22 May 2012

A little something different

I don't usually talk about crochet on my blog, even though I come from a crochet family. I learned to crochet long before I learned to knit! Trivia fact: I cannot follow a crochet pattern. My grandmother taught me how to crochet, but she never followed patterns, and so I never learned. This all means that I am even more than generally impressed by crochet designers. Knitting is so tidy and easy to make into a pattern. Crochet is so open to interpretation. Or so it seems to me. :)
Well, today I have the honor of featuring the lovely Kristin Omdahl's new booklet for Bijou Basin: The Complements Collection.
Kristin, besides being one of the most beautiful people I have ever met (truly - she glows), is an incredibly prolific designer of both crochet and knitwear. Sarah figured out that she does about 3 designs per month. Wowza.
The booklet actually had me thinking about getting my crochet hook out. I think I need one of these:
Perfect for the colder winter climate here in Nevada. And I do still have a crochet hook. Or ten thousand. ;)
Though Kristin had me thinking about crochet, I do have to admit to still gravitating towards knitting. This is my favorite project:
It's a little lace capelet. I know; big surprise that it's my favorite, eh?
All in all, this is a fun little booklet with a funky retro feel to it. And do you know what else? I have an electronic copy to give away! So leave me a comment by this Friday (May 25), midnight PST and I will enter you to win!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the idea of this book being a mix of crochet and knitting. As mainly a knit designer but also sometimes crochet designer, doing a mix of both in one book really appeals to me. Great for bi-crafters too.

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the capelet. I can do both, but find that I don't like the look of crocheted clothes. Knitting for me has more challenges.


11:39 PM  
Blogger mokkakissa said...

Jesh! Just what I need. Very nice.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Carlotta said...

Why no comments yet?!? I love this capelet!! Carli

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Lynda F. said...

This is the perfect size shawl(ette) for cool summer evenings. Thanks for the opportunity to win the pattern!!

4:49 AM  
Blogger FuguesStateKnits said...

My experience with crochet is almost the same as yours except I taught myself! Kristen Omdahl's beautiful designs and her upbeat approach make me feel like I could actually follow a pattern AND that the result would would be treasured:) so glad you reviewed her book!

4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristin's designs are amazing! I have her Knitting Wrapsody book and am totally impressed with her unique designs!

5:01 AM  
Blogger BarbieCat said...

Hi, I'm a huge fan of Kristen's work and would love to be entered in your blog contest for a copy of her new booklet.

I started out my fiber life as a knitter, but often felt frustrated by my inability to finish projects, for various reasons. Knitting seems so unforgiving in my hands, not to mention my tears when I inevitably dropped a bunch of stitches. I put my needles away in frustration. Yet yarn kept beckoning. I love to work with my hands. My mother in law crocheted and tried to explain and demonstrate how much more, well, free it was by nature. I was impressed by her skill, but not her projects, which were, to be kind, not to my more fashion oriented taste.

Then one day, watching a craft show on TV, I saw Kristen demonstrating. Her work was beautiful and appealing to my eye. Plus, she was using fashion yarns, the fibers exactly the sort I coveted and enjoyed. I decided to give crochet a try. I signed up for an evening adult class with a certified teacher so I could learn to do it right. Today, I'm hooked. I have been happily crocheting daily for two years now. I found my craft. It suits my hands and pleases my senses. Nothing against knitting ... I love and appreciate other's work, but I'm a proud hooker now. Thanks Kristen, for the inspiration.

5:08 AM  
Blogger Beth W. said...

Absolutely love her designs! Thanks so much for the fun.
Yhime407 on Ravelry

5:41 AM  
Anonymous KnittingBelle from Ravelry said...

I'd love to win! Jumping up and down, pick me, pick me! :)

KnittingBelle on Ravelry

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Candace said...

If the two designs you highlight are an indication of the rest of the booklet...it certainly is one to have on your shelf!

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Sue F said...

The shawl looks lovely.

I can do a single and a double crochet but have never had a project I needed badly enough to figure out more.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That hat looks awesome! Definitely time to pull out the crochet hooks!

6:51 AM  
Blogger Hind DP said...

I come from a crochet family too! I still love crocheting. The shawl on the cover of this book is beautiful, I could totally see myself making one!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I too started as a crocheter. I think it really helped me when I turned to knit. Since I was used to holding the yarn in my left hand already, knitting continental and keeping tension were natural for me. I still crochet faster than I knit, though.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Jo said...

I almost stopped reading at the word "crochet" aince in recent years I have done knitted projects almost exclusively. However, I fell in love with the shawl. thanks for sharing. Jo

8:23 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Well, I don't crochet -- but my mom and MIL do!

8:30 AM  
Blogger carolknits said...

Love the lace capelet also.

8:38 AM  
Blogger ajz said...

So beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Diana C said...

very pretty. I also learned to crochet first but can't make heads or tails out of a crochet pattern (and haven't crocheted in many years, but have been thinking about it)!

10:42 AM  
Blogger sue said...

Love Kristen's designs. Would love to win this book. (now lets see if google eats my comment again.)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Oneday Designs said...

Thank you for giving me a chance to win this book. I would love to have this in my knitting/crochet library.

Linda SV "Oneday"

3:04 PM  
Blogger harriet said...

I, too, did crochet before learning to knit, but first "threw" my yarn before finally teaching myself to "pick." I love to knit, but still sometimes crochet. It is much faster, I think, but I like knitting more. In any case, would be very interested in winning this book.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

I'd love to win. It's lovely work.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Since I'm "bi-craftal" this would be a lovely book to add to my library.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Love combined crochet and knitting

6:30 AM  
Blogger meppybn said...

This looks like it is chock full of great designs to get my crocheting mojo back!! Love Kristin's work :)

Rav id: meppybn

6:56 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

This is a terrific collection . . . I might just break out my old crochet hooks for some of these patterns.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

What a fabulous collection of patterns. I love to knit and crochet and there are some fabulous designs in there.

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Andi said...

I am in love with her designs - knit and crochet! Thanks for the chance to win!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Tricoteuse007 said...

The crochet is in the air! Vogue crochet to arrived this spring.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

I love the Lily of the Incas shawl pattern in this book.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Witchknit said...

Oh I'd love to win. I haven't crocheted in a while but I might start again for that lovely hat.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

Have always wanted to learn how to crochet and follow a pattern-such inspiration!

5:13 PM  
Blogger Tish said...

This book looks wonderful! I crocheted many years before turning to knitting. My youngest daughter is now a crocheting marvel at the age of 11. I think this book would be fun to explore new patterns for both of us. ^_^ Yes, I will share. LOL

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Madeline said...

I so agree with you about the difficulty of understanding crochet patterns. The new method of drawing diagrams does make more sense, but I would need to really spend some time to "read" it. You've shown three very pretty designs!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Looks like a beautiful book! I prefer knitting, too, but just may have to branch out and crochet some of these stunning patterns! Thanks for another great giveaway!

Wendy (Wendeluu on Ravelry)

7:57 PM  
Blogger RachelUnraveled said...

I need some incentive to crochet better so maybe this booklet is just what I need :) Rachelunraveled on rav

10:38 PM  
Blogger Lori S said...

Love the ruffles on the Camellia!....And the edging on the Lily of the Incas...

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Carole(P) ohio said...

Oh my! I love to mix knit and crochet, or do either separately! I just like both really, and like you, learned both from a grandma that didn't use patterns. Once in a while I really wonder "How in the world she did it?!?!" I have never used a book electronically, but think it's time! Hope this is the time! Thanks for the opportunity :-)

2:05 PM  

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