My current work in progress:

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


Crochet Love

I have in my possession a review copy of Crochet Love by Jenny Doh.



The subtitle of this book is 27 Sweet & Simple Zakka-Inspired Projects, so my first thought was that I needed to Google “zakka.” But then I opened the book to the intro page and read the first paragraph:

Zakka is a Japanese term for a design sensibility that is cute yet sophisticated, playful yet profound, contemporary yet nostalgic. Zakka’s multifaceted definition elevates the ordinary and mundane to imaginative levels that make people smile.

Okay! After looking through this book I came to the conclusion that the projects contained within are indeed zakka-inspired. So many cute and clever things!

The first one that caught my eye was this:



A project called “Birthday Cake Bunting.” Seriously, it doesn’t get much cuter than that. And it looks like something that even the crochet-impaired (meaning me) could make. Each project has detailed step-by-step instructions, with nice clear photos:



While a birthday cake bunting is completely adorable, it’s not what you would call functional. The book has useful functional projects as well, like this camera strap with attached lens pouch:



Again, so cute, and the instructions for making it are detailed and accompanied by how-to photos.

In addition to the how-tos that accompany each pattern, there is a very extensive “basics” section that shows you how to create the different crochet stitches, and has info on materials, tools, abbreviations, etc.

The 27 projects include embellishments you can add to ready-made clothing, small gift items like paperweights, coasters, mobiles, jewelry, a purse, a belt, and more. The projects all look pretty easy to work.

And most if not all of the projects in this book would make great quick holiday gifts!

Are you a crocheter? Would you like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Crochet Love by Jenny Doh, leave a comment on this post by 11:00am Eastern Time on Sunday, November 3, 2013. At that time the Random Number Generator will select a winner to receive my book.

Current Knitting

I’m not sure this looks too different from the last photo I posted on Sunday, but I am making progress.



I do manage at least 4 rows a night. Not much, but the rows are still very long! It is a little over one-third the total length but I estimate that I am close to halfway done since the rows get shorter.

There have been some questions asked about whether I’ll write up the pattern for sale. The answer is yes, as long as the final product is not a disaster!

Loki Sez:





  1. Just learning to crochet and this looks like a fun book to play with. Love the birthday cake bunting. So cute!

  2. I, too, am crochet-impaired. Maybe this book could move me to the next level!
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  3. Peek-a-boo, Loki!
    You do receive interesting books! Hope my number is drawn for this one.

  4. adorable book!

  5. I’m pretty sure I need that book.

  6. Does this book explain how to read and follow crochet patterns? I can crochet but cannot decipher the way crochet patterns are written.

  7. Martina Norelli says:

    I don’t crochet so the book would be wasted on me, but had to say that your Loki is absolutely a gorgeous cat and clearly is happy in his new home! You are indeed a good mommy…..

  8. Amy Mason says:

    I love to crochet, thanks for the chance to win!

  9. I would love a chance at the book though I’m not really a crocheter. 🙂
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  10. Love how your sweater is taking shape; beautiful Wendy! And Loki looks adorable playing peek-a-boo!

  11. Such a cute book. Thank you.

  12. I love the book! I have a coworker that does some serious photography that would love one of those lens cap cases to attach to her camera bag strap! She was trying to come up with something not too long ago..
    Thanks for showing it

  13. Gina Zahra says:

    Such a cute book…Loki too 🙂

  14. I haven’t crocheted in a while, but have kind of been wanting to get back into it, especially with all the cuteness floating around out there. This book would be the perfect jumping off point!

  15. I started as a crocheter and love crochet…cute stuff! I also love what you are working on especially the changing of size of cable from large to small, very beautiful…can’t wait to see it completed!!

  16. My daughter is teaching herself crochet, won’t knit cause her dad and I knit. She’d love the book.

  17. I’m a “kni-cheter”* and would enjoy adding a crochet book to my collection of knitting books.

    *knicheter (ne-shay-er) my term for one who knits and crochets (mainly knits)

  18. I’m a crocheter and my 9 yo just told me she’d like to learn how!

  19. I’m a beginning crocheter. Only small projects out of scrap yarn for now – so this book looks like it would have some perfect patterns for me to practice my skills.

  20. Loki has sure thrived with his loving Mama. I really love his photos and your stories describing his sweet nature. It would be very hard to concentrate on your knitting with this beautiful cat around!
    Sweet little book you have there–my crochet skills are woefully neglected!
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  21. What a great photo of Loki. Love it. Don’t need the book but just had to comment on your handsome kitty. What a charmer.
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  22. That bunting is adorable! I’ve never crocheted more than a granny square but that book looks like a good place to start for something a little more challenging.
    MsDarling´s last blog post ..My cat’s name is Mia

  23. First I have to say the cape looks great, can’t imagine how it might become “diastrous”! I try to limit my crocheting to small(er) projects, since it seems to agravate a ganglion cyst in my wrist, so this book would be a terrific source of inspiration. Loki just exudes kitteh happiness! He’s a very lucky fur person, to have found such a good home.
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  24. OK that Loki picture is so adorable!
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  25. Ruth Price says:

    I am currently in crochet mode and only this week did a hear of Zakka as I have just bought a new sewing machine and there are a few zakka books for sewing. So I would LOVE this book. Thanks for offering it 🙂

  26. First off I am glad the goverment has currently lifted the laidoff. My granddaughter was worried that Loki might be going through some stressful times wondering when he might lose some meals and not have some new toys. I tired to explain that we would be helping by purchasing patterns . Her comment was that probably not enough so when can I purchase your latest and current project which you are working on? I really could use the pattern for gift to my sister. As for the book I certainly would love it. I have current been crocheting some item and looking for gift item that would really be quick and lovely. So please keep us in touch as to how Loki is adjusting and growing in his new home.

  27. Deb in NC says:

    I am not a crocheter but what a great reason to learn how. Beautiful Book!!

  28. Forget the crochet, I want to win Loki. That cat is just too cute.

  29. Thanks for the chance, it looks like a fun book!

  30. That book could get me to temporarily put aside the knitting needles and pick up a hook once again. Temporarily…..

  31. cool book! my son is crocheting and does really well with small quick projects. This would be perfect for him. here’s hoping!

  32. This book looks great. It’s on my Christmas wish list! I hope Santa helps the random number generator pick my number.

    Thank you!

  33. I love to crochet and am always looking for new ideas.

  34. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, but have not done much crochet in recent years. This looks intriguing.

  35. This book looks great ~ I absolutely love the birthday bunting! And the crochet rock on the cover.

  36. Heather K says:

    I DO crochet, as well as knit – and small projects are just the thing when taking a break from knitting. I would love this book – THANKS

  37. Liz in Missouri says:

    Looks like a great book – especially for someone like me who is only slightly crochet literate. Loving the sweater so far. I’m a sucker for cables.

  38. I’d love to win this!

  39. Interesting book. Would love to win this!

  40. I think that this is just the book I need to teach myself crochet.

  41. I would like to win this book for a close friend! Thanks for the giveaway.
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  42. I took a look at the book on Amazon and I see that one of the patterns is for a sling for carrying an apple! That would definitely be a unique gift for someone who eats an apple a day! If I don’t win, I may just buy the book for that.

  43. “Yakka” seems just like what my daughter needs to transition up to become more stylistic from hher ‘amigurumi’ beginnings!

  44. I was a crocheter long before I was a knitter. I am always ready for some Crochet Love. Bring it!

  45. Love the pictures in the book, and it looks like I could crochet cute things using some of my handspun samples. Win-win!

  46. I would love to win this book. Recent hand surgery + upcoming 2nd have halted my knitting…but I have been able to crochet! Wish me luck….

  47. That looks like a cute book–I’ll have to check it out!

  48. I love small crochet projects!

  49. Linda G Howell says:

    This looks like a wonderful crochet book!!

  50. I’d love the book and Loki is adorable.

  51. Thanks for giving away your review copy, Wendy! I learned to crochet and knit as a young child from both of my grandmothers. Love to do both now, too.

  52. What a fun book! I would love to give it a home.

  53. Midnite Baker says:

    Okay, so I’m a bit late for entering this contest. My excuse – Been making carrot and butternut squash veggie mix for Sparky’s meals. She gets a dribble of this and a good heaping spoon of fresh ground turkey mixed together for her meals twice a day. So, hope I’m not too late for this contest. I’m guessing you are back to work and hope you are not too snowed under with backlog. Take Care and give Loki an ear rub for me. M

  54. That book looks like so much fun. I would love to create some fun things with it.
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  55. Mildred D. Pettyjohn says:

    Wendy you always get really nice books. I hope I win, I will keep my fingers crossed!
    Thank you