Blog tour book review: Fine Art of Crochet by Gwen Blakley Kinsler
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 1, 2014 | Short Link

Today, I’m excited to participate in the blog tour for The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists by Gwen Blakley Kinsler. I had the pleasure of meeting Gwen online in 2011 when I interviewed her as part of my blog series, Getting Started as a Local Needlecrafts Teacher, and have since learned more […]

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Book Review: Modern Baby Crochet
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Posted by Underground Crafter on March 12, 2014 | Short Link

I’m continuing my celebration of National Crochet Month with a review of a new book by one of my favorite crochet personalities, Stacey Trock. (You can find my interview with Stacey here, as part of her blog tour for Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from around the World, and a mini interview here, as part of […]

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Book Review: Crochet Red
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 7, 2014 | Short Link

Today is National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association‘s annual event to bring attention to women’s heart disease, which is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.  This year, Jimmy Beans Wool founder Laura Zander is bringing her Stitch Red campaign to crochet, with Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women’s Heart Health, […]

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Book Reviews on CGOA Now!
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Posted by Underground Crafter on February 5, 2014 | Short Link

Two of my crochet booklet reviews were posted on the Crochet Guild of America blog last week.  Both booklets are published by Leisure Arts.   Add-On Crochet Cables by Frances Burks teaches an interesting new method for crocheting cables.  (Reviewed here.)     Make in a Weekend Shawls is a collection of 12 shawls crocheted in medium and […]

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Book Review and Giveaway: Curvy Girl Crochet by Mary Beth Temple
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 13, 2014 | Short Link

Today, I’m excited to review Curvy Girl Crochet by Mary Beth Temple.  I actually received a review copy of this book from Taunton before I interviewed Mary Beth at Vogue Knitting Live last January (egads!) but life got in the way of me finishing the book and writing the review.  To reward you for the long delay, […]

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Book Review: 75 Floral Blocks to Knit by Lesley Stanfield
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Posted by Underground Crafter on January 6, 2014 | Short Link

75 Floral Blocks to Knit: Beautiful Patterns to Mix & Match for Throws, Accessories, Baby Blankets & More by Lesley Stanfield opens with a foreword from the author and an “About This Book” section to orient its readers.  The twelve page directory is a quick reference with a thumbnail of each block along with its page […]

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Book Review: Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 23, 2013 | Short Link

Knit Stitch Guide by Rita Weiss of the Creative Partners is a pattern booklet featuring 96 knit stitch patterns. The booklet is arranged into six chapters. The first five, Simple Knit & Purl Stitches, Ribbings, Embossed Stitches, Multi-Color Stitches, and Eyelets & Cables, include stitch patterns. Each stitch pattern includes a color photograph (about 1/4 […]

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Book Review: Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sample Afghan by Laurinda Reddig
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 16, 2013 | Short Link

Laurinda Reddig‘s ReCrochetions Presents: Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan is a booklet containing tutorials and patterns for beginning crocheters.  The subtitle of the booklet, “A Complete Class to Learn Crochet Including 4 Easy Baby Blankets & a Hat,” clarifies its purpose.  Laurinda published this 74 page booklet in 2012 using CreateSpace, and it is available […]

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Book review: Sweater 101 by Cheryl Brunette
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 9, 2013 | Short Link

Last June, I had the great pleasure of taking a series of Bruges crochet classes with designer Tatyana Mirer at Knit-a-Way.  Tatyana had some stunning sample garments, and I asked her about her favorite resources for sizing.  She brought me over the bookshelf and pulled out Cheryl Brunette‘s Sweater 101: How to Plan Sweaters That Fit… […]

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Book review: 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet
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Posted by Underground Crafter on December 2, 2013 | Short Link

Lovers of granny squares can probably never have too many books, but what about 100 Colorful Granny Squares to Crochet: Dozens of Mix and Match Combos and Fabulous Projects makes it stand out in a sea of books about granny squares? Leonie Morgan‘s debut book has the joyful and inviting colors that readers of her […]

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