Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Good morning Everyone,

I would just like to take a moment to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year and to thank you all for the fantastic acceptance of my new Granny Square Book.

I have been so busy starting another new book, and getting ready for Christmas, that I have not been blogging much at all.

I hope that any one who lives in the New York area will be visiting the Vogue Knitting Live show. If you do attend, I will be doing a book signing for my new Granny Square book on Jan 14th.

Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011



As usual, I am rushing around, trying to get ready for Christmas and family gatherings, lots of Christmas parties etc. Still trying to find the time to get some work done in between all the festivities.

Those that know me know how I love hearing from people who make things from my books, and I am especially happy when they share photos with me. LBBsM, posted a picture on ravelry, of the needle case from my book KNIT OR CROCHET - HAVE IT YOUR WAY. I loved how it turned out, so I asked her if I could post a picture of it. I really liked doing this project and I am happy that it turned out so well.

Thanks LBBsM, keep on letting me hear from you.



Saturday, December 3, 2011


And the winner is

---- Lily----

Congratulation Lily, please write to me at mhdesigner1@aol.com and I will send you instructions for downloading your e book.



Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Giveaways

Good Morning Everyone,

I have some great news today. In keeping with the holiday season I am able to offer you two chances to win some special prizes.

If you go to http://craftside.typepad.com you will have a chance to win a copy of my new book, THE GRANNY SQUARE BOOK, plus many other chances to win other prizes.

I have also contributed to a book called SIMPLY CROCHET, which is being released in the next week or so. The book includes some small, one skein projects, up to a few larger projects, but none take more than 5 skeins of yarn. Some of the most well known designers in the crochet world have contributed to this book. Interweave has allowed us to give one E Book to one of our blog subscribers. My contest ends at midnight Dec 2, 2011, and I will notify the winner some time tomorrow on how to download your book. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be included in the drawing.

Below is a list of all contributing designers, check out their blog posts in the coming days.

Simply Crochet Countdown to Fun Schedule:

1 Ball or Less

Dec 1 Iced Ascot by Rebecca Velasquez, http://rebeccavelasquezdesigns.blogspot.com/

Dec 2 Flapper Hat by Margaret Hubert, http://margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com/

Dec 3 Billows of Baubles Scarf by Sheryl Means, http://sherylmeanscrochet.com/

Dec 4 Twist Cowl Wrap by Linda Permann, http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress/

Dec 5 Mystic Cuff by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com

Dec 6 Emma Lace Scarf by Simona Merchant-Dest, http://stylishknits.blogspot.com/

Dec 7 Diamonds and Lace Hat by Linda Permann, http://www.lindamade.com/wordpress/

Dec 8 Neck Lattice by Vashti Braha, http://designingvashti.blogspot.com/

3 Balls or Fewer

Dec 9 Botan Placemats by Marlaina Bird, http://knitthing.blogspot.com/

Dec 10 Tapestry Basket by Carol Ventura, http://www.tapestrycrochet.com/blog/

Dec 11 Blooming Beauty Purse by Tracie Barrett, http://traciebarrett.com/blog/

Dec 12 Nedburt Puppet by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com

Dec 13 Natalie Shrug by Megan Granholm, http://loopdedoo.blogspot.com/

Dec 14 Giselle Vest by Simona Merchant-Dest, http://stylishknits.blogspot.com/

Dec 15 Sidney Cardigan by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com

Dec 16 Annabel Shawl by Kristin Omdahl, http://www.styledbykristin.com/

5 Balls or Fewer

Dec 17 Tallula Baby Top by Marlaina Bird, http://knitthing.blogspot.com/

Dec 18 Amelia Cardigan by Julia Vaconsin, http://www.juliavaconsin.com/

Dec 19 Float Vest, Float Cardigan by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com

Dec 20 Linked Jacket by Robyn Chachula, crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com

Dec 21 Dots and Dashes Blanket by Ellen Gormley

Dec 22 Spa Shawl Top by Doris Chan, Spa Shawl Tunic by Doris Chan, http://dorischancrochet.com/

Have a fun day checking out all the offers and good luck on winning a prize.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and, if you are anything like me, you are already rushing into preparing for Christmas.

How did the busy holiday time sneak up on us so quickly? It seems that the days go flying by so quickly that I am always playing "catch-up". I am working on another new book and that means coming up with lots of new ideas, ordering yarn, and making it all come together into a book.

I get lots of letters from readers telling me that they loved a design, and occasionally someone sends me a picture of their work. I love receiving the photos, and when I receive permission, I love sharing them with you.

Here is the latest in my gallery of photos from readers. L is wearing the "Fred" sweater from the "Fred and Ginger" sweaters in INTERWEAVE CROCHET magazine. I really should do some more sweaters for little boys, L is a perfect little model.

Have a great day,


PS: Watch here for an announcement tomorrow.