Check out Hook and Needle Designs

My friend, Lisa Gentry, just started a blog and I wanted  to share it with everyone.

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Lisa Gentry is an amazing knitter AND crocheter and has had designs published in many magazines and with yarn companies.  She also has published a bunch of pattern books.  She is the Guiness World Record holder as the fastest crocheter– how cool is that?!  Check out (and subscribe to) Lisa’s new blog —  Hook and Needle Designs.  You should also check out Lisa’s website.  She has some great craft ideas and free pattern Friday!    Check out Lisa’s MANY knit and crochet designs on Ravelry.

Did I mention that Lisa is a super-fast crocheter?  LOL


My daughter loves slouchy beanies and I offered to crochet her one from Lisa Gentry’s Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family Book 2 from Leisure Arts. The booklet  has 9 designs to choose from, most done in worsted weight yarn and at an easy skill level.

My daughter picked the Pop Star beanie, which is the main design pictured in tangerine on the cover. The original design was done in Red Heart Soft yarn and I wanted to stick with the same yarn as the original to have to best chance of getting the same look and drape. My daughter wanted a “grey that wasn’t too light, but wasn’t too dark” so I went with grey heather.Celebrity Slouchy Beanies Crochet -2

I’m happy to say that she is pleased with the finished product and has been wearing it just about every day!  She’s even had a friend say she wants one.  I’d call that a success!

Randi Slouchy Beanie