12 Months of Fridays: Letters from the Peaks and Valleys of Creative Life, by Kim Werker

In January 2014 I took my long-neglected email subscriber list and decided to see if I could form a relationship with the people on it. Over the course of the year that followed – a year that saw the publication of my seventh book, that involved travel across North America, and during which I committed to a daily creative challenge that ended up changing my life – I sent forty-four emails to my subscribers and did, indeed, establish a relationship with them. In all, I wrote over 30,000 words to my beloved readers over those twelve months – nearly a book’s worth of words. So here you have it, true to form. Follow along the meandering path of an author as she becomes an obsessive creative experimenter and shares links to all corners of the internet with her readers.

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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crochet (Wiley, 2nd Ed. in 2011), by Cecily Keim and Kim Werker

This is a full-on crochet reference book. It’ll teach you all the crochet basics, moving on to several chapters on more advanced stitch techniques, tutorials on how to make buttonholes and sew your projects together, and more. Full-colour-photograph-illustrated on every page, this is the book to keep at your elbow whether you’re just learning to crochet or have been stitching your whole life.

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Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make and Give (Interweave Press, 2009), by Kim Werker

A collection of projects from today’s most popular crochet designers, Crocheted Gifts includes 25 designs suited for gift-giving—even if the recipient is you. From baby gifts to mittens for the whole family, from home decor to fancy lace, this book is full of perfect projects for every occasion.

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Get Hooked Again: Simple Steps to Crochet More Cool Stuff, by Kim Werker (Out of Print)

A follow-up to Get Hooked, GHA presents fifteen original designs infused with playfulness and simplicity, geared to a tween/teen audience but accessible to crocheters of all ages.

Check out this review by Miss Theresa for the Pemperton, NJ library.

Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty, by Kim Werker

Based on my Mighty Ugly project, this book is not a book of so-called positive thinking. No, it’s a book of oh man, life is really hard sometimes, and I’m not gonna pretend it’s easy, but I’m gonna freaking OWN IT. And I’m going to make stuff even if I think I can’t or I think my creations will suck or I think I’m not creative in the first place. It’s filled with essays, exercises, anecdotes, links, quotes and a bibliography to help you fight the demons that keep you from being creative and making stuff.

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Crochet VISUAL Quick Tips (Wiley, 2007), by Cecily Keim and Kim Werker

Crochet VISUAL Quick Tips has the answers you need—fast. With detailed color photos and concise instructions, plus time-saving tips, it covers:

  • Selecting tools and yarn
  • Working basic stitches
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Working in rounds and colors
  • Making puffs, bobbles, clusters, and knots
  • Working Tunisian crochet, filet crochet, and lace
  • Crocheting with beads
  • Finishing
  • Inter- preting patterns
  • Diagnosing problems and fixing mistakes

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Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution, by Kim Werker

Inspired by the history and community of, a dozen up-and-coming designers contributed patterns that show crochet at its best. Essays, lengthy designer bios, and tutorials on advanced techniques round out the offerings from this book that CRAFT magazine said, “reinvigorates the craft to new fashion heights.”

Crochet Me was featured in CRAFT’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide and in WhipUp’s Fave Books for 2010.

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Get Hooked: Simple Steps to Crochet Cool Stuff, by Kim Werker (Out of Print)

A book aimed at teens and tweens but helpful and accessible to new and intermediate crocheters of all ages, Get Hooked is a fun learn-to-crochet reference with 15 patterns. From how to hold your hook and make crochet stitches to ideas for group activities and charity projects, Get Hooked is a clear, helpful and fun book to start crocheting with.