Book Review and Giveaway!!!!

Book Review and Giveaway!!!!

Wraps For All Seasons


If you have followed me for long… You know I love to collect great crochet books!!  I have written many reviews over the last couple of years for All Free Crochet and other crochet sites..

When my dear friend Andee Graves asked me if I would like to check out her newly released crochet pattern booklet, I jumped at the chance!  Andee has been a crochet designer for many years and has so many beautiful patterns; I was so excited to have a chance to browse through her latest publication… Wraps For All Season!  It combines 4 of my favorite things, Yarn, Crochet, Wraps and Andee… This fabulous booklet is published by Annie’s Crochet and features 6 different designs.

Annie’s Crochet was kind enough to send me a copy to drool over… And even better~ they will be sending a copy of this awesome book to one of my fans!!  You could be the lucky winner… Just read how you can enter at the bottom of this post!!

You can purchase this in paperback or Kindle download… Check it out!

So, now a little about Wraps For All Season…

Six magnificent designs, each one a different shape, size, style and technique.  If you were to ask me which one was my favorite design, it would be so hard to choose. I wear wraps very frequently, I live in an area where the temperature varies and my “daytime job” as a purchasing agent for a forest products company means I am out in the plant, going between buildings and sitting at my desk… Layering is a must and I love to show off my crochet… I think I may have to make every one of these patterns!  But, the Frosty Mornings Crescent Shawl on page 16 has drawn me in and will be my first project!! Feminine and elegant, this pattern will surely draw attention!!  The Autumn Days Shawlette page 10 would be perfect for the current season! Even though the Summer Seaside Shaw page 7  sounds like it’s for warmer weather… It is a larger shawl and the edging is magnificent… I would wear this one year round!! It just so happens the Hint of Spring wrap page 2 is my favorite color scheme… I would love to use the same yarn and keep this one at work!  The Sassy Spring Wrap page 5 simply puts a smile on my face!! Lastly but of course not least, the Winterfall Ruana on page 13 is something I have always wanted to make… full coverage and versatile!

As usual, this Annie’s Booklet has great pictures, clear print, a great stitch guide and photo tutorial of the stitches used in the back of the book.  This will be a great addition to my Crochet Book Library!!  I hope you will make this your newest edition to your collection too!!

Here is a coupon for discounted shipping from Annie’s….

Now… How would you like to be the winner of this fabulous book??  Here are the rules…

  1. Giveaway for Unites States residents only… Sorry all my other friends… Annie’s has been gracious enough to give this and mail it..
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you think about this review and book
  3. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Monday October 31st, 2016
  4. Each comment will be given a random number on November 1st and then I will use a number randomizer to choose the winner and post it right here!

Check out Andee’s other designs on her website, mamas2hands on Facebook and on Ravelry she has 125 designs… Don’t miss out!!

Happy Crocheting!!


Tuesday Night Crochet Tips…. Checking Gauge!!

Tuesday Night Crochet Tips…. Checking Gauge!!

When following a pattern do you check out the gauge suggestion?? It is very important to take the time to work up the gauge swatch.  Have you ever noticed you project doesn’t turn out the same size as the pattern or you run out of yarn??

Here are a few reasons why testing the gauge will help!!


  1. Hooks ~ I have all styles of hooks in my collection, different brands, different styles and different materials…  Some of my favorite hooks are my wooden collection… I love the way they feel!  I have hooks with handles that are good for easing the tension in hands… I have standard aluminum hooks,,, I have plastic and acrylic hooks too!!  I try to use a standard aluminum hook for designing patterns,,, If you use a different brand, style or material type than I’ve used,,, This could change your gauge.
  2. Yarn ~ Believe it or not… The word Bulky, Worsted or any other style of yarn #1,#2, #3, #4, #5 will not all give you the same result depending on the brand…  For instance, If I use a #4 Worsted Weight Yarn in my pattern, and I choose Red Heart with Love…  You choose #4 Worsted Weight Caron Simply Soft… Both great yarns!!!  Results in the end will vary greatly… The Caron Simply Soft is a slightly thinner #4 yarn and your project will turn out smaller and lighter.
  3. Tension ~ Most of you probably realize that each of us has a different crochet tension… This is by the way the yarn carries through our hands… over the hook and how we pull through the loops of the stitches… Most beginners have a tighter tension and with practice this can be easily fixed.  Remember.. Relax,, We love to crochet!!  But, over all any other slight tension issues are just a personal thing and can make your gauge different.

So… How do you measure gauge…  The pattern will indicate how many stitches by how many rows of a specific stitch pattern, then give you the dimensions…

Example ~ 7 sc x 7 rows = 2″ x 2″ – I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice worsted weight and an H aluminum hook.

Checking Gauge

You will work this up and measure to see how close your are!  If you are off, start with changing hook sizes. If it is still off – You may want to try a different brand yarn.  Make sure to crochet extra stitches and rows, measure in the middle… The top, bottom and sides may not have the same size stitching too!

Remember… Gauge is our friend!!

Happy Crocheting!!



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