Get Inspired: A Q&A With Crochet Book Author Alessandra Hayden (and a giveaway, too)!

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  1. Hannah says:

    I love the lobster hat! they are all so cute!! Alessandr is so lcky to have the great oppotunity to write her own book, it looks fantastic. I reckon a little sheep hat would be cute =)

  2. heather jackson says:

    I love the crab. What an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lauren says:

    I absolutely adore the penguin hat. It is so cute. The pompoms are awesome!

  4. Leslie says:

    Alessandra is truly one of the sweetest people I have met in the etsy community! Everything she makes just embodies her “Just be Happy” motto! Congratulations on the book!

  5. JJ says:

    I just met Allessandra as a Mom joining our little co-op with her son next year. From what I have gathered from her, she is such a wonderful, full-hearted person. I am so grateful I will get the opportunity to know her more over the next 1-3 years!
    I have to admit my first love is dogs, and I would love to see themed books from her. Dogs (pug please), monsters, sea creatures, birds, goofy faces…

  6. Claire says:

    I lovev your hats. I have two boys. I like to see designs that are unisex. I would like to see sports designs.

  7. Sara says:

    That penguin is adorable. I hope you will make a monsters book, love monsters, or maybe dinosaurs!

  8. Bárbara says:

    I would really like to see a girl hat, like a flower hat or so!

    Thank you!

  9. Ellyn says:

    I think your hats are amazing! wish they had been around when my kiddos were little. What about fun hats for teens? maybe something sports related (baseballs? LOL)

  10. Christa says:

    I LOVE your hats!!! your work is beautiful..Love the crab hat, a walrus would be cute too!!

  11. Diane says:

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! Your son is a beautiful gift from God and so cute!!

    The monster hats sound great, but flowery little-girl hats would be great too.

  12. Laura Graham says:

    Loved the hats. Hope her book is sold as an e-book so I can put it on my Kindle. Soo cute!! It’s great to see something so cute for little boys.

  13. Pat Fernando says:

    Just so sweet designs! Maybe a collection of bugs as ladybug would be so adorable too.

    Congratulations to Alessandra for her beautifull work.

  14. missie bickel says:

    the little penguin hat is just yummy! the poms are a great addition and i can’t wait to add more of them to my creations. i’ve been truly inspired by this interview and i hope i win the book! if not, i will look for it!
    smooth day,
    missie

  15. I’ve seen a lot of Allesandra’s work on Etsy and love it all! I wish I were half as creative.

  16. kelli says:

    Ooh, that crab is so cute!

  17. Pattie says:

    Love the hats….I also vote for sports themed hats as your next book idea! I am hoping to publish a book someday and both of you are such inspirations.

  18. Michele says:

    So happy to see really cute hats made with crochet!

  19. I LOVE all of Alessandra’s work. She has the best hats and easiest patterns to follow. I would love to see character hats, like the cookie monster etc., the Chesire cat from Alice in Wonderland and other character hats.

  20. Lady Dylana says:

    wow so inspiring, I have been doing my bus for 11 years and thought about publishing my patterns but never had the courage to do it. this is great to know.

  21. Denise H says:

    I just LOVE all of Alessandra’s unique ideas. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

  22. I just love the crab hat! What a great book to put on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Julie says:

    What an amazing story. A true survivor and turning a tragedy into a blessing. I LOVE crochet and knitting and it has gotten me through some hard times too. See my website for details.

  24. Holly Ernst says:

    Alessandra-your work makes me want to learn to crochet…:D I love everything you do!!!! My favorite one you have done is of course the one you used my applique on!! I might be a bit partial!:D But I really do mean it…your hats are lovely. It was so nice to read a little bit about you!

  25. Erin Springer says:

    I love the dog hat and all the monster hats!! They are so cute I definately need to make a monster hat for my lil guy!! I would love to win a copy of your book!!! Keep up the good work.

  26. What a talented woman! I love the animal hats most of all. Her ability to really focus on a subject matter (awesome crochet hats) and see it through in it’s many directions (monsters, animals, robots, etc) is an inspiration to me.

  27. Heather says:

    I have one turtle crazed boy, but another who loves frogs and dragons. I think either would be great additions to your line!

    Congratulations.

  28. Maven says:

    Such creativity! Love the colors and the inspirations! And the lobster hat makes me hungry! Nommy! :) hehehe

  29. Leslie says:

    Going to be a grandma for the first time in Aug. I used to live in Germany and the babies there always sported these pretty soft little scull cap type hats…..a super soft unisex new baby hat would be great!

    Love all your stuff

  30. Laurie says:

    Makes me, a knitter, want to learn to crochet! I love the lobster so much.

  31. Jennifer Lucas says:

    Oh I hope I haven’t missed out! Great looking book. Great article.

  32. brandi says:

    Jen look like you have so much fun, your page is so colorful and bubbly. This is the first time I’ve read your blog. I’ve added you to my google reader. I’ll be waiting for your next post.

  33. ellen says:

    I need some happy hats in my life – knitting is too slow and winter is too long!

  34. Diane F. says:

    What a lovely and inspiring story. I love all of the hats posted. They are adorable and I would love to win the book so I can make some for my grandchildren. I do crochet because I am a widow on Soc. Sec. so this way I am giving something of myself and the kids will love it. Keep up the good work. :)

  35. Jane Reiter says:

    I like the doggie hat the best!! but they are all wonderful! thanks, jane

  36. Kelly says:

    What a wonderful book! How exciting that you accomplished an amazing goal. I love that lobster hat picture! Keep the designs for boys coming!!!

  37. Rachee says:

    I missed the deadline but these hats are darling! Love them and glad to have found out about this book. My daughter loves these animal hats!
    -r

  38. Tess says:

    Quite the inspiration! I’m sure many of us crochetters have similar dreams. I know I do. Also taking the art of crochet taught by my grandmother at age 4 snd using it as an outlet at a very difficult time in my life… One of the most difficult. Publishing a book has been on my mind for a long time… You’ve helped me make the decision to move forward on this. Thank you. I’m leaving with a smile as I move forward. Take care. Best of luck.

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