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


Crochet Accessories

I was recently sent a review copy of a crochet magazine that is part of the Go Crafty! series from Soho Publishing. It’s called Crochet Accessories.

Those of you who know me know that my crocheting is pretty much limited to chain stitches for provisional cast-ons and the occasional simple edgings.

The magazine has 14 crochet patterns, as shown in the Table of Contents:

They look really cute, but as I said, crochet is not my bag. (Do people still say “not my bag” or am I dating myself really badly?)

Would one of you multi-craftual peeps who can crochet more than a chain stitch like my copy?

If you would like to be entered in the drawing to receive this magazine, please leave a comment to this post telling me so, by 4pm EDT on Tuesday, June 21. The Random Number Generator will pick a winner at that time.

In other news . . .

I am finishing up a stealth design, so I have not yet started my Camp Loopy project, but I plan to do so this weekend.

Speaking of designs, over in my Ravelry Group, in a thread for Tracy’s Shawl, there was a suggestion of an “unofficial knit-along.” So if you were thinking of starting your own, there’s a place to hang out with other Tracy’s Shawl knitters.

And look what I got in the mail yesterday . . .

An advance copy of my new book! I might have made the condo manager look through it with me when I collected it from the condo office, where all packages are delivered. 😉

Lucy is hoping that part of the “finishing up a stealth design” involves blocking.

She is in position and ready to help!



  1. I would love to win the crochet book for my girls who, after I taught them to both knit and crochet, all decided that crocheting was their favourite. 4 girls and they all crochet – go figure. So, they all ask me to knit for them. And, since I’m the designated knitter in the family, I can’t wait for your lace book! I’m on a shawl kick so this fits in nicely. 🙂

  2. I would love to wine the crochet book, the best things to crochet are accessories or potholders. All of your shawl knitting makes me want to try knitting a shawl in recommendations on patterns for a beginner.
    Melissa´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday – Spindling David’s Gift

  3. Liz in Missouri says:

    OOOOOOOOO GOODY! Does that mean that Amazon will be sending out the book before too much longer?????/ LOL
    No Thanks for the crochet book – it looks nice though.

  4. Your new book looks so lovely. Yes. I would appreciate the crochet book.

  5. Shirley. in PA says:

    I also pre-ordered your book from Amazon, but it’s going to be a long wait. I love crochet, and would enjoy the book, please enter me in the drawing. Shirley

  6. oooh! pick me! I have crocheted since I was 7 (about 20 years before I learned to knit)!!! I would love this!!!

  7. Your book looks great. I crochet and I would love the crochet book.

  8. While I do know how to crochet, if I were to win the book I would gift it to my wonderful stepdaughter who has fully embraced crochet after she learned how almost three years ago. She is a crochet demon. Can’t wait till your new book is officially out. I pre-ordered my copy a couple of weeks ago.

  9. I like to crochet and would love the magazine, because granny square blankets are kinda getting old for me. 😉
    Heather N´s last blog post ..Busy- in a good way

  10. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    I love to crochet! In fact, That was what I learned first. The knitting came a few years after once I gained better dexterity… I think I was 10 or 11 🙂

  11. I know how to crochet – looks like fun. Yes, please, draw my number!
    Barbara-Kay´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  12. Yo ho yo ho!

  13. After working the Summer Shawl KAL, despite a dog-related mishap midway, I can’t wait to get a copy of your book. Your designs are delightful and your patterns are so well done. Big KUDOS to you!

  14. I would love a new crochet book, I haven’t had one in two years.

    Love the cover of your book. The color of the scarf is lovely. I’ve not been brave enough to start knitting lace but I’ll get there eventually. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Wendy & Lucy: I would love to win you crochet book….
    I want to thank-you for the nice free patterns you give us all!
    You just had to name that one shawl mystery……Now I want to
    knit it too find out what the mystery is..ha..take care..Gail Lucille.

  16. fantastic looking photos in that crochet book. I can put it to good use.
    Lucy doesn’t dig crochet ?? (am I dating myself??)

  17. that scarf looks ausome

    pick me

  18. I would love to have the magazine too! I haven’t crocheted in ages, but has wanted to get back into it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  19. Those are some cute projects! I need some random number generator love!

    Can’t wait for your book!
    Beth Bachuss´s last blog post ..Dali and Titian at the High

  20. What fun this book would be! Thanks for the offer!

  21. Would love to receive your copy- can crochet, always looking for simple and easy and portable projects.

  22. A couple of those scarves look nice, I wouldn’t mind winning it for sure!

  23. I would love to win. I crochet some.
    Thanks for the chance

  24. Susan B. says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. Please enter me in the drawing. I’ll look for that magazine the next time I’m in the bookstore. I’m more likely to crochet an accessory than a garment.

  25. Celestine says:

    I would love to win the crochet book. I just started teaching my grandaughter how to knit and crochet….so a new book with ideas is wonderful…Thank you Wendy

  26. I’ve been crocheting for 48 years now so would love to win the book to get new ideas. I’m working on a crocheted lap robe for the Ann Arbor veteran’s hospital right now in “brick” or “brain-dead” stitch. Photos on my blog of the last batch.
    PlainJane´s last blog post ..Two Months &amp One Day Later – Hey- Im Getting Better!

  27. I love crocheting as much as I love knitting! Let’s hear it for crochet!!!
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  28. it would be so nice to win such a pretty magazine, so please enter me into the drawing.
    best wishes from Iceland
    Fríða´s last blog post ..FO nr 41-2011

  29. Lauren Kowalczewski says:

    HI Wendy, Thanks for another generous drawing. I don’t crochet but a dear friend of mine, who just lost her husband, does. I’d so love to win that book and gift it to her. She crochets and knits and I’m teaching her to knit socks.
    Please enter me in the drawing and thanks again.

  30. I’m not so great at the crochet either, but one of the awesome ladies I work with is a pro – I’d love to win this and give it to her! Thanks!

  31. Barbara Boyle says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, count me in with the crochet give-away! I LOVE to crochet and do a bit more than the chain stitch! Haha. Thanks!

  32. Barbara Boyle says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, please count me in with the crochet give-away! I LOVE to crochet and do a bit more than the chain stitch! Thanks!

  33. Kathlynn says:

    I would love to receive the crochet book. I used to crochet more than knit, and now for some reason the tables have turned. Crochet can be marvelous for accessories.

  34. I would love the crochet book! I knit, crochet, weave and trying to stop myself from learning to spin! The stash for everything is beginning to take over my house!

  35. Kathleen says:

    I can’t wait to get a copy of your new book. I have been crocheting lace for years, but knitting lace is next on my “bucket list”. And speaking of crochet – I would like to put in my name to win your Accessories book. I like the hat in the top left and the dark bag in the bottom row. (And I think it is ok to say “it’s not my bag!”)
    Thanks, and congrats on the new publication.

  36. First, your lace book looks lovely. If I were the condo manager, I’d still have at least one hand on it! And I do crochet so the magazine would be great to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. I’m trying to learn to do more than just the provisional cast on! I’d love the magazine!!

  38. catspaw says:


  39. I’d like to win the book & make the bobble bag for my daughter. My greatgrandmother taught me to crochet at 7 & then to knit at 11. It’s tatting that I’ve never been able to figure out.

  40. I would love to have the crochet book. I was not able to finish the mystery shawl. I have a new puppy who seems to enjoy finding it and trying to destroy it. I plan to start it again for the sixth time once she is a little older or I find a better hiding spot.

  41. I forgot I to change my email address for my new provider. I would hate for you to try to send me a message saying the crochet book is mine and it go to the wrong address.

  42. Random number generator pick me! Looking forward to seeing your new book.

  43. I’d love the crochet book. I only have a few books (though really tons can be done with motifs and shapes), so some actual finished products would greatly expand my repertoire.
    Seanna Lea´s last blog post ..Goal!

  44. Chris in CA says:

    I love crochet and have been doing it almost as long as knitting. The book looks great. Thanks for the opportunity.

  45. I’d love to win. I’ve been crocheting since I was a kid. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Strawberry Yogurt Stripe Popsicles!

  46. itchin’ for that new book of yours….

  47. Marce Hall says:

    Do a lot of crocheting for charity. Would love the magazine/book so come on random number picker, pick me, pick me, lol.

  48. Crocheting! Mmmmmmmm, what a nice idea! Love having a crochet accessory book.:)

  49. Not a crocheter, which means this will be my lucky day!! and if so, please regenerate the number. I just have to comment on the cover of your book, if that’s any indication, it will end up in many a library. And I really don’t know why you didn’t just name it “Lucy’s shawl”, she is cracking me up over that thing. She always want’s to help out but she gets a big gold star for her efforts on that one. My cats don’t help like Lucy does, which is fine with me, they all have all claws. They aren’t even remotely interested in my knitting, for which I am very thankful. have a good evening!

  50. I would love to win the crochet book!

  51. Oh… me… pick me! Crochet mags are my bag! 🙂

  52. Charlotte Kunkel says:

    I would love to win the crochet book! I crochet faster than I knit so I tend to crochet larger projects and knit mainly scarves and prayer shawls. I’m definetly ready to try a lace shawl and will choose one of your simpler patterns first. Thank you so much for giving us free patterns – that is so generous of you! I can’t wait to buy your new book!

  53. Madeline says:

    I think so many of the variegated yarns work up better in crochet than knitting. Very nice!

  54. I would love to give this book to a friend that complains that knitters get all the fun patterns. She would really enjoy these.

  55. Would love to win the magazine. Looks like crocheting I like to do. Quick and easy.

  56. My daughter loves to crochet and loves accessories. (And her birthday is next week.) Please enter us for the drawing. Thanks.

  57. My wife and I are both multi-craftual (I prefer bicraftual, just like the way it sounds). I would love to get this book so I could gift it to her. (She prefers crochet, and I prefer knitting.) Can’t wait to see the lace book!

  58. I do like to crochet, so I would put the book to good use if I were so lucky to win.

  59. I’ve been crocheting as long as I’ve been knitting–45 to 50 years! New takes on patterns are always appreciated. More importantly, I can’t wait to get your book!
    Jeanie Babbage´s last blog post ..It has been a year!!!

  60. I saw your new lace book on Amazon, and put it on my wishlist. Can’t wait to see what’s in it. I crochet some, but prefer to knit so I don’t need the crochet book, but I’m sure someone will enjoy it.

  61. Please add my name to this very long list of people wanting to win the crochet magazine.
    Thanks for a generous offer 🙂

  62. Anna Housholder says:


    Oh, Yes!! I would like to receive the crochet magazine. I do more crocheting than I do knitting because for me it goes faster, Thanks!!

  63. I would love a new crochet book. And my spouse would love one I didn’t have to pay for! 😉 I can’t wait to get my paws on the new lace book too.
    Becca J´s last blog post ..Getting Attatched

  64. I would love to take the crochet book off your hands! I love to knit but love to crochet now and then for good measure!!!
    Thank you for sharing it!!!
    Cindy aka Yarndevil´s last blog post ..Blue Fish

  65. Please pick me. I’d love to win the crochet book!

  66. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    I would love to win the crochet book. thanks for the chance.

  67. Oooh! Both books look amazing. Would love to winthe crochet one. And yours!

    Anditippie at gmail dot com

  68. I’m with Liz in Missouri – the lace book cannot arrive too quickly 🙂 (I have it on pre-order, so I suppose I should just be patient…) No thanks on the crochet book though, as I can’t crochet!

  69. Hi Wendy,

    I can’t wait to get my hands on your lovely new lace knitting book. I will be on standby with Amazon. I still say “Not my Bag” and I’m 35.

    Lisa 😉

  70. NewBookNewBookNewBook. Oh Oh OH

  71. Congrats on getting your new book in the mail. I might have to buy a copy as I’ve been following your blog for a few months and love all the projects you’ve been doing. Oh – and I crochet too!

  72. So excited for you with the new book. It’s on my list of must-haves! And I’m beginning to dabble in crochet and would greatly appreciate winning the book! Do you hire Lucy out for blocking?
    Cathy E´s last blog post ..Back in Business!!!

  73. This would be a great additon to my 91 year old mother’s crochet library
    cannot wait to purchase your new book

  74. Robin F. says:

    I would love to have a new crochet book. The old ones have such dated patterns. I will even review it for you.

  75. Annette says:

    I love to crochet, too!

  76. “Multi-craftual”–you crack me up!

  77. I am sooo looking forward to you new book coming out. Even though I know it isn’t going to be released until August I keep looking in the stores to see if they might release it early:)

  78. I’ve done all the crafts over the years but sewing is my favorite, closely followed by knitting now,which I learned about 6 years ago. But …… I am beginning to think I want to pick up a crochet hook again like I did about 35 years ago!

  79. Wow, your book looks amazing. Very exiting. Until then, the magazine looks interesting too…
    Little Miss S.´s last blog post ..An extra proof

  80. Connie G. says:

    Your new book is on my Amazon wish list and I’m looking forward to when it’s published. You must be so excited! When will you be putting it on Ravelry? Before or after it’s published?

  81. Marilyn says:

    Your new book looks really interesting. I am rather new to lace knitting, but am sure I ‘d find some projects to tackle. (I am still working on the Summer Shawlette.)

    I’d love the crochet book. I’ve crocheted far longer than I’ve been knitting.

  82. Sharmeen says:

    I would love to win the crochet mag. I’ve been crocheting since I was 9, and am always looking for new patterns to try outside of the Lion Brand website.

  83. Conratulations on the new book – it looks stunning, and nobody can knit lace faster than you.

  84. LizAndrsn says:

    What the heck — hit me! I can crochet. Some of it isn’t pretty, but technically it is crochet 🙂

  85. I would love to win the book!

    And congrats on your new book as well. I am sure that you are so proud of it.
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  86. I’m a sometimes crocheter, but this may make me pick up the hooks more often!

  87. limedragon :-: Harriet says:

    I’m currently going through a crochet phase and would be happy to have this magazine should I be the lucky winner. Thanks! : )

  88. Rachel Peterson says:

    I cannot wait to get my hands on that Lace Book of yours! I enjoy all your books and don’t know if I can wait any longer for the latest one to go on sale. I really like the way you write your directions (so very clear and concise). I finished my Summer Mystery Shawlette last week and can’t wait to finish the Japanese Garden. Once I finish that one, I will have to troll you website for more!

  89. Mary Lynn M says:

    I just found your blog and you are having a giveaway. My lucky day. I have been in the knitting phase for too long. Now would be a perfect time to get out the crocheting hooks. Thanks

  90. cool crochet book! would be fun! Congrats on the new book, just added it to my wishlist the other day!
    turtle´s last blog post ..I know I know

  91. I’m a closet crocheter. Wouldn’t dare bring it to my knitting group. thanks for the opportunity.

  92. I would love this copy! I’m trying to improve my skills.

  93. Michelle says:

    I love those crochet designs! Of course, I knit, crochet, sew, spin weave, make lace…keeps me off the streets 🙂

  94. Denise Katz says:

    I really like the hats in both corners – different, but fun looking! I like crocheting small things, like accessories…. sounds like a match made in heaven…

    Have a great weekend!

  95. I’d love to have that magazine! And should I ever knit something that needs blocking, Lucy is more than welcome to come over and help with her expertise. 🙂

  96. Oh me…oh me …oh me! Pick me! Thanks so much for the chance Wendy.
    Looks like a fun book.

  97. Crochet is my first love. My grandmother taught me how when I was young. I would love to have a copy of the magazine.


  98. This is the second time I’ve seen this magazine. I may just have to buy it!

  99. I would love the crochet magazine.


  100. Would love your copy of the crochet magazine, but am more excited to see the cover of your new book! I am putting it at the top of my wish list so I remember to order a copy in August! 🙂
    Stephanie´s last blog post ..shawlette blocking