Get Hooked, Again

Crafty crochet books by Kim Werker for tweens, teens, and grown-ups
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    August 21st, 2006KimIn General

    After we went to print, we learned that Patons Katrina yarn – featured in the Fingerless Gloves pattern in the book, and soon to be shown off in a free pattern on this site – was being discontinued. Gah! The yarn is super soft and has great stretch. You can substitute Cascade Fixation or another stretchy yarn for it.

    For now, Elann.com has some Katrina at a huge discount. Snatch some up while you can!

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    August 19th, 2006KimIn General

    LibraryThing is so awesome. I just found it via Jillian‘s blog, and I’ve been tooling around adding books to my list. Such fun. Looks to be loads of knitters on there, but very few crocheters. So join the Crocheters group I started up, too. Not that I want to moderate another group, or anything. But there wasn’t one and I thought there should be. So.

    [x-posted @ crochetme.com]

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    August 18th, 2006KimBehind the Scenes

    Before I start reading a book I always read the dedication and acknowledgments. I like seeing a little bit behind the scenes. So I figured maybe I’d write a little about the dedication in Get Hooked now, and more about the acknowledgments in another post.

    I dedicated the book to my little brother David. He and I don’t have too much in common, but I admire him a whole lot. David has a keen ability to dedicate himself to topics he loves; he’ll read books upon books about a subject he’s interested in. He’s not intimidated by a challenge, and his ego doesn’t get bruised if he doesn’t master something on his very first try. He’s a cool guy, and he’s about to start a new job in a new place. I wish him all the best of luck, and I send him a big hug.

    The book was also dedicated to the memory of my Uncle Ed, who died far, far too young last fall. I didn’t get to know him as well as I should have, and even so I don’t think I knew him as well as I thought I did. When he died, I met friends and colleagues of his I’d hardly known anything about, and through them I saw my uncle in new and enlightening ways. I wish I’d had more time to know him. I always felt loved by him, and he always told me he was proud of me. He was self-depricating, but he was a smart, talented man, and he is sorely missed.

    Finally, the book is dedicated to summer camps, where the magic happens. I spent almost every summer of my life from the time I was in pre-school to the summer I turned 25 at a camp of some sort. The experiences I had as a camper and a counselor were some of the most formative in my life. I experienced nature for the first time (seriously! I was born in the concrete jungle). I had my first kiss. I made friends from near and far. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats. I got crafty for the first time: making friendship bracelets for hours on end, teaching kids to make hemp necklaces, making gimp lanyards for everyone I know. Mostly, I dedicate the book to all the amazing teenagers I worked with over the years. I learned more from them than they possibly could have learned from me. Writing Get Hooked got me back in touch with all that, which is why working on the book was so much fun. Oh, the memories!

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    August 16th, 2006KimReviews

    Crochet todayThe new Crochet Today mag gives Get Hooked a great review. Woo hoo! They say I’ve written, “the perfect crochet book for teens. With easy-to-follow instructions and loads of detailed photos, she presents the basics of crochet in an easy-to-understand format.” For that, I must give a huge shout-out to my good friend and photographer extraordinaire, Pamela Bethel. Pam shot all the tutorial photos in the book, and was super patient with me, the first-time hand model. Remind me to write about our two marathon photo shoots in my house…

    But wait! There’s more in Crochet Today’s review: “We really love: The designs require only beginner skills, but are interesting enough to keep experienced crocheters hooked, too.” For that, of course, I must give a huge shout-out to the fabulous designers who came up with awesome patterns for the book. We worked long and hard to make simple designs look uber-cool, even for advanced stitchers. You can learn more about the designers by following the links here.

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    August 7th, 2006KimBuy the Book

    Only 2 Copies Left In Stock
    Originally uploaded by kpwerker.

    My brother just pointed this out to me. I’m so psyched! Thanks to everyone who’s ordered a copy so far. I hope you love it!

    (Ooh, and if you love it, post a review on the amazon.com page! *wink*)

    [Thanks, Dave.]

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    Get Hooked is now shipping from Powells.com, our preferred online independent bookstore, and also from amazon.com! I can only imagine that means it’s on book shelves across the land (has anybody seen it?). Woo hoo!

    And had I mentioned our Monsters of Teen Craft book tour is on Myspace now?

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    July 6th, 2006KimBuy the Book

    Get Hooked is available for preordering at Amazon and Chapters, but it looks like Elann.com is shipping now. Woo hoo!

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    July 6th, 2006KimReviews

    There’s a new crochet mag coming out, and it looks to be a great one. Crochet Today will launch sometime in August (one of my amigurumi patterns will be in it), and there’s a sneak preview on the Coats & Clark web site — featuring what looks to be a review of Get Hooked! Woo hoo!

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    June 23rd, 2006KimIn General

    Check it out!

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    June 19th, 2006KimBehind the Scenes

    Get Hooked, on a poster!

    Originally uploaded by kpwerker.

    I’m back after a whirlwind six days that involved (in no particular order of importance):

    • TNNA and my first Get Hooked signing (more photos and deets to come)
    • Driving through four states. (Right. I didn’t drive. But I did sit in the back seat, sick.)
    • Lots of planning for the Monsters of Teen Craft book tour, coming to a town near you in October
    • A cockroach the size of Manhattan
    • My first encounter with the NYPD
    • This line, as told to a cab driver at JFK airport: “To La Guardia. As fast as you can!”
    • An airport hotel in Toronto
    • Yarn, yarn, and more yarn
    • A scene made at a restaurant after too much Pepsi and not enough sleep. It did involve banging on the table, a vein popping out of the side of my neck, and Suss Cousins inquiring in response, “Why do crocheters have so much rage?” Yeah. Oy.

    More when I’ve had a chance to catch up.

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