It’s Tuesday, which means that it’s time for a crochet book review. I decided to combine the review with my 31 Days of Crochet Giveaways since I’ve got a copy of the book that I’m ready to de-stash. Read below for the review and info on how to enter today’s giveaway.

Hooked For Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot

Today’s crochet book review is of Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot by Mary Beth Temple. She has written more than forty short essays on crochet topics that are collected in this book. It’s a book that’s got a sense of humor. It certainly had me smiling along knowingly with some of the points that she made, like when she talks about the “finishing fake-out” of thinking that you’re done but you’re not done because you’ve got to block, stitch together and weave in ends.

Although there’s humor in the book, the essays have a lot more to offer than just some silly thoughts on crochet. There is a lot of crochet history and information packed in these pages from references to Victorian era crochet to tips for getting the right gauge. It’s not designed to be an instructional book (it’s more of a leisure reading book) but it’s got a lot of info in it anyway.

This crochet book also has a few crochet patterns added in to enhance its appeal. Keep it simple with the pattern for decorative wristlets or get a little crazy and make the Goth Princess Toilet Paper Roll Doll. This essay book is unlike any other crochet book I’ve seen and gets props for that alone.

Today’s giveaway winner will get a like-new copy of this fun book.

How to Enter

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This giveaway is only open until midnight EST tonight. The winner will be announced tomorrow on Twitter and Google Plus as well as in a roundup post of winners on Sunday.



San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Momwithahook Reply

    I bought this book earlier this year for the kindle. It is a funny book – anyone who crochets will definitely enjoy this book.

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Momwithahook … Glad to hear that others like it, too. I was really happy when I discovered it.

  2. Lisa Mills Reply

    I want to win the book out of curiosity. I’d like to see how humor, history, and patterns come together in a book. The history would be really neat to read in and of itself.

    Ok that was a nerdy response, but really…. I’m a book whore =D

  3. Your book review makes me feel like reading this book. so I am here.

  4. This sounds like a lovely book! I also like the post on Facebook and posted a link to an Afrikaans crochet page on Facebook.

  5. Thanks so much the chance to win. This seems like a great book and I like to hear what Mary Beth has to say!

  6. I am a history lover, but not “dry” history so this book sounds great for me. Ijust cannot sit down with a History book and get more than 2 pages, but I love stories that are from a historic point of view. Especially by Authers who are trusted to try and stick to true historic facts and nuggets of info.

  7. Debra Yorston Reply

    I would like to enter for a chance to win. Thank you for offering. :)

  8. Salma Glez Reply

    Happy holidays to all,
    I’m a crocheter beginner, I’d like to win it
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway

  9. Marie/Underground Crafter Reply

    I’ve always wanted to check this book out but pattern books kept taking priority. I would love to win it!

  10. Goth Princess Toilet Paper Roll Doll?!?!?!!! With a name like that, who wouldn’t want this book!! Sounds fascinating. =)

  11. Fantastic giveaway. Sounds like a fun and interesting book to read!

  12. Mary Beth Temple’s pillow designs on ravelry are wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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