Monday, September 24, 2012

Crochet Boutique - Review and Give Away!


 Hello!

How are you all going today? I'm good, really happy it's school holidays and we can kick back and unwind a bit this week.  Time to catch up on a bit of blog reading and hopefully get a few more posts done myself, and a bit of crochet time too!

Well, a few weeks ago something quite exciting (for me)  happened, I was sent a new crochet book to review, and here I am having a look at it!

Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby is a great book, with some lovely simple patterns for hip hats, cowls and other accessories.  The instructions are clear and the skill level is easy, so beginners would feel at ease with these patterns.  


There is lovely photography to inspire you to get out your hook and have a crack.  I like this shopping bag, great for market going.



I like this triangle fringe scarf, very hip!

   
There are also some gorgeous timeless pieces,  like this wrap and the cute bubble beret.



 ....and I liked the laptop satchel and heart garland, think I might hook up some hearts for myself soon.


I decide to have a go at the bubble beret, I didn't have the yarn suggested in the pattern, so used some Cleckheaton Country Tartan 8ply 100% wool from my stash and hoped for the best.  It was a fun make and I had no problems following the pattern, it only took one night and half a car trip of crocheting to complete.

My sister and nieces came round today and Josie was happy to model it for me, I think it looks pretty cute!  It has turned out quite a bit smaller than the pattern, but I didn't test my tension (naughty lazy me), 
and am using a different yarn, so it is for a child instead of an adult, I think it would look gorgeous on a little one this winter, nice and cosy and warm.



(Such a happy darling, nice to get my girl fix in this house of boys!)



Max thought he would try it on too, but it's a bit small for him, and so chic with the Metallica tee!!  He thought it was quite amusing!  
(He also thought it made a good frisbee!!)



So, lots of very doable, snuggly patterns, simple and stylish, for the cooler months here, and some nice homey things too, something for everyone, I guess!


And you know what? 

Lark Crafts kindly sent me an extra copy of Crochet Boutique to give away to you lovely readers, so if you would like a copy for yourself, just leave me a comment and I'll pick a lucky winner next week!

So I hope you all have a great day and maybe get out your hooks and crochet up a storm!


Edited to add: Thanks for entering, this giveaway is now closed!

76 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great prize! :) I'm defintitly in!! :)

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  2. Hi there, what a great giveaway! I'm a recent follower of your lovely Blog since I learnt to crochet a few months ago. I'm a little bit addicted now :-) Would love to be in with a chance to win this great giveaway. Thanks :-) Mel

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  3. I'm loving the look of the trangle fringe scarf.I'm making up 2 at the moment so, as they say, third times lucky. :)

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  4. I have heard someone else say that this book is really good. I like the tank top actually.

    The Beret looks really good too. Nice colour in the wool you used.

    Colette x

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  5. Please count me in too, Julie. I'm up for some new crochet challenges ; -) And I have a giveaway on my blog today too, if you're interested in a bit of fabric? Enjoy the hols. Trudy x

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  6. I'm here! and my fingers are crossed!
    Have a nice day
    hugs

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  7. Please add me to the growing list. Loved the pic of your son in the hat especially with the teeshirt! Could start a new trend ...

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  8. What a great book! What a beautiful book! There are so many cool things in it, that my hands spontaneously go itch. hahaha

    Greetings Ria

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  9. I love your blog and your work! Thanks! I would love to win the book, too...
    Keep up the good work!

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  10. What a great book indeed!!! Love the triangle fringe scarf and the laptop sleeve (i need one right now!!!)!
    The beret you made is so good even for a boy with a Metallica t-shirt : my big boy agrees, too!!
    Thank you for this chance, xxx Alessandra

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  11. Been spying the book Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby, in a few crochet mags that I buy and wondering what the projects inside would be. Thankyou for the peek. Looks like it needs to be added to my Birthday/ Christmas wish list, along with a few other books.
    I am also crocheting along with you, doing your sampler blanket. It is coming along well, or I should say was untill I discovered a pulled bubble that will not fix neetly, so now need to rip back more rows then I wish to count.
    Hugs Audra

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  12. Olá
    Adorava receber um, e pelo que vi das imagens, teria muitos projectos novo para realizar

    Um Beijo
    Maria

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  13. Just great. The laptop sleeve, new and old together, such a good idea.

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  14. Those cuties are so adorable they would look good with a paper bag on their heads.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Meredith

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  15. Looks like a great book. I would love to own it.
    Thanks,
    Em
    confessionsofayarnoholic.blogspot.com

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  16. Love the colour of the laptop sleeve. Great style in the bubble berry.
    All the best
    Ashla
    ashlaward@yahoo.com

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  17. What a great Book!
    I love Rachael's work so much! She has to much talent!!
    Good Luck to everybody (:

    greetings
    senna

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  18. I do like the look of the book, especially the bags and the slouchy hat! Fiona

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  19. Looks like a lovely book, and such happy faces in the beret you made!

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  20. Yes pleeeeaaaaase!
    It's hard to find good crochet books like this here in Belgium, and this one seems really nice!

    Love, Liz.

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  21. That beret you made is very pretty, and it looks good on your niece and on your boy. I wonder what you promised him so he would let you take his picture?
    The book looks nice, lots of pretty patterns in it, and I wish you lots of fun creating!
    KATRIN W.

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  22. The hat is darling! I love the color of it.

    I would love to be entered to win the book! It looks really neat! :D

    Thanks!
    ~McKenna
    mckmuff@gmail.com

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  23. I would love another crochet book :)I love looking at new patterns!x

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  24. I think your photos of the hat are lovely. Don't put me in for the giveaway, as I still haven't learnt to crochet, so I think all those patterns would be beyond me.

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  25. lovely book,I fell for the striped tank. I would like to participate in your giveaway
    Lourdes Casseignau
    marialourdesc@gmail.com

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  26. Wow the Bubble Beret looks awesome! Oooh, I sooooo wanna do this! Think it would look gorgeous in some Cashmerino yarn... Would love to try if I get the right size ;-)

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  27. It would be so awesome to have this book :) maybe i'll be the lucky one :D

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  28. Hi,

    It is really a nice book with a lot of young ideas. I would find several patterns to use.

    Greatings from germany

    Silvia-gross@arcor.de

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  29. Very cute bobble hat! Who wouldn't love a new crochet pattern book? I can't get enough of them. Please throw my name in the hat.

    Still working away on my Sampler blanket. I think I got to the half-way point last night. I just love it.

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  30. I so love the look of the laptop satchel! The colour of the beret is lovely x

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  31. Please consider me for the book. It is very sweet of you to do this giveaway.

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  32. gabrielagrassino@hotmail.comSeptember 25, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    HI! Your blog it´s amazing love it. I´d love to have the bok but if I´m not lucky it wouldn´t matter at all. Thanks for everything that you share with us. Love peace and crochet. Gaby

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  33. Sounds great. Please throw my name in the hat, too!
    Meanwhile, I am having fun working on your Stripey blanket you are kind enough to write out for all of us... thank you. Good luck, everyone!

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  34. Ooh this looks like a fabulous book! Loving the hat!
    Victoria xx

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  35. Would it be rude to say I NEED a new pattern book because my husband has decided to like American Football and all of a sudden I have a lot of pretending-I'm-interested-in-looooooooooooong-boring-sporting-things-but-actually-crocheting time on my hands? Love your hat models, wonderfully unselfconscious :)

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  36. I'd live the book! I'm doing the crochet along too...can't wait to show you when I'm done!

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  37. I check you site everyday. I find great joy in your adventures in color choices, patterning, and unique designing. When I read your perspective it broadens my world. I would absolutely love the book. I am a long time crocheter and also have 9 grandchildren of various ages, that would love for me to have the delightful book.
    thank you for hearing me,
    patricia

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  38. I check you site everyday. I find great joy in your adventures in color choices, patterning, and unique designing. When I read your perspective it broadens my world. I would absolutely love the book. I am a long time crocheter and also have 9 grandchildren of various ages, that would love for me to have the delightful book.
    thank you for hearing me,
    patricia

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  39. How lovely for you to have a crochet book to review and it does look lovely. The simple and easy patterns are fab (just my thing) and I must say your young man looks rather cheeky wearing the beret. :)
    Anne xx

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  40. Pretty stuff! Thanks for showing some of the patterns. My niece is wanting my to make her a few fun things, maybe this book is just what I need.

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  41. Ironically I saw this book on someone else's blog and they raved about it. I fell in love with it! This has the kind of projects for a hippie girl like me to satisfy. I love the hat you made. This is an awesome giveaway any crochet lover would be ga-ga over.
    Thanks for stirring my creative mind.

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  42. Oh wow! I love these patterns, I'm not a super confidant crocheter so I tend not to buy patterns, sticking to knitting and BASIC crochet, so this would be a great opportunity to test my skills xxBrenda

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  43. What a great book! I would love to win it! Thanks for the chance! :)

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  44. Ooh i love the striped tank... just coming into spring now down here in lil' old NZ so have been looking for these kind of patterns that aren't to tricksy!

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  45. Thanks for the chance to win a great book!!! I have been following your blog and enjoying your project!!! Very inspiring.....Thanks again

    Frances (dkandfk@bigpond.net.au)

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  46. I just started following your blog when I found out about the CAL from a friend. I'm really enjoying all the mixed stitches. I'd love to win the copy of Crochet Boutique.

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  47. Oh, please do enter me. Thank you!

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  48. Looks like a great book! I'm new to crochet and I instantly fell in love! I'd love to tackle some of the projects in that book!

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  49. Looks like a great book with lots of different ideas. I had a quick look at this the other day and thought it was interesting, some nice modern crochet patterns. looking forward to seeing what else you make from it :) x

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  50. Ooh! I'd love to make that fringe scarf! In fact there are several projects I'd like to try. Thanks for the great give away!

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  51. what a wonderful book! I love the hat although not sure it goes with the matalica t-shirt!
    What a gorgeous little lady the hat certainly looks gorgeous on her head. :)

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  52. That book looks lovely, great photos! Bob my name in the hat please. :)

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  53. Oh I must try my luck, too, please count me in! Thanks :-). The bobble beret is beautiful, would like to make one for my sister :-).

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  54. Oh what a lovely book, I'm in!

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  55. Trying my luck...hope I win :)
    I love your blog!
    Jade: jademonzo@hotmail.com

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  56. Pick me, Pick me - Love the tote

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  58. You're projects are beautiful and so inspiring! I am working on a star stitch blanket right now myself, thanks for sharing your projects. I would love that book!

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  59. hi, I would love to be included. I'd love to try making this beret for myself in mustard or electric blue to add a bit of color to gloom.

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  60. How lovely the kids are…
    Oh, by the way, I would really love to be picked for the giveaway… :-)

    All the best and lots of fun with your book!

    Natalie

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  61. That book looks divine. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  62. stacey.kokot@telus.netSeptember 27, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    I always love new books! Great hat by the way :)

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  63. I've just started dabbling in crochet and would love to tackle those projects in the book. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  64. Oooh ... and there were lots of oohs as I looked at your pictures of the book ... !!

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  65. This book would be wonderful to have!

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  66. Looks like a lovely book - thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. Hi Jules
    I would love to have this book to show my daughters crocheting is cool and let me teach them some basic skills!

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  68. Hi
    I would love to win this book . I hope its not too late :)

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  69. I'm probably too late...been busy for a few days so hadn't popped by your blog until now! It looks a great book though :)

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