Crochet for Baby All Year: Easy-to-Make Outfits for Every Month and GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Tammy Hildebrand’s newest book, Crochet for Baby All Year: Easy-to-Make Outfits for Every Month.

All I can say is what adorable designs!!!!!!! Tammy’s fun personality shows through these designs with a fun and seasonal design for every month of the year, from hearts for February and cute lady bugs for May to beach babes in bathing suits for June and festive holiday attire.

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Perhaps one of the best features of this book is that the patterns do not favor girls over boys or vice versa OR just provide a unisex outfit as many pattern books do.  Tammy designed outfits for both boys and girls for each month.

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Tammy’s inspiration for the book was her granddaughter, Willow.  The patterns are super-cute AND easy enough for anyone to make.  You’ll be inspired from the moment you open the book. If you don’t have a little one to crochet for, you’ll wish you did!

Would you like to win your own copy of Crochet for Baby All Year: Easy-to-Make Outfits for Every Month?  Here’s how:

Leave me a comment by August 1st Noon EST telling me what your favorite item to crochet is and why.  Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.  Good luck!

Don’t forget to visit Tammy at hotlavacrochet.blogspot.com

CGOA 2014 Design Competition: Showing YOU the Crochet

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Crochet for Baby All Year Blog Tour

Did you know that Hooked on Crafting is part of the Blog Tour for Tammy Hildebrand’s latest book,  Crochet for Baby All Year?  That’s right!  Stop back on July 28th and check out my review of Crochet for Baby All Year plus you will have a chance to enter for a chance to win your own copy!

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More Designs in Crochet 1-2-3 Issue 12

I had 4 designs in issue 12 of Crochet 1-2-3. In my last post I provided the link for the free pattern to my Quick ‘n Simply Wooby.

Here are my other designs that were in this issue, but you’ll have to pick up a copy to get the pattern:-)

On that note, Crochet 1-2-3 and Knit 1-2-3 have become available at many more locations. I have found them not only at my local Walmart, but also at several of my local grocery stores. They are also available at other craft chains.  So it shouldn’t be too hard to find a copy.

Four Seasons Wrap

Four Seasons Wrap

School's In Session Tote

School’s In Session Tote

Everything's Peachy Baby Blanket

Everything’s Peachy Baby Blanket

Free Knit and Crochet Patterns for Newborns in Need

The latest issues of Knit 1-2-3 and Crochet 1-2-3 are out and the featured charitable organization is Newborns in Need.  Newborns is Need provides some of the basic necessities to mothers who need a helping hand.

You can find my designs for security blankets in each of these issues.  You can also get the patterns for free on line.  Just click on the captions about the images below to be taken to the free on line pattern.

Quick ‘n Simple Wooby

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Baby’s First Security Blanket

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June 14th – World Wide Knit in Public Day

In recognition of World Wide Knit in Public Day, I thought I’d talk about knitting in public (KIP’ing) or crocheting in public (CIP’ing), because I generally don’t see people doing it that often and I wonder why.  I knit or crochet in public all the time.

In my mind, there are really three main reasons to knit or crochet in public:

  1. It’s just a good use of wasted time:

You’d be amazed out how much you can get done on a project in those little chinks of time.  I made an entire Christmas gift for my mother just using the blocks of time I spent in the car waiting for my daughter to get out of school.

Recently I was with my significant other during a series of medical appointments he had that resulted in  about two hours of waiting room time. I knit almost an entire hat!

If you stop and think about it, there are a ton of opportunities to get a few stitches in (and when those stitches make you money, every minute counts):

  • I bring a small project to any school events I attend and knit or crochet while I wait for the program to start.  (Sometimes I even stitch during the program.)
  • I work on a project in the waiting room while I am having my car repaired.
  • I knit or crochet in the car every day waiting for my daughter to get out of school.
  • I crochet in the car on most trips that are going to be over 30 minutes, as a passenger of course!
  • I arrive early to my crochet classes that I teach at my local LYS (so that I can find parking in town) and then crochet while I wait for the students to arrive.
  • Anytime I am going to a doctor’s appointment I bring a project with me, prepared for a wait.

I’m not a stitcher that can knit or crochet for hours on end so it actually helps me a lot to squeeze work into these KIP’ing or CIP’ing sessions.

I’m also a very impatient person and can’t just sit still with nothing to do.  I have absolutely no patience for waiting—Don’t even get me started in standing in line at the grocery store!   So it really distracts me from my impatience and doesn’t make the waiting seem like such a bother since I don’t feel like my time is being wasted.

  1. It’s a great conversation starter:

My dentist saw me knitting in her waiting room and it led to a conversation about my teaching crochet classes at the LYS in town. She wants to learn to crochet. So maybe she will end up being one of my students. And if not, she may mention the classes to someone else.

I saw and elderly woman knitting socks recently, and I had to compliment her because socks just fascinate me.  She told me she doesn’t even follow a pattern.  She has knit so many socks that she just knows how to make them.  And she was using black yarn!

  1. It brings awareness to knitting and crocheting:

There are always going to be those who don’t know the difference between knitting and crocheting.  But what better chance to educate them than when they see you knitting or crocheting in public and ask about your craft? Maybe you will help bring another knitter or crocheter into the craft.  Or maybe you will just enjoy a conversation with a fellow fiber lover. Maybe you will tell someone about a new technique, or maybe they will even tell you something you didn’t know!

And if nobody asks while your KIP’ing or CIP’ing away in public, well then, you haven’t been interrupted and you’ve probably got a few more stitches in!

 

The World Wide Knit in Public Day motto says – “Better Living Through Stitching Together!”  Stitching in public allows me to not feel like I am wasting my otherwise “wasted time”, have a conversation starter in public (perfect for in introvert like me), and bring more awareness to the fiber arts every day. So for me, stitching in public as part of my everyday life has made for better living.  Every day is my knit in public day!

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Click HERE, for information on World Wide Knit in Public Day.

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