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 mustÒ€¦

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 πŸ™‚

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. Steve says:

    As a Boy Scout, I was taught that random acts of kindness should be a way of life. So I’m always (okay, usually!) looking for ways to help — especially with disabled people in stores — I try to offer help before they need to ask. But I think my proudest moment was years ago at the beach when I was watching people. I noticed two women walking along the shoreline followed by a little girl who was a bit further in the water. I saw a large wave coming and knew what was going to happen. I was across the beach and had the little girl back on her feet in shallower water before she had a chance to swallow any water. She headed off down the beach — staying in the shallow water, and I don’t even know if the two women ever even knew what had happened! That was a bit dramatic, but it really doesn’t take much to make a difference in a child’s life — sometimes all they need is someone who’s just willing to show them care, concern and unconditional love. Sometimes all it takes is an honest smile.

  2. Kim Rogers says:

    Yesterday when I finished my grocery shopping & was heading to the checkout, I saw the shelf of pre-bagged groceries for donation to the Salvation Army, so I picked out a bag & added it to my cart for purchase to help feed someone in need.

  3. Loving to crochet and working in my sister’s yarn shop, I wanted to help with teaching lessons. No problem she said. Then, I told her that I’d like to teach people to knit and crochet but couldn’t afford it. Again, no problem.

    So, not wanting to make it sound like I was offering charity, what I did was to offer the lessons FREE to 10 school age children and one parent could learn for free along with the free class for the child.

    It was a huge success and a pretty even balance between those who wanted to learn to crochet and those who wanted to learn knitting.

    Some of the students have become friends and come visit us often even if to just sit and work their fiber art while the fiber art works it’s tension remedy on them.


  4. Lee Turner says:

    I have donated crocheted squares to Warm Up America and also crocheted a chemo cap for a friend going through chemo. I love to crochet. I recently started making ear warmers (from a Crochet Spot free pattern) from small leftover yarn scraps to include in care packages for homeless folks in our area, but I haven’t given out any of these yet.

    Thanks, Rachel and Tina, for a chance to win this book and to hear how everyone else is giving back!

  5. JoyFL says:

    I worked for a cable tv company and a customer would come in pushing a wheelchair and had another partially disabled child. Every month she came to pay her bill. She lived across town and had to walk to our office to pay her bill every month. I gave her my phone number and told her to call me when her bill came and she was ready to pay it and I would stop by on my lunch hour and pick it up and get her receipt back to her. I did this for years for her and we became the best of friends.

    Just recently I have been crocheting scarves for the Special Olympics and donating them to different states across the nation. I also just started to crochet squares to donate to a wonderful lady who will put them together as an afghan and they go to people who are having to take chemotherapy for treatment of cancer. I can’t even tell you how good it feels to be doing these things and helping people that are in need. It is what I have been wanting to do since I started crocheting again a few years ago.

  6. Ashley says:

    While grocery shopping, there are often long lines. If I see someone behind me with only a few items to check out, I always let them go ahead of me.

  7. Sarah says:

    When somebody missed a day of school because her grandma got cancer, I lent her my math textbook over the weekend so she could catch up

  8. Minta Fung says:

    Every year I worked at Target I always crocheted or made some type of ornament for everyone that worked in the store. At that time of the year it is always so crazy, I thought it would be nice to let everyone that they are remembered and appreciated.

  9. Sara says:

    When I find a new crochet pattern I want to try, I make a scarf. When my pile gets too big, I take them to the local Community Action center. They are so appreciative.

  10. Deb says:

    I have taught many people to crochet over the years. I love to share my knowledge with people of all ages, because learing to crochet will give them a liftetime of happiness!
    Infact, my local library has asked me to teach a free crochet class in April 2011 during National Library Week and I look forward to starting new students on their journey of crochet…in the hopes that they, too, can teach others someday.

  11. Cynthia Winter says:

    I have been making tawashis and giving them away. They are quick and easy to make.

  12. Anna Marie says:

    While waiting in a long line at the Post Office, I struck up a convesation with the lady in front of me. Turns out she was waiting in line to buy just one stamp. I had several in my purse so I just gave her one. She offered to pay but I said no. Someone had done the same thing to me and I was just “paying it forward”.

  13. Marsha Baker says:

    Beginning last month, January 2011, myself AND my husband started crocheting all sorts of things like afghans, dishcloths, blankets, washcloths, hats, scarves, toys, etc, etc, etc.; to donate to charities. We will donate to womens shelters, homeless shelters, and whatever other places that we will be able to locate when the time for donating comes. We have food banks that also have clothing for those that need help in that area, we will donate to these as well.
    I’m also planning on making some pet blankets to donate to our local humane society for the dogs and cats there. Sometimes they are forgotten, I’ve never known a dog that didn’t like to make a bed and curl up on a blanket. We are both having a great time crocheting all the time. In fact, my husband is a better crocheter than I am, his stitches are much more consistent than mine are. I’m not a great crocheter, but I thoroughly enjoy it.

  14. Valerie Talley says:

    As an experienced crocheter, I help several ladies in our prayer shawl ministry create items to be donated. To date, as a group, we have donated over 100 items, some that have been shipped cross-country and around the world. The joy of giving to people in need is an awesome feeling.

  15. Rhonda says:

    Every year I crochet afghans, hats, gloves & scarves for the homeless & women’s shelters in town. It makes me feel wondering knowing that someone is being kept warm by something I made. I feel like I am giving them a big hug!

    (I am posting this again because I didn’t see my first one show up. If you see them both, please disregard this one.)

  16. Flossie says:

    As much as giant strollers on the NYC subway annoy me, I am always the one to help moms up and down the stairs with their strollers. I also carry bags for little old ladies/men. I try to think of myself when I’m older and I sincerely hope someone will help me up and down those stairs, because depending where in the city you are, it can be quite a work out.

  17. Traci Doc says:

    Well, I am a nurse. Random acts of kindess and caring for people all go hand in hand in my opinion. Just yesterday, I was walking to my car after doing some shopping, and I witnessed an elderly man trip on the curb, and stumble onto the sidewalk landing mostly on his knees, as he was trying not to drop what he was carrying. I quickly ran over to him to make sure he was ok, and checked his knees to make sure he did not scrap them open, or worse have a more severe injury. After making sure he was ok, I assisted him to his feet, took his packages, and walked with him to his car. He thanked me the entire way, and even wanted to know my name and address so he could send me something as a “thank you”. I told him my name, but also said “this is what we should all be doing for each other.” He gave me a peck on the cheek, and thanked me once more before I returned to my vehicle. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day, mostly from HIS random act of kindness…the peck on my cheek.

  18. Erin says:

    Thank you Tina, for donating such a nice prize.
    I live in Indiana and we have long, cold winters. I pass out food for an emergency food program and see people everyday that are cold and hungry. I crochet hats to give to the people who are picking up food.
    I like reading all the posts. There are a lot of good people in the world πŸ™‚

  19. Karen N says:

    I dont know if it would count as a random act of kindness, but I work with the mentally and physically disadvantaged. And they give me so much unconditional love its unbelieveable. One of the small ways I can repay that is that I make them small crocheted items, like lap throws, chair buddies, hats, mittens and scarves. Believe me when I say they give me more then I could ever give them.

  20. o*lily says:

    I always carry an extra coupon with me when I go shopping, especially to Joann’s or Michael’s and have given them away on several occasions, even giving up my only coupon. I was so happily surprised when shopper gave me her coupon while I was waiting to check out from a store for which I did not have a coupon. What a blessing!

  21. Carol Weaver says:

    I really get more from this than I give, but I have been knitting and crocheting lap robes, shawls and baby blankets for my church prayer shawl ministry. One of the most rewarding are the ones we send to the Dover project for families of fallen soldiers.

  22. Sharon Schueck says:

    I recently mailed 2 scarves that I crocheted to : Threads Of Compassion, a website that is giving a knitted or crocheted scarf to victims of sexual abuse. I am now working on my third scarf to send. If any of your members or readers are interested in helping this great organization, here is the address; Threads of Compassion, C/O Dickinson College Women’s Center Landis House 101 South College St. Carlisle, PA 17013. Feel free to check out their website and contribute if you can, thank you!

  23. Kim Matthews says:

    I enjoy crocheting blankets for my local Animal Shelter. They are placed in the cat cages for their beds. The animals need all the comfort they can get and this makes the cats feel at home.

  24. Yvonne says:

    Sent some yarn to a woman on Ravelry that has MS and couldn’t afford to buy any because she is on disability. She makes items for other people in need. A win-win situation.

  25. Donna Smith says:

    My aunt, who was my best friend, passed away on October 31, 2010. Among everything else, we were also crochet buddies. One thing we did together was to crochet prayer shawls. In her memory, I donate one prayer shawl a month to the church. When I purchased something for myself, crochet related, I would sometimes purchase one for her, also. Upon her death, I donated the duplicate items to the overseer of the prayer shawl ministry of the church. I miss my friend.

  26. Wanda says:

    My RAK was when a friend went crazy over a snail doodad (don’t know what you call them, they just sit on the shelf) I told her she could have it. At first, she thought I was kidding, but when I assured her she could have it you would have thought I had given her a sack of gold. She was very happy.

    I crochet hats for preemies for organizations that send them to other countries. I also crochet hats for preemies for local hospitals.

    I read about a woman who hung crocheted hats on fences, etc. with a card on them that said FREE. They were free for whoever needed them. One lady also crocheted small animals and left them where children could find them with the FREE card on them. I want to do this, I think it is very nice.

  27. Melody Dunwiddie says:

    A couple years ago me and my parents were driving and it was winter out and really slick out, and we driving uptown weir i live and we saw a old man that feel and he had blood gushing out of his head and we stopped and put a rag on his head to keep the blood from not getting everywhere. and we drove him to the hospital and we left. We checked on him a couple days later an he was already checked out. his son tracked us done and told us how thankful he was that we helped his father he was a big shot lawyer who is popular in our town. he sent us a 50 gift card from apple bees. We didn’t ask for anything, and i thank that’s a act of kindness he gave a act of kindness back because we helped his father.

  28. Katy Ravensong says:

    I bought chapstick and crocheted chapstick holder keychains and gave them out at Christmas in the elderly community.

  29. Kris M says:

    Thanks, Tina, for being so generous! I just started crocheting so I have no random acts related to that…yet πŸ™‚ One little thing I like to do is to fill the parking meter with change when I am leaving the space so that the next person is unexpectedly blessed with free parking. I know I appreciate it when that happens to me!

  30. Sheryl says:

    I also crochet for charity. I believe tis my purpose in life. But I work in a major dept store and often see many ladies comes in with an ill-fitting wig upon their head or a scarf tied haphazardly to hide the effects of chemo therapy. These ladies have so much to deal with—it saddens me to se them self conscience about their appearance. I’ve started making chemo hats with the fun fur yarns–as they work up light and airy. When the ladies come into our store, I offer to make them a hat in their favorite color if they will return to visit me within the next week.

    I’ve made more than a few friends this way. These ladies get a kind word of encouragement and a chemo hat or two. I get the wonderful feeling that I’ve added a little sunshine to someone’s life that day. It’s truly a blessing from above to be able to share this gift God has given me.

  31. Sandhya says:

    Thank you for being so generous Tina.
    I dont think this as a random act of kindness as I have been doing it for many years now. I teach young girls to read crochet patterns instead of doing it by looking at the pattern as it is done here in India.. Then I give the new student some yarn from my stash and also let them borrow some patterns from my collection. This way their enthusiasm in learning something new continues.
    This may not sound a big thing to most, but in India yarn and patterns are very hard to find. Yarn is available only in places which has winter and then too in big towns. Craft related patterns/books/magazines are available only in the few very big cities and then they are very very expensive.

  32. Tammie Pfeiffer says:

    Well I crocheted a pair of open finger mitts for my boss at work. The turned out really pretty and look so good on her!

  33. Maria says:

    I organized a walkathon and made dolls and hand painted bookmarks, baked cookies and cakes. The dolls were raffeled off and all the money I made with the dolls and baked goods went to the Saint Jude Children’s Hospital. My heart was filled with such joy knowing that it would help lots of cancer children. Made lots of money and didn’t keep a single cent for myself (not that I wanted to either) had a great turnaround. I will do this again in some form or other. I had lots of friends and family that helped me as well. I hope that I can do this again. I’m a post breast cancer person and I had a difficult time and I thank God everyday that I’ve made it through so far. That’s why my heart goes out to these little ones, they deserve to have a chance.

  34. Maggi says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber! πŸ˜€

    I love doing random acts of kindness, recently I mailed out a surprise package to a friend who needed a little cheering up. πŸ™‚

  35. Karen Carroll says:

    I do unnamed RAAKs for different. The only thing is, I have MS real bad, & have to ask for donations of unwanted yarn for the charity knitting & other RAKs. I could really use the crochet book as I don’t know how to crochet as well & could make lots more of RAKs with it.

  36. Kay says:

    Well, the other day I wanted to get some pictures printed from the store. As I was sorting through my digital memories, I realized there were lots of pictures I had that would mean more to other people I knew than they would to me. I went ahead and printed the photos, scribbled notes of encouragement on the back and shipped them off as postcards to my friends, co-workers and even the occasional near stranger. It was so much fun to do secret good deeds.

    Also, as part of my ministry at school this year, I help send out care packages to students who lose loved ones. So far we have sent out twelve care packages to grieving students! Most of them are strangers, but I love the opportunity to leave a silent encouragement and a warm cuddly blanket for those who are in emotional need.

  37. Jana says:

    I taught my third grade class to crochet two years ago. One of my students, Gian, has continued to crochet, and is very active on Ravelry. I have RAK’d him many times with yarn, hooks, patterns, and many other supplies. He is now going to coordinate with his classmates in grade five (HE is going to, along with a few others who are still crocheting from my previous class) the making of baby hats for the maternity ward at the hospital here on our compound. I will continue to RAK him and the others will yarn or any other materials they need to meet this goal.

  38. Kjirsten says:

    Last year I crocheted hats for an orphanage and I am doing it again this year! I am also planning on making some blankets for some homeless shelters.

  39. Bookworm51485 says:

    Wow… I will admit, I don’t really remember the things I do well. I guess one thing I do was to walk a cart that was all the way at the back of the parking lot where I had to park (Lucky me) back to the store although I didn’t really need to use it. I see the men/women out there collecting the carts and I know a job like that can’t be fun, especially in extreme weather.

    I do try to be courteous to people in crappy retail position because I know how much those positions can really suck.

  40. Trina Pitts says:

    I have been crocheting since age 7. I love it and I learned the granny stitch. I loved it so much that I had a paper route and I used to make my customers pillows for their couches as gift. Then as I got older I started making blankets. I make them all year and just give them away, but as I am making them I am praying that the baby that gets them will be loved and warm, I pray for their parents, their siblings to come their whole life and even pray for their mate when they are old enough to marry.I make sure to pray that they lead a prosperous life, their learning ability in school as they reach 12 th grade, college life and beyond. When I pray for their mate I even go into praying for their children that they be healthy and whole. I sometimes go to hospital and just give them to the nurses and tell them to give them to anyone, or young unwed mothers so that they see the love that they still have even thought they may have made a mistake. There is love in a warm blanket.
    Thanks trina Pitts

  41. Gloria J Bisson says:

    I was having a late lunch with my mom at Applebee’s when I saw soldier approach the table behind me and he surprised his fiance. He just arrived brom Iraq. Tears flowed at both tables. Never carrying much cash, I only had $10.00 on me so I gave it to the waitress and told her to buy dessert for them and tell him we appreciate his service to our country.

    Mom and I left without ever telling them dessert was on me. God bless our military and their families for all they do.

  42. Michelle says:

    What a neat giveaway! Well my random acts of kinds as of late have been I donated to the Angel Tree at Christmas, helped a family have a nice Christmas by collecting donations or toys and food for them and giving them a Christmas tree, and craft related I was in Michaels with a half off coupon and really couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy. I didn’t want the coupon to go to waste so I tracked down a lady about to check out and gave her my coupon. She said thank you and that she’d done the very same thing earlier that week and that I really made her day. I’m glad her good deed came back to her. πŸ˜€ Love reading about everyone else’s good deeds.

  43. retha mollett says:

    hello i love 2 crochet and help people,i have this lady thay live in
    a apt# a cross from mine. she alway come 2 me for help when one
    day another lady was making fun of her and i set and talk 2 her for
    along time any time she get upset or need 2 talk about out lord she
    will come and we will get it done.

  44. Cheryl Godwin says:

    I once went to the grocery store and I heard a couple behind me discussing weather they could afford the Diapers and baby wipes and formula or if they would have to get a smaller package of diapers and put the wipes back as well, it was obvious that they were trying to be quiet because they didn’t want anyone to know about their money problems. As I was paying I gave the cashier two extra $20’s and quietly told her it was for the next couple and for her that if their total was less than $40 please make sure they got the change, then I quickly left the store, got into my car, and went home. I didn’t want them to be embarrased that I had overheard them and just hope that they have been able to help out someone as well.

  45. Mary Housel says:

    My random act of kindness….it happened just yesterday, but not sure that it was really “random”…

    I went to a store to get something I needed- a replacement filter for our dustbuster…and they didn’t have it in the store I wanted. I had already gone through and grabbed other little things that I was hoping to get, but the real reason I was there was for the filter. Well, they didn’t have what I needed, and I decided to forget the rest of the stuff, and just leave.

    But, rather than just leave the store and the basket with a couple of things in it somewhere for one of the employees to put back, I decided to go return the items to their places in the store, and then leave. I was thanked by an employee for returning the items to where they belonged- he really looked appreciative, and I felt good for having done that!

    It felt good not to be a “lazy shopper” and let someone else deal with my basket of items to put back. πŸ™‚

  46. Collette Griffith says:

    Since June of 2010, I’ve been teaching a wonderful group of Seniors, at our local Senior Center, how to crochet. Whenever we have a new project, I make up a “sample” of it, so that they can see what it looks like. After the project is completed, I donate the “sample” to the Senior Center, to raffle off, or give away as a Bingo “prize”.

  47. Elizabeth Flavin says:

    I deliver Meals on Wheels once a week to the elderly (each day of the week someone else delivers). I really enjoy doing this as we are the only people some of the see. I really feel this is something that is very important to do in my life.

  48. DaVida Manning says:

    I am an avid crafter!!! I do ALOT of crafts. My home resembles one of a hoarder . . .

    My biggest passion is to share crafts with young people. I try to encourage all to find a hobby in crafting; it can be so relaxing and gratifying. Whenever I find an opportunity to teach someone (young or old) to crochet, cross-stitch, sew, scrapbook, make beaded jewelry, pin-back buttons, or faux stained glass projects, and tons of kiddie crafts, I take full advantage. A part of my motivation to share is because I remember the last time that our country was in a bad state of affairs financially, I had been terminated as a result of downsizing and it was crafting and selling my wares that helped me to keep my sanity and to put gas in my car to conduct my search for employment. Everything from afghans to lapghans to little girls’ dresses to little potpourri-filled sachets . . . I did it all just to get by.

    I currently work at a college and I see the stress that many of the students carry. If only they would slow down and learn to make some of the crafts that they see displayed in my office. I interact quite a bit with students in our department and whenever one asks how something was made, I show them rather than tell them. Some have developed the crafts and have taken them in different directions; others have just simply admired. But great joy comes to me when they bring their wares to show what they have made or they come with fresh ideas on the crafts that I have shown them.

    I love crafting and I love sharing the how-to’s of crafting and I try my best not to miss an opportunity to learn or to teach.

  49. Metta says:

    My best friend and I worked up an act and entertained at a local nursing home. I read several fun and emotional poems (my mother taught me how to read poems like I was telling a story), Carol told a dramatic story (she goes to story-telling conferences, etc), and we both belted out some funny lyrics to “My favorite things”! Well, we were a big hit! I’ll never forget the rapt attention we got while telling our “stories” and the applause afterward. There was one woman who the nurses told us never “took her nose out of a book”, who actually laid her book down and started paying attention about 5 minutes into our act! It was great! Anyway, at the time, I was making jewelry as a hobby, and for money. Before we went to the nursing home, I whipped up around 30 quick necklaces of three beads on yarn. Before our performance, while all the mobile residents were in the dining room eating supper, I walked the halls, and went into the rooms with bed-bound patients and gave each of them a necklace. I said something like..all ladies need some jewelry.. Everyone was thrilled. We had SO much fun!

  50. MarieAngel says:

    I crochet winter hats and give them to the homeless people when I’m walking downtown and see them sitting on the ice cold ground in snowy below zero conditions. I usually work on the hats while I’m on the bus or in doctor’s waiting rooms and as soon as one is done, another one gets started. I know what it’s like to not have much to call your own and how awful it is to be left out in the cold. I pass these hats along as a way to let these people know they are not forgotten.