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Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot Paperback – Bargain Price, April 21, 2009

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About the Author

Mary Beth Temple, a crocheter since childhood, is a member of the Crochet Guild of America. She is a frequent writer and designer for Interweave Crochet. She's also the author of six books. Mary Beth and her family live in Tenafly, NJ.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740778129
  • ASIN: B0041T4QOC
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I know I'm not alone and that there are many other crochet addicts out there. But I live down a quiet country road in the middle of nowhere New Mexico, and finding other crocheters my age is rare. Mostly I find them at the senior center and they have that "hooked" glint in their eyes, and we can commune. This book is like having a buddy that just knows your soul. Mary Beth (I'm using a first name here, because she is a true soul sister) is absolutely hysterical and witty and compassionate and fascinating in her writing on the subject. I'm reading this book slowly to savor every word and it's fun to envision someone crocheting away their cares just like I do every day. Thanks for the laughs Mary Beth!
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Too me this is a true soulmate-book. I have been crocheting since I was 8 years old, my grandmothers taught me. It has been a passion ever since, but I have never come across anyone having the same passion and the same experiences. But now I have! I have been laughing out loud, feeling like being in company with a very good friend. Thank you, Mary Beth.
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Caution: Reading this book in public might cause you to be on the receiving end of some strange looks as you will be nodding sagely, snorting and chuckling.
Mary Beth Temple has written a book of several short pieces, each spotlighting one facet of our addiction. This book is funny. Any crocheter (and ok, knitters too) can relate to all the stories and feel vidicated knowing that they aren't the only yarnoholic.
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I loved this book! I read a little here and there and it was great that it was broken up into short stories. I found myself laughing several times for reasons that only a crocheter would understand. Deffinetly a great little read! Perfect size to fit in your purse or backpack to take on the go... I read part of it while waiting for the Dr. one day. A few patterns are provided in the book that I do not find appealing to my taste but others will probably love!
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This book offers short essays on various topics in any fiber worker's life -- learning the craft, working through fiber problems, using fiber to work through life problems -- so even NON-CROCHETERS can relate and laugh along. I found the author's podcasts after reading the book and have enjoyed those as well. I'm just waiting for another volume -- or more books like it from other authors.
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Loved this book, fun and easy reading. Mary Beth had me laughing out loud at many of her topics. I'm glad to find out that I'm not the only one thinking that way!
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This book is quite entertaining and an easy read. I like that it is set up as a series of short articles.
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I had previously been unfamiliar with Temple's work, as both designer and author. For that matter, I'm not too familiar with any crochet designers. I found her writing style to be delightful and witty. Many times throughout the book, I also found myself laughing out loud and nodding my head in agreement. With such chapters as "The Day I Ran Out of Yarn: A Horror Story," "Crochet Needs a Good PR Agency," and "The Center-Pull Skein--Modern Convenience or Urban Legend?" it is impossible to not adoringly identify with her plight. She makes no bones about it - she is neither apologetic, nor ashamed of her love of the rather uncool craft of crochet. She speaks of crocheters as `the silent majority,' yet also questions if it is necessary that we crafters identify ourselves as members of one group. After all, many of us do more than one. Knitting and crocheting need not be mutually exclusive, and one is certainly no better than the other.

If you enjoy crocheting and/or have a yarn addiction (see the chapter entitled "Crocheter vs. Stash"), I definitely recommend this one.
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