Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Doris' Day?

Last week I mentioned that I received the newest book out by Doris Chan, "Everyday Crochet."  Yes, in my hands I had the book direct from her publisher to check out!  And I immediately, upon flipping through the pages, started adding more of her designs to my "WIM" (Works In Mind) list.  With the amount of patterns she has published between her two books, and in numerous magazine publications, my WIM list is getting mighty long!  (Her work is even on the cover of the latest issue of Crochet Today! magazine -- Sept/Oct issue)

Doris' new book covers a range of sizes for women: from size small to super curvy (3XL), and her patterns offer variations and pattern adjustments that allow for a personal fit.  Her press release states, "...there's more to Everyday Crochet" than perfect sizing.  Chan's latest book also saves readers from the almost daily nightmare of not having anything to wear.  Armed with basic crochet skills, you can crochet tops, sweaters, and accessories that can be mixed, matched, or layered..."  Ok, I'm on board with this!  Now, it's just a matter of choosing which pattern I want to try first!

Excited about the book, I offered it as "Show-N-Tell" at two CGOA Chapter meetings.  The first was to the Chain Gang of Stamford.  As the members flipped through the book they commented the same as I did... "I want to make this, and that, and this one too, and that one ... Oh, Dee, tell us when the book is officially coming out because I have to get my own!"   Fortunately the wait is nearly over.  Amazon is showing the book will be released on the 18th of this month.

Then this past Sunday I showed it off to the Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club, and the same comments were echoed, but they added one more, "Dee, we need to have another Doris' Day! How soon can we get her to join us for another meeting, show off all her latest designs from the new book AND autograph our books?!!!"  That's a good question, and I'll be sure to inquire ... just as soon as I'm done writing out my WIM list!  :)   


Anonymous said...

Oooooo!  I'm going to have to add this book to my list!  One of my pet-peeves (and I'm not the only one) is the lack of patterns for women bigger than a toothpick.

So very happy that you do book reviews, Dee!  Not only do the authors appreciate the plug (I'm sure), but it helps the readers.  And you would NEVER steer us wrong!!!! :D

Love and hugs,

Anonymous said...

Hi Dee,
I was just thinking about Doris the other night. She always has on something I love when I see her. And I agree that she designs for everyone. I can't wait for this book, thanks for the review. BTW the two hour drive from No. NJ isn't much to visit with Doris. <VBG> Does your CGOA chapter welcome visitors?  M. Goshen in NJ

Anonymous said...

I love Doris' first book. In fact, the profile pic on my blog is me wearing two of her patterns (Lipstick on Your Collar for the top and Walking After Midnight for the skirt).  Her patterns are so well written and I love how she does it without much seaming ('cause I hate seaming as much as she does!).  Thanks for the great review.  I knew I'd be getting it anyway, but now I can't wait.  :)