My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. ­čśë

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

She is in position and ready to help!



  1. Jean A. says:

    I am bi-craftural, and would like a copy of the magazine, so please enter me in the giveaway. I’m excited for your book, and can’t wait to see my own copy.

  2. I’d LOVE to have the crochet magazine. I really enjoy both knitting and crochet, and this would be a wonderful addition to my stash of crochet instructions.

  3. Darlene says:

    Please, please, I need some new idea’s. Sometimes I get tired of knitting, gasp, and just want to crochet, like now. Scarves and cowls for Warm Up Medina County.

  4. Darlene says:

    I want, I want, I want. Please please please.Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  5. I started crocheting a long time before I learned to knit. My aunt, who is a lefty, and me very right handed sat across from me, I have been crocheting for over 30 years now. I taught myself to knit a few years ago. I love them both.
    Helen┬┤s last blog post ..What is on my needles

  6. I would like to be in the drawing for the crochet book – good heavens, that is definitely poor English – sorry, it’s Friday and my brain and body are tired – finished the day planting 31 plants on a very hot day. It is a long time since I did any crochet so maybe it is time to do it again. Have a good weekend.

  7. RustyBird says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve done any crochet, so it would be nice to have a magazine of new designs – count me in.

    I think it’s groovy that you like to use the phrase “not my bag”.

  8. Oh my gosh, your book looks so beautiful!

  9. i’d love the crochet book!

  10. Thanks for offering the crochet accessories book, which I hope to win for my young niece, who crochets for her classmates. Also, I have pre-ordered your lace book and eagerly await arrival from amazon.

  11. Wow, that crochet magazine looks very interesting. I would love to win it, being a Polycraftual person.
    I love the cover of your new book too! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  12. I just started hooking again after a few yrs hiatis, I’d love a chance for the mag!

  13. I’m bicrafty and would love to give the magazine a try. Thanks. And looking forward to your new book.

  14. Yea! Can’t wait to see the new book! And thanks for a chance to get that magazine! Looks like some great patterns!

  15. Esme F. says:

    I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for using up the leftovers from lace projects?

  16. Tattingranny says:

    Wendy! Thank you so much for the Summer Shawl…I had some difficulty getting it started, but it has really inspired me to do more lace work. It is turning out beautiful. I would like the crochet book if by chance my name is drawn. Thanks in advance.

  17. I am a crocheter from way back. I have many fewer pattern books for crochet. So I would love to have a nice one.

  18. Belinda Silver says:

    I just taught my six year old daughter to crochet. She made a chain stitch scarf for her Barbie doll. I would love to share more crochet ideas with her.

  19. I’d love to win the crochet magazine! I’m a knitter, but just taught myself crocheting to make granny squares for a throw for my Aunt! More patterns and techniques would be a good bridge to doing both knitting AND crocheting!

  20. Debra Simon says:

    I love the designs and would love to have this magazine. I’ve been crocheting for almost 50 years, but have been knitting more lately.

  21. The crochet book looks great!

  22. Louise in Maryland says:

    Sure, I would love to win the crochet book. Although folks think of me as a knitter, I crochet and prefer it for some things. I’m old enough that I find it perfectly normal that someone does both, I’m amused by (mostly) much younger people who seem to feel there’s some sort of competition and one has to choose a craft to be loyal to. Yep, I’m dating myself, too. As far as I know, people still say something is or is not their bag, but that might be because I hang around old decrepit aging hipsters like myself.

  23. NANCY WENBERG says:

    Would love a copy of the crochet accessories book. I like to crochet as much as knit them. I am looking forward to ordering you new lace book as soon as it comes out (I may preorder).

  24. I learned to crochet first and although I knit more nowadays, I like to keep up my crochet skills and this looks like a fun set of patterns. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. I would so LOVE to have a copy of this!!!!
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  26. Oh how fun! I only know basic crochet too, but allege beautiful patterns are tempting me to learn more. My twin sis crochets! Would love to share this with her!

  27. I would love a copy of the crochet publication, as I recently had a “crochet breakthrough” where crochet FINALLY made sense!

    That said, I’m also excited about your new book coming out. Your book on toe-up socks is what finally made me have a “Sock Breakthrough” and now I’m winging along, knitting socks like they’re going out of style. So thank you. ­čÖé

  28. Annette says:

    I love to crochet and knit!

  29. I would love your copy – I’ve been crocheting for much longer than I’ve been knitting. I crocheted some mitts from last year’s edition of that mag.

  30. I would love to win the crochet magazine. Hi to pretty Lucy!

  31. I love to crochet and would give the magazine a good home.

  32. I also do a lot of crocheting and make a lot of crocheted items for Christmas. I’m SO looking forward to your new book!!!

  33. Elizabeth says:

    Crochet IS my bag:) !!!!!
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  34. Linda G Howell says:

    I began crocheting at age 14 (self taught) and continued until about 10 years ago when I taught myself to knit. I’d love to see the magazine!!

  35. Hope you have fun at Loopy Camp. Sounds like a great time.
    And I do crochet!
    Sheri in GA

  36. This is the first time I have done this – so I hope it works! But I do love crochet ( as well as knitting) so I had to leave a comment about the new magazine. It looks like fun. And I love the blog as well -and I cannot wait for the new book to come out. Well done.

  37. Would love to win this book…

  38. Not only do am I a crocheter as well as a knitter, but that blue hat up in the corner looks like something I would definitely wear, so I would love to win that book!

    Can’t wait till your book comes out!
    Emily┬┤s last blog post ..Completed Bookmarks!

  39. I love to crochet and would love that book. I try to knit a project and then crochet something. Seems to use different muscles in my hands.

  40. Judy H. says:

    I can crochet, and I’m looking forward to seeing your new book.

  41. Lee Ann says:

    I would love to be the winner of this crochet magazine. I remember when I was about 9 years of age and still living in Los Angeles, CA. My cousins were visting from the valley, along with my aunt and grandmother. Apparently we were causing all kinds of havoc, so my grandmother sat us all down with a crochet hook/yarn and proceeded to teach us how to crochet. I do believe it worked its magic and to this day I have my grandmother to thank for that day. Still crocheting and knitting since I was in 3rd grade.

  42. The crochet book looks lovely, Wendy. Hope you choose me!

  43. DebbieD says:

    I would like to be entered for the drawing… I have been crocheting since I was 8 years old but now have knitted some more but would love to have the book… Always looking for new patterns!

  44. Hi Wendy,
    Please enter me to win the Crochet Mag. I enjoy crochet and knitting. Also, that scarf on the cover of your new book looks luscious! I will look for it next time I’m at BandN.
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  45. Thanks for the giveaway Wendy! I’d love to share this with my daughter, who could make good use of it for some Christmas presents.