My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Crochet Inspiration

A couple of weeks ago I received a review copy of this lovely book:

This is Crochet Inspiration by Sasha Kagan. Now, I do not crochet, apart from being able to create a chain and do a few simple stitches when required to do so for, perhaps, an edging for my knitting. But this book does look lovely.

Pages and pages of instructions for different stitches:

And some patterns in the back. I love this belt:

Who’d like my review copy? Leave a comment to this post by 4:00pm eastern time on Thursday, October 21 and at that time I’ll draw a name at random to receive my book.

Meanwhile, I am knitting along on the back of Eala Bhan.

And Lucy is doing her imitation of a muffin.


  1. OOOh, those flowers look awesome! I need to learn how to crochet flowers so I can put them on everything!

    And, oh my, the cabley goodness. LOVE the sweater!

  2. Betsy Pratt says:

    Wow, those crochet m otifs just jump off the page! I ‘d love to have the book! Thank you very much.

  3. Crochet Inspiration sounds like a great book.

  4. Looks interesting. Would love to check it out in person.

  5. Pretty cool motifs! And I love the Eala Bhan!!

  6. I would love to have a copy of that crochet book.

  7. I’d love to win that book. I have a couple of Sasha’s knitting books dating back to the 80’s, but haven’t seen her crochet ones.
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  8. Lynda Schwechtje says:

    I love this book and I do crochet, so it wouldn’t be wasted on me! Please enter me for a chance to win it. And I do admire how prolific a knitter you are, Wendy! Your list for this year knocks me out! I aspire to be half as versatile. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy your messages.

  9. Thanks Wendy I would love to enter your draw for the book.


  10. Count me in… All books are an inspiration.
    Donna´s last blog post ..FO41 and 42 and 43 2007 Afghans for Afghan

  11. cool!!!!

  12. Hi Wendy! Some 15+ years ago, I threw (very basic) crocheting skills to the wind when learned to knit … and I’ve always thought I’d go back again. Maybe this book would be the necessary inspiration to put the two together??!?!?!

  13. Crochet seems to be making a comeback so that book looks like a good one to have.

  14. I love the fact that you are offering the crochet book to your readers! Thank you. (Triple thanks if I am the fortunate one to win the book.)

  15. I’m not much of a crocheter either, but the book looks nice. So does your Eala Bhan so far!!
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  16. I love crochet embellishments!!!
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  17. I would like to be entered for the drawing to win the book. Lucy always looks so sweet! Perhaps she is wondering when it will be cool enough to pose on her/your Tempted Lovely Grrl sweater while resting up so she can check to see if your really asleep around 2am.

  18. I’d LOVE to win the crochet book! Please enter me into the drawing!

  19. I’d like to be entered.

  20. The crochet book looks sooooooo colorful!! Count me in.
    jepkey´s last blog post ..You just never know

  21. Linda Fleming says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I love the sweater!

  22. The crochet book looks excellent. I only have a few motif books and a half dozen magazines, so I would definitely get a lot of use out of a book to round out my collection (and will put it on my wish list).
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..another trip back in time

  23. I do crochet and I’d LOVE a copy of the book! Love your new sweater, too. But with help like Lucy – Let’s just say my dog is not so helpful! debra

  24. thanks for the offering. The book looks nice especially with diagrams included.

  25. OOO! This looks like fun. I crochet as well as knit you know (and quilt and sew and there aren’t enough hours in the day…)

  26. Terrific book. I have others very similar

  27. I am a fan and would love this book!

  28. My birthday happens to be on Thursday, so what a nice present this book would be! Thanks for making it available!

  29. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Gosh, I remember my mama teaching me how to crochet when I was 5. Knitting came a lot later. The book looks awesome! Thanks

  30. I’d love a copy of this book. Coincidentally, I’ve begun working on a couple of crochet projects recently. I didn’t know Sasha Kagan was into that.

    Is Lucy practising to be a muffin on Hallowe’en?

  31. i want to review crocheting books! Ive been itching to start a new crochet project but nothing strikes my fancy just right.

  32. Wow–looks like a great book. I’d love to crochet more.

  33. I love some of the crochet flowers – the belt is beautiful.

  34. I am always looking for crocheted finishings! This book would be perfect!

  35. I love that belt – it’s fall, and that means it’s time for my to pick up my knitting needles and crochet hooks! I would love this book!

  36. Michelle B says:

    I especially like to crochet flowers as pins or ornaments for hats and scarves. Would love to have the book!

  37. Hi Wendy – would love the book!

    Hi to Lucy from Madison, Theena and Jinxy.

  38. We can put our kitties in the bake shop…mine sleeps in a round basket, and looks like a cinnamon bun! No need to enter my name in contest either. I’m quite happy with knitting flowers.

  39. I’ve just gotten my rusty crochet skills back to halfway decent again… I sure could use an inspirational crochet idea book!
    KathleenC´s last blog post ..Im making a list

  40. I would love to have this book. I have been crocheting for 46 years. I love knitting, but still do a great deal of crocheting too.

  41. Lovely sweater and great looking book – thanks for the giveaway! Tell Lucy hi.

  42. I am amazed at how productive you are with you knitting. Each project takes me forever! Would love the crochet book!

  43. The book looks lovely. I would love to have your copy even though I now knit more than crochet. It also looks perfect for my step-daughter who has fallen hard for crochet in the past couple of years.

  44. that belt in the book was beautiful, I would love to win that book. 🙂

    Can haz muffin : P

  45. Lovely book – I love crochet and knit flowers, so I would enjoy this book:) Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    Your sweater looks gorgeous! And so does Lucy – she makes a beautiful muffin:)

  46. I can do very basic crochet and have always wanted to learn how to do more elaborate decorations like this. I would be thrilled to add this book to my collection.

  47. I just learned how to crochet with the goal of making flowers. I’d love this book!

  48. Eileen Bunn says:

    I would love the book……….think of me!

  49. cool!!

  50. That book looks wonderful!

  51. I managed to respond to the wrong blog entry earlier…. Sorry about that:) I would love to have this book, since I’m just starting to crochet and don’t have a collection yet!

  52. I’d love a copy! I’m just starting to get into crochet, so all help is gratefully welcome.

  53. Fantastic imitation of a muffin Lucy!

    Beautiful crochet techniques! I am trying to learn how to crochet a bit more in the future. It is so different then knitting instructions.
    Heather N´s last blog post ..Case – Success!

  54. I crocheted my whole life until I learned to knit this February. I love the new knitting thing but my 1st fiber obsession involved a hook!!!

    Thanks for another chance to win!

  55. Jean Gilmore says:

    I have not crocheted anything for a long time. But I suspect it is a bit like riding a bike. I hope so, anyway!

  56. I’d love to win this book! I do both knit and crochet work–I choose which I’ll do based on the project I’m making and how I want it to look and feel. It’d be great to have a fun crochet book like this one to add to my collection and give me ideas!

    Btw, I can’t wait to see your beautiful sweater finished! I absolutely love the cables! It’s gonna be gorgeous!

  57. I could finally put my crochet hooks to use!

  58. Your sweater is looking absolutely beautiful! I would love a new book. 🙂

  59. The flowers remind me of the flowers my grandmother taught me to crochet. That was about a hundred years ago. I’d love to start again.

  60. Denise Katz says:

    I love crochet flowers! it seems to be a very nice book

  61. I have a muffin too! I found her half-dead one morning and we worked for days to save her. But now she is the queen of the house! We think she is a ragdoll also, but with white toes on her back feet.

    Please enter me for the crochet book. I’m finally branching out from knitting. 🙂

  62. I love crochet – and this book looks pretty interesting!
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  63. Jessica S says:

    What a great book! I started out doing crochet, mostly thread crochet (think a Christmas tree of snowflakes). I’ve been knitting for the past 6 months and am absolutely in love with it. Thanks for the fun blog!

  64. I am slowly getting back into crochet, and this book does look very inspiring! Please enter me!
    janna´s last blog post ..Finally!

  65. I’ve been crocheting since I was 8 years old, but I knit more, now.
    Sandy Z.´s last blog post ..Its a Secret

  66. I have 2 daughters who would absolutely love that funky belt!

  67. I’m thinking that I will have to make Eala Bhan…some day….

  68. It makes me happy to see you working on that gorgeous sweater. Is the weather turning cool in our fair city yet? BTW, don’t enter me in the book drawing; I wouldn’t do it justice.
    ellen´s last blog post ..A Gold Medal for Me

  69. I would love to win the book. Perfect little “somethings” to add to my knitting projects. Your sweater is amazing. I am taking an Aran (scarf) knitting class right now at a LYS. She won’t let us have a pattern because she wants us to learn by looking at the sample and figuring out what to do next. I’m definitely out of my comfort zone, but I do feel like I’m making steps at learning this way. I aspire to have my knitting look like yours. BTW, we usually call that cat pose the “meat loaf”, but I like your reference much better.

  70. Valerie J says:

    I’d love to have the book, looks like lots of inspiration for someone new to crochet.

  71. I would love a copy of this book! I just learned crochet and I love it.

    Danielle´s last blog post ..Des bébés dragons!

  72. Lovely book, it looks like it is full of new ideas…. Hugs for Lucy!

  73. My crochet skills are about the same is yours and I keep thinking it’s about time to learn. This book looks like a good way to do it!
    Joyce´s last blog post ..A Week of Knitting

  74. Oooh – I’d love to get my hands on a copy of this book….
    Tammy´s last blog post ..Well- I can’t say our trip to Davis yesterday was

  75. Thanks for the chance! I could sure use it!

  76. The book looks very cool! And as a crocheter, I would love to win it!

  77. Loving both Eala Bhan and the look of that book – been doing a lot more crocheting of late.

  78. I’d love to have that book! I taught myself how to crochet this summer and I’m now ready to move on to making something other than dishcloths. Never fear, I still like knitting the best, though.

    The Eala Bhan is really striking, can’t wait to see it finished.

  79. Eala Bhan is gorgeous, and the book looks awesome!
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  80. Hello, random. My name is Maureen.

  81. Always enjoy looking at crochet – I hope it inspires me to try it someday!

  82. I would love that book.

  83. Eliana Bahri says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’m really liking this sweater design! And the color you chose! I want to make it now!!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂


  84. The sweater and the book both look lovely. Please enter me!

  85. Me & book — just meant to be. =]

  86. I would love a copy. Thanks so much Wendy! Debbie in Alaska

  87. If you really want to part with that lovely book, I’d be delighted to take it off your hands.

  88. Lucy makes the cutest muffin.

    Nice book too.

  89. I would love the book — I crocheted before i learned to knit. The flowers are so pretty!
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  90. Oooooooh, mama likey! Please enter me!
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  91. zomg, would love to crochet some of those flowers! choisez-moi, s’il vous plait 🙂

  92. Hello,

    I would love to be considered for the crochet book giveaway please, many thanks.


  93. These pretties can be my inspiration to learn to crochet!

  94. What a very kind thing to do, to share your book. It does look lovely! Have a great day!

  95. I would love to win a copy of this book….the little flowers would be adorable on barrettes for my 2 year old!

  96. Oh, that book looks lovely. I am loving that belt, too. Please put me in the drawing!! 🙂

  97. I don’t crochet either, but would love to learn. That book looks like the perfect inspiration.

  98. That book looks gorgeous!

  99. Judy Wilkinson says:

    love,love,love to do crochet embellishments. love your work, too, by the way.

  100. What a wonderful looking book! Thanks for doing the contest. Love the sweater too. I might have to think about doing one from that book as well in the near future.
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