Get Hooked, Again

Crafty crochet books by Kim Werker for tweens, teens, and grown-ups
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    October 5th, 2006KimMonsters of Teen Craft Book Tour

    I’m totally in love with Adirondack Yarns. We were surprised the drive from Albany was going to take so long, and it was totally worth it. Not only was the foliage stunning, Lake Placid is gorgeous, even in horrid weather. And the store owner, Sue, has the genius to serve coffee and warm sandwiches in the store. So, so welcoming. A full house of teens and adults came by, and much fun was had.

    I totally wished I had eight arms cuz so many crochet lesson were in order. Good thing everyone had quite a knack for picking it up! Marina battled fuzzy yarn before switching to a smoother one, and Kate made two flowers (the second without looking at the pattern):

    Adirondack Yarns - Lake Placid, NY

    See that blue yarn? Grace made a HUGE flower with it.

    Adirondack Yarns - Lake Placid, NY

    Lindsey crochets lightening fast. It was so cool to watch.

    Adirondack Yarns - Lake Placid, NY

    Tomorrow I’ll hop a Greyhound to Boston. I love Boston! Come say hi:

    October 6th (Fri.): Spark Crafts – Somerville, MA
    6:00-8:00pm

    October 7th (Sat.): Mindís Eye Yarns – Cambridge, MA
    12:00pm

    October 8th (Sun.): WEBS – Northampton, MA
    12:00-4:00pm

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    October 5th, 2006KimMonsters of Teen Craft Book Tour

    Less than halfway through the tour and I’m already behind on posting about it! I’ll dive right in.

    We spent Tuesday afternoon at Yarne Source with the fabulous owner Susie and yarn enthusiast Patti. The weather was pretty wretched, but some folks managed to come out.

    Meet Adrienne. Adrienne left work early to drive a half-hour to the store to say hi. She came with books in hand (I was bowled over flattered by this), her wicked mascot, and some crochet (of course). We had a great time, yo.

    Yarne Source - Rochester, NY

    Adrienne took some of the cable patterns from the Adventuring Sage Cable Vest and is making a super warm scarf out of Brown Sheep wool. It was really, really cool to see and touch someone’s Crochet Me project.

    Yarne Source - Rochester, NY

    Over the course of the afternoon, Adrienne whipped up most of a hat from TYV Crocheting:

    Yarne Source - Rochester, NY

    Eve is about the most precocious knitter, ever:

    Yarne Source - Rochester, NY

    Christie overcame her fear of spinning:

    Yarne Source - Rochester, NY

    Here’s what our spread looked like:

    Yarne Source - Rochester, NY

    Big thanks to the fabulous Yarne Source community for having us!

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    October 3rd, 2006KimIn General

    Have you stitched up a MOTC mascot yet? Want to see how other people have altered or adapted the pattern? Check out the Flickr party of mascots. There are already a few who have joined the party, and there’s room for lots more! You do have to be a Flickr member, but it’s free and awesome. Just upload photos of your mascots, and tag them MOTCmascot.

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    October 2nd, 2006KimMonsters of Teen Craft Book Tour

    Yesterday was The. Big. Day.

    9:30am, we met up with Team Knitty at the event site, and thus began a day filled with more yarn humour than I’d ever experienced in such fabulous concentration. Want a snapshot? Read Jenna’s interview with Shannon.

    The weather was perfect (at least for the walk), and the company was better. Here are Shannon and me, with Puck and Humphrey geared up to get going. Around my neck is the “yarn” I mentioned in my last post. It’s wool! On my neck! It’s Malabrigo yarn in the colour Orchid, from my secret pal. I could swim in a pool of this yummy, yummy yarn. It’s a simple [hdc, ch 1] pattern, and I whipped it up in about 15 seconds. I feel like my life will never be the same now that I’ve worn a wool scarf. Ok. On with the photos.

    Shannon, Puck, Humphrey, Kim

    Team Knitty. A huge pat on the back to Amy for organizing us all.

    Team Knitty

    Humphrey got decked out for the cause:

    Humphrey, for the cure

    He and Puck enjoyed a ride in Jenna‘s Rogue. Yeah, it was pretty wicked to meet Jenna, and to see her Rogue. I want to knit one. Maybe in ’09.

    Humphrey & Puck in Rogue

    There were a lot of people walking and running. It was pretty incredible to be surrounded by so many people contributing to the same cause. And there’s still time to be a part of it! Donations are being accepted until the end of the month. I’m still a couple hundred dollars from reaching my goal of raising $1000, so please donate today!

    Run For The Cure

    After an amazing brunch of yummy eats, much hilarity, and too much coffee, it was off to Lettuce Knit for the MOTC tour kick-off. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun in a yarn store. It was filled with people all afternoon, and there were hooks and needles flying non-stop. Megan was a fabulously hospitable host, who managed always to have a hook at the ready for an impromptu crochet lesson. Here she is with Denny, who has the the best rhymes for teaching crochet. Just remember: when it’s time to complete a single crochet, chop off the ears! (Yes, I had a bit of a woozy feeling when I first met Denny: she’s as incredible as all the internets have proclaimed her to be.)

    Megan & Denny @ Lettuce Knit

    David was the best. And not just because he told me I managed the impossible by teaching him how to crochet.

    David: Now a Crocheter

    This is June. She spilled navy nail polish on her pants by accident, so she took a blue marker to them to cover it up. They’re the coolest pants I’ve ever seen (this photo is terrible for showing them off).

    June. We also chatted about double crochet.

    I want to learn how to spin!

    Shannon will teach me!

    Maria. I won’t tell you what she likes to wear when she knits. She’s going to test out Get Hooked to learn how to crochet, and I won’t tell you what she plans to wear when she crochets, either.

    Maria, fully clothed

    I managed not to get Emma in pixels. Emma is my new BFF. We got to geek out about yarn AND stitches AND Drupal.

    Next stop: Rochester, NY! Come say hi at Yarne Source tomorrow from noon to 5pm!

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    September 29th, 2006KimMonsters of Teen Craft Book Tour

    Greetings from Toronto!

    The tour doesn’t kick off for a couple of days, but Humphrey and I wanted to get settled into east coast time and explore the city a bit before all the excitement begins. Plus, my good friend’s celebrating a birthday tomorrow and I’m excited to spend it with her. (Happy birthday, C!)

    Humphrey, about to embarkAnyway. Here’s Humphrey all geared up for our flight this morning from Vancouver. Those pins help keep his hat on what with all the moving around. You understand.

    When I was setting up this photo, the woman sitting to the right of us looked down and asked, “Is it an internet thing?” What. Is it only internet people who photograph monsters in the airport? Anyway, I replied that “Yes. Yes it is.” And we shared a chuckle.

    So. Toronto’s easily navigable by public transit, which seems to be fairly ubiquitous. I must say, though, that I’m not entirely sure why everyone says it’s so clean. I mean, sure: I wouldn’t eat off the ground in the New York City subway system, but it’s not like TO’s is immaculate. See:

    Toronto Subway

    Tomorrow: Yarn!

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    September 25th, 2006KimMonsters of Teen Craft Book Tour

    Humphrey: MOTC Book Tour MascotAt long last, we’ve got the Monsters of Teen Craft book tour mascot patterns ready! You can download the PDF file (240KB) by clicking here. Whip up some monsters and bring ’em with you when you come to a MOTC event! And if you’re a photo nut, tag ’em MOTCmascot on Flickr so all the mascots can have a party.

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    September 21st, 2006KimBehind the Scenes

    Pre-Tour Haircut
    Originally uploaded by kpwerker.

    T-minus 8 days till I leave for Toronto for the Run For The Cure and the tour launch! In addition to a massive book deadline (um, tomorrow), I have a million loads of laundry to do. And I’ve already begun to think about packing. And today – because clearly I needed a three-hour break when I have such a big deadline tomorrow – I got my hair cut and dyed (and Humphrey came along for the fun).

    This is the before photo. Come on out to say hi to see my new ‘do!

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    September 21st, 2006KimMonsters of Teen Craft Book Tour

    MOTC Mascot: Meet Humphrey
    Originally uploaded by kpwerker.

    Shannon and I are gearing up to launch our book tour next weekend, and I’m happy to introduce you to Humphrey.

    Humphrey loves Twizzlers, hand-dyed yarn, and his best friend – Sally the sock monkey. He’s one of the official Monsters of Teen Craft book tour mascots, and he takes his job very seriously.

    The pattern is being prepared now, and will be published for free in the next few days. Stay tuned so you, too, can make your own Humphrey and bring him to one of our events so he can play with all the other mascots!

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    September 11th, 2006KimReviews

    The Fall 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet has just come out, and they include a great review of Get Hooked! Here’s what they say:

    “This funky, retro-inspired project book provides step-by-step crochet instruction, tip tidbits, and projects in an easily digestible, colorful format sure to hook the teen or preteen crafter.”

    I’m not sure about the retro-inspired part, but I’m so glad they liked it!

    I wrote the Ravelings essay in this issue, and Get Hooked designer Annette Petavy has two patterns in it (they’re my favourites, too).

    Woo hoo!

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    Get Your Daily Fiber

    This past Saturday, photographer Pamela Bethel and I had a photo shoot for the follow-up to Get Hooked – it’ll come out in about a year. (We don’t have a title yet! Soon…) Imagine my amusement when I discovered this behind-the-scenes shot also features Modern Yarn‘s awesome Daily Fiber t-shirt (it’s one of my faves – so comfy!). How appropriate! We’ll be stopping there on our tour next month, so come on by and get one for yourself!

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