Granny Square Love :: Blog Book Tour

I had such a blast writing Granny Square Love, I truly did!

I love color and I love to crochet and I love to inspire!

I guess you could say that I inherited the crafty gene from a long line of women who went before me. It flowed on down, from one generation to the next. My Great-Grandmother, my Grandmother, Mother and Aunts have all at one point in their lives, knitted, hooked, stitched and sewn and in turn so have I.

{My Mother, brother and I in the 70’s, knitted sweaters, made by my Mother and Grandmother}

{Me – knitting, with much concentration. I learnt to knit first, but I prefer to hook!}

{My Grandmother, the woman instrumental in igniting my passion of the hook!}

With some trepidation, I deliberated on sharing the start of the journey. Within a second of course I knew it had to be shared because not only is it my wish to inspire, but also to encourage. When I was first approached to write Granny Square Love, last year, you can only imagine my excitement. I was doing a happy dance, and I couldn’t wait to begin. But then, I began to share ‘the news’ with family. My excitement was received by some with just as much enthusiasm, those who believed, but on the flip side some of the initial reactions I received were, it’s a scam (I haven’t heard of any email scams going around about being published), and laughter and sadly some didn’t even care enough to share in the news. So, was I completely crushed, devastated, shocked, absolutely yes! BUT . . .

. . . with absolutely no hesitation, guess what I did the very next day . . . I signed on the dotted line!

And then I plastered my stair wall with each chapter of my book . . . a blank canvas, and the journey began! My advice, believe in your-self, whether that be in your dreams, your colour choices or your ability to learn a new craft!

The essence of Granny Square Love is to introduce crochet (and color) to your home with granny squares as your starting point. If you’ve had “Learn to crochet” on your to-do list, I hope Granny Square Love will inspire you to pick up a hook and begin. If you are an experienced crocheter wishing to ignite your work with a little more color, then the color discussion accompanying each project will encourage you to go forth boldly, to experiment with color.

So let the festivities begin, below you’ll find all details of my Blog Book Tour. Be sure to join in with each blog stop, and share in the reviews, interviews and giveaways!

To celebrate I’m offering a signed copy of Granny Square Love along with 7 skeins of fabulous Cascade yarn!

To be in the draw simply say hello, via comments. To receive an extra 5 entires into the draw simply mention the Granny Square Love Book Tour on Twitter, Facebook, your blog etc. Be sure to send through your link so I can add your extra entries into the barrel!

Today’s the day – pick up a hook and a skein of yarn and begin to color your world with granny squares!

Granny Square Love – Blog Book Tour!

The Schedule:

September 27: Crochet Concupiscence

September 28: Knit Purl Gurl

September 29: Underground Crafter

September 30: Interlocking Crochet

October 1: Crochet Mama’s Blog

October 3: Crafty Pod

October 4: Lindamade

October 5: Cute Crochet Chat

October 6: Crochet Liberation Front

October 7: Create Loves

October 8: Whipup

Get Granny Square Love now for just $12.99 ($10 off the retail price!). Visit the Martha Pullen Online Store and use promo code GRANNYTOUR to get your exclusive price.

Offer expires October 8, 2011 at 11.59pm EST. Special Price in US Dollars, for items that are “in stock” only.

 Granny Square Love is available from the following online retailers: 

USA

Canada

France

Germany
Australia
UK
Sweden
Finland
Denmark
New Zealand
Japan
Indonesia
India
Portugal
eBook

Sarah lives on the east coast of Australia. Her love of colour and crochet led her to write the book, Granny Square Love. Sarah tunes into her intuition when it comes to selecting colour palettes that pop. She loves life’s happy coincidences. She prefers her eggs poached not scrambled. Sarah’s advice for life – begin your day with a blank canvas and ensure to saturate it with colour! Scandalous or safe the colour choice is entirely yours.

x Sarah

173 Comments on “Granny Square Love :: Blog Book Tour

  1. Hi Sarah, How marvellous to write about your love of colour and the Hooky business.
    These skills passed on from Grandmother or Mother to children are so important and they enrich those people envolved greatly.
    I would love to be entered into your draw please.

    Keep on inspiring us Susan xxxx

  2. Thank you for such an inspiring, impowering, and encouraging post. I love your work and have ordered your book. Thank you for today’s nudge to follow my dreams.

  3. I already have your lovely book on my bedside table, and I love love love it. Granny Squares are my first love, therefor your book is my Granny bible. I page through it at least three times a week. Thank you also for sharing the “making of a book” with us on your blog. I’ve also mentioned your book tour on my Facebook page🙂 http://www.facebook.com/crochetime

  4. Hello, Sarah–Please, PLEASE enter me in your drawing. I love color, crochet, and your blog🙂

    All the best,

    Dawna

  5. I would love to have a copy of your book!!! Congrats on your success!

  6. Sarah,
    I am so happy for you and this book. Your work is definitely inspiring. I would love to win a copy of your book and some fabulous yarn.

  7. I would love to own a copy of your book. The granny square is my favorite thing to crochet in the world. I am posting a link to this page on my pagebook page and my quilt group right now.

  8. Hello Sarah!
    Good luck with your blog book tour. It must be so exciting! I can’t wait to check out Granny Square Love!

  9. Ohhh la la! I I read about your book a while ago and I am so excited to have the chance to actual WIN one. You know, you were one of my first big inspirations when I first started my crochet journey. I think most of all I was fascinated by how you are completely fearless with your color combos. I have a tendense to over think and then I sometimes tell myself to do a “Sarah London”, just mix it and see what happens. I am sure you might have a more planned way of matching your colors but this approach seems to work when I get stuck at times. So thank you Sarah for encouraging and sharing. I wish you the greatest success on your book tour. Well done.
    Xxx
    Annette

  10. The book looks fabulous! I would love to be entered in the drawing!

  11. The book looks gorgeous! I love your use of colour and I wish I was bolder with some of my colour-choices🙂

    At the risk of sounding stupid, but I am too curious not to ask: what is a blog book tour? I know the concept of a book tour, but how does one do that through blogs?

  12. I am adding another chance to win, writing about your give away on my blog. Will also add a photo and link in my margin… But kids are demanding attention right this minute. Will get back to it soon….

  13. Thanks so much Sarah!!!!!!I’m in love with your book and I wish have it in my house. I posted it in my facebook SUSANA GARGICEVICH .
    I´d love to win!!!!!!!!!Kisses from Argentina.

  14. Oh my fingers are crossed – I would love to win your lovely book. I love all the patterns of yours that I have purchased – your work is great.

  15. Hello! I love Granny squares and the grandma who taught me to crochet, although she said every stitch I did on Sunday I’d have to take out with my nose! Of course, in her day it was considered work. For us, it’s art!

  16. This calls for a delurk! I’d love to be entered to win… and I’m touched by your family history. My mother taught me how to knit, but I taught myself crochet, only to find out recently that my grandmother was a very prolific crocheter (she died in ’63, when my mom was 11, and I never knew her). Thanks for your wonderful inspiration!

  17. Your book looks wonderful Sarah! I love the way you use colour!

  18. Hello I would love to win the copy of your book and the wool. My Granny taught me to knit and crochet I remember many an hour standing sitting with her talking and knitting/crocheting. Now I too do it and my children who are both under 10 both knit and crochet too.

  19. Hi Sarah
    Book looks great, my “wool” journey has been similar to yours. Then in the nineties people laughed at me when I crocheted, now they all want to learn too. Good luck for the next book! Vicki x

  20. Hello Sarah
    is your starburst square pattern in this book? I’m buying it anyway but thought I’d check.
    Cheers,
    Krystal

  21. Congratulations. It’s a gorgeous book, I grabbed a copy as soon as it came out. You know, I think a lot of people missed the opportunity to learn crochet from their own grandmothers or mothers because for a sad time there, crochet stopped being ‘cool’ – (though never in my house!) so you’re giving people the chance to have a go at some gorgeous projects, many simple enough for the beginner, and a chance to pass on this wonderful craft. Well done! Oh, and I love the Vegemite photo in the book.
    Cheers
    Sandra F.

  22. This looks such a great book – Congratulations!
    I would love to win a copy!

  23. Congrats Sarah on being published. It’s your goal/dream so enjoy.
    As to the last post – yes your posts come through with no identification on them

  24. Hi Sarah, what a beautiful post. I fear that sewing and needle skills passed down from generation to generation will be lost one day. Your book looks gorgeous and I would love to win it! THanks for the great competition!

  25. What a lovely book, when will you sell this one in Holland? Whe love granny squares.

    Love Marsha

  26. I already have your gorgeous book Sarah, I love it!🙂
    vivienne x

  27. Congratulations on the book!!! it looks wonderful! I really can’t wait to see it and get it!! first I’ll try my luck at your blog book tour!
    Love,
    Shanti

  28. I look forward to your posts on the blog – the colours and stories brighten up the day and the mood. Please enter me in the draw and would love to win a copy of the book.

    Namaste
    Trisha

  29. Sarah, I am thrilled for you and I LOVE the idea for this book. Please add my name to the drawing. I tweeted, posted on facebook, and posted on my tumblr & pinterest! I wish you the best for this book!! So exciting!

  30. Congratulations, Sarah! Although, your book is in my Amazon shopping cart to be purchased, I’d love to win an additional copy to give to my friend. Also a crochet fiend, taught by her grandmother. Crochet rocks!

    All the best with your book. – Lourdes

  31. I am about to start a crochet class at my school to the middle grades. I will definitely get a copy of the book! I love how the book is named Granny Square love and you love your “granny” so much!!! Best of luck on the tour! I love tours like these because I get to visit some of these great crochet blogs!!!

  32. Hi Sarah – I have already ordered the book and am hoping to see it arrive in the next few days. I made the tissue cosy from your PDF sale … love it (mine is yellow, black & grey)! I would still love a chance to win the book and yarn. I would keep the yarn for myself and gift the book to my friend, Luke, another avid knitter and crocheter! Thanks!

  33. Hello Sarah.
    Lovely photo of your grandmother, beautiful foliage on the trees behind her and that great rock.
    Wonder where it is?
    Your book and the Cascade yarn are both most desirable items for the Hashi compulsive-obsessive crotchetty-yarnie that I am!
    Lastly. Publishing scams Do exist. A colleague of mine was almost caught out on a poetry website. Poets Beware….🙂

    JacqBrisbane

  34. Oops … forgot to mention … I ordered my book through the Book of the Month Club (USA). Sandy

  35. Well done Sarah, how exciting, a dream come true. Looking forward to my colour fix and inspiration for some new projects…. .handmade Christmas gifts all round

  36. hello! what a super super giveaway!! those top two pics the one of you and your mother and brother and the one of you knitting are just so lovely!..its lovely to pass the tradition along.. thanks!

  37. Hi Sarah! Congratulations on your beautiful new publication. I began with Grannies in the 70’s, and would love to get back crocheting them with your inspiration.

  38. This book looks amazing! All the things you can do with granny squares! Congratulations on your wonderful book!

  39. So happy for you! Can’t wait to see this book, it’s definitely on my wish list. Hope you’re walking on air for a few more weeks, at least. Until you start writing book #2!

  40. Oh Happy Day! Yay for you! Your book looks fantastic ~ thanks for being such an inspiration to hookers all over the world🙂

  41. Such a lovely book Sarah. I’ve only recently discovered the pure joy of hooking and am…….well hooked of course! I love the colours you choose to use, so happy and cosy.

  42. Love the look of your book and thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  43. Congratulations! I cannot wait to get a copy of your book, I sure hope that I win a signed copy, that would be so awesome to own!

  44. Fabulous colours and patterns, Sarah. Have fun on your book tour. Your work makes me happy!!!!
    Susan

  45. I love granny squares! I have several blankets done in granny squares by family members who have since passed, and I treasure every one of them.

    Thank you so much for doing a giveaway — I’d love to be entered.

  46. Hello. I’m looking forward to your book. Hope it’s a smash. Judy

  47. Congratulations! The book looks exciting and I am sure it has wonderful projects in it, if the crocheting you demonstrate on your blog is anything to go by.

  48. Hi there from Dubai!
    Your grandmother reminds me of my own grandmother. She also taught me how to crochet…🙂

  49. Hi Sarah,

    I’d love to win a copy of your book and the yummy yarn to go along with it. Thanks for offering this generous give away. Just in the past few months, I’ve become obsessed with grannys and COLOR. I’ve loved crocheting for a long time now, but the added color factor is bringing my enjoyment to a whole new level. I am another one with a grandmother who taught me to knit, crochet, cross stitch, and type. Interestingly…I type for a living and crochet is my passion. Thank you, Sarah. I am looking forward to checking out your blog! Diane M.

  50. Congratulations on the publication of your book Sarah. I’ve been following your blog for some time now and am always inspired by your colours and projects. I’m sure you book will be a great success. Please count me in for a chance to win a signed copy. Thanks.

  51. Hello and congratulations on your new book. It looks truly beautiful. I too learnt to knit and crochet from my grandma but then for many years I put it away. Until I was pregnant with my daughter and then the yarn bug caught up again. I’d love to win a copy of your lovely book.
    Greetings from Malta

  52. injoyed your story. my grandmother tried to teach me to crochet but being left handed it was all back to front.i must of got the basic idea as i bought crochet book that had the patterns for
    edges and a lot of washes and gradually learnt the stitches as well as read the patterns.
    there is nothing more special than learning a craft from some one so special as a grandmother.
    regards chris.

  53. Wow – looks like a wonderful book and I would love to win it! Have a fantastic tour. Simone

  54. Hello Sarah,
    Great, your book, can’t wait to receive it. Colour and your patterns & inspiration. Can’t think of better instant happiness!
    Isolde

  55. Congratulation on the new book. What a fantastic giveaway would love to be in with a chance
    to win. I was taught to crochet Grannies years ago by my Granny, and you have inspired me to
    start again – now where is that hook!!🙂 Good luck with the tour🙂

  56. I’m very excited that your book is out. When I first started crocheting at the end of last year, your blog was one of the first I found, and by far the most inspirational. I’m looking forward to reading your book. x

  57. Hello Sarah….i love the look of your book. I can’t believe I just stumbled across this today.i have never seen your blog before and i even have a granny square in my lap as I write this. I definatley would love a copy of this book! I also live on the east coast of Australia and love crocheting very colourful granny squares. I have just put your book etc on my blog I hope that is cool. http://katesunshinyday.blogspot.com/2011/09/granny-square-love.html

    My granny was also a mad crochet and knit woman….if you’ve time and you’ve time check out the cool granny square dress i made my little girl and my granny inspired granny squares…
    http://katesunshinyday.blogspot.com/2011/05/shes-like-rainbow.html
    http://katesunshinyday.blogspot.com/2011/05/granny-squares-for-granny-and-sunny.html

    have a great day all the best from kate

  58. Hi Sarah! Enjoy reading your blog and looking at all the beautiful things you create. Can’t wait to view your new book and oh am I so ready to color my world in crochet! Thanks my friend🙂

  59. Oh Sarah how wonderful! A Book!! Congratulations and well done. I loved the photo of you knitting and the one of your Grandmother, look at the mountain behind her…..gorgeous town! Have a great blog tour, I can’t wait to get hold of your book 🙂 xx

  60. Sarah, I would love a chance to win this lovely book and yarn. I love to make granny squares and would be a rich lady if I had a nickel for every one I ever made:-)

  61. Your book looks great! I love to hook too! Thanks for your advice about believing in yourself and in your dreams! I agree!

  62. I’m sure your book will be treasured by many people ( including me). I was happy to see you are using Cascade yarn. When you asked for yarn recommendations several months ago, I suggested Cascade. It has such a nice hand. I live in Seattle, Washington and can see the Cascade mountains right outside my window!

  63. Please enter me. I’d love a chance to win the book and that lovely yarn. It’s deeply exciting to see your book become something real – I hope when it’s in your hand, you love it to pieces!

  64. Congratulations on your book’s publication! I started out learning to crochet and taught myself to knit 15 years later. Knitting took over, but I do still crochet afghans. where is your grandmother in that photo? The cliff face is soooo familiar.

  65. Another feather in your cap. The book looks interesting and informative.

    Congrats…….

  66. Looks like a totally awesome book.
    It’s going straight on my chrissy wish-list.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  67. I have always loved to read your posts on the blog. I love the colours you use. Such happy bright colours. I would love to get your book. Granny square such a basic but with what possibilities. Any yarn is most welcome as here we have shortage of good yarn.

  68. Thanks for the wonderful book. I would love to have it. Grandmothers are such an inspiration to us in all of their wonderful handiwork. Love your blog too!

  69. What great new! Can’t wait to get a copy of your book! All the best for the coming days!

  70. Hi Sarah! I would love to be entered into the drawing and hvae a chace at that book! Thanks!

  71. A new book just in time for my 29th Birthday would be an amazing present. I need to experiment with colour and new yarns and what better way to do it with the great granny square. Thank you for inspiring people to keep this tradition alive Sarah.

  72. THANK YOU SO FOR YOUR INSPIRATION!
    I’D LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

  73. hi i LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEE your book and your blog site. please enter me into the draw. yes yes will load up to my facebook

  74. Hi Sarah,
    love the book. Love the colours you use. I’d love to see the Cascade 220 in real life!

  75. For this beginner, it would be a treasured addition to the library of crochet and craft books and magazines that adorn the shelves, after, of course, it has been used to death! A standout in the crowd I suspect!
    Good luck, best wishes and congratulations.

  76. Hi Sarah,
    Congratulations for your book.
    I would love to have a copy.
    Please enter me into the draw.
    Best wishes
    Anna

  77. I tweeted.

    To celebrate you can win a signed copy of Granny Square Love along with 7 skeins of fabulous @CascadeYarns bit.ly/pW0iF8

  78. Hello Sarah,
    congratulations on your book!
    Some time ago I made a little babyblanket with granny’s, it was a very nice project to work on. But I would like to use more colour (I am always a bit hesitant in using a lot of different colours) in my crochet projects so I suppose you could teach me with your book.
    Please enter me into the draw, I will put a link on my blog: littleredhome.blogspot.com

  79. now I see the time and date of my comment (sept. 29th..) I forgot that I am on the other side of the world… Holland.

  80. sarah- your work has long been among my favorites for crochet work! from the time i saw your wool eater blanket and hawaiian flower pattern, i’ve been in love with trying to use your gorgeous color schemes. best to you in your being published! wishing you continued good will in the days ahead.

  81. I had “turned off” on Granny Squares (at 68 years old I was around when it all began!) until I saw your work — your patterns and displays make them new and beautiful. Thanks & congratulations on the book!

  82. Wow, I was never a huge granny square fan, but one look at your projects and you’ve got me hooked!😉 Very inspiring!

  83. Ik really love to join the give away because i idn’t see the Netherlands on your list😉

    Greetings Marlies

  84. Felicidades Sarah!!!! Congratulations for your very inspiring book, I love the way you use colors really make my days😀. I am sure this book will be a success and can’t wait for more!

  85. I can’t believe I was on the Australian East Coast last year and didn’t go shopping for your crochet goodies! Now I am ALL the way on the other side of the world aching to crochet😉
    So, I’d LOVE you book as I am totally HOOKED on making grannys. I am busy making my first granny blanket (114 squares and counting!) and I just love it.
    Good luck on your book.
    Esther (The Netherlands)

  86. Hi Sarah, this looks a lovely book and I would definitely like to be entered into the draw please! Will mention on my blog!!🙂

  87. I have not been crocheting long and am self taught from books but what a wonderful craft it is!
    I’d love to enter the draw for a copy of your book.
    Thank you

  88. Congratulations Sarah! I just watched the little film, and the book looks WONDERFUL! Love your crochet top by-the-way, very cool. For me it makes perfect sense that you should do a book, I’m sorry to hear you got some initial negativity on that score, I hope they’re all feeling thoroughly put in their place now. I would have been one of the enthusiasts, it makes perfect sense, you’ve published so many patterns. I would be thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to win the book and that beautiful luxurious yarn, I shall just have to hope, hope, hope. I’ll definitely be mentioning your giveaway in my blog post today, I’ll send you a link later when it’s up. Vanessa xxx

  89. oooh please count me in I have recently learnt to crochet I am not at all obsessive honestly!!!!

  90. I am so happy I have just ordered the book I can’t wait for it to arrive

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  93. Hello Sarah! I love your work and all the patterns that I’ve got from you! I’d love to enter in this giveaway! Thanks for your generosity.
    Kind regards, Pati x

  94. Hello! I’m Diane and I am a granny square addict! I posted your link on twitter addicted2yarn and facebook diane crochets.would love to be lucky enough to win the book! Granny on!!!

  95. What a wonderful book, I love to crochet, as a left hander, I found it difficult to learn at first, but with the help of some youtube tutorials, I picked it up quickly!! I love your blog, but like recipes, nothing beats a beautiful book with instructions, real pages and stunning photos to inspire and delight, congratulations, you must be so proud!!

  96. This is woderful! My own grandmother passed away in April of this year, and left behind a large pile of granny squares. I was given the squares in the hope that I could figure out how to “sew them together” into items for members of the family. I was inspired, though, and went one better: I learned to crochet! And I have been having a blast supplementing my Granny’s granny squares, turning them into finished projects, and blogging the results. I still have a few more projects to go, and would love a copy of your beautiful book and yarn to give me a few new ideas🙂

  97. I shared in Google Reader, which will post to my Twitter and Facebook pages automatically later today🙂

    Twitter.com/lclarke522
    Facebook.com/lisaclarke.net

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  99. LOVE THE BOOK!
    Congrats! Reviews have been terrific, especially Crochet Today.
    Barbara

  100. Hey Sarah!
    I am happy that you book is beeing sold by Bertrand in Portugal, it is a good bookstore.
    I am hoping you enter me in this contest (since I can’t afford your book right now…).
    I have publicized it in my wall on FB, you can check it here https://www.facebook.com/sofianattycrafts

    Thanks and Love,
    Natty

  101. Hi Sarah, good luck for book!! I’m waiting for to be aunt so granny will be great for baby blanket!
    All the best
    Isabella

  102. What a beautiful book – congrats on the publishing and thanks for inspiring granny-square fun🙂

  103. This seems like an awesome book! For someone who has been crocheting for quite some time (but has never taken it to the next level), I’m sure that I will find your use of creativity and color in the sometimes infamous granny square very inspiring!!

  104. I’ve been following your blog for some time now and I must say, even though I am an experienced crocheter, I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of your book. I’ve always found your projects and use of colour inspiring.
    Congrats on your first book Sarah, hopefully there will be more to follow!

  105. This looks such a great book – I would love to win a copy!

  106. I would love to win this book, I just started to crochet, but already loving it!

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