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Drew Emborsky

  • Pet Week Begins!

    June 16-24 is Take Your Pet to Work Week, and at Everyday Life at Leisure, we’re celebrating the occasion virtually! This week, I’ll introduce you to some of our Leisure Arts employee pets and give you a few ideas for some fun pet projects to spark your creativity.

    Meet Pooh—He’s the elderly, unsociable feline that lets me live in his house. The purple thing in the right corner of the photo is a plastic frog that he carries around with him in his mouth. (Never said he was dignified.) The ball is what I pitched at him to get him to actually look at me so I could take his picture. His idea of comfortable is stretching out on his back in the middle of the floor with all four paws stuck up in the air.

    Speaking of comfort, in honor of Pet Week, I’ve got two signed copies of The Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky’s Sweet Pet Comforts to give away. This fun, little book features 7 furry friend-worthy designs to crochet. Check them out:

    Flowers & Checks Pet Bed

    Mobius Pet Cave

    Shearling Bed

    Plaid Bed

    Catnip Toy

    Dog Toss

    Sofa Saver

    Cute, huh? Now, comment about your favorite pet by Monday, June 27, for a chance to win a copy of Sweet Pet Comforts for your very own.

  • Summer Fashions to Crochet

    It’s only June, and it’s already melting point hot in Little Rock. We’ve been running in the upper 90s ever since the tornados went away. To me, that translates into light and airy layers of clothing. What better way to create those layers than with crochet? Check out some of my favorite Leisure Arts crocheted fashion patterns:

    From Pretty Summer Fashion by Kathryn Clark, I’m loving this little Hooded Vest. Over a tank top, it’s adorable. My daughters would be fighting over who got to wear it first…and the book also includes a Ripple Top, a Pineapple Skirt, and a Sleeveless Top—all in thread crochet!

    This lacy little Blue Tank Top from Kathleen Zins’ Easygoing Fashions would take you from dressy to casual and back again!

    How about this Pretty With Lace Camisole as an addition to your summer wardrobe? It’s from Crochet Tops by Kathryn Clark in wonderfully cool thread crochet.

    This boatneck top from Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! was inspired by designer Drew Emborsky’s summers in his hometown of Saugatuck, Michigan. It features hidden cables around the waist to create a flattering fit on any figure.

    Speaking of figures, full ones in particular, I really like the summery feel of the fashions in Marlaina Bird and Jill Wright’s Curvy Crochet—featuring designs in sizes Large to 4X. Love the idea of this airy Peasant Top over a great lightweight dress for the hot weather months.

    For the lovely skinny girls out there, you need to take a look at Summer Fashions by Kristina Dannels. These delicate, form-fitting fashions in thread are perfect for poolside or evening wear.

    If you’re really brave, give Kristina Dannels’ Sexy SwimWear to Crochet a try. These barely-there designs will certainly make you stand out from the overheated spandex crowd!

  • Take-It-Along Crochet

    Crocheters, it’s easy to take your creativity into the world with you! (Yes, June 11 is World Wide Knit in Public Day, and, yes, you can crochet in public on that day, too!) All you need is a skein of yarn, a hook, and a book, and I’ve got some great portable project recommendations for you:

    Try a great book like Better Homes and Gardens Crochet On The Go! Along with the usual larger afghan designs (some made from granny squares), it’s filled with a variety of smaller projects that you can work on anywhere—a bookmark, pincushion, facecloths, pillows, baby toys, lots of scarves, a really cute floral headband, and more!

    If granny squares are your thing, take them on the road with you. Here’s a cool book to take along—Grannies Gone Wild (if nothing else, the title will catch spectator attention). It features 6 afghans and wraps to crochet, plus, it’s the perfect portable size for sliding into your project bag.

    Make hats with a copy of Lisa Gentry’s Celebrity Slouchy Beanies to Crochet! You can add dark glasses, wear your hats yourself, and pretend to be a movie star this summer—or save them up and donate them to charity—there’s always a need for your creativity out there!

    You can never have too many dishcloths, so crochet up some more with the 9 patterns in The Crochet Dude’s pattern book—All Washed Up. I love crocheting with cotton yarn, so dishcloths are a favorite project for me, plus I like that I can shove this perfectly-sized book right down in my purse. It’s from our Little Book series, so it fits!

    And here’s a little bonus for my readers—comment on this post sometime between now and Monday, June 13, tell me about the last time you crocheted in public, and you might be a winner of a signed copy of The Crochet Dude—Drew Emborsky’s All Washed Up for your very own.

  • My Purse Project

    While I was out shopping yesterday, I got a text message from my oldest daughter, “Mother,” she said, “Your purse is in the trash. Is it supposed to be?”

    “Yes, it is,” I replied. I put it there myself as an experiment. I hate to shop for purses and will carry the same bag until it literally disintegrates, so I thought, just maybe, if I throw it away and immediately go to the store for a new one, just maybe, I’d actually come home with a new handbag.

    I went to what my girls call “The Purse Store.” I’m not sure what the actual name of this place is, but it has row after row of every color imaginable and every style conceivable purse—except the combination of color and style I want. I need big, preferably green, with lots of pockets. Does that sound difficult? Evidently, green plus pockets isn’t popular right now…

    I did come home with a purse. It’s big, yellow, accented with lots of heavy hardware, and somewhat pocket deficient. I can live with it, so I guess the experiment kind of worked, but I’m still working on how to acquire the perfect purse.

    Maybe I need to get creative…I could sew my own bag (if I could manage to overcome my peculiar fear of sewing machines). Leisure Arts has some great tote bag sewing pattern books:

    I could stitch up a “Green” Grocery Sack from Pat Sloan’s I Can’t Believe I’m Sewing. The designs in this book are geared to novices like me. The great thing about sewing your own bag is that you can play with the pattern to add as many pockets as you want!

    Some days, I really feel like I need this Crafty Tote from Kristine Poor’s Sew and Go Totes. It might just be big enough that I wouldn’t need to have a purse, a tote bag, and a cardboard box to get to work…you think?

    Youngest daughter would go for this Mini Bag also from Sew and Go Totes. It measures 6.5" x9" x 2.5", and she could get everything she needs to walk out the door in it. Not me…usually, but it might be perfect for trips to auctions and estate sales when I need both my hands.

    I could crochet the perfect take-it-all-with-me bag…

    Love Drew Emborsky’s Bucket Style Tote from Must Have Handbags. It’s big and green and wonderfully textured! Worked with two strands of yarn, it would be extra sturdy without being lined with fabric.

    Melissa Leapman’s 4 Circles Square Tote from Hip 2B Square Totes & Bags would be a great project to work on this summer ’cause granny squares are so portable you can work on them anywhere! Plus, this book features 15 mix-and-match squares that can be combined in any way you can imagine.

    Now for a little something different—I really like the unique shape of Lena Maikon’s Sun & Sea Beach Bag from Crochet Totes & Accessories. It also features a practical plastic lining that can be wiped clean of whatever weirdness ends up in your bag (especially if you tend to put everything in your bag like I do).

  • Crochet Dude Winners

    We just finalized the winners in the congratulate Drew Emborsky for his Famie Best Pattern Book Award for Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! comment celebration!

    Now our congratulations go out to Crystal in Tennessee and Kim in Georgia ’cause they’re both winners of signed copies of Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! The books are in the mail! Enjoy!

    All our thanks to everyone for letting Drew know how proud we are of him .

  • Miscellaneous Bunnies, Tours, & Awards

    While I sip my coffee on this peaceful Saturday morning (translation, I’m the only one awake except for the cat), I just thought I’d share a few miscellaneous details…

    Tomorrow’s Easter—Check out the chocolate bunny! How cute is this? Lindsay, Leisure Arts Knit & Crochet Director, knitted up this adorable critter.

    Speaking of bunnies, look at my itty-bitty bunny! I don’t know if you can tell from this photo, but there are wonderfully intricate knots tied around him. My boss, Susan, Leisure Arts Editor-in-Chief, brought him to me as a souvenir of her recent trip to Asia. Did you know that it’s the Year of the Rabbit?

    Don’t forget! Pat Sloan’s What a Novel Idea! Blog Tour is over, but the comments are still open through Easter. Visit our bloggers at the links below and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of What a Novel Idea!:

    Tuesday – 4/19/11 — Day 1
    Pat Sloan at
    Carrie Nelson at

    Wednesday – 4/20/11 — Day 2
    Victoria Findlay Wolfe at
    Amy Ellis at

    Thursday – 4/21/11 — Day 3
    Amanda Herring at
    Barb Groves at

    Friday – 4/22/11 — Day 4
    Gudrun Erla at
    Erin Gilday at

    We’re so proud of Drew Emborsky, The Crochet Dude, for his Flamie award. There’s still time to CONGRATULATE him (till midnight on Easter) and maybe win a signed copy of Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

    We’re also proud to announce that two of our Leisure Arts publications have been recognized as among the year’s best books for better living by the 2011 Living Now Book Awards.

    Check out Living Now Book Cookbooks/General category Bronze Award winner: Celebrating Chocolate: Cakes, Brownies & Bars by Avner Laskin, and…

    Living Now Book Crafts/Hobbies/Collecting category Silver Award winner: Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Quilting: Revised from Kooler Design Studio!

  • Our Flamie Award Winner

    I just had to make a special announcement ’cause we’re so proud here at Leisure Arts…the 2010 Flamie Award goes to—

    (Imagine a drum roll!)

    Drew Emborsky, our very own Crochet Dude! Last night, he received the Best Pattern Book Award for his publication—Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

    And, it just so happens, that I have a couple of signed copies of Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! that I might be willing to part with. Just leave a comment here on my blog congratulating Drew between now and Easter at midnight, and you might be a winner.

    In the meantime, if you can’t wait to win, order your very own copy of Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! at!

    Congrats Drew! We’re thrilled for you!

  • Birthdays, Winners, and Awards, Oh My!

    I’ve got lots of stuff to share today what with birthdays, winners, and awards flying around me!

    First I’d like to say, “Happy 12th Birthday” to our partners in creativity—the folks at Join their celebration of 12 years in business by watching their video party!

    Happy belated birthday to Jacob in the Leisure Arts’ Art Department. He turned 25 the other day, and since he likes Chuck (the action-comedy TV program), some of our Art folks dressed up as Chuck to celebrate the day.

    Guess who won the copies of Tour Ireland during our St. Patrick’s Day Pat Sloan Blog Hop! Visit Pat’s blog to discover who has books heading to them as we speak. If you didn’t win this time, you can still pick up a copy for 25% off!

    And the Award goes to…Have you heard? Designer Drew Emborsky, the Crochet Dude, won the’s Readers Choice Award for Favorite Handmade Artisan, Crochet Designs. Congrats, Drew! Be sure to check out his newest book from Leisure Arts—Crochet It. Love It. Wear It!

    And that’s the news-of-the-day as I know it, so far…so good!

  • In The News!!!

    Don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, Blog Hop featuring Pat Sloan’s Tour Ireland book. In the meantime, order your copy today! It’s discounted 25% as our St. Patrick’s Day gift to you!

    More great news! Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! by Drew Emborsky (the Crochet Dude himself) is a 2011 Flamie Award Nominee for Best Crochet Pattern Book. Congratulations Drew!

  • Spring Fashions

    Are you optimistic? Do you think Spring might be coming soon? The flowers in my yard seem to think so. I’m still crocheting hats, but I guess we need to start thinking about our Spring wardrobes…And Leisure Arts has got the knit and crochet books to kick start your style after this long, cold, bundled up winter!

    If you knit, check out the appropriately named Warm Weather Knits from designer Deborah Newton. You’ll find 23 breezy knit fashions to take you from Spring and into Summer. Featuring cardis, pullovers, twin sets, shawls, tank tops, a dress, and even some great bags, these designs will take you anywhere you want to go once the weather warms up.

    Crocheters! Go everywhere. Do anything. You can—if your wardrobe includes the 13 innovative fashions in Crochet It. Love It. Wear It! by The Crochet Dude. Designer Drew Emborsky’s original sweaters, skits, tops, and jackets are for the woman who longs to stand out from the crowd. Create them all and be ready for life’s extraordinary moments!

    And for those of us who aren’t quite ready for Drew’s hot little strapless bustier party dress…

    Take a look at CrochetWear. It features a collection of classic crocheted garments from designer Ann Regis. Featuring tops, warps, vests, skirts, and hats in sizes from extra small to extra large, these 25 stylish designs will have you ready for work or play as soon as Spring gets underway.

    I rhymed…oh well…

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