Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway


     To celebrate my first book I've set up a blog tour and will be giving away a signed copy of my Elegant, Fashionable and Chic Accessories to Crochet along with 1 skein of Casablanca yarn from Cascade Yarns to make one of the projects.
     What is a blog tour?? 
    A virtual tour of several designers and yarn sites to read what they  have to say about my new book Elegant, Fashionable and Chic, you will also be educated and inspired by these amazing women and their passions. 
    To enter my giveaway you just come back here to make a comment based on something you read about the book on one of the guest blogs, you must be registered to comment as this cuts down on spam, and subscribe to ihookdesign blog via email.   One winner will be chosen at random on Saturday October 11th, National I Love Yarn Day  http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/I-Love-Yarn.   Winner will be notified by email to then give me their mailing address.  Prize will only be mailed to an address in the USA.
     Please visit these wonderful blogs that are so full of information, there may be other giveaways on these sites too. The participants offer various types of information on crochet, yarn and local yarn stores around the country.

Mark your calendars

Stop 1: Friday September 6th-I’m honored to have the first stop be Hot Lava Crochet, www.hotlavacrochet.blogspot.com  the fabulous 
Tammy Hildebrand (couldn't resist using red for Tammy) who recently had a design on the COVER of Interweave Crochet magazine.  She is a ball of energy and is active with the Crochet Guild of America. 

Stop 2: Tuesday, September 10th - Amy Shelton of www.crochetville.com if you’re a crocheter and have never been to Crochetville you have no idea of the crochet friendships that await you.  This site is dedicated to crocheters, the business of crochet and supporting the craft we love.

Stop 3:   Thursday September 12th- The very talented Susan Lowman, also known as The Crochet Architect www.thecrochetarchitect.com Susan has worked in the crochet industry for many years as a tech editor and designer.  Her Wiggly Crochet book was a great hit, her current book is Jewelry to Crochet available from Annie’s.  She also worked with the legendary Rita Weiss on the new book Complete Guide to Symbol Crochet.

Stop 4:  Sunday September 15th - Kristin Omdahl at 
www.styledbykristen.com Kristen has the most amazing sense of style.  She has written many books including Crochet So Fine, Seamless Crochet and The Finer Edge.    Her designs can be found in several crochet magazines including Crochet!, Interweave Crochet, Crochet Today.

Stop 5: Wednesday September 25th Cascade Yarns- www.cascadeyarns.blogspot.com  I would encourage everyone to check out this blog, they have a beautiful selection of yarns that are high quality and a great value.  All of the projects in Elegant, Fashionable and Chic were made with Cascade Yarns.  Cascade is a major sponsor of the Stitches Events held around the country four times a year.

Stop 6:  Wednesday October 2nd - Mary Neill at www.americasknitting.com  this is a site you will go back to again and again. Mary has her pulse on the local yarn stores of the country and her enthusiasm and support is contagious. She keeps an updated map of the stores in the country so that wherever you are you can go to this site to find a store to get your fix.


Stop 7-The Final Stop: Wednesday October 9th – Gwen Blakley Kinsler at  http://crochetqueen-royalramblings.blogspot.com/ Gwen is the founder of The Crochet Guild oAmerica, she truly celebrates crochet and the art that it is. Her newest book is The Fine Art of Crochet. Gwen is a sought after teacher, designer and fiber artist add to that list she has written children's crochet book too. 

21 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to participating in your blog tour next week. Keep up the great designing work!
    Susan Lowman

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  2. I was just reading what Amy Shelton wrote. Wow, gloves that you can pull back the tips of the thumb and first finger sections to expose your fingertips so you can use your smartphone without having to take off your glove. So cool! I also like that there are patterns for man in the book.

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    1. Thank you Ann I like designing things that are practical. The Purple Mountain hat also unties to pull over head to become a cowl too. Thanks for visiting

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  3. Amy likes the color and texture of the pacific northwest set. It's my favorite, too.

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    1. Thanks Mary, red is my favorite color, I 'm so glad that set made the cover. The scarf is an infinity scarf and the bottons on the hat and gloves work, they're not just for show. Thanks for visiting. Good Luck in the contest

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    2. Mary you are the winner of the signed copy of Elegant Fashionable Chic book and a skein of Cascade Yarn Casablanca. Please contact me here to confirm and get mailing info by MONDAY THE 14TH... CONGRATULATIONS

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  4. I read about your book on Susan's blog. Very nice sets!

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    1. Thank you, I really enjoy making gloves and mitts, Good Luck with the giveaway...Thanks for visiting

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  5. I read the review of the 6 sets of scarves, hats, & mittens on Cascade blog. My favorite is the Southwest Scaf, Headband, and Mitts set. I like the sporty look of it.

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  6. Thank you, I am just obsessed with crochet cables. The colorways of Casablanca are beautiful. Good Luck You can find me on Ravelry Karen McKenna and facebook Karen Hermansen McKenna and Pinterest auntkaren4

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  7. Having returned from the CGOA conference, where we had class together, finding the review about your book from the Crochet Queen blog and reading all the posts of these fabulous designers that we got to meet at the conference is more icing to the cake.Congratulations on getting the book published!... I sure hope I can get a copy of it. Certainly, calls my attention the Metro Headwrap and gloves as shown by Amy Shelton and the Heartland set shown by Susan Lowman. Oh, well... I think I'm liking them all. Congratulation again!
    Juanita

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    1. Thank you Juanita, I hope you had as much fun and learned as much as I did in NC. It was great meeting you, good luck with the giveaway

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  8. Karen: Love your book. Congratulations! I like that you have a pattern for men too! And apparently Tammy Hildebrand likes the model.

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    1. Thank you Sandy, I have received many positive comments about the male set. I tried to design the male set for the working"regular" guy, I had a truck driver friend test out a pair and makde adjustments based on his opinions. Good Luck on the giveaway.

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    2. Hi Sandy,
      You are the winner of the signed book and yarn.......Thank you for participating. please contact me at ihookdesing@gmail.com to give me your mailing info. Look forward to hearing from you..... Karen

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  9. Your designs were inspired by the many regions of the United States (from Crochet Queen)

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    1. Yes they were. My husband and I have traveled to every state except ND. We have lived in NJ, CA,WA and now FL. The Metro set was inspired by a young city girl that could work on the train or bus with her phone or Ipad and get out into bad weather and cover her head without getting hathead. Good luck in the giveaway and thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great list of crocheters, Karen. Some of them are new finds for me but I'm definitely familiar with the works of Kristin Omdahl and Gwen Blakley Kinsler. Had just finally got a hold of Gwen's The Fine Art of Crochet Book too and I can't say how much I love seeing all those intricate pieces of art spread in the book. Amazing works, really.

    Thanks for the list of all these talented people. More power to you also :D

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    1. Thanks for visiting and entering. Yes I have found the crochet world full of wonderful, talented and giving people. Good luck today.

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