The Crochet Bible Giveaway

By Rachel Choi – 288 Comments
We have a copy of The Crochet Bible to giveaway! Big thanks to Tina, a Crochet Spot reader who accidentally bought an extra copy and thought a fellow Crochet Spot reader might like it. What a great way to give back to the crochet community!

To enter into the giveaway and win a FREE copy of the Crochet Bible you must…

Leave a comment on this post describing a random act of kindness that you have performed. Like Tina, it can be crochet related, but it doesn’t have to be. Please leave only 1 comment on this post, duplicated comments will be deleted along with comments that are not on topic.

All participants must be either a Crochet Spot Newsletter subscriber or a Premium Pattern Member at the time the winner is drawn. If you are neither, feel free to sign up for the newsletter or a membership.

Giveaway ends on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:59PM EST, where a winner will be randomly selected.

Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to read all the acts of kindness that everyone is doing 🙂

If you would like to learn more about Tina, feel free to visit Tina’s knit and crochet website.
If you would like to lean more about the book, you can vist Amazon where you can look inside the book and flip thought the first few pages.

P.S. The giveaway is for The Crochet Bible, not the Crochet Stitch Bible as I first wrote (silly me). All in all, they are both great books!!

Giveaway is now closed. The winner is announced here: Crochet Bible Winner

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  1. Janice says:

    I started my own crochet Meet Up because I wanted to meet other crocheters. We enjoy crocheting for charity. We’ve made pink items for the Susan G. Komen foundation, (to raise $$$ for Breast Cancer) We make small blankets for dogs and cats, we also make preemie hats and chemo caps, tons and tons of scarves. Mostly we like to share our knowledge with newbies, so if there is a person who wants to learn to crochet, we invite them to join “The Pasadena Crochet Meet Up.”

  2. Nancy says:

    When I was visiting my brother and sister-in-law, in another state, I wanted to do something special for them, so I started a crochet doily while I was there. I had no idea that I would be able to actually finish it, but I stayed up late the night before we left, and was able to present it to them the next morning. They were so surprised.

    I also knit and crochet prayer shawls for my church. The recipient never knows in advance that they’re getting one until I finish it and have it prayed over, and then give it to them!

  3. Lisa Warden says:

    I make it a habit when I go to the grocery store to assist an elderly person in either finding an item, or reaching an item. Little things mean a lot 🙂

  4. Claudia says:

    I love to crochet so it seems as much therapy for me as an act of kindness, but I make hats and scarves for the homeless in our area and for the chemo patients at the hospital where I work.
    I just love to crochet 🙂

  5. Martha says:

    After our church Christmas dinner, we were cleaning up. I had taken chicken n dumplings in my roaster oven, so there was a good amount left. I offered it to a family with 6 children but containers were lacking, so I told her to take the entire roaster home. The following Sunday she said she’d bring it back at Sunday evening service…I told her she would put it to better use with a large family since there was just me at home now. What a blessing it was to me to be able to give so freely.

  6. Aing says:

    This is a good gift from Tina! I crochet blankets for the local Project Linus chapter (Milwaukee), and make anonymous prayer shawls for the homebound of my community. It gladdens the day of homebound persons to know they are thought of and remembered by those in the community.

  7. Cathy Lewis says:

    My friends and I crochet many things for charity: hats for newborns, blankets to cover hospital isolets, lapghans for nursing homes, caps and blankets for chemo patients, shawls for those experiencing a loss, scarves for veterans, blankets for the sick, blankets and hats for social services. We also celebrate happy times in our community by crocheting things for weddings, baptisms, and new babies.

  8. Jess says:

    I never leave home without yarn and a hook. I am always making small projects like pen covers or key chains or coozies. A customer at my work came in in tears due to tax issues. She saw a keychain that I had made and fell in love with in. I took it off of my keys and gave it to her and she said that this year that was the best day she has had. It sure does make one feel good when you do things to make others smile. 🙂

  9. Kat says:

    I’d love to be the winner. I am a subscriber of your newsletter. My random act of kindness involved making valentines for the ladies (35 of them) in my Bible study group.

    I’m also hooking for a cause and creating squares for the Crochet a Rainbow project. I just finished the last square last night and I’ll be posting my pics of them as they are winging their way to Australia tonight.

    Lastly, I organized a Knit and Crochet group at my church to make hat’s scarves for a shelter in our area. We donated 20 sets of hats/scarves to the shelter in December 2010. I’m just realizing I never blogged about that though. 🙁

  10. Elaine Harper says:

    There is a Bibly study that I’m involved with in a retirement apartment complex with retirees and disabled ladies. It is mainly DVD-driven so while that is playing, I usually do my crocheting or knitting for the preemie babies at a local hospital. I recently came across a cloche-type cap that seemed to easy and cute and I decided to make each lady one during the study and discussion. I topped them off with an applique of a heart that I just learned the pattern. It really perked up their day and it was so fun!

  11. Marybeth Mank says:

    I don’t have a crochet-related random act of kindness, but I love to smile at people. Sometimes, the reaction from recipients is funny; they can’t imagine why a stranger is smiling at them. I like when I get a smile back. 🙂

  12. Marie says:

    I learned to crochet last year when one of my young cousins was sent on his 3rd tour in Afghanistan. Wanting to do something productive, I had researched ways to help, and discovered that there was an organization that was collecting crocheted or knitted helmet liners for the troops because the weather in Afghanistan was brutal, and the troops needed insulation in their helmets. I crocheted enough for his platoon, and then got the notice that the Federal Gov’t stopped the program. Since I didn’t need 20 wool hats, I gave them away to our homeless hospitality program to give away to those in need this winter.

  13. Beth Ann Plumberg says:

    I am currently working on a set of amigurumi elephants to give to 3 little refugee boys who moved here w/ their parents 3 weeks ago from Nepal. I am part of a volunteer team at our church to help them assimilate to our country and life here. I took them to the doctor last week and though they speak little English we enjoyed getting acquainted through the use of some children’s books I brought along. I discovered they really like elephants and so I am making them each one. I will present them at our next visit on Sunday.

  14. Wanda says:

    My RAOKs are Prayer Cloths. I found a blog about them and general directions a year or so ago and just took off from there. Since then I have made and given a good many. I joined the “Sunshine Committee” in a crochet group that does things for those in the group in need of a little sunshine. I am the go-to member for prayer cloths. 🙂 I also did some last year for my sister and two nieces when my brother-in-law died.
    I’ve also just done them because……..
    The most recent ones I’ve done are 3 Christmas Angel Prayer Cloths (2 for the husbands with cancer of group members and another for someone with health problems) and 2 Heart Prayer Cloths for my son-in-law who was just sent to Iraq.

  15. Laurel Hatch says:

    My mother, who taught me to crochet when I was 7, has not crocheted for a number of years. She is 86 and has arthritis in her hands, so it is painful for her to crochet. I spent time looking for hooks that would be easy on her hands and found a set of ergonomic hooks. The new hooks worked beautifully and she is happily crocheting for the first time in many years.

  16. Gig Coleman says:

    I took 2 bags of groceries to a friends house, when I realized they were running short of food. I entertained a child in church, during the sermon, by quietly folding an origamie bird. Gave the bird to the child, of course. I give tons of crochet stuff away every year, but that isn’t really random, it is more planned. Jill

  17. Jinny Tee says:

    I used to work part-time in Marks and Spencer when I was studying in Bath, UK. As a staff, we were allowed to buy fresh items such as sandwiches, cakes or cookies from the bakery when it is closing time for a good price. It’s really yummy and my housemates used to blame me for making them fat, because I would bring them home and offer it to them! Hahah! Anyway, every day on the way home, I would pass by some homeless people on the streets, and I would give them a bag filled with yummilicious food. It became a pleasant routine, and I still think back fondly of those smiling faces.

    I would love the book, because this year I’m starting up a support group for women in Sweden who’ve had miscarriages or lost their baby later during pregnancy or shortly after birth. I just started crocheting last year, and have since made a beanie, flowers, and coasters, and I have yet so many more things that I would like to learn. I would like to be able to provide small wraparounds or clothes for preemies or the burial of the babies that these mothers have just lost. Also, I hope to be able to learn how to make other itema and also sell other crocheted items and with the proceeds going towards buying nutritional supplements or food for these mothers to gain back their strength and health. I’ve personally gone through two miscarriages, one last year, and one this year, so I truly understand the pain that these mothers are going through, and I know that having a support group helps. I was blessed enough with good friends who helped care for me, but there may be some who are not so fortunate.

  18. carolyn says:

    It is a wonderful feeling to be involved in our church ministry of making prayer shawls. It’s also a great way to practice new stitches!

  19. Mary says:

    An intern at our hospital wanted me to teach her how to knit better, and that she wanted to make a chapstick holder for herself. I thought “Yikes, it’ll be easier to crochet that than knit!”, so I whipped one up in her college colors (TCU). The next day I asked if I could use her chapstick, then handed it back to her in it’s new sleeve! (without using it of course). I still taught her some knitting skills later on in the semester.

  20. Lu Ann says:

    There are so many touching acts of kindness written on this list! It was a pleasure to read them. How kind of Tina! Thanks Tina!

    Let me share my 2 kid’s random acts of kindness:

    My, then 8 year old, daughter wanted to volunteer at the Humane Society but she was so young, I assumed they wouldn’t let her. So she set up a lemonade stand and donated all the money instead! When we went in to donate the money, we found out any kiddo can volunteer to simply pet the cats, so long as a parent is with the child. Now we both volunteer and she is wonderfully generous and kind with the animals!

    At a family gathering at a restaurant, my toddler son was eagerly passed from person to person. He had such fun! Once dinner and dessert were eaten and cleaned away we began our good byes. As I held his hand to make the rounds he turned around and reached up to a kind looking elderly lady, who had clearly been watching him from her booth, for a kiss and hug. Oh she was so pleased to receive a little lovin from the little one!

    Have a kind day!

  21. susan says:

    Random acts of kindness are my favorite things!! I am always trying to get my kids to take part. I encourage them to bring in the neighbors garbage cans when they bring in ours. We shovel our neighbors driveway. We live in northeast Ohio, so we’ve had lots of opportunites to do that!. Two of my favorites are: give someone my cart for free at the grocery(we have to put a quarter in the cart to use it and get it back when we return it-it keeps the parking lot free of carts!) and let the person behind me in line go 1st! Oh, and I love giving the dishsponges I crochet to friends-“just because”!!

  22. Tabitha says:

    When I make small projects like tissue holders, or small crochet items I always make a couple extra just to have on hand to give when a friend is having a bad day and needs some cheering up.

  23. DeAnna says:

    Hi! My RAOK was that I crochet several baby/children size afghans for Mended Little Heart care bags. I also made a large adult one w/ a heart motif for a raffle they were having to raise money to put together the care bags they deliver each month to the hospital. Ahh what a great feeling it is too!

  24. Deborah says:

    A new member to our church arrived just two weeks ago to our area – she is alone with two little ones. One is a beautiful little 5 year old girl and the other one is a sweet little 3 months old little boy. I made them each a teddy bear and gave them to them. I got the sweetest hugs and kisses from the little girl and the little boy immediately starting chomping on the bears ear! GIGGLE The Mom was so thankful she hasn’t been able to buy them too many toys so this was such a treat for them and her she said. She was also so excited that the bears were washable and if her son drooled, or whatever on the bear it was sturdy enough to take it and get washed. They have both come to church each Sunday since – well only two so far – with the bears in tow! I felt so good to do this – I have no started doing it for our local hospital’s baby births! Thanks for letting me share.

  25. Raylinda says:

    Crocheting in public helps start all sorts of conversations that lead to all sorts of ways to help and get involved in peoples lives. Even if it’s just a friendly conversation that starts up that has nothing to do with Crocheting – those conversations have proven to be a bright spot in my day and I’ve tried to make sure they are a bright spot in the lives of others I talk with.

  26. Robyn Plantz says:

    While in Joann’s last week there was an older lady who was buying a cookie press, it was $40. I butted in and asked if she had a coupon and then gave her my 50% coupon. She saved over $20 and I got a great hug out of it.

  27. Paula says:

    This is not crochet related but a year ago I left from NC to stay with my daughter and her family in Va. I have a husband, daughter and 3 grandchildren back home and I’ve only seen my husband twice in the past year. The rest of the family I have only seen once.

    I came to Va because my youngest daughter (she is 23) has degenerative disc disorder, herniated discs and arthritis in her spine. She and her husband have 3 children (ages 1, 3 & 4) her husband is a Marine and often goes on trips out of state. My daughter has days that she can hardly move and cannot take care of the apartment and the children without causing herself extreme pain. I have a heart condition that has caused me to have 6 stints in my right coronary artery but, I came here to take care of them so that my daughter can relax as much as possible. I love my family with all my heart and though I miss the ones I left in NC I feel that I am needed here the most.

    I have however taught my daughter to crochet since I came here and she loves it as much as I do!

  28. Denise Davis says:

    I grow extra vegetables and fruit in my garden every year and donate them to a local restaurant that always has food available to needy people. It feeds paying folks as well, but they treat everyone the same. It’s pretty cool. I’ve also volunteered there a few times to help them prep food. They also offer people the option of working for their meal. It’s a chain called OneWorld and they have many restaurants across the country. Food is good, and the charity is great. See if there’s one near you!

  29. I was at the dentsit waiting on one of my granddaughters, while waiting I was crocheting a hobo purse for another one of my granddaughters. There was this little girl in the waiting room that really showed some interest in what I was doing and making. She made a statement about how she wants her mom to make her one. I finished it up while there and ended up giving the purse to this little girl. Man the look on her face was just so worth it. I had to make another one in a hurry though for my granddaughter. Crocheting is so much fun!!!!

  30. Karin Jordan says:

    I was walking through the downtown area one day and this homeless man approached me. I felt so sorry for him, he told me his feet back eyes and just about everything else hurt. I gave him the sunglasses I had on my head and I bought him flip flops and a pack of bottled water and gave him all the rest of the money I had on me.

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  32. Chris Teague says:

    When standing behind a litte lady at the grocery, she did not have enough to pay for gro and medication. She was going to put some of her food back but I paid for it for her. I also crochet donations for childrens hospitals.

  33. Debbie says:

    A friend in my knitting group had been out of work a long time and was having a tough time of it, so I send her a gift certificate for the grocery store anonymously.

  34. Barbra says:

    I was in the hospital waiting room, waiting for some tests and crocheting a new washcloth. A lady was there with her elderly mother & she questioned me and we began chatting. the mother used to crochet but arthritis made her stop. Then I was called in. Again, I had to wait before my test and finished the cloth. The woman was still in the waiting room when I came out and I just gave it to her. She was speechless and her Mom blessed me! So sweet!

  35. K. Stan says:

    I crochet & a friend from our church, her daughter-in-law is going thru a difficult pregnancy.
    So, I crocheted a Baby blanket for her & her older brother.
    She was very touched by this .
    To me, it was just something I wanted to do.
    We never know how a simple act of kindness can touch another.

  36. Eydeel says:

    I recently met a girl with a rough past. I soon found out that her only memory of her father was how much he abused her mother. After her parents split things were even worse. They were at times homeless and she was never able to enjoy her childhood. She never had toys, even to this day. And recently her brother comitted suicide due to Schizophrenia. She loves fashion but can’t afford it. So I decided to make her one of her favorite Pokemon dolls and a slouchy hat that she could use. Although she is 19 years old now, her excitment was that of a 5-year-old. She had a sparkle in her eyes that was not noticeable before. She kept thanking me, but the greatest thanks I could get is seeing her happy.

  37. Alejandra Yaya says:

    When I was about 16 I went to a youth conference with my church. The World Vision organization was there and they showed a quick video about how you can sponsor children. It really impacted me and I realized the abundance we’re given here in America. So during the break I went to the table and picked out 3 different children to sponsor for $30 a month each. I had a part time job back then and practically all of my paychecks went to them each month. To this day I continue to sponsor the 3 of them and it has been such a blessing. <3

  38. Becki says:

    Hi, this is not crochet related, but hope to find more time to crochet for the homeless and Women’s shelters.
    Yesterday I stopped at my local Starbucks drive-thru and I decided to pay for the person in the car behind me for their order. I did not know them but just wanted to bless someones day.

    Isn’t it great to see all these random acts of kindness!
    There really are some kind folks out there!!

  39. Ellen says:

    As a novice crochet enthusiast, I devote most of my spare time (and funds) to crocheting blankets for our local chapter of Project Linus. I honestly don’t know who reaps the greater reward from my personal labor of love; the children receiving the blankets or me knowing just how much the blanket means to them.

    This year, some friends (who share my love of all things crochet) and I have begun a new project we refer to as ‘Valentines for Veterans”. We each crochet as many heart-shaped bookmarks as we can using bits and pieces from our ever growing yarn stashes and then deliver the “valentines” to the local V.A. for distribution. It is amazing how something so small and simple can brighten the day of one of our servicemen who often feel all but forgotten by the world. The joy it seems to bring them is unlike anything you can imagine…Priceless!

  40. Tami Willmann says:

    I learned you’re not supposed to tell others when you perform a RAK–just keep it to yourself, that’s the blessing!! 🙂 Just this morning I let someone go in front of me at the grocery store–she seemed like she was in a hurry and I had more items than she did:) I have to say that I LOVE Ellen’s idea about RAKking veteran’s with heart-shaped bookmarks–I love our vets SO MUCH–my heart is with them always, so I love to hear when others find ways to bless them. It’s too easy to forget them, and once they are at home, they feel like they’ve faded away…SO, please–if you know a vet, or know OF a vet, open your heart to them and help to bring them back from their fade, if only for a few minutes!!

  41. Apryl says:

    It is hard to toot my own horn. I give books, crochet items, quilts, pattern books away frequently. I make an extra item each Christmas to be given to someone without family at the senior housing building my mother lives in. I make bookmarks for my local friends of the library. I have participated in the toy drive by KristieMN a couple of times, donated scarves for a couple winter olympics. I make holiday gifts for a kindergarten/1st grade class my DIL teaches. (I must confess I haven’t done the butterflies for the Holocaust museum yet)

  42. Sand says:

    I picked up a friend who lives 45 miles away to take her to an Emergancy Room that was 5 minutes from her home.

  43. Jenny-Jo Tileston says:

    I try to do small random acts of kindness whenever I can. I often give away coupons when I’m not going to use them. People at Michaels especially like that!

  44. Tristine says:

    I recently crocheted a bunch of pink heart ribbon pins for my friend to give to the patients at her oncology office. Anything to brighten their day helps.

  45. Cathy says:

    My story is not about crochet, but, about a dog, elderly neighbors and me. We are not allowed to have pets in the community that we live in. To do so can mean immediate expulsion if caught with one. My neighbors are very elderly, they have no family left, all of their children have passed on and they have a very elderly dog named Boopsie. Well, Boopsie, got sick and they couldn’t care for her, they didn’t have the money. It was going to be too traumatic for them to take her to be put down, so they asked me to do it. I have lost many dogs and knew how hard it was. I said, reluctantly that I would do it. As they hugged and kissed her goodbye my heart couldn’t handle anymore, I knew right than and there what had to be done. I cried while I said goodbye to her and walked out the vets door. Before I reached the door the vet tech told me to , please, come back as they had something for me…..yep, sure enough they showed me the newest little angel, a little Jack appropriately named ” Jack..that was it. I took Jack, stopped at our office, explained the circumstances and talked them into rescinding the “NO PETS” rule!!! When I placed Jack into their arms, they cried like never before and I have never seen them so happy. They could not believe that I would do that for them, but, if you never give back and never try than your life adds up too nothing. I get to babysit Jack everyday ,for two hours a day, and my neighbors, well they gave me a whole new outlook on life.

  46. Missy says:

    Last week or so, my husband and I were at Longhorn’s. There was a long wait…while we were waiting, a party of 3 couples who were all senior citizens came in the front door. My husband and I got up and offered our seats on the bench in the foyer. One of the men was very tall, but was bent over slightly. He had a slight hesitation in his steps, and yet insisted the ladies sit to wait. I watched, and listened, as the friends tried over and again to get the man to sit. It was obvious he was in pain. I joked with them and commented that if they did not leave him alone he was going to get mad. They were seated, and we were seated shortly after. As we ordered and waited on our food, I could not stop thinking of the kind, tall man. I searched the restaraunt for the group of senior citizens as my stomach just burned. I knew exactly what I had to do. I asked the Holy Spirit if He was sure He wanted me to encourage this man. I wrestled and lost. As soon as our server brought our food, I took one bight and could not sit any longer. I got up, took a deep breath, walked over to the groups table, and said, “You all might think I am crazy, but I have to be obedieint to the Lord.” I looked at the man and said, “Sir, the Lord sees everything you go through. He knows your pain, and there is healing in the NAME OF JESUS.” He said, “Thank you so much for the encouragement.” His wife got up with tears in her eyes and said, “We needed to hear that. Please pray for him, he has had several back surgery’s and still has so much pain. It was so timely for you to encourage us.” I walked away with tears in my eyes thanking God for the opportunity to listen to His voice, choose obedience, and encourage perfect strangers even at the risk of being rejected. We rarely go out to eat, so I am certain it was a divine appointment. I pray everyone is reminded of the impact of simple kindness, and the fact when we give of ourselves to others, the blessing for us is as great as those who receive encouragement. 🙂

    The Crochet Bible would be a wonderful gift, but I am reminded this very moment, it doesn’t matter if I win the book. What matters is that if one person is blessed by a testimony of His love and mercy in action, it was worth taking a few minutes to share this story of obedience. :0)

  47. Jeanne says:

    I crocheted 35 scarves I donated to the Senior Center in my town to be included in the Christmas Baskets for the seniors

  48. Colleen says:

    I crocheted a prayer shawl for a lady at my church that has skin cancer in her hand and has faced several skin graphs and still may face amputation. She tells me that she curls up with her shawl to watch tv or read or in the summer time sitting in her garden early in the morning. I am glad it brings her comfort when she needs it. This is one of several shawls/lapghans I have made for family and church members who are fighting ir has a family member fighting cancer.

  49. Laurel Roberts says:

    My random acts are several right now – when I see a pattern on the internet that a friend might like I either forward a copy to them or if forwarding is not possible I print it out and give it to them.
    I have made crochet flower pins and have gifted them to people who have been helpful to me – like two nice ladies who helped me with computer issues in a new job, the girl at my library who responded to my request that the library order more crochet books and there will be more random acts in the future I am sure.

  50. Linda Pagel says:

    Recently while visiting local craft stores I have had the opportunity to help two new crafters. The first person that needed help want knitting information. I happily helped her to select the book, yarn and other items she would need to make her first scarf. The second person was looking for needlepoint (crewel) canvas in the embroidery selection. Unfortunately, they didn’t have what she needed and decided to try a different craft store to see if she could buy the canvas there. I also crochet and knit newborn hats for a local hospital.