Win the Latest from Crochet’s “It” Girl

With her beauty queen good looks, megawatt smile and even more brilliant design talent, Kristin Omdahl has rocketed across the crochet and knitting firmament, leaving the rest of us to flounder in her jet wash and wonder what the hell happened.  From her heart-breaking backstory to her latest triumph, Seamless Crochet (Interweave Press, 2012), Kristin’s rise to stardom is the stuff of legend.  She is the It Girl and, yes, I am more than a wee bit jealous.  But if she wasn’t one of the hardest-working designers I know, if her heart wasn’t as huge as her talent, if she wasn’t such a genuinely lovely person, I would not be here wrapping up her blog tour today.

I met Kristin in 2007 at a TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) industry show in Columbus.  She had just flown in from Florida, totally frazzled, the beginnings of horrible blisters on her feet from unfortunate footwear, dying for an ice-cold fountain Coke.  Other than that she was wonderful and I think we hit it off. I know these photos were taken while we were waiting for a TNNA fashion show to begin, but I can’t recall if this was 2007 or 2008.  Maybe Kristin remembers which.  Anyway, we were sitting next to each other but the camera was pointed at her then at me.  You can see bits of us in each other’s photo.

Although our careers took us along different paths, we did collaborate once, in 2008.  Kristin and I each contributed four designs for the Filatura di Crosa booklet Superior Crochet, which I understand is still in demand and difficult to get. Her work is stunning and inventive. It is clear that we both share a love of lace and we both think about crochet outside the box.

It will also be clear, once you have seen this new book, that she and I mean different things by the term “seamless”.  In Seamless Crochet, Kristin has put her spin on a traditional way of working motif-like stitch patterns in one piece. From the book’s introduction:

“When I first discovered the technique of creating and joining motifs without the need for cutting the yarn between them, I wanted to squeal with delight. Over the last couple of years, I have been exploring the technique and coming up with new motifs to showcase fun crochet projects with a minimum of tails to weave in (often only two!).”

The results are very cool. If you haven’t been following the book tour, please visit any of the previous stops for insightful reviews and revealing interviews with Kristin.

SEAMLESS CROCHET BLOG TOUR

1/25   
AllFreeCrochet.com

1/26  
Crochetville.org

1/27  
CraftGossip.com Crochet Guide

1/30  
Crochet by Faye

1/31  
About.com Guide to Crochet

2/1   
She Knits When She Should be Writing

2/2    
Sara Likes to Make Stuff

2/3   
Jimmy Beans Wool Blog

2/6    
Rebecca Velasquez Designs

2/7    
Yarn Thing Blog and Podcast

live interview with Kristin, 12 pm Eastern

2/8
Hook and I

2/9
Faina’s Knitting Mode

2/10
The Crochet Doctor

2/11
Stylish Knits

Seamless Crochet is available now as a book & DVD combo, and also as an eBook and DVD download that you can purchase online and receive instantly. Click here to learn more about the Seamless Crochet eBook & DVD download.

Please join me in congratulating Kristin.  I’m thrilled that Interweave Press has allowed me to give away an e-copy of the book to one lucky reader here.  Just leave a comment below for a chance to win, and check back on Wednesday evening, 15 February as I reveal the winner. Good luck to all!

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84 thoughts on “Win the Latest from Crochet’s “It” Girl

  1. I have to learn this technique! I love the shawl pictured on the cover. I wonder what other ways this seamless technique can be applied. I’m learning so much on here!

  2. I am a great fan of yours especially the seamless way of making clothes. I think its time to experience another great designer and if you are recommending Kristen Omdahl then I am up for it and would love to have her book.

  3. Yes, it’s right, this technique is so attractive and interesting to explore and discover the secrets that a book is an excellent initiative. Thanks to Kristin Omdahl and thank you to give us the opportunity to win this book.

    Misschou

  4. What on earth did we do before the internet and blog reading? I have learned so much about wonderful designers and techniques! I am a very new designer and have had a wonderful education right here on my lap! Thank you Doris, for all you do to teach us all! I hope to meet you at the Stitches West next week!

    Sheila

  5. I’ve got Kristen’s Crochet So Fine, where I first learned about her “join as you go technique” – I **hate** weaving in ends, so the book has been a favorite of mine, and the patterns are gorgeous! I’d love to have a copy of her newest.

  6. Thanks for the review of this book. I can’t wait to see it, the 3D flower blanket looks amazing and it something that I look forward to making! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Drooled (almost literally) when I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, but resisted from post-Christmas spending. Would LOVE a copy to get me off my knitting and back to crocheting!

  8. I have been avoiding motif-based projects for sheer hatred of weaving in ends. This book has been on my Want Really Badly list since I heard of it! 🙂

  9. It’s funny that you are writing about Kristin because in the past couple years when I have bee scouring the internet for “cool” crochet patterns, I am always drawn to your’s and Kristin’s designs! And I even bought one of her books….just from the cover! We, who crochet, are so fortunate to have you both designing wonderful garments to create! I would love to have her new book!

    On another note, I have almost accomplished my New Year’s desire (not resolution) to crochet a garment. The Lightweight Zen Jacket is nearly done! 🙂

  10. It would be great to finish something and only have a couple of ends to weave in!! I’m all for joining as you go too.

  11. I didn’t like doing motifs because of the sewing involved but I recently learned how to make one and joining them to the next motif before it was finished. That was painless. I would love to win this ebook and learn more.

  12. Personally, I don’t mind seams. They add structure and are not that hard to do. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice good fit just to avoid them.

    However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t mind if I have to do less of them. I have Kristin’s book “Crochet So Fine,” and think it is brilliant.

  13. I have her book Crochet So Fine and would love to win the Seamless Crochet Book. Keeping my crochet hook nearby in case I win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  14. The seamless concept is great for folks like me with wonky hands! ( Crocheting is good, but yarn needles are not so friendly when having to weave in lots of ends.) I am a fan of your work Doris,
    but have not done anything by Kristin. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book like this. 🙂
    See you on Rav.!

  15. The idea of crocheting the look of motifs without all those ends is so very intriguing! I can’t wait to learn how it’s done. Both Doris and Kristin have forever changed the world of crochet with their innovative designs and techniques. Thank you!

  16. There are lovely designs in this book. It went onto my “wish list” as soon as I flipped through it.
    Beautiful work Kristin.

  17. I saw this book on my sister-in-law’s bookshelf but didn’t get to really to look at it. Now I wish I had. I have been cocheting for over 30 years and am still looking for new ways to do it!

  18. Huh, this sounds interesting. I’ve done the “join as you go” before, but this seems slightly different if you don’t have to weave in lots of ends. Even when I’ve joined the motifs in the last round I still had to cut the yarn and start over new with the new end.

  19. I HATE weaving in ends. I always try to avoid patterns that involve motifs and such. If it’s clothing, it better be worked in the round, or else I’m skipping it.

  20. I would be thrilled to win this book. I have some projects I have never completed as I cant stand all the sewing and weaving in that has to happen. I avoid patterns where this is the recommended way to join. I need to learn how this is done the seamless way. Thank you for the opportunity.

  21. I am currently engaged in a CAL for another popular design of Kristin’s, the Infinity Wrap, which I think is an amazing and lovely project.

    I would love to be able to make some of her seamless designs, as well. I think her work is creative and lovely. Congratulations, Kristin!

  22. I hate weaving in ends so this would be a welcome addition to my ever growing library of crochet books! Thanks for the opportunity, Doris!!

  23. I’ve stayed away from projects that require a bunch of pieces to be sewn together because of all the ends afterwards – I would love to learn this seamless technique! The shawl on the cover is absolutely gorgeous – would love to make it! Thank you for the giveaway!

  24. This would be the *best-est* Valentine’s Day gift I could receive~no calories! just lots of yumminess patterns to make. ❤ the chance to win a copy~

  25. I’d certainly do more with motifs if I knew how to connect them as I go. Maybe I wouldn’t end up with so many orphan pieces in bags

  26. This is a huge gift to those of us who really dislike weaving in all those ends! I’ve drooled over the book a couple of times, but can’t justify buying anymore books till… oh… what the heck!

  27. I have followed both you and Kristin’s career path for several years now and my library of crochet books has become larger for it. Big Thanks to both of you for keeping crochet in the forefront of fashion and fun.

  28. I love motifs, but hate sewing them together so the concept of working from one motif to the next without cutting the yarn intrigues me no end. I’ve been looking forward to this book since the first promotions appeared and will add it to my library for sure and for certain. 🙂

  29. I’m so happy to have found your blog!!! I have your Pearl River Lace Wrap & the yarn- have been trying fsc on my own and fumbling- your directions here on your blog are making it so much clearer. Thanks again! I also love the designs in Kristin’s book- would love to have a copy to call my own.

  30. This book looks so wonderful, I wish I had a copy, so I could curl up, read it, and become inspired tonight, instead of sleeping…OK, then I would have to raid my stash and start…what is a crocheter to do????

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