Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks Book Winner

I am pleased to announce that Kimberly of GA is the winner of our Sock book by Karen Whooley!

Please stay tuned for a new great giveaway this week!
Sneak peak!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Can't Believe I'm Crocheting Socks Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!

Yes! another giveaway! 
In honor or National Crochet Month, we are giving away several crochet related items this month!
I am so pleased to present a review on the new book from Leisure Arts,
Even at first glance, this book is awesome! I love the fact that EVERYTHING you need to know about crocheting socks is included in this book. As a novice sock crocheter, I can see that this book has A LOT to offer someone who wants to learn how to crochet socks. But it goes much further than that and offers nine creative designs for every level of sock crocheter!
This book is as complete as any crochet sock book that I have seen. There is so much helpful information.  Not only does it contain really nice patterns for making socks from different techniques, it explains how to pick the correct yarn and supplies, how to insure that your crochet socks will fit perfectly and the different methods of constructing socks. And there is something for everyone: men, women and older children. 
Crocheting a sock that fits is one of the more important aspects of Karen's instructions. One of the most frequent comments that Karen gets about her sock instructions is that "you can actually make them to fit your own foot"! She covers everything from yarn, types of yarn fibers, colors, heel types, sizing, construction and tools. All the patterns come in multiple sizes and there are lots of step by step colorful photographs for the beginner Basic Cuff Down and the Basic Toe Up Sock. I can't think of one thing that has been left out of this wonderful book.
With her very complete instructions, Karen assures us that "Yes, we can crochet socks that fit and look great!".

Karen was good enough to answer a couple of questions, that will allow us to make good choices if we are considering crocheting socks from her book:
Q: If someone were crocheting socks for the first time, which one or two pair would you advise that they start with? 
A: I would definitely start with the Basic Cuff-Down Sock (shown at left) first.  Once that is mastered then try the Basic Toe-Up Sock! (shown at right).  The hardest part of a sock is the toe, based on my classes.  I find that if a student takes the cuff-down sock class first, they understand what the toe should be doing and that makes the toe up easier! 

 


Q: Are there any patterns that would be considered to be for the Advanced crocheter?
A: I would consider the Cabled Sock, the Lace Sock and the Cobblestone sock patterns for the Advanced Crocheter.  In those 3 socks, stitch counts and knowing where to put the hook to get the texture/lace work to come out right, can be confusing at times.  Counting and making sure your counts are right is crucial in order to get the cable, lacework and texture in the right places!

One lucky reader will receive a copy of this great book, signed by Karen herself! In order to qualify for this giveaway, make  a comment on this post telling us if you have ever tried crocheting socks before and what your experience was. PLEASE, PLEASE leave an email address or some other way we can contact you if you are the winner. One comment will be drawn randomly soon after the end of this Blog Tour, twelve days of socks!
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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Crochetville NATCROMO 2011 Treasure Hunt!

National Crochet Month Treasure Hunt 2011
Win a Fabulous Crochet Gift Basket!
In honor of National Crochet Month 2011, CUTE CROCHET CHAT is partnering with Crochetville and a number of indie designers, spinners, dyers, and hook and toolmakers for the Crochetville NatCroMo 2011 Treasure Hunt.
Each indie business has donated one or more special items for a super-special crochet gift basket that will be presented to one lucky winner by March 31.
The following contest logo has been hidden somewhere on each indie business's website:



Contest participants will have to find the logo on each indie business's website. Entry forms may be submitted from March 8 through 11:59 PM CST March 25, 2011.
Click here to visit the Crochetville site for complete contest details and an entry form!

Click here to visit's my site at Cute Crochet to find where I have hidden the logo for the contest! 
List of Participating Businesses

Click here to visit's my site at Cute Crochet to find where I have hidden the logo for the contest!  Be sure to visit all the other indie participants in order to be eligible to win the fabulous crochet prizes!
 



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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Perfectly Plus Knitting Book Winner


We have a winner of our contest for the "Perfectly Plus" Knitting Book.
Our winner is Kathryn of California! Congratulations to Kathryn and many thanks to all who participated in  our Giveaway!
Stay tuned. We have two new reviews coming soon and YES, there will be more giveaways!
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