When You Hold It In Your Hands

IMG_9014 Remember, how I said we had a month to the release of the book


Amazon has dispatched the pre-orders.


And so, if you receive the book over the next few days, when you look at it, you will see 30 patterns for crochet.  You will see my children and the children of my friends.  You will see the locations and a nice book of stuff you (hopefully) want to make. It’s just a book of crochet patterns. Good ones.  Useful ones. But just crochet.

When I look at it – I see the culmination of the hardest and most amazing 2 years of my life.  I see the physical manifestation of many hours of work, many late nights, a few tears*.  I see a lot of learning and trying and failing and succeeding. I see a summer of children climbing on me while I designed and made 30+ items of crochet. I see the thing that helped me support my family in some very hard times.  I look at it and remember finding out I was pregnant with Theo, and resigning from my job, and wondering what on earth we were going to do.  I see the first time Etsy featured my hats on their Facebook Page and then in their Look Book. I remembering wondering what to put in the occupation box on a form. I see “meeting” Joanne over hat math and  starting Capturing Childhood on the day I agreed the deal with Kyle. I see the path I should have been on a long time ago – designing, making, photography.

So, yes, it’s just* a crochet book.  But, it is also a lot more, and also just the beginning.

*Kevin insists it was more than a few tears.  I am saying nothing on that matter.



 My book Crochet at Play is now shipping from Amazon.co.uk and will be available elsewhere soon.

13 responses

  • It could never be *just* a crochet book with all the hard work, tears, dreams, lack-of-sleep-delirium-that-can-be-confused-with-dreams, soul, love and creativity you have put into it. The people that know you are so proud to see your piles of yarn and crochet-only thoughts that kept you cocooned in your work have turned into the beautiful thing that we knew it would all along. Even when you doubted it.

    Those that don’t know you? Well, they’ll also see more than *just* crochet- they’ll see gorgeous designs with smart shaping, inspiring designs and textures and an amazing artist (and yeah, a few cute kids!) behind the book.

    We are so proud of you!

  • Kat, you did so well! The book is beautiful – designs, photography and all. It is so much more than just a crochet book and you’re right to be proud (and maybe shed a couple of happy tears now) :-)

  • CraftyMother on

    Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement whilst juggling family, home life, earning and creating! It is a tall order in todays society when there are so many pressures on women to be invincible!

  • Give yourself an enormous pat on the back – this isn’t just any book, This is YOUR book and we are all incredibly proud to have been with you on your journey over the last few years

    Kat – make sure you enjoy this moment and savour it

  • Kat, all the things you describe are the ingredients that make up the woman I see, and she looks pretty fabulous from this side. Looking forward to my delivery at some point today, who knew I would learn to crochet just in time lol. Congratulations again lovely.

  • I’m so happy for you Kat! I can’t wait until your book is available in Canada! Dreams do come true and you are proof of that! Rhondda

  • Janet Richards on

    An amazing, fantastic achievement. Simply brilliant. Just wish my copy would hurry up and arrive now xxx

  • Wow! Looks so beautiful. I may have to treat myself to a copy! Congratulations – a lot of hard work must have gone into this. I love the design of the front page – can’t wait to see what is inside.

  • What can I say, Kat? It’s a far cry from SNH isn’t it? I am so honoured to have been one of your colleagues back then and I’m really glad I met you there. I have nothing but admiration for your achievements in business whilst bringing up three young children. As you know I also have two close together and it’s HARD! My blog has not been updated since before Freya was born! Anyway, congratulations, you should be proud x x