Get Hooked, Again Crafty crochet books by Kim Werker for tweens, teens, and grown-ups
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    February 19th, 2007KimReviews

    What a pleasant surprise! i picked up the spring 2007 issue of FC Easy Crochet this weekend, and there was Get Hooked right there on page 14. Cool! Here’s what they say about the book:

    “Though it’s aimed at the middle-school set, too-cool patterns (including punky fingerless gloves and a pleated miniskirt) may convince you to pick up a copy of this beginner book for yourself. The author… offers clear instructions and hip Web resources in addition to such extras as info on dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid, forming crochet clubs, and choosing movies to crochet by.”

    I’m literally drooling to make the colorwork bag in this magazine. Gotta meet some more deadlines before I get all reckless and start fun projects, though.

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    February 7th, 2007KimReviews

    Get Hooked was awarded a 4-star (out of 4!) review and is listed as “highly recommended” by The Manitoba Library Association‘s Canadian Review of Materials.

    “This book will hook you from the moment you see the cover with its vibrant colours, fresh faced models and really cool crocheted items…

    The book begins with an Introduction: Why Crochet? In language that will appeal to tweens and teens, the author says why crocheting is an addictive pastime but also warns that it is important to take frequent breaks to stretch your fingers and rotate your wrists. Excellent advice I did not expect to find in this book. Informative hints and tidbits appear throughout this extremely user-friendly manual. Interesting asides such as crocheting for charity, using hoop earrings as stitch markers, how to start a crochet club or host a crocheting party and how to felt yarn all help keep this craft book inspirational.”

    The reviewer’s daughter loved the book, and has even made a few projects from it. The review is quite long; I only quoted a small bit of it. Woo hoo!

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    December 18th, 2006KimInterviews, Reviews

    When we were in New York for the MOTC book tour, I had the pleasure of spending time with crochet designer Dora Ohrenstein (look for a fab design of hers in Chain Reaction next fall). She’s just published our chat in Crochet Insider. Check it out for all sorts of stuff about Crochet Me, my terrible singing voice, the hotness of crochet right now, and why it’s important to write well.

    Amy O’Neill Houck also wrote a great review of Get Hooked (scroll down), in which she describes it as, “the book my young crochet students have been looking for.” Awesome. (Full disclosure: Amy designed an awesome tie-front vest for Chain Reaction, but that’s no reason for her to like Get Hooked so much, right?)

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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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    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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    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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    May 31st, 2006KimReviews, Signings & Events

    This blog has lain dormant for long enough! It’s time to get postin’, dontcha think?

    Advance copies of Get Hooked are being sent out, and I’m super excited to see that bloggers like it! MK Carroll, who designed the Sushi Roll Pillow in the book but hadn’t seen the rest of it until she got her copy in the mail, wrote a review on her blog. And crochet teacher/designer Amy O’Neill Houck just wrote a great review on her blog, The Hook and I. (Amy also posted a photo of me the day I saw the whole book for the first time. I don’t have a comb-over in real life. Really.)

    I’m preparing to do my first signing of the book at The National NeedleArts Association trade show next weekend in Indianapolis. It’s a trade-only show, but if your local yarn store owner is going, tell them to drop by and say hi and get a free book!

    I can’t believe the book won’t be available for another couple of months. But I’m so excited to start showing it off!

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