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Interweave Presents: Classic Crochet Shawls!

Hi Shawl Lovers,

Happy news came my way back in February and it’s time to share it! Three of my crocheted shawl designs from Poetic Crochet have been included in a new book from Interweave. Classic Crochet Shawls: 20 Free-Spirited Designs Featuring Lace, Color, and More is available for pre-order and will be out on June 21, 2017.

My inclusions are Endymion, which I am so proud to say received the cover shot for the book, along with Dover, which has been a favorite of many lovely crocheters who have reached out to me since the book was published, and Jessamine.

Here is the romantic cover with an image I had never even seen from Poetic Crochet! What a treat that was for a designer.

 

And a few images of my projects that were included:

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I can’t wait to get my contributor’s copy in the mail. This collection features some gorgeous work by my favorite designers.  For the love of crocheted shawls!

In Stitches,

Sara

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Crochetville Blog Tour: Welcome NatCroMo Campers!

Welcome, Crochetville Campers!

I’m glad you could join me around my campfire on the Crochetville Blog Tour. Grab a s’more  (B.Y.O.s’more), and let’s visit.

There’s been a lot of action happening around here, and I’m giving away lots of great stuff in celebration of National Crochet Month so we won’t dawdle, let’s get right to it.

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10 lovely crocheters can win a signed copy of my book, Poetic Crochet! Poetic Crochet is a beautiful collection of 20 crochet shawl patterns. I hope you love it.

To enter the random drawing for your chance to win a signed copy of Poetic Crochet, just leave a comment on this post, like this post, or share this post on social media using the share buttons at the bottom of the post and be sure to tag me! 

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Next up: YARNTOONS by Sara Kay

My needle crafting life has turned in a new direction with my burgeoning interest in creating art doodles, painting, and  working on whimsical illustrations. This new passion is spining out into a fun side project called  YARNTOONS by Sara Kay.

After my baby girl was born in 2015, I developed De Quervain’s syndrome in both wrists and couldn’t crochet or knit for awhile which left me heartbroken and afraid I wouldn’t be able to stitch ever again.

Thankfully, I learned about it and started to rest my wrists and learned to hold my sweet daughter with my hands in a different position, and the problem cleared up. It still flares up if I do extended stitching sessions, but thankfully it’s become very manageable. Phew!

While resting my wrists, my design energy was going crazy so I had to channel it into a new direction and discovered creative joy in learning about drawing and painting. One thing led to another, and I started doodling and lettering lots of goofy puns and yarn-related jokes and fell in love.

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I opened a Society6 shop where you can actually purchase my YARNTOONS artwork pieces on mugs, t-shirts, pouches, and more! It’s so much fun to make these products with so much personality and yarn pride, and the products are excellent quality. I know because my darling husband bought me a pillow and tote bag as a surprise. He’s a good one.

To learn more about YARNTOONS, click here!

To celebrate YARNTOONS, I’m offering a little freebie for anyone who loves yarn and coloring. A printable coloring page! Just print from the PDF link below, color, cut out along the black lines and frame for a kooky and fun 8 x 10″ piece of yarn-tastic artwork!

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Here is the PDF coloring page download: yarn-yarn-yarn-8-10-pdf

I hope you enjoy this fun little project when your hands need a break from crocheting!

Next up: New Pattern Launch

Meet Louisa: A Lace Shawl to Crochet

I’ve got a beautiful new lace shawl pattern to share with you just in time for the spring winds to start gusting!

Louisa is an enchanting top-down triangle with lovely shaping shells and a fancy shell and picot border available in my Ravelry Shop for just $6.50.

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And finally, my  Ravelry  Shop is doing a BOGO pattern sale for the entire month of March, so when you buy one or more patterns, you’ll get one pattern totally free! This promotion includes all patterns in my Rav shop including ebooks, crochet, and knitting patterns. Don’t miss out!

Thank you for hunkering down around my campfire to hear about what’s going on and come back soon, pardner.

Ever In Stitches,

Sara

 

 

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Crochetville Blog Tour: Shawl Talk, Free Pattern & Book Giveaway

Update: 4/1/2016: The book giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Rubra! Thanks to all who participated!

Update: 4/3/2016: Bellamy shawl pattern is back to its normal price of $5.99.

Chugga chugga CHOO CHOO!

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Welcome to my stop on Crochetville’s NatCroMo blog tour. My name is Sara Kay Hartmann and I am a crochet designer and the author of Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls Inspired by Classic Poems.

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Have you ever made a crocheted shawl? There is no project I enjoy more. Shawls are luxurious and beautiful. Even though they look exquisite, they aren’t difficult to make. The same kind of stitches you already use to make baby blankets or potholders can be worked to make shawls that will last a lifetime and add a little romance to your wardrobe.

How I Got Started Making Shawls

I was a relatively new crocheter, and spent a lot of time online admiring the work of other crochet artists. I am a passionate knitter as well, and often read about the process of knitting and blocking lace shawls. I thought making lace was too hard for me, and my finished projects never seemed to look like what I saw in pictures–crisp openwork, ethereal fabrics, and elegant styles. I learned that with the help of wet-blocking and steam-blocking techniques, even simple stitches took on new life and achieved a more polished look.

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Wearing Crocheted Shawls

Even though we are modern folk who no longer lose our amethyst brooches in the lace of our country shawls (Marilla Cuthbert, anyone?), I advocate the wearing and enjoyment of shawls–the lacier the better. But how to wear a shawl without feeling stuck in the 19th century?

It’s all about the wrap. Shawls look stunning when swirled about the neck and top of the shoulders, allowing the arms to move freely. Unexpected. Chic. Almost urban, with a little of that European flair for using scarves and wraps as wardrobe-enhancing accessories. Cowls are all the rage these days and most shawls can be worn cowl-style to great effect. That said, if you are comfortable rocking the full-body wrap, you should go for it and look amazing doing it. Ponchos, ruanas, kimonos and shawls have been coming back in a big way so it’s our time, shawl-makers!

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Freebies & Giveaways

Now for the good stuff…I have a couple fun things to share with you in honor of National Crochet Month!

♥ ♥ ♥ To celebrate National Crochet Month, the Bellamy Shawl is free for this week only! The pdf file is available here: this giveaway is now closed.

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♥ ♥ ♥ I am doing a giveaway of a signed copy of Poetic Crochet. To enter, just leave a comment on this post! On March 31st I will do a random drawing from the commenters and the lucky winner will receive a free copy of Poetic Crochet plus the bonus material shawl pattern–if you have purchased Poetic Crochet, let me know so I can send you your PDF free pattern!

Thank you for stopping with me on Crochetville’s blog tour, I hope you’ll leave comments to enter the book drawing, enjoy the freebie, and try making a shawl!

♥ Sara

 

 

 

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In the Press: “The Romance of Crochet”

Hi Crocheters,

I Like Crochet Magazine published my article, “The Romance of Crochet” in their February 2016 issue, available now!

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In it, I talk about the unique nature of crochet as a craft and put a different spin on making romantic gifts for our “valentines.” Here’s a little excerpt:

Giving the gift of handmade offers more than picking out an item and spending money. You are giving of your skill, your time and effort, and your loving care for the receiver. That’s pretty romantic, if you ask me!

On Valentine’s Day we tend to focus on sweethearts, spouses, or romantic crushes, but take a moment to think of the other valentines in your life. The ones whose love is supportive, steadfast, and always with us. I’m thinking of our moms, sisters, daughters, and BFF’s. Those who understand, who help, and who encourage us through life’s turbulence. This year, consider making a romantic–in the crocheted sense–gift for one of these wonderful women in your life.

I also got a chance to talk about Poetic Crochet and some of the thoughts that went into developing the concept of the book and working toward my vision of presenting crochet in all its romance and loveliness. Don’t miss it!

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Happy Stitching,

Sara Kay

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Let’s Knit Magazine ~ Author Interview

Let’s Knit is a UK magazine all about knitting and crochet, and they interviewed me for this month’s “Last Word” section.

We discuss Poetic Crochet, my favorite (favourite!) fibers, and my unusual path into the wonderful world of yarn.

Hint: The path was uncovered by that beloved British lady of letters, Agatha Christie. Strange, but true. Click the “Read the Interview” link to check it out!

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Go, Little Book…

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This day has been three years in the making! In keeping with the poetic theme, I offer this blessing courtesy of Lord Byron:

“Go, little book, from this my solitude! I cast thee on the waters, go thy ways! And if, as I believe, thy vein be good, The world will find thee after many days.”

Fall 2012: Struck by an idea for a crochet collection themed around poetry and shawl projects
April 2013: Sent query email to Interweave
December 2013: Submitted book proposal
February 2014: Proposal accepted, contracts issued, jumping up and down and screaming followed by panic
September 2014: Manuscript deadline
January 2015: Manuscript revisions
June 2015: 20,000 copies printed in Hong Kong
October 22, 2015: Poetic Crochet hits shelves!

And don’t forget to claim your ♥ free pattern ♥ with purchase!

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Poetic Crochet Release!

I just saw that Poetic Crochet is Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release in Crocheting! And the ebook is #4! What a proud moment for its author. Thank you to all of you who have purchased it and written to me to express your enthusiasm. I am so happy that this project is finally ready to be shared with you.PC hot

Here are a few of the interior beauty images:

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There’s a lot of heart and soul behind this book, and it’s beyond thrilling to hear that you’re loving it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Don’t forget to claim your ♥ free pattern offer ♥ with purchase of the book or ebook!

Sara Kay