While you can still enter the “Designer Amigurumi”-giveaway (simply go here, and leave your comment), I’m delighted to tell you that today’s post comes with a marvelous giveaway as well!
My truly super-talented and longtime crochet friend Shelley / @spincushions has just published a new book – “Granny Square Flair”, and she has graciously allowed me to give away a copy of that fan-tas-tic book. Believe you me: this is another must-have book for all of us granny square and crochet lovers.
I’ve been a huge fan of Shelley’s work ever since I found her on Instagram, more than 5 years ago. At that point she was slowly but surely changing her focus from one craft (making the most beautiful and cute pincushions, as you can see one enchanting example of here) to another, crochet, and it is safe to say that the crochet world in general has benefited from that.
The book that has just come out is not Shelley’s first book, but it is her first ‘printed on paper’-book that, by the way, is also available as an e-book (as are all her previously published books, all 8! of them, as listed here).
I’ve had the honor to review some of Shelley’s earlier books, and as I was reading through those posts (here, here, and here), I found myself commenting on my own statements, going “yes”, “exactly”, “so true”!
All comments, observation and praise given there are germane for this new book, and that alone is a pretty impressive accomplishment.
You see, “Granny Square Flair” has not only 50 (!) fantastic granny square designs, it also has an extensive and wonderful section of “crochet techniques”, the bonus of which are Shelley’s very own clever crochet tips to make your crochet even look better.
“Granny Square Flair” in a nutshell:
* 50 crochet square patterns in both chart and written format;
* at least 3 color options for each of the 50 patterns;
* hints and tips for seamless crochet and how to make your crochet shine;
* joining options;
* 11 projects you can make with everything explained (below you see 3 of them ↓ – );
* guidance on making your own projects from choosing patterns to planning layout as well as choosing yarn and calculating yarn requirements;
* glossary of all stitches and techniques used with full explanations;
* there is a US-terms edition, as well as a UK-terms version (both for sale here, and here).
So far, I’ve crocheted 2 patterns from this book, and used different colors for both of them. I think you know I love geometric crochet, so I had to try “Quion” (I mean: a triangle, a circle and a square all in one design, what’s not to love?)… and I like how these 3 came out.
When I had a closer look at granny square “Killarney”, I thought “mmm… wouldn’t it be cool, if I could crochet all front-post-stitches in the same color, thus creating a kind of elevated trellis on the granny squares.
This meant I had to carry the fp-stitches-yarn in all rounds, which was a bit fiddly at first; seeing how well it worked out though, made up for the fiddlyness :-)! I am so, SO happy with how this cushion turned out!
Even though it’s kind of hard to part with a project I really liked working on, and love how it looks now that it is finished, I’ve already put the “Killarney Cushion” up for sale in my webshop.
I hope it will find a lovely new home to live in.
By the way: more “maRRose”-projects will be put up for sale soon; there are way too many finished projects in my – spacious – studio … Marie Kondo here I come ;-)!
Soooo… how to enter the “Granny Square Flair”-giveaway? Please leave a comment under this post, telling me whether you prefer a hard copy of Shelley’s book, or the pdf-version; the giveaway is open to all (yay!), and will close Sunday August 19, 2018 – 22:00 (CET).
Make sure I can reach you via email – if I do not hear back from the winner within 24 hrs after notification, a new winner will be drawn.
Wishing you all good luck, and a super happy Weekend!