A woman of my word, I am keeping to my policy, actually more of a guideline, of not burying the lead. At the end of this post you will discover how you can enter to win a copy of the new book, Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 Quick Weekend Projects (Interweave Press, 27 November 2012) edited by Brett Bara. Now back to fluff.
There’s something about Christmas that brings out the best (and occasionally the worst) in people. Crocheters who participate in the yearly hand-made gift crunch can become heroes on Christmas morning. We can also turn into zombies. The two outcomes are not mutually exclusive. I truly enjoy the holidays and over the years, during those few brief lucid moments before the onset of total brain death, I have written about it ( see Crochet Marathoning). I have also offered a cute little Mini Stocking pattern. For civilians (non-crocheters), figuring out what sort of holiday gifts would be appreciated and cherished by crocheters can be a daunting endeavor. In the past I have written some helpful hints (see 2008, 2010) and even shared a recipe for smelly ornaments. This year I have an idea that will cover all this ground.Released today, the new book from my crafty friend Brett Bara makes a brilliant gift for yourself if you are a crocheter… or for a civilian to give to a crocheter who enjoys crocheting gifts to give to you. Too meta? Brett is one of those editors who is real good at herding cats, a skill that served her well in gathering the rock star designers who contributed to this pattern collection. From the first project, Saturday Beret (on the book cover), designed by Ellen Gormley, to the last, my own Chunky Capelet (in super-fast broomstick technique), Clever Crocheted Accessories is a happy guide to making quick work of your gift list. I’m going to have to refer to Ellen as my bookend friend from now on. 🙂
Click here for a look inside the book, or see this slideshow of just some of the designs, please to maintain composure and resist drooling.
You’ll find Clever Crocheted Accessories at bookstores and yarn shops, or you can order from Amazon and from Interweave Press. Thanks to Brett and Interweave Press you can also enter to win a copy right here right now. Leave a comment to this post below and I’ll choose a winner at noon EST on Friday, 30 November. Please keep your replies brief. Sucking up to me will not help your chances at all. Happy happy joy joy to all and best of luck.
Another book I will Love to add to mt collection.
Hi Doris! I’m so happy when I see books like this, especially for crochet. I’m not good at coming up with ideas for gifts so having all of these in one book is wonderful. And I still love books in spite of the wealth of ideas on the internet. It’s nice to have a smaller but varied selection in book form. I fairly beg my branch library to put out more crochet books in their craft browsing section on the mail floor. In fact, I they just agreed to order a crochet book I recommended and this will be another I’ll request.
And of course I’d love to have a copy!
Let me be the one Doris!! Let me be the one!!!!
If I don’t win, i will for sure be buying one for myself and a gift for my SIL!
What beautiful projects in this book! Some of them even look like they’re even at my level (advanced beginner).
I herd cats too! Cats and crochet go together.
So many pretty projects! I’m already backed up in my Christmas gift making. Maybe next year I will start earlier (like in January)!
What beautiful patterns. The capelet is surely on my wishlist to make. Thank you.
Looks like a great book to own!! Pick me! Pick me!!
Please enter me. Thank you. (No sucking up from me!)
Okay no sucking up, even tho’ I think you are very creative. But I wanna win!
I had serious sock envy, knitting hurts my hands and besides I vastly prefer crochet, until I took a sock class from Janet Rehfeldt, then bought her first sock book, and every one thereafter. I promptly began teaching crochet sock classes at my bff’s yarn shop. I crave lace socks and unusual ones, this book has both! Please enter me in the contest.
O.K that book might come a little bit too late for Christmas, but my children and mother all have their birthdays in january! So it would be perfect! 🙂
Very cool. We’ve all been brain dead from trying to make the perfect gift. You will relate to the sweater being made by my mom one year. As it grew to be too big for my dad, she tried it on everyone who came to visit. The sweater had ape arms, and never fit any human. It was frogged in February.
This book is on my Wish List! Can’t wait to see a copy in person!
I so love your designs. I’d treasure this book.
Ooo, looks like it would be a fabulous addition to my ever growing collection, please enter me into the competition! Thank you. x
Merry Christmas / Happy holidays to you!
Thank you for the opportunity to win your book!
The hats and socks look like fun to make. I need a few more pattern books, still building my library.
Sounds like a fun book – have a great holiday!
I’ve been nice!
I love your work, Doris, and your funky sense of humor! As a fellow geek, I especially like your Trekkie uniform-dress, and that spiral design is just awesome!
I just read your post about that wonderful crochet gifts book, and I wish I could buy it, but I’m on Medicare as I’m disabled, and I can’t affoed it. :-(. The designs look wonderful!
As for the Christmas crocheting, it looks like I’m going to be in the zombie category, since I’m just getting started! So if I just happened to win the free copy, it would save my holidays!
Either way, I enjoy your work, your “fluff”, and your blog, so thanks for being there and doing what you do! Crochet is my first and deepest fiberarts love!
Be well, and happy holidays to you!
Can’t wait to get my hook into these designs. I always think that if I can’t make something different than what I in a department store, then it’s not worth my time. This is totally worth my time!
I love the cabled socks!
No sucking up, I just want the book:-)
good luck to me! here’s hoping.
It would be a thrill to win this book. Otherwise, it goes on my wish list, for sure.
I could not help myself….I drooled!!! So many wonderful things in there!!!!
Wow! I love the looksy! Thanks for the chance to win!
I think this would be a fabulous addition to my library! 😀
Currently working on a taupe Isabeau top with clear silver-lined beads and it is SMOOTH. 😉
I am not sucking up. You are a crochet goddess. Fact.
Oh just what my library is calling for…some of those projects are perfect!
It’s holiday-crafting-crunch time. I could use some quick ideas.
It looks like a great book. Id love to have it.
Tammy in ct.
Looks like a book I would use. Thanks for the chance to get in the draw.
Sucking up DOESN’T help?! Well, shoot …
Book looks great.
What an awesome collection from so many awesome crochet designers! I definitely want to be entered for the win. 🙂 Thanks for providing the opportunity Doris!
Pick me, pick me!!! LOL have a great day Doris!!!
I am bummed that sucking up won’t work co’s I wanna be a winner.
can’t wait to receive the book
Oh such pretty patterns! I would love to add this book to my collection. Thank you Doris, for this opportunity. 🙂
I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway!
What nice projects!
“Sucking up to me will not help your chances at all”
LOL… Then I suppose I should say GIMME THE BOOK!!!
What a fun book. Lot’s of great hats! I’d love to win.
if I would get this wonderfull book I will be more than happy!
LOVE IT please pick me
Sucking up? No…..truthfully…just always love love love your designs they are the best!!
I would love to receive this book “Clever Crocheted Accessories: 25 Quick Weekend Projects”. All my crochet project have been giveaways and I would love new ideas to continue gifting others.
Oh, I really want this book!
I cant believe that ring is crocheted! Really nice and definitely on my holiday gift list now.
I’ve never made a pair of crocheted socks. Those lacy pink ones are talking to me.
Just what I need: MORE projects to try to finish before Christmas!! Love your work, Doris. I’d love the book 🙂
What a wonderful colaberation of wonderful designers. Congratulations.
Looks like an awesome book that I would love to add to my collection!
What great idea! I love this book!
I recently made your All Shawl in red so seeing your red capelet really upped my level of interest in the book. Crocheting is so addictive – thanks for sharing so much!
Your newsletter and blog have inspired me to start crocheting again. My grown daughter bought a hat and asked if I could replicate it. No problem! She’s totally amazed at her old mom. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
Looks Like a great book! Thanks, Doris!!
The look inside the book looks amazing!
Now that the weather has turned cold I look forward to wearing a crocheted piece every day!
love the projects – especially those socks
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Along with everyone else here, I would love this book to little pieces. Thanks.
I love the idea of having a weekend project! Then I actually have a chance at finishing it!
Thanks for a chance at a lovely and timely prize. It’ll come in quite handy for me if I’m the lucky one.
This looks like a great book. It is the holiday crunch time now and I always seem to bite off more than I can chew. Maybe one year I will figure that out, but I always seem to start one more project! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win! (zima21 on Ravelry)
Would be thrilled to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity
I love accessories as they are so quick (normally) to crochet up.Yippee!
FYI: Marathon link has changed. It’s actually https://dorischancrochet.com/2011/11/12/ now. (I HAD to track it down. lol That’s where I’m at this year.
If I win this book, next Christmas Eve I will not be locked in the powder room trying to finish my too-ambitious crocheted gifts before the gift exchange takes place. Or before someone waiting outside the door has a little accident……. (“Hold on! Just….one…more…row….!”)
This looks like an amazing book!!!! Thanks for the chance to win it.
I would love a chance to win this book. Thank you.
Love the designs!
I am drooling … can’t help it! I’d love the chance to win a copy of this book.
Always Looking for your patterns, we have the same style !
My daughter needs to learn to crochet so I can give her this book!
Would love to win this book!
Ditto! Engaged in crochet marathon, but would love to make something from here for moi!
Ooh please count me in! What an amazing looking book! I’d love to give every one of those patterns a go!
I love crocheting accessories this book would be a wonderful addition to my collection of patterns. Please pick me!
Thank you, Doris! Love you lots!
Sure would love this book. Short projects are the best