The Happy Hooker: Open Thread

Jen has requested a blog discussion on the new book, Stitch 'n *** Crochet: The Happy Hooker, by Debbie Stoller (not to be confused with this The Happy Hooker). I hope to meet Jen someday soon, so I don't want to disappoint.

The book is out, but I have not yet seen it. So I can't comment, except to say that I'm very excited about its release. First, some of the designers whose work has appeared in Crochet me have patterns in the book (I'm holding off mentioning names 'cause I don't know the whole list, yet. But Julie's one of 'em! Edited Feb. 24 to add: And so is MK! And so is Emily!). Second, whether accurate or not, knitting's explosion in popularity has been blamed in part on the wild popularity of Stoller's two Stitch 'n *** knitting books. Considering that The Happy Hooker was only released this week, but has been one of the best-selling crochet titles on amazon.com for months, it's probably well on its way to doing the same for crochet. We could say it's good timing on Stoller's part — that crochet is already on an upswing and her book will be benefiting from that. But her book has been outselling all the other crochet titles and it wasn't even on shelves yet. She's on to something, and that something might just help bring crochet to the tipping point in popular culture we've been waiting for. When I get my review copy, I'll tell you what I think of the book.

And so now let's discuss. What do you think of The Happy Hooker?

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