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


Crochet At Play

You may be asking yourself: “What’s with all this crochet talk? Wendy doesn’t crochet.” Well, I happen to have recently received a couple of very nice crochet books for review.

I have in my possession a review copy of Crochet At Play by Kat Goldin.


Originally published in the U.K. this past April, it was just released in the U.S. in October.

The book is a collection of crochet projects for kids and I think it is one of the cutest and most creative collections I’ve seen in a long time. You can check out the projects on Ravelry, here.

The patterns are divided into categories:

  • Head and Shoulders
  • Fingers, Knees, and Toes
  • Whole Self
  • The Play Room

One of the things that struck me about the designs in this books is that they were things that I thought would really appeal to little ones, not just to their parents. I showed the book to a colleague who is the mother of a little boy and she agreed with me. The designs are cute and whimsical and fun.

How about a mermaid bunting?


Or a pair of hedgehog mitts?


Or a fox stole?


Or a wolf hoodie?


I could go on and on.

The patterns are written in a nice range of sizes and the instructions look clear and complete. (Disclaimer: I am not a crocheter, so am not the best person to judge the instructions.) The yarns used are ones that are widely available and for each pattern alternate yarns are suggested. There is a lot of good general information in the “getting started” section of the book, and there are illustrated how-tos for various stitches used in the patterns.

So . . . who would like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to receive my copy of Crochet At Play by Kat Goldin, leave a comment on this blog post by noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The Random Number Generator will select a winner at random.

Work in Progress

Yes, here is yet another photo of the Celtic Cabled Cape with incremental progress. I have stopped taking this to work as it is way too large for commuter knitting so knitting time on it is even less. Still, I have high hopes for finishing it this weekend.


This weekend is my annual knitting retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains with some friends, so there will be two days of concentrated knitting  put in on it. We’ll see how I do.

It can be difficult for me to make a lot of progress at home because a certain little furry somebody likes to jump up and plop himself down in the middle of my knitting. I have to be fast — when I see him coming I have to move the knitting out of the way quickly. Otherwise Tank Boy burrows in and does his best to be unmovable.


Fun Fact About Loki:

He has no interest in catnip. He’s high on life!


  1. This looks like a fun book to have. I love the mermaid bunting. I hope I win! Thanks for the chance.

  2. Those hedgehog mittens & wolf jacket are just adorable. I bet my son would love either.

  3. Alex from da Burgh says:

    The mermaid bunting is adorable. And yes, male Ragdolls are like that.

  4. Those hedgehog mittens are just so stinkin cute! I’d love the book.

  5. Thank you so much for introducing this book. I might just check it out even if the random number generator is not my friend this time. But I do so hope it will be! Crochet here I come – hopefully 😉

  6. What a cute book! My son will only wear something if he loves it. But what I have seen he would love all of it. I should get this for my MIL she has made him things in the past I wonder if she will make him some more.
    Tanya´s last blog post ..Three Key Characteristics of a Smart Social Media Policy

  7. Oh, those patterns are too cute! I am a crocheter as well as a knitter and this book looks like it has some great Christmas gifts in it!

  8. What an awesome looking book!

  9. The fox stole would be a fun scarf for an adult as well! Thank you.

  10. With my first granddaughter on the way this seems like a great book for me!

  11. Kathy Green says:

    The hedgehog mittens are adorable! So is the mermaid bunting!
    kathyg on Rav

  12. I would love to have this book!!

  13. I know what you mean about Loki jumping into your lap with your knitting. i have a little 8 lb dog who does the same thing. I know about having to be fast when I see her coming..

  14. Barbara H says:

    Crochet at Play sounds wonderful. I love the playful designs.
    Loki is adorable….my cat Stanley is not a fan of catnip either!

  15. I know what you mean about Loki jumping into your lap with your knitting. i have a little 8 lb dog who does the same thing. I know about having to be fast when I see her coming.. Your Celtic cape is coming along nicely; thanks for sharing.

  16. I’ve been learning to crochet and these projects are so cute. I’d love them for my grandkids.
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. Well, those patterns are ridiculously cute. Either way that book is going on my wish list!

  18. Amy Schulze says:

    My sons girlfriend keeps asking for cute animal stuff for her little one. Could be a great resource.

  19. heather d says:

    I’d love to win, what a cute book. Sometimes crochet looks a little bit cheesy to me, but this just looks adoreable!

    I love the way your cables are coming along.

  20. I only know the bare basics of crochet, but would like to learn more.

  21. Wow! What a great book! Lots of great patterns. Thanks for a chance.

  22. My feline family members have no interest in catnip either. I thought that perhaps I wasn’t buying the “good stuff” but I guess some kitties just don’t go for it…who knew?!

  23. What a fun looking book. I mostly knit, but I can read my way through a crochet pattern if I like th eresult.

  24. Jackie Wilson says:

    Very very cute!!!

  25. oh great, one more thing to interrupt my knitting 🙂

  26. Ann Hedington says:

    I would make the fox stole for ME! that’s so cute. (I multi-crafty, as I knit, quilt and sometimes crochet)

  27. Cute children’s crochet items…can’t wait to see your finished product…

  28. The patterns are really cute!
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..Blogtember – September 9th

  29. Loki Rocks! My Yarn Rascal just seized the Shetland Lace swatch for the baby shawl I’ve been working on. He does the same thing as Loki, into my lap in a nano second and what ever I have failed to move he claims as his. But I love him, and wouldn’t trade him for the world.
    maryanne´s last blog post ..The Shaping of an Armhole

  30. Susan Picciano says:

    Took a trip to the Blue Ridge last weekend. The leaves were amazing! Enjoy!

  31. Love the Wolf Hoodie! And the Mittens! And… well everything, it is so cute. 🙂

    Your Cable Cape looks amazing!
    Verena @ Kleine Chaoskiste´s last blog post ..DIY: Herbstliches Windlicht {Geschenk}

  32. Pick me! Pick me! Or I’ll stamp my feet…just kidding. I don’t do lots of crochet, but these patterns are simply too cute. Thanks for the drawing.

  33. Absolutely adorable projects, perfect for the grandkids. Wednesday is my birthday, too. Love to try the star rug! Happy stitches.

  34. Midnite Baker says:

    Sparky only likes “fresh from the garden” catnip. No dried or powdered and not even if her fresh catnip is 24 hours old. I’ve been wondering how you & Loki get along with the knitting projects. Funny!! BTW, if my number comes up for this book, find another.
    Take Care. M

  35. The book would be great in antcipation of future grandchildren Lol.

    Thanks for the chance.

  36. I have 2 little girls who I would love to make hedgehog mittens for! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  37. love the mermaid bunting thingie (no kids, can ya tell?) Don’t forget the extra Holiday day – Veterans Day. Remember to thank a vet!! Too bad about Loki and catnip, it can be a great distraction (and very entertaining for us!!) I would start crocheting if I got this book (and would make that octopus pillow – even if it really is a starfish (can’t quite tell…) Skritches to Loki! Thanks for the post.

  38. Love the creatures!

  39. Diane Griffith says:

    I really like the patterns in this book. Particularly the flat cap. So difficult to get different patterns for little boys.

  40. Very cute! Pick me!

  41. Such cute patterns!

  42. Hope you have a wonderful time at your knitting retreat. it is so nice to get away and chat with people who understand knitting and fiber, and no fibery question too weird. Enjoy!

  43. I have a young son who would probably love this book! I hope we are randomly picked. These look like a lot of fun!

  44. I’m not interested in the book, but I can’t wait to see continued progress on the cape. It’s so pretty!!

  45. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    I have several kitties that do not care about cat nip. I have three of my dad’s kitties that devours it though. About 30% of cats do not care about cat nop but in my house hold it is 60%. Loki is so cute and just has a look of sweet mischief in his eyes. I was working on some sox with Max laying next to me and he very quietly had chews my yarn in two. He can be a little stinker. Hope Loki does okay on his first seperation from mama.

  46. Hi Wendy,

    This isn’t for the book, just a comment about Loki and catnip. My sister’s cat Mocha isn’t interested in catnip either. But he loves fresh Basil. She keeps a live plant going for him to play with/indulge in. Sometimes a leaf or two even ends up in something she prepares for herself! You might want to try it.

  47. Would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity.

  48. Loki might also like celery. Our last cat thought celery was his personal catnip!

    Love the cute crochet items and would love to win the book!

    Really enjoy reading your blog and watching progress on your projects–not to mention seeing Loki!

  49. These look adorable. I would love to make some of these.

  50. Kelly Steigleder says:

    I love the pretty picture of Loki! I’m a cat lover too! I would love to win the book, I would love to make some cute things for my babies. Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. Adorable patterns. I have grandsons and this book has a lot to offer. I may have to buy it if the random number generator doesn’t work correctly. 😉

  52. Savannagal says:

    A friend of mine who crochets and has young grandchildren would LOVE this book. The patterns you showed are so cute. I would love to win the copy for her. Thanks for the giveaway.

  53. Kim Deceder says:

    Love those patterns – hope to be selected -thank you for the opportunity!

  54. I would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance! I hope you enjoy your trip!

  55. Is it absolutely wrong that I’d seriously consider up-sizing several of these patterns for my own use? I would love to have a fox stole, and am seriously tempted by a wolf hoodie.

  56. I would love to win a copy of this book. I crochet AND I have two grandchildren in that age range. Thank you for the possibility!

  57. Can’t believe how huge a project your Celtic cabled cape is. I’m impressed!

  58. Wow, sure would love to win this giveaway. My little girl is 3 months old today! I’ve been out of the loop for a while, what with taking care of her, but Loki is adorable!

  59. Miriam Olsen says:

    I would love to win this book. The patterns would help me make awesome things for my grandchildren!

  60. I love those hedgehog mitts! I would love to win this book.

  61. I am not interested in winning the book, but I want to say how adorable the projects are. If I were an avid crocheter, I would tackle a few.

  62. Not a crocheter – yet! But the patterns are very cute and might tempt me to learn a new skill.
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Think Pink

  63. Those are the most gorgeous patterns, especially the Mermaid Bunting.

  64. I would love to make the wolf hoodie for my nephew. It’s adorable!

  65. You call your cat Tank Boy. My nickname for mine is Dead Weight Kitty because she does the same thing. When she doesn’t want to move off my lap, she acts like she is dead and refuses to move a muscle.

  66. Michelle Underhill says:

    Love it!

  67. That crochet book is adorable!!! Love the cabled cape!
    Cindy´s last blog post ..Dancing

  68. These patterns look so cute! I think the universe is telling you to give crochet a try!

  69. Living the mermaid. My daughter would live the book.

  70. DCAlaneKnits says:

    Even though I am middle aged, I can’t always break out of my little kid thoughts about crochet: something Grandma did, and often made very “kitcschy” things.

    But these patterns? They are awesome! I’d make the hedgehog mitts and mermaid bunting in a heart beat!

  71. Must! Have! Hedgie Mitts! I would so wear these; and yes, I do crochet! And I’ll need the Fox Stole to complete my outfit. These are just such cute ideas! How lovely of you to offer this book. And “Tank Boy” made me snicker. Our “little” lady is about 15 pounds, and one of her nicknames is “Freight Train of Doom”, especially when she’s bearing down on the other cat.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..From the stony land

  72. Thanks for sharing, would really enjoy that book! Have fun in the Blue Ridge, hope there is still some red and orange and yellow to enjoy. How heavenly to just have the time with friends to knit.

  73. That wolf hoodie is adorable. Perfect for my new grand-nephew.

  74. Barbara S. says:

    That book had me at the Mermaid Bunting, but then the Hedgehog Mittens and the Wolf Hoodie. Oh my!

  75. I’d love that crochet book since I have a brand-new grandson and a 7 year old granddaughter. And I crochet!

  76. Looks fun!

  77. I would LOVE to win the book! Love the Fox stole and the wolf hoodie!

  78. DB & SIL are fostering a newborn and I have almost zero experience with baby clothes, PLUS crochet is so much faster (for me anyway) than knitting so this book would be a great help. I hope the instructions are written, because I am really afraid of crochet charts!

    So glad Loki, a.k.a. Tank Boy, is settling in so well.

  79. I’d love to win this book for my niece who is a champion crocheter and has two small children!

  80. Would love to win the book, thanks for the opportunity.

  81. I LOVE that wolf hoodie, its so cute!! And the mermaid bunting 🙂

  82. those are awesome! I have little cousins who would love those mittens. I’d love to win this book! (and if I don’t win it, I’ll be sad but will be looking for it before Christmas!!)

  83. That book looks amazing! Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  84. Rosemary Johnson says:

    Geez, I think I need a pair of hedgehog mittens! Too cute. I am absolutely in love with the mermaid tail. Thanks for the giveaway.

  85. Scienceprincess says:

    Those are adorable. I’m a very new crocheter, but I’d love that book.

  86. Jill McKibben says:

    I’d love a copy of the book!

  87. Diane Vanderwerff says:

    I have little grandchildren who NEED these cute things!

  88. Margaret M says:

    That mermaid bunting may be the cutest thing I’ve seen. I know my nephew would love the hedgehog mitts. Thanks for sharing!

  89. I’d love to share this book with my knit/crochet club. Thanks!

  90. The wolf hoodie is perfect all the way down to the toggle buttons!
    Marissa´s last blog post ..Crochet At Play

  91. Linda Hasley says:

    Not a crocheter either, but those pictures made me go “Squee!”

  92. This looks like a wonderful book. I want to make the mermaid bunting!

  93. Patti Dmytras says:

    Please include my name in the book giveaway.
    The cable cape is looking nice.

  94. The book looks like fun (Mermaid Bunting! :D) , and the cape is so very gorgeous.
    I too live with a Certain Furry Somebody, and I never realized how attractive I was until I started yarnwork. (Of course I’m kidding. I realize it’s got nothing to do with me.)