Monday, March 05, 2012

Hug It Out Review and Giveaway

"Show how much you care with these easy crocheted 'hugs'."

Just in time for Spring, we have a brand new crochet book review and giveaway! How lucky are we to have a chance to win ANOTHER new crochet book from The Crochet Dude himself, Drew Emborsky!
Obviously, Drew has been as busy as ever turning out multiple books this year already.
I love this new book entitled, Hug It Out published by Leisure Arts. It has a great variety of crochet projects in it, suitable for all crochet levels!
Drew dedicates this book to his Mom, with whom he spent many evenings crocheting with, while they made gifts for others. Drew tells a poignant story of how he got started crocheting for others, which is the basis for this book!
Hug It Out crochet contains nine new crochet designs 'that will give you the opportunity to help others in their time of need".

Some of my favorite designs include:

Chemo Cap








Comfort Teddy and


Comfortghan

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book, compliments of Leisure Arts. To be eligible to win, comment on this post telling us what "comfort" crochet item that you have made and who it was for.
Please don't forget to LEAVE your EMAIL ADDRESS  or a way that you can be reached if you are the winner. I will be out of town on and off this month, so our contest will run a bit longer than usual. One winner will be drawn at random Monday, March 19, 2012.





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53 comments :

Sharon GARDNER said...

I have made numerous afghans for friends and family members with health issues to let them know that when they wrap up in the afghan to imagine they are receiving hugs from all their loved ones.

Brandi Schoch said...

I love the chemo hat. After my first husband passed from cancer. I have made tons of chemo hats for those in need. I do think the one you showed is really cute.

Marie Anne said...

I've donated many afghans to veterans, crocheted hats and scarves for homeless, and other afghans and baby blankets as gifts to friends and family, as well as a few prayer shawls for those in need of comforting. I'd love to get Drew's book!

Mindy said...

I spent several months trying to track down a stitch so that I could make a baby afghan for my sister-in-law and my new baby niece. Her Great-Grandmother made many of these afghans, and I wanted to celebrate that with my sister-in-law because I knew she'd love her baby to have one.

I don't know if it was 'comforting' for her, but it was a treasure to have that connection again with her Great-Grandma and to be able to pass it on to her daughter.
Looks like a great book!
justforthis917 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Mary/May said...

I made an Eeyore "pillow pet" for my cousin who recently had a baby(and loves Eeyore). She was worried about not being a good mommy but so far she(and baby) are doing fantastic. I don't know if the Eeyore comforted her but I would certainly like to think so.

BrandiJ said...

I love donating hat and blankets to our local NICU ... a little bit of colour to not only the babies but to their parents as well. Always looking for new patterns and ideas.
Brandi
bbmj@rogers.com

SpringSplndr said...

This book is on my Wish List. I am always looking for squares for donation afghans and hats for chemo cap donations. This book would be so useful.

Hilde said...

I have made a stack of chemo hats for premature babies in the nearby hospital. Blankets are to be made.

hilde_brastad(at)yahoo.no

grammy said...

Afghans for wedding presents, baby afghans for newborns, socks for everybody, washcloths, dish towels, footie slippers for prom, shawls for prom, bedspreads, doileys, I have been around a long time, love to do it all......

Marsha said...

I have started crocheting little premmie hats for the babies at the hospitals here in my area. I have made a soft cuddly teddy bear for a little girl who needed a little buddy in her life. This little girl was a trooper because the cancer she had was terminal but it didnt stop her from enjoying the time she had. She went to school for as long as possible. I first met her after she had surgery to remove her left leg and that didnt even stop her. She had her crutches and would go like they were as much of a part of her as a leg would have been. She did tire easily though and slept alot. The cancer she had would and did eventually take her short little life but she left a huge imprint on my heart. Her mother has taken her teddy I made her and placed it in her daughters little rocking chair then had a case made for them so they wouldnt get all dusty and worn. She has a plate at the bottom with her daughters name inscribed on it. I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to know this little girl and her family.

I would really love to win this awesome book to make other things for people who could really use them...would make a great birthday present for me as well...my birthday is the 22nd...lol

My email is angel41bc@hotmail.com

Sally C. said...

I LOVE the Crochet Dude and his patterns! I've made comforghans (and squares) with HMB, chemo hats, and lots of baby hats, blankets, etc. for charity.

Sally C. in E. Texas
cyndlelynn@yahoo.com

Elaine Agachinski said...
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Elaine Agachinski said...

Just sent a box of crocheted hats and booties to Mikey for Crochet For A Cure. I am so glad to be able to bring a bit of comfort and hope to parents and child.

eaga47819@gmail.com
Elaine Agachinski
Monroe, Connecticut

Anonymous said...

When my mother got cancer I made her some caps and then continued to make them for the local hospital. I've even made some for the mother of one of my son's friends. She had a friend with cancer that liked the hats I had made for the boys. So I custom made her some hats and all of this I do because I just love to crochet.

Sandy D. said...

When my mother got cancer I made her some caps and then continued to make them for the local hospital. I've even made some for the mother of one of my son's friends. She had a friend with cancer that liked the hats I had made for the boys. So I custom made her some hats and all of this I do because I just love to crochet.

pitbuny{at}yahoo{dot}com

Carissa said...

I've been a part of the Remembering Rowan Project (www.rememberingrowan.blogspot.com) since its inception. We make blankets for NICUs. It's the whole reason I learned how to crochet. I've also learned how to quilt to make quilted blankets. It is my favorite charity to be a part of.

mmiller said...

when I worked in home health care as an RN, I made shawls and other crocheted items to give to patients who needed a "pick-me-up". I no longer work in that field, but still make items for everyone else but me.
mmillerbsnrn@gmail.com

Jen said...

I'm disabled and currently working on a prayer shawl for someone very special. This book looks wonderful for more items I can make for those in need.

Anonymous said...

I make hats for newborns and premies.
crochetrn@netscape.net

Jagette said...

This is such an interesting book and I like that all the patterns can be used to help a ministry.

Carolyn said...

my comfort item would just be a plain afghan -- i've made plenty of them. each of my 5 sons has their own specialty one.

chigliakster@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I made a lapghan for my 93 year old grandfather since he is cold most of the time.

angeljenn said...

i make dollies for little ones to love when they need a friend

englejenengle at aol.com
savgrace.blogspot.com

Tammi Day said...

I've done preemie baby items, but it's time I start making things for older patients. This is probably the best possible book, given Drew's incredible talent!

Tammi Day, datatamer@yahoo.com

Little Mama Meow said...

I've helped my local church make afgans for the homeless in our area

Littlemamameow at gmail dot com

Sher said...
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Sher said...

I have a pile of afghans that I started and never finished from years ago, before I started working and raising my wonderful children. Now my children are grown and have each just given me a beautiful granddaughter, and I have all the time in the world to make new and finish my pile of WIP, I even started a baby blanket for each of my granddaughters. BUT, six years ago I developed a rare nerve disorder that causes excruciating pain in my forearms. I can only crochet a row or two on my good days. So, my accomplishments would be the baby blankets, hopefully the girls will get them sometime before college...
sherriealleman@yahoo.com

Hester said...

I crochet and knit lapghans for our local hospice patients. On one occasion, the lady who delivers them told us of a particular patient who would become very aggitated and the only way she could be settled down was with her blanket. She carried it with her every day until the day she died. Her family asked that rather than pass the blanket on to someone else, that could they please keep it as a special memory of her. Needless to say, they kept the blanket and another one was made quickly to replace it for the next person in need.

NanaKnits4Us said...

I crochet and knit a lot for charity. It looks like there are some great patterns in this book....hooe zi'm the lucky one!

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jackie-tn said...

I like making hats and shawls for family and friends.

Melissa said...

I have made lots of blankets and crocheted toys but the ones that stand out to me most are the ones I made for friends and family. Back when I was still a beginner crocheter I made a blanket for my grandma - she loved it and still had it on the day she passed away. And the past few Christmases I have made toys for my cousins and niece and nephews - nothing makes me happier than seeing them "snuggle" with their new crocheted toys!!

Great contest! Glad I can be a part of it! My e-mail is craftykittycrochet@gmail.com

Crafty Lady said...

I have just gotten into crocheting and would love to expand my pattern collection.

craftyladydawn@gmail.com
Dawn

Deaf Crochet Poetess said...

I made a cap of my own design for my Mama who wears it all the time. She finds it very comfortable. My email address is southern_nemesis@yahoo.com

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict said...

I have made some comfy beanies that are being made for an orphanage in South Africa. All the children have lost their parents to aids and are being brought up in family homes.
susand1408 at googlemail dot com

melsdaisypatch said...

I have made a prayer shawl for a wonderful friend of mine who was going through breast cancer treatments. I also made a prayer blanket for a little girl who had cancer also.

melsdaisypatch said...

I have made a prayer shawl for a wonderful friend of mine who was going through breast cancer treatments. I also made a prayer blanket for a little girl who had cancer also.

Harriet said...

I am part of a group called SAK (simple acts of kindness). We make afghans for cancer radiation patients, hats for the homeless, hats and blankets for newborns babies, dishcloths for the food pantry to hand out, prayer shawls. It is so rewarding to give to those that need the extra TLC. This book will be great to make more items to donate for these causes!

Harriet said...

I forgot to leave my e-mail address. It is harrietcutler@msn.com

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I made a couple of shawls for my aunts. They really aprreciated them. I think it may feel like they getting a hug from me when they wear the shawls.

Wendy said...

I made prayer shawls for a friend who lost her brother (as I had lost mine) and for my mother after she became a widow and had surgery (also lost her son). Now, I am making a scarf for a friend who just lost her mother (I want to make her a prayer shawl, too, but she had mentioned she wanted a scarf to match the gloves I made her, so I am fulfilling that wish, which she isn't expecting, so it will be a great and nice surprise for her, I think! (even though now it may be too warm to wear it until next winter!) I would love to win this book, because I love making things that are special or of great comfort to people especially in a time of need!! I know many in need! My email is wendyweb111@gmail.com

Stitch 'n Frog said...

I've made Chemo caps and shawls for cancer patients/survivors, as well as caps for adults, children, and babies, lapghans, slippers, and other items, to donate. Some have gone to individuals, some various facilities that get things to those who need them.
Stitch_n_Frog@mchsi.com

Anonymous said...

I like to make scarves to keep my co-workers warm. They are such a usable gift. I know when I wear a scarf made by my friend, I think a good thought of her. I would like to learn how to make chemo caps. My beloved mom in law has battled and won breast AND brain cancer. I want to make caps to enough others going through the battle.

Shealauna11@gmail.com

copilarim said...

I've made a littel amigurumi doll and a little cat to go with - for a dear friend of mine:)!

Hugs
rux

(copilarim[@]gmail[.]com

Anonymous said...

swe have made numerous prayer shawls, chemo hats and baby sets(hat and blankie) for church members and relatives and friends of same. nothing more rewarding than the look on a single mother's face when her baby is coming and she has little to provide. we pray over our prayer shawls with church members. we also did "caps for good" last year-mini hugs.fredw/karenb

Carmen said...

I've make a couple of prayer shawls and a triangular scarf for friends and family members with health issues

tvland said...

I'm working on an afghan for my son who is on his first military trip overseas. It's a comfort for me.

NanaKnits4Us said...

Prayer shawls, chemo caps, lapghans, hats, mittens, scarves, socks, slippers for all kinds of recipients: my chuch's free store, the local hospice and cancer center, soldiers (my son is in the Army in Afghanistan right now). I knit to pass on some of the many blessings God has given me.

I would love to win this to add to my library.

Donna said...

I made hats for a very good friend who had cancer. She only had the one hat and had to wash it every day. So I started crocheting. I remember the first one I gave her she called peacock colors. She loved it so much. I wish now I could have made her more. They all meant so much to her.

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Francisca said...

I've made beanies for my friends and my boyfriend.

dodkalm83 at gmail dot com

JennLucas said...

I have made many, many prayer shawls, baby blankets, lapghans, etc. To me anything hand crocheted with love and given as a gift is a hug. Even though I crochet myself, I don't usually keep many projects, so I LOVE to get crocheted hugs from other crocheters.

Kristine said...

I make hats for children with cancer. I also make baby blankets and donate them to NICU at the hospital.

(Thought I had already entered. I may be too late, but I thought I'd give it a try.)