‘Granny Square Love’ by Sarah London ~ Book Review and Giveaway

I like to crochet.  Have I mentioned that before?  It’s hard to keep track of what parts of my life I’ve told you about and what parts I haven’t quite gotten into.  All in good time, I guess.  Anyway, I started crocheting back in college and I am by no means a pro.  I can do your basics such as blankets, scarves and hats, but nothing super-fancy.

Crocheting and knitting are making quite the come-back and it seems to me that the more retro the project, the better.  Most often, when people think of crocheting, they think of granny squares.  I recently got a copy of the new book Granny Square Love by Sarah London and it is simply lovely.  Now if you want to talk about retro, this is totally the book for you!  My mom said that granny squares were really popular back in her day, but I’ve been seeing them popping up everywhere.

Today I am going to give away a copy of Granny Square Love by Sarah London to one lucky The Cottage Home blog reader, but before I tell you how to enter, I thought I’d share a little bit about the book.

Granny squares are easy.  You do not need to have serious crochet skills to make one or a dozen. You actually don’t even need to know how to crochet to use this book.  The beginning sections are great because Sarah London goes through all of the basic crochet stitches, which I found really helpful.  I don’t crochet enough to remember each and every stitch, so this brought it all back.  I found her illustrations to be very useful, even more so than a beginning crochet book that I have.

There are many different, fun retro projects throughout the book.  The most classic would be the granny square blanket, but there are some other more different projects such as a lampshade, tablecloth and ottoman.

The pictures and colors used in the book are beautiful and every project has a retro vibe about it.  Each project has very thorough instructions and tells you exactly what type of yarn, hook size and notions will be needed as well as the finished project dimensions.

If you’ve never tried to crochet, I would highly recommend it.  Personally, I think it’s easier than knitting – you only use one hook and can fudge a little if you mess up.  I enjoy crocheting because it’s something I can do while sitting on the couch enjoying my favorite television program or can be brought in the car on a long trip.  I can’t very well bring my sewing machine along for a car trip, now can I?

So, would you like to win your very own copy of “Granny Square Love” by Sarah London?  
Well, today I am going to giveaway one copy of the book!

To enter, please do one or all of the following below (use a separate comment for each entry).

1) Follow The Cottage Home Blog via Google Friend Connect (found in the left side-bar of the blog).
2) ‘Like’ The Cottage Mama on Facebook (click HERE).

Giveaway will be open until Friday, October 28, 2011 at midnight (CST).

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  1. I’m a follower

  2. Oh I have always wanted to learn! Already a follower 🙂

  3. Already a fb fan

  4. I just finished another Granny Square blanket and I am a dedicated follower of you so I’d LOVE to win this book. What a great Give Away!

  5. Done + done! 🙂

    This book would be a great pre-Christmas gift for me to make cute Christmas gifts for my family *oh yes!*

  6. I’m a follower, and I would love to learn how to crochet (I tried it once a while back, but never really learned).

  7. I’m a follower

  8. And a FB fan!

  9. I am a follower of your blog!

  10. I’m a facebook fan!

  11. It’s a shame, I don’t have a google/yahoo/twitter account. Yet I’ve been a follower in my own way for several weeks now and I shared the link on facebook. Thanks for your beautiful and inspiring blog!

  12. I follow your blog and I’m a granny sqaure devotee as well.
    Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book.

  13. I ‘LIKE” you on FB.

  14. I follow you and love you! Thanks for the chance!

  15. I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet so I can make granny squares… sounds like this book would be perfect!

  16. Following on FB!

  17. I’m already a follower of your blog. I would like to win this book. I don’t know how to crochet or knit, but it might be fun to learn.

  18. I follow you on FB already. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

  19. I am a follower. My first thought when I saw this book was to buy it for a good friend about to become a grandma, she wanted me to teach her to knit, but I don’t knit so I told here I would teach her to crochet and maybe she would like to do granny squares with me. How timely your blog post was!

  20. I’m following via Google Friend

  21. I follow on Facebook.

  22. happily following 😀

  23. I love Sarah London! I am a FB follower.

  24. I’m a follower!
    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  25. I think it might be time to pick up my crochet needle again to make that awesome ottoman cover! Love it!

  26. I follow you on facebook!

  27. I follow your blog too!

  28. I love granny squares! and I’m a follower

  29. I also follow you on Facebook!

  30. The foot stool is fab! I love crichet but i can never get my granny squares to look like that!

  31. I love following your blog! I’ve re-fallen in love with
    Granny Squares but need a good refresher course. “Granny Square Love” just might be the ticket!!

  32. Just liked you on Facebook! Isn’t technology wonderful? Hope to get started crocheting soon!! Yay!!

  33. I am already a follower on your blog!

  34. I have “Liked” your Facebook page! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  35. I am a follower thru Google. I would love the book! I am currently learning to crochet.

  36. I am a follower here

  37. I follow your blog.

  38. I LIKE you on FB.

  39. I like ya on FB. Love this book!

  40. So pleased to see the only crochet pattern I feel competent making, Granny Square’s can be used in so interesting many ways. Might be a book I’d enjoy, thanks. Oh, and I am a follower:)

  41. I’m a follower!! I still have some crocheted covered hangers (as shown in your post) that my great-grandmother made for me when I was born. I would love to make some for my daughter! 🙂


  42. I’ve also become a Facebook follower… 🙂


  43. I follow your blog and love to crochet! Been at it for 38 years! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  44. So many great Giveaways in my birthday week. Must be a sign right? 😉


  45. Also follow you on FB!

  46. I would absolutely love to win this! I just recently learned to crochet and this would be amazingly inspirational! 😀

  47. Mie Powell says

    Would love this book!

  48. Looks like fun! I follow.

  49. And I like you!

  50. I follow you on FB

  51. I follow your blog.

  52. Luckily I just found you and started following yesterday! This book sounds fun!
    themrsward at yahoo dot com

  53. GFC Follower.


  54. I love to crochet and having a granny square afghan on your couch just says “Home” to me. Sarah’s book looks great!I’m already a follower.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  55. I have already Liked you on FB.

    Thanks again for a chance to win.


  56. Hi Lindsay, I’m already a happy follower. Tks for all.

  57. Im a follower!!! Thanks!!!

  58. I’m a follower and I want to learn to crochet!


  59. I follow you on facebook!

  60. I already follow on both places!

  61. I am already a follower, AND I subscribe via email so I never miss a post!!

  62. I also already “like” you on facebook. HEre’s crossing my fingers, because while I don’t crochet, my Mom does and she would be SO surprised if I won this for here..heck, she might even make some of the cuteness from the book!!

  63. I follow GFC!
    [email protected]

  64. I now follow you on FB! I must warn you that I am a FB stalker! 🙂
    [email protected]

  65. I follow you via GC!

  66. I liked you on FB! Thank you!

  67. I’ve been a follower for a short while – and loved every minute!

  68. And now I’m a facebook follower!

  69. I’m a blog follower!

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  71. I’ve already ‘liked’ you on Facebook awhile back.

  72. (Sorry I had to delete my first comment as I’d forgotten to add the fact I am already a Google Friend connect follower)

    Ooh I would LOVE to win this. I just bought crochet hooks and one yard two weeks ago with the intent to learn, or relearn and go further than I learned years ago as a teen with my mom.

  73. I am a follower! Thanks!

  74. I follow The Cottage Home.
    macline79 (at) gmail (dot) com

  75. I’m a facebook fan too!

  76. Follow you with GFC! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

  77. Like you on FB, too! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

  78. Already done both, would love to win as I am teaching myself to crochet at the momment and would love to make some of these things

  79. i’m a follower! thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  80. I am a follower of your blog. I love your blog its very inspiring, i been wanting this book since It has been out. This would be a great win!!

  81. I “LIKE” you on FB. Also left a good comment for you on Facebook. I am a beginner crocheter so this book would be so great!!

  82. My sister is amazing when it comes to crochet, but I have not been any farther than dish cloths! This book could spur me on a bit, I’m sure 😉 Thanks so much for the review and giveaway! I am a blog follower.

  83. I’m following! :))

  84. I follow The Cottage Home Blog via Google Friend Connect…[email protected]

  85. I follow The Cottage Mama on fb…[email protected]