One-Skein (or less) Projects by Marly Bird on SALE

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Leisure Arts is having a special on this e-book crochet book! It is $4.99 right now on their website! Download it instantly!  Be sure to check it out before the price goes back up!

Click HERE

 From Leisure Arts website:

“One-Skein (or less!) Projects by Marly Bird presents a big collection of fun little gifts to crochet. Make each design with less than one skein of medium weight yarn, or create coordinated sets using multiple skeins of yarn in different colors. Clear instructions are easy to follow, and bonus online technique videos offer extra help. Projects include fingerless mitts, slippers, a can cozy, a coffee cuff, a coaster, two owl magnets, flower pencil toppers, a pincushion, a flower headband, a princess crown, three bangle bracelets, a curly-Q hair ornament, a butterfly barrette, and a lip balm cover.”

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Leisure Arts Has Free Crochet Patterns!

Did you know that Leisure Arts gives away a free pattern every Friday? You can sign up HERE for the weekly newsletter. They actually have 10 crafting categories to choose from!
Leisure Arts also has a very active Facebook page. Click HERE for the link. You will, of course, need to be a member of Facebook in order to access their official page!

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Leisure Arts 4th of July SALE

Runs July 3-6, no promo code required.

The 4th of July is around the corner, and Leisure Arts is celebrating by having a huge sale on both digital and print patterns!

Leisure Arts 35% off 4th of July Sale

4th OF JULY SALE DETAILS:
 
45% off ALL digital patterns 
35% off ALL physical products (books, the Knook) 
The SALE runs July 3-6th only, with no promo code required

Leisure Arts 35% off 4th of July Sale
 

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Tunisian Crochet Baby Book and Giveaway

I was recently asked to take a look at the new Tunisian Crochet Baby Book by Sharon H. Silverman. The book is published by Leisure Arts.
The book contains 8 pretty designs that highlight several different tunisian crochet stitches including cables, ripples, stripes, bobbles, and basket weave. Each design is separated from Easy to Intermediate.
From the Leisure Arts website:
“If you are new to Tunisian crochet, or need a refresher on the basics, the Tunisian Crochet Skills section will help you get started. Free online technique videos are also available”.
Sharon was interviewed by Cute Crochet Chat below. Some of our favorite designs from the book are highlighted during the interview.

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1     How did you learn to crochet and how old were you when you learned?
All sorts of crafts appealed to me when I was little. I made “horse rein” on what some people call a Knitting Nancy, did mosaics, made potholders, and so on. My mother taught me to crochet when I was 6 or 7 years old. She also taught me to knit, but I never felt as comfortable with that. Crocheting was always fun. I used some published patterns but also made up my own designs. I vividly remember using a K hook with two colors of blue yarn held together to make a shoulder bag.
 .       How long have you been a freelance crochet designer?
     I have been a freelance writer since 1988, and I switched from travel writing to crochet design in 2005.
      Are you a part time or full time crochet designer?
   Crochet design makes up the bulk of my current work. I also write a quarterly column, “Shop!” for The Hunt magazine (a Brandywine Valley lifestyle magazine), do public relations writing for several local museums and cultural sites, and pick up  other writing assignments occasionally. 
         How did you learn Tunisian Crochet?
     I discovered Tunisian crochet in a stitch dictionary while I was designing projects for my first crochet title, Basic Crocheting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started. I learned the basics from that book, then sought out other sources to extend my knowledge of the technique. It was really exciting to see the fabric that Tunisian crochet creates. I never liked projects with rivers of double crochet stitches—too loopy!—and Tunisian had a totally different look.
      Where did you get your inspirations for the afghans in this Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets book?
    Tunisian crochet lends itself to interesting textures and colorwork. I was inspired by those possibilities, and by my interest in bringing a contemporary color palette to today’s nurseries.
I also wanted to present projects at various levels of difficulty; people who were newer to Tunisian crochet would successfully make beautiful projects that would build their confidence, and more advanced crocheters could try something challenging and add to their skill set. The most complicated project in the book is “Bright Strands,” which uses stranded colorwork in vivid yellow, navy, and white. It’s rewarding to teach this technique through my pattern.
      What are your favorite kind of crochet projects to make and/or design?
    If I’m making something for myself, I like fitted garments as opposed to boxy ones. Crochet lace makes wonderful accessories like scarves and shawls.
    For design, it’s exciting to be inspired by the colors and patterns in nature and to translate that into a pattern that other crocheters can use. Blankets and accessories are the easiest from a practical pattern-writing standpoint, since each project needs instructions in only one size.  
7 \        Do you have a favorite weight or brand of yarn that you like best?
    Depends on the project. There are many excellent yarn companies, large and small, out there today. The products are such high quality, with a limitless selection of materials and colors.
     I love Egyptian mercerized cotton in lace weight for shawls and lightweight wraps, but I like DK and worsted weight yarn as well. I don’t gravitate toward bulky yarns as much, but I’ll try anything as long as it does not split or shed. Can’t stand fibers flying into my eyes and nose! 
8       Are you working on anything new at the moment?
   I just finished a book for Stackpole Books, Tunisian Crochet for Baby, which is scheduled for publication in September 2014. 
Thank you, Sharon, for such an interesting interview!
Sharon’s book can be purchased at the Leisure Arts website or on Amazon.
You can meet Sharon at her blog:
or her website:

www.sharonsilverman.com 

You can also find Sharon at Ravelry as: CrochetSharon
and on Facebook
Sharon Silverman Crochet
and Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/crochetsharon/

As always, our readers have a chance to win a copy of this book. For a chance to win, please leave an email address (or some other way of contacting you!) in the COMMENTS. We will pick a random winner on 2/18/14. Without an email address, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!
Good luck!

The review and giveaway copies of this book have been provided by Leisure Arts.

Tunisian Crochet Baby Book and Giveaway

I was recently asked to take a look at the new Tunisian Crochet Baby Book by Sharon H. Silverman. The book is published by Leisure Arts.
The book contains 8 pretty designs that highlight several different tunisian crochet stitches including cables, ripples, stripes, bobbles, and basket weave. Each design is separated from Easy to Intermediate.
From the Leisure Arts website:
“If you are new to Tunisian crochet, or need a refresher on the basics, the Tunisian Crochet Skills section will help you get started. Free online technique videos are also available”.
Sharon was interviewed by Cute Crochet Chat below. Some of our favorite designs from the book are highlighted during the interview.

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1     How did you learn to crochet and how old were you when you learned?
All sorts of crafts appealed to me when I was little. I made “horse rein” on what some people call a Knitting Nancy, did mosaics, made potholders, and so on. My mother taught me to crochet when I was 6 or 7 years old. She also taught me to knit, but I never felt as comfortable with that. Crocheting was always fun. I used some published patterns but also made up my own designs. I vividly remember using a K hook with two colors of blue yarn held together to make a shoulder bag.
 .       How long have you been a freelance crochet designer?
     I have been a freelance writer since 1988, and I switched from travel writing to crochet design in 2005.
      Are you a part time or full time crochet designer?
   Crochet design makes up the bulk of my current work. I also write a quarterly column, “Shop!” for The Hunt magazine (a Brandywine Valley lifestyle magazine), do public relations writing for several local museums and cultural sites, and pick up  other writing assignments occasionally. 
         How did you learn Tunisian Crochet?
     I discovered Tunisian crochet in a stitch dictionary while I was designing projects for my first crochet title, Basic Crocheting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started. I learned the basics from that book, then sought out other sources to extend my knowledge of the technique. It was really exciting to see the fabric that Tunisian crochet creates. I never liked projects with rivers of double crochet stitches—too loopy!—and Tunisian had a totally different look.
      Where did you get your inspirations for the afghans in this Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets book?
    Tunisian crochet lends itself to interesting textures and colorwork. I was inspired by those possibilities, and by my interest in bringing a contemporary color palette to today’s nurseries.
I also wanted to present projects at various levels of difficulty; people who were newer to Tunisian crochet would successfully make beautiful projects that would build their confidence, and more advanced crocheters could try something challenging and add to their skill set. The most complicated project in the book is “Bright Strands,” which uses stranded colorwork in vivid yellow, navy, and white. It’s rewarding to teach this technique through my pattern.
      What are your favorite kind of crochet projects to make and/or design?
    If I’m making something for myself, I like fitted garments as opposed to boxy ones. Crochet lace makes wonderful accessories like scarves and shawls.
    For design, it’s exciting to be inspired by the colors and patterns in nature and to translate that into a pattern that other crocheters can use. Blankets and accessories are the easiest from a practical pattern-writing standpoint, since each project needs instructions in only one size.  
7 \        Do you have a favorite weight or brand of yarn that you like best?
    Depends on the project. There are many excellent yarn companies, large and small, out there today. The products are such high quality, with a limitless selection of materials and colors.
     I love Egyptian mercerized cotton in lace weight for shawls and lightweight wraps, but I like DK and worsted weight yarn as well. I don’t gravitate toward bulky yarns as much, but I’ll try anything as long as it does not split or shed. Can’t stand fibers flying into my eyes and nose! 
8       Are you working on anything new at the moment?
   I just finished a book for Stackpole Books, Tunisian Crochet for Baby, which is scheduled for publication in September 2014. 
Thank you, Sharon, for such an interesting interview!
Sharon’s book can be purchased at the Leisure Arts website or on Amazon.
You can meet Sharon at her blog:
or her website:

www.sharonsilverman.com 

You can also find Sharon at Ravelry as: CrochetSharon
and on Facebook
Sharon Silverman Crochet
and Pinterest:
http://www.pinterest.com/crochetsharon/

As always, our readers have a chance to win a copy of this book. For a chance to win, please leave an email address (or some other way of contacting you!) in the COMMENTS. We will pick a random winner on 2/18/14. Without an email address, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!
Good luck!

The review and giveaway copies of this book have been provided by Leisure Arts.

Texting Mitts Book Review and Giveaway

Not quite a year ago, I fell in love with Fingerless Gloves when my dear friend Wendy, crocheted a pair for me! I love the look of them, but also appreciate them when I am out in the cold but still need my fingers free to text. I have even worn them for crocheting in the car when it is chilly!

 So today I am priviledged to be reviewing a new book for Leisure Arts called Texting Mitts, designed by fellow designer Andee Graves.
This book has a wide range of designs (eight in all) each with different patterns and skill levels. So there is something for everyone!
I especially love the fact that Andee used #1 Sock Yarn, which I think makes the mitts more soft and stretchy than they would have been in another type of yarn. Sock yarn come in such beautiful pallettes and Andee makes use of some of the best. Due to a  variety of patterns, these mitts are fun to do and because they all are crocheted with an E or F hook, they will work up fairly quickly as well!

Another added feature to this great book are Bonus Online Tutorials. Wherever you see a camera icon in the instructions, there is a video online tutorial to accompany the instructions! That is a wonderful feature for beginners or those who are just not quite sure of a particular stitch pattern or technique!
I love the fact that several of the designs are sized for Small, Medium and Large and that all the yarns used are readily available to everyone. This book has beautiful color photos, which show up the different stitch patterns very well. It is sure to be another winner for Leisure Arts and Andee!

Here are four of my favorites:

Chunky V’s Lace Mitts

This dainty design has a pretty lace pattern, just like its name indicates. I love the double crochet shell design and the use of front and back hdc stitches around the cuff. The design begins at the fingers and the cuff is added last. Directions are given for three sizes and it is rated Easy.

Diamond Back Mitts

Diamond Back Mitts have a large variety of stitches, including Foundation Single Crochet, Front and Back Half Double Crochet and Treble, and Cluster Cross stitches. All the stitches are included in the video tutorials. This Mitt begins at the cuff and ends at the finger ribbing. The skill level is Intermediate and it also includes three sizes.

Cabled Shell Mitt

I love the beautiful cable shell pattern in this design. It is so pretty and looks fun to crochet! The design uses Foundation Single Crochet, Front and Back Half Double Crochet and Front Post Double Crochet. As before, all special stitches are explained in the Online Video Tutorial. This pretty mitt uses an E crochet hook and comes in one Women’s size. The Mitt begins at the Finger Ribbing and concludes with the Body. It is rated Easy.

Seashell Mitts

The Seashell Mitts are also rated Easy. They come in one size and utilize a very nice Cross Stitch pattern that is included in the Online Video Tutorial. The design starts at the Cuff and concludes with the scalloped finger edge. I love the color pattern of the Patons Kroy Sock yarn used, called Aqua Fleck. It is designed in one woman’s size.

Additional information and photos for each design in Texting Mitts can be seen at Ravelry HERE.

Due to the generosity of Leisure Arts, ALL readers have a chance to win a copy of this new book.
Just leave a comment on this post! As always, PLEASE leave CONTACT information,
so I can email you in case you are the winner! A random drawing will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013.

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DISCLOSURE: Leisure Arts provided Cute Crochet Chat with a free review copy of Texting Mitts and will also be providing the GIVEAWAY copy.