Uncommon Crochet by Julie Armstrong Holetz

By the time you read this published, I’ll have published my 500th blog post!!  I’ve spent a few minutes looking back over some articles I’d written months or more ago and was amazed to realize that I didn’t even remember some of them.  As a crocheter and a writer (I have another blog too – on walking), I keep busy checking out what’s new, useful, and exciting in the crochet world – whether that’s an older (classic) idea or a newer one.

So, with my 500th blog post, I’d like to hear from my readers.  What’s been your favorite blog article on CROCHETGOSSIP?  Please write a few words about the article you favor, include a link to it, and post it in the comments here.  For your efforts, I’ll draw TWO names from all the entries, so TWO people will receive crochet prizes.  Those two winners will be announced here and emailed privately and must respond within 24 hours of being emailed or I will draw another name.

CONTEST RUNS FROM JUNE 1, 2010 TO JUNE 30, 2010.

Here are the two prizes being offered:

Crochet For Bears To Wear by Amy O’neill Houck

Both books are brand-spankin’ new and ready to find new homes.

By jd wolfe




Comments

42 Comments so far

  1. SANDRA MAIN on June 1, 2010 8:19 am

    THE BOOK LOOKS INTERESTING.

  2. Stelphanie on June 1, 2010 8:21 am

    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/stitches-that-heal/2010/04/07/

    This is a post that particularly struck me. We often think about how much fun we have with fiber arts, but it’s nice to remember that our craft can bring comfort to others.

  3. turtle on June 1, 2010 11:06 am

    not just one, i enjoy so many of the posts! On what is happening, what is new, etc. I always learn something or see something new and interesting! Congrats on 500 posts, wow!

  4. lyn Lewis on June 1, 2010 1:26 pm

    Now yous ee when im asked thinsg like thsi, my mind goes into meltdopwn and then blanks out lol
    I agree with Turtle though, I invariably find something of interest, learn something, finally understand something or realise what Ive read elsewhere, Ive managed to misunderstand! I pop in from time to time and always enjoy the site and here, you see,theres a fab book to buy! Uncommon Crochet….with a fab title too! Me to a T!

  5. Billie K on June 1, 2010 2:16 pm

    I’m getting an email on craft gossip but not just crochet gossip which does include crochet. I love seeing the pictures of what’s new like to two books you are offering. I live in a small town so most of my shopping and dreaming is done online.

    Keep it coming! Hope I’m a lucky one.

    Bille

  6. Debbie B on June 1, 2010 3:18 pm

    My favorite postings would have to be in a category, when you introduce new books coming in the future or recently published. I like that it will have a link with an outline of what will be in the book and sometimes even a free pattern. I believe I get a good feel of what the book entails after reading your post, then the publishers post; sometimes if it’s a designer that I am unfamiliar with I like the free pattern to see the style and format that they put the pattern in.

  7. ChristinaRk on June 1, 2010 3:28 pm

    The day I found your blog is the day I turned on the email feature on my cellphone….so I can get your email post RIGHT AWAY to see your finds of the day. ALL your articles/posts are amaizing. Really! Best post so far for me was a recent article on Apple Pie boat as this gave me the idea I was searching for my son’s b-day party as he cant eat coloured icing!
    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  8. Jackie on June 1, 2010 3:44 pm

    I really can’t think of a favorite post, but I love being inspired by the things you do post. Thanks!

  9. Carmen on June 1, 2010 7:11 pm

    I love when you find interesting patterns like this one: http://crochet.craftgossip.com/too-hot-to-handle-summer-crochet/2010/05/21/

  10. Cathy Champion on June 1, 2010 9:10 pm

    I enjoy having you find projects at interesting websites like the flower pincushion at Creative Jewish Mom. I’m not Jewish, so unless I’m making something of a religious manner for a Jewish friend I wouldn’t ordinarily think to search patterns out there. I worked with a Muslim employee and have many Hindu friends, and I learn so much about them and their customs by crocheting and sewing patterns they suggest.

    And oh, the flower pincushion is going to be a catnip filled toy for my kitties.

  11. Karin on June 1, 2010 9:13 pm

    My favorite posts are always the techniques and/or stitches!!

  12. Teal Cuttlefish on June 1, 2010 10:33 pm

    Some time ago I saw your yarn swift post at http://crochet.craftgossip.com/a-nifty-yarn-swift/2009/10/19/ and bookmarked it. I went and picked up most of the things I needed at the dollar store, and now I have a swift for far less than the cost of a wooden one! And it’s easy to pack away as well!

  13. Silvija on June 2, 2010 1:36 am

    I really like simple but effective tutorials, that cost nothing. And it’s easy to make, for sure!
    http://felting.craftgossip.com/2010/04/30/tutorial-little-felt-spring-birds/

  14. Silvija on June 2, 2010 1:48 am

    This book is fabulous! I like book reviews because they are time savers. Just read review and you know what a book is about!
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/1000-ideas-for-creative-reuse/2010/05/19/

  15. JAKI on June 2, 2010 2:39 am

    I HAVE TO ADMIT I AM LIKE THE LADY THAT POSTED BEFORE ME THAT WHEN I READ THE E-MAILS AND SUCH THAT ARE ON THIS SITE I SEEM TO GET SO CARRIED AWAY THAT I REALLY DON’T HAVE ANY 1 FAVORITE POST TO WRITE ABOUT.SOMETIMES I WILL SEE AN ARTICLE THAT CATCHES MY ATTENTION AND BEFORE I KNOW IT I HAVE BEEN BROWSING FOR 2 HRS. OR MORE,BECAUSE I SEEM TO FIND MORE AND MORE GOODIES AND PATTERNS AND I JUST CAN’T SEEM TO PRY MYSELF AWAY(LOL)WHICH IS A GOOD THING!!!!!

  16. lee ann beausejour on June 2, 2010 4:06 am

    My favorite posts are when you explain how a certain technique worked or didn’t work for you-and why. And you show pictures of people who made it work for them. You bring the best of crochet ideas to the forefront, and for those of us who can’t spend hours on the computer every day looking at crochet (cause then when would we crochet?) you are a life saver! Thanks JD. Just 1 particular post-naw, can’t do that!

  17. LizzieK8 on June 2, 2010 5:22 am

    I’m brand new here, so the post I’m reading is my favorite! I hope you do this again some time so I can really have some input!

  18. Lettetia on June 2, 2010 7:54 am

    I can’t possibly pick just one of your blog posts because I have learned so much from many of your posts. Your critiques of techniques really help me when deciding if I want to pursue it full throttle or just make one item to learn the technique and move on to something else.

    Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas here on CraftGossip.com.

  19. ronnieT on June 2, 2010 10:03 am

    I enjoy them all…I like the reviews of books and websites. Keep up the great work.

  20. Meredith Chapman on June 2, 2010 10:58 am

    It is WAY TOO HARD to pick A single favorite blog! But If I had to choose a favorite it would definitely be when you show some of the stitches and techniques. Sometimes I find a technique or stitch I have been using is way off the mark and I have been doing it by the seat of my pants! It’s great to learn new techniques, or tweak old ones and add new stitches to my repertoire! Thank you for all the help and insight you have given me over ALL your blogs

  21. CarolineFB on June 10, 2010 6:28 am

    What a great blog you have! I’m an avid crocheter/beginning knitter. Awesome ideas & projects.

    This is a favorite -
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/knitting-and-crochet-daily-tv/2010/05/12/

  22. Kelli Robinson on June 10, 2010 2:48 pm

    This link to help with amigurumi patterns written in Japanese was indispensable: http://crochet.craftgossip.com/amigurumi-pattern-helpers/2007/04/02/. Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Lisa Smith on June 14, 2010 3:47 pm

    http://itsybitsyspidercrochet.blogspot.com/2009/12/mail-bag-healing-powers-of-fuzzy.html from http://crochet.craftgossip.com/stitches-that-heal/2010/04/07/

    I really liked this one due to the fact that it’s true. It’s one of those moments in time where you know that something you make can help the hurting of someone who is sad or sick…or even your own self. When I am sad or lonely, nothing makes me feel better than creating something new and beautiful. Especially when I am missing someone who has passed away, that also crafted with me. When I make a shell afghan, I always think of my Aunt Sis. Or a pair of slippers, I think of my Big Gram. I’ve taught a few people how to crochet…and it’s helped them get out of trouble and concentrate on construction and not destruction…
    It’s amazing what a once ball of yarn can become…outside of an item…it becomes part of ones soul.

  24. Helen Clark on June 14, 2010 10:46 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win one of the books

  25. Barbara James on June 15, 2010 5:20 am

    Can’t really pick just one, but my favorites are the ones in which you talk about, and show, freeform and/or extreme crochet. It is amazing to me the things folks can do with a simple hook and a piece of ‘string.’

  26. Kim R. on June 15, 2010 9:39 am

    Congratulations on your 500th posting!
    My favorite posts are those with recycling ideas such as this one:
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/recycle-those-crochet-mistakes/2008/12/22/
    I love to browse thrift stores for sweaters to find pretty yarn to reuse :)
    Thanks for all the great giveaways!

  27. MarieAnge on June 16, 2010 6:09 pm

    There are so many awesome things that you write about.
    The post that had me dancing was the book review for Doris Chan’s new book “Crochet Lace Innovations” in this post http://crochet.craftgossip.com/doris-chan-scores-again/2010/05/06/

    I love her patterns and this book promises more of the same incredible designs that fit everyone!

    MariAngel on Ravelry

  28. Anne W. on June 22, 2010 8:30 am

    I really love the Amigurumi Pattern Helpers! I have collected so many Japanese crochet patterns, and have actually decided I should learn Japanese for the sole purpose of reading them all. This has really been a huge help!

  29. Susan Spiers on June 22, 2010 10:13 am

    I luv these baby shoes! I was looking for some for the spring/summer, as we have 2 babies coming soon & knitted or crocheted yarn ones are too hot for this time of year & they are so cute!.
    http://www.craftbits.com/project/felt-baby-shoe-pattern-matryoshka-doll
    I also like both these books!

  30. Susan Spiers on June 22, 2010 11:42 am

    I luv this tank top – Fluidity. It looks so cool & the pattern is so lacy. Something that can be worn early spring unto winter with a cover-up.
    http://www.kitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTfluidity.php

    These books are great! Thank you

  31. Susan Spiers on June 22, 2010 12:54 pm

    OOPS! I’m new at this! Can I try this again? Can u delete or disregard 2 previous posts please?

    I luv this tank top – Fluidity. It looks so cool & the pattern is so lacy. Something that can be worn early spring unto winter with a cover-up.
    http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss10/PATTfluidity.php

    These books are great! Thank you

  32. Ricki on June 22, 2010 6:15 pm

    Thank you for letting me have a chance of winning one of your books. You ROCK!

  33. Sydney on June 26, 2010 11:56 am

    I’ve just discovered this blog and love, love, love it!!!! I have so much more to read….can’t wait!!!!

  34. D'Ann Gayler on June 26, 2010 4:10 pm

    Hope you are having a wonderful day.
    Hugz, D’Ann

  35. Sara on June 27, 2010 2:39 am

    There are so many wonderful ideas in your posts, wish I had time to go back and look at all 500! I just love this onehttp://crochet.craftgossip.com/cute-crochet-storage-for-small-things/2010/03/24/
    and also the crocheted button covers.
    I’d sure love to win one of those books!
    all the best!

  36. Karen on June 27, 2010 12:54 pm

    I love to crochet & these books would be great for my collection!

  37. Anne W. on June 27, 2010 1:03 pm

    Ooops! I forgot to include the link to the post about the Amigurumi Pattern Helpers! :/
    It’s really been a great resource for me.
    Thanks again. :)

    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/amigurumi-pattern-helpers/2007/04/02/

  38. jackie on June 28, 2010 6:06 am

    i love the posts about jewellery, its to interesting to see what crochet used in jewellry making.

  39. Karen D on June 28, 2010 7:15 pm

    I like to see new ideas for crochet projects & also like features about new books.

    Karen

  40. Cheryl on June 29, 2010 1:04 am

    I like this post:
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/beaded-bracelet/2009/03/09/
    This bracelet is beautiful.
    I have some beads that I would like
    to try and make this bracelet with.
    Thank you.

  41. Ghost on May 4, 2011 5:06 am

    I really liked this post. It was a quick project that could be quite useful.
    http://willowwould.blogspot.com/2011/03/towel-holder-tutorial.html

    I love fast and quick projects that allow you to use many types of yarn and also use up small scraps.

  42. Peggy on November 17, 2013 7:48 pm

    This looks to be a great book.

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