Sunday, July 13, 2014

We have a Winner

Congratulations to Wendy from Oklahoma for winning a copy of Tammy Hildebrands newest book Crochet for Baby All Year.  You can read my review below. Crochet for Baby All Year is available through Amazon.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Book Review and Giveaway: Crochet for Baby All Year by Tammy Hildebrand

Well just in time for 4th of July I am reviewing Tammy Hildebrand newest book, Crochet for Baby All Year, published by Stackpole Books.

A little bit about Tammy, she also wrote Crochet Wraps Every Which Way which I reviewed here at I Hook Design. She is Vice-President of the Crochet Guild of America. Her designs have been in many publications including but not limited to Crochet!, Crochet World and has made the cover of Interweave Crochet, and many yarn companies. You can keep up with her at

First, it's easy to see the inspiration for the book, the main model is Tammy's new grand-daughter Willow.  The fact that every month of the year has a girl and boy outfit is perfect. It's also nice that all patterns cover the 3 month-18 month sizes.

I have chosen to do a Q&A with Tammy about the book:

K: Obviously your grand-daughter inspired the book, where did all the designs by month come from?
T: During that first year,they change from a helpless little bundle to a distinct little person right before your eyes! They grow out of everything literally overnight so I thought it would be fun to make a new design for each month.  I also often hear that baby boys designs are hard to find so that's why I included both little girls and little boys.

K: What design is your favorite? 
T: I really love September with the cheerleader and football player.  My little models were so cute in them and my dad was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  He would have loved these!

K: Which was the easiest to come up with?
T: I'm not sure if it was the easiest, but the October dinosaurs were the most fun.  Once I  had the vision, I just couldn't stitch fast enough because I wanted to get it on Willow and see the finished design.

K: How long did it take to create the designs to gather for a book?
T: I'm not much of a planner and really just design as I go.  I had a rough idea of my game plan but then I just develop the ideas as I work on them.  It is more of an ongoing process rather than a 1, 2, 3 step plan.  I typically don't swatch or sketch.  I just make!

K: I love the picture index in the back, was that your idea?
T: The index is the idea if my brilliant publisher.  I love it too!

K: How has being a grandmother changed your life?
T: OMGosh I could write a whole book here!  How hasn't it changed?  My life is different in every way since we welcomed Willow into our lives.

K: How has it changed what and how you design?
T: Since I don't typically design children's clothes, that was a big change right there!

K: What are you going to tell Willow and her children someday about this book and her modeling adventure?
T: Willow is a big ham and likes to be the center of attention (just like her mother was!) so she will take a lot of enjoyment from having this keepsake book. As soon as it arrived I showed it to her and she was grinning.  She has changed so much just in the short time since our photo shoot!

There are so many little details about this book that I really like.  For instance the index in the back makes it so easy to find the month/holiday outfit you are looking for.  The is a color coded edge at the top of the pages which makes it easier to find what you are looking for as you fan the pages.

My favorite (well 3 favorites) are the Beach Babies, Boo and Happy Independence Day.  I never thought about bathing suits for babies, especially trunks for the boys but these are so cute.They are made with Cascade Yarns Fixation, which I am familiar with. It's a cotton/elastic blend, perfect for running around the beach or the sprinkler.  The color pop is what I love about Happy Independence Day, I know it's red, white and blue but the way Tammy worked those colors makes me smile. In Boo (October) Stanley or Stella the Stegosaurus costumes are just too cute!

Thanks Tammy

I am having a giveaway of Crochet for Baby All Year, the winner will receive a copy directly from the publisher.
All you have to do to enter is:
1. leave a comment here at I Hook Design after this post.
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The entry time is today through next Wednesday July 9th because of the long holiday weekend.  Make sure to pass on to friends.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Time is flying...

This week I will be busy finishing up my WIP for the CGoA fashion show.

I also have a project I'm working on for more about this in a seperate post....

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review of Lo-Lo Bar Moisturizer

Sorry I'm a little late with my weekly review... where did this week go..
This week is another purchase made at Stitches South.  

The Lo-Lo Bar Moisturizer.

This wonderful all over moisturizer comes in a reusable tin and is in cake form, easily kept in my project bag.  

The scent I chose is Pink Grapefruit, natural eco-friendly ingredients made in small batches from a family recipe.  You can use it on dry skin or right out of the bath or shower while still damp.  

Another bonus I discovered that is great since I live in Florida, is it works on bug bites, yes they love love me. I do not have curly hair but had my friend try it for frizz control (again Florida) and she loved it. 
It's really a wonder product, I do use it most while crocheting to keep hands and cuticles smooth so yarn does not catch and because it's not greasy I can continue to  keep working, doesn't stain yarn.  I have found it lasts through multiple washings, this feature I'm thinking would be perfect for a nurse friend as a gift..... check out their web site here for this product and many others....

Monday, May 26, 2014

Namaste Part 2...Accesssories

Last week I reviewed The Harlow Bag from Namaste Inc. This week I have two accessories to share.

First up is the Jemma pouch. This small pouch has a zipper closure, the interior is the wonderful micro-suede used in their bags. Of course the outside is the same easy to clean vegan animal friendly faux leather just like the bags. This little gem is great for personal use such as change, personal items, lipstick and maybe for beads for that project you tote around. You decide how it will work for you.

The Better Buddy case has the same interior and exterior features as the bags but....the inside bottom and lid have a built in magnet to keep your small metal accessories, like sewing/yarn needles, stitch markers and scissors, stable. I love that I can easily find the size needle I need in a breeze. The lid and bottom have an easily removable divider to keep things in separate compartments.  Everything stays secure with a strong snap closure the look is finished with a beautiful stitched edge. I have it in my purse as I write this, along with a small project for a day excursion.

Both of these items come in great colors..canary yellow, caribbean blue, eggplant, espresso, hollywood pink, lime, pumpkin spice and red.  The Better Buddy also comes in black, of course I have red in both to match my Harlow bag.

I purchased these items at Stitches South in Atlanta.  Check the Namaste web site here where you can also find other accessory items and retailers in your area.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Yarn Bombing Manchester NH in July

Spread the word, we are going to yarn bomb Manchester NH during the CGoA and TKoA conference in July. This is a great way to use up scraps and for knit/cro groups and guilds.  To participate from near or far read on....

Join in on our Respectful Rebellion and Be a part of a YARN BOMB! 
Yarn Bomb: A type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth, rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. We invite you to join us in a yarn bomb of the Radisson Hotel and courtyard during the 2014 Knit & Crochet Show.

A few tips to help build the "Bomb": 
  • Knit and/or crochet an 8" x 8" square or 8" x 16" rectangle using
    yarn of your choice!- great use for leftover yarn!
  • Bright colors are best
  • It doesn't have to be perfect
  • Send your swatches before June 15th
Not coming to the Knit & Crochet Show? THAT'S OKAY! 
You can still participate in the YARN BOMBING from afar by mailing in your swatches to the follow address by June 15th. All swatches will be donated at the end of the conference for blankets and afghans. 

1100-H Brandywine Blvd.
Zanesville, OH 43701 

Items left at the end will be pieced together into blankets and scarves and donated to local charities.
 Yarn Bombing Presented by 


Monday, May 19, 2014

Review Monday..Namaste Harlow Bag

This weeks review is of the Namaste bag The Harlow. I purchased it at Stitches South in April.
I can't say enough about this bag and it's features, when I purchased it I knew I had another 3 weeks on the road to see family in the NY area. This bag was so convenient to use in and out of hotels.  It carried my current projects and what I needed for the overnight stay.  Here are the features.


I love this little snap closure that keeps the handles together. It makes the bag more comfortable on the shoulder or in the hand.  

 The  hardware for the clips is substantial, this is a swivel hook which ensure the detachable shoulder strap won't get twisted.

Here  you can see the front has one large file pocket, great for files, notebooks, magazines. In addition to the file pocket are to snap close smaller pockets for the little essentials like calculator, phone, hand cream, keys...

This feature was a pleasant surprise, how many purses do we  have that have handles and shoulder straps?The handles aren't usually designed to be removed, well these are with easy but strong snaps. I love this, when using the shoulder straps the handles aren't flopping all over the place. 

 The interior is so roomy for anything and everything. Large projects or all the needs of a flight carry on bag.  Notice the two smaller interior pockets..
 This is the exterior zipper pocket, great to secure items within reach. Each side has a pocket as well, which is perfect for the water bottle , 
cords ...
 This is the file pocket, which also has two magnetic snaps.

All Namaste bags come in great colors, if you know me, then you know red was the obvious choice. The bags are made of very durable, animal friendly and easy to clean materials.
" At Namaste we believe that fashion and function can exist together"

Namaste is a family run business out of California.  For more information, purchase a bag or find a retailer click here.

I am a NAMASTERIAN... will you be?
Next Monday will be Namaste accessories.....

Friday, May 16, 2014

WIP (work in progress)

This is my current WIP. It's coming along nicely using Cascade Yarns Forest Hills yarn, a silk and merino wool blend. It's great to work with and the motifs are made using an H hook so they are light and airy. I alternated the motif colors to add some interest..... ok back to it..