Rochelle said...

I have done all three, but now primarily crochet. My grandma taught me how to embroider, and learned how to knit through 4-H when I was 10. I have only been crocheting for about 8 years but am a much better at crochet than knitting. Love the book and the Julia yarn; the colors are gorgeous.

Strickbombe said...

i knit, i crochet, i add a french knot here and there and i have a u.s. address, should i win!

Anna said...

so fun to have found your blog! i'm a self-taught left handed crochet mama. i just taught myself how this past christmas break. i'm only at the washcloth, wish i could crochet a scarf stage but i love surfing crochet blogs to stay inspired. mahalo for the great contest! i have a u.s. mailing address and my email is moanasaves at gmail dot com

Kathy said...

I mostly knit, but I just picked up crochet again for the first time in a few years. I would love to learn to embroider...it's on my list!

~Kathy (mkcattell@comcast.net)

Anonymous said...

I knit all the time, crochet sometimes and embroider sometimes, what beautiful books!!!

Vickie
vst@virginia.edu

Casey said...

Knitting since 11, embroidery in 20's, crocheting sort of in 30's, would love to be proficient at latter in my 50's
ashefamily@yahoo.com

susie said...

I do all three, but mostly knitting

Jodi said...

This book has some cute designs I'd love to try. I knit and crochet, but I haven't embroidered much since I was a kid.

Doula Mommy said...

I would LOVE to get a copy of this book! It looks wonderful!
~Jessica, Rav ID: MonkeyButtBabies

Anonymous said...

I knit and embroider and one of my 2011 goals is to learn crochet! Cpmigda@aol.com

Chppie said...

I do all three, but these days mainly knit. I'd like to combine them, since I tend to do them individually.

Love the yarn for the blanket. Usually I want to tweak patterns but I think this one's spot on!

Thanks for featuring the book. I haven't seen it locally.

Kris said...

I do all 3, although I could use some practice on my embroidery skills.

Anonymous said...

I can do all, but prefer to Knit. I really like the blanket and think it would be fun. I have always wanted to make a granny square blanket and I think that would be a great choice.

grantsmom11@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just knit!
Robin 541.998.4783

Lee said...

I do embroidery, knitt and dabbler in crochet! Thanks!

jennifer said...

I'm mainly a knitter, but I have lots of cross stitch on the side lines. I have a crocheted blanket in the queue, though it will be a first in a while crochet project.

jlbixleratgmaildotcom

Karen said...

I mainly knit - crochet feels more natural to me but I haven't figured out how to shape anything but a circle! My grandma was a tatter and crocheter, my mom was a knitter and cross-stitcher. I love both but prefer the drape of knitted fabric for garments. The book is beeyouteeful!

Anonymous said...

I am mainly a crocheter who also knits. What a great give away.

Anita