Book News

draft amazon coverMy new book “200 More Crochet Stitches” will be published in the UK on January 15th.  I will be selling signed copies via my Etsy shop, if you would like me to let you know when these re available, just send me an email or contact me on Instagram. This book is also available in America with the title “The Step by Step Guide to 200 Crochet Stitches” and you can read a fabulous introduction to the content here.

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Also available now is the reprinted edition of “Crochet: Learn It. Love It”, which was previously published as “The Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet”, it’s the same great content, but now the cover matches the USA and Australian editions!. Signed copies will also be available via my Etsy shop, and you can buy signed copies of the original Woman’s Weekly version at a discount in my Etsy shop. The listed price includes UK first class postage. Please contact me directly for overseas postage rates.

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I am thrilled that both books will also be available in your local library, so do look out for it there (did you know that most libraries now offer an online ordering service? Here in Cheshire we can order any book held by a Cheshire library for just £1 and collect it from our local library).

I hope you enjoy these new books and that you will continue to drop by for news, free patterns and to share your makes in 2019.

Happy crocheting

Tracey x

Books, Books, Books

Hello there! well, it’s been a while since I dropped by. But, I have been very busy and have lots of news, patterns and “secrets” to share.

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First of all, I still have a few copies of the “Woman’s Weekly Guide to Crochet” for sale via Etsy. You can order a signed copy, with a personalised message here (just let me know the message you’d like me to write on the “Message to seller” option. Otherwise your book will be signed “Happy crocheting! Best wishes, Tracey Todhunter”. Sorry, this offer is only available for UK delivery. Order by 10th November for guaranteed delivery before Christmas as I will be closing the shop after that date.

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Pre order my new book on Amazon (or your favourite bookseller)! Due for publication in January, “200 More Crochet Stitches” will take you though texture, lace, cables and more! I will be taking orders for signed copies in January and there will be a few events to promote the book confirmed soon (including a top secret” TV appearance … watch this space!) Each stitch has a close up photo, chart and step by step written instructions and I wrote it with newbie crocheters in mind, so there is something for everyone. Every month through 2019 I shall be giving you ideas of projects you can make using the stitches in this book.

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Some of you will also know that “Crochet. Learn It, Love It” will be available in the UK from the end of December (this is the same content as the Woman’s Weekly edition, but with a new name and a new cover). I shall also have copies of this available in January.

Finally, I have something special planned for December. Every day I shall be adding a new crochet decoration to my crochet advent garland and I’ll be posting the patterns here (some free, but one or two paid for patterns). I know some of you get very nervous about following written instructions, so there will be a few photos, tips and friendly advice to help you. You’ll be able to find the latest pattern here on the blog, with photos on Instagram and Facebook – share your makes with the hashtag #grannycoolcrochet – and my favourites will win a small prize!

Oh – and I almost forgot – I have just confirmed my first workshop dates for January at Ditzy Rose Makery in Tattenhall, Cheshire. We’ll be running a three week crochet for complete beginners starting on the last Friday in January. I’ll be posting more details soon.

Happy (festive) making!

Tracey x

Saturday Review: Mini Crochet Creatures by Lauren Bergstrom

imageGenThis is certainly the cutest and most adorable crochet book to land on my desk in recent months. I have loved exploring all the different animals and possibilities this new book offers. Published this month, Mini Crochet Creatures really does qualify for the  description “adorable”. It really is delightful, and if you think you can’t be charmed by tiny crochet then  take a “sneaky peek” inside the pages on Amazon. Even if you have never felt a desire to try crochet amigurumi before, this book might just change you mind!

Inside you’ll find clear photos, charts and written instructions to crochet 30 different tiny creatures. The book is divided into sections covering farm animals, woodland creatures, pets and many more. Whoever styled this book certainly has a sense of fun and each spread shows off the tiny creatures. I just can’t decide what I want to make first, although the sloth and hippo have proved very popular among my crochet pupils who are desperate to make them!

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Lauren is a South African amigurumi designer and this is her first book, although you may have spotted her designs in crochet magazines or on social media. I am already thinking of all the possibilities these tiny creatures off, keyrings, charms, good luck mascots… or even just as a break for routine, these tiny projects are very protable and great for using up all your odds and ends. The features are added with pieces of felt or embroidery, so some skill with a needle will enhance the “cute factor” of your amigurumi. This is a book for all ages and all skill levels. Beginners may find the small pieces fiddly at first, but as you’re unlikely to want to stop after your first mini animal, you’ll get plenty of practice. Most definitely one for my wish list, I look forward to seeing more of Lauren’s imaginative crochet creatures – volume two please GMC?

Book details:

Published:  April 2018 at  £14.99

ISBN: 9781784943899

You find full details  and more images from the book on the GMC website.

 

New Book News

51BEIFL0JyL._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_Well, here is the news – you can now pre order my new book directly from Search Press or from Amazon. Due for publication in January 2016, I am really excited to be finally able to share the news of this book – a whole year of my life went into writing, researching and making all the projects and swatches you’ll find inside.

I tried to write a book that suits beginners taking their first steps in crochet and those who are feeling more ambitious and want to try new skills and techniques. In fact, the book I always wanted to have on my own shelf.

I’ll be back soon to tell you more – and to give you a sneaky peek of what’s inside. But for now you’ll have to make do with a picture of the UK cover.

Dare I say this would make the perfect gift for the crocheter in your life?