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July update

Exciting News…

Time to let the cat out of the bag: I’ve just signed the contract to write a new crochet book! This is the first book offer I’ve actually wanted to accept since writing the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amigurumi, and I’m already giddy with anticipation about this new book; it’s exactly the book I wanted to write next.

My goal as an author is to write books that become valuable long-term reference sources on your bookshelf, not just collections of patterns. And that, I’m afraid, is all I’m saying for now – I’ll share more details as we near the publication date!

But, of course, I have many months of work ahead of me before I can share my fabulous new book with you, so please excuse me if I’m slower to respond to questions, and less prolific with new designs, for the rest of this year; I’m going to be working very hard to get all the pieces of the book ready so it can be published in late summer 2014 (if you’re familiar with publishing schedules, that’s a pretty fast turnaround)!

If you need crochet help while I’m in the book-writing zone (or at any time), I recommend the PlanetJune Ravelry group as your first port of call – you’re guaranteed to get fast and friendly advice there, and I’m always lurking to weigh in if nobody else has an answer for you πŸ™‚

And, in other news…

Review and Win contest

June’s ‘Review and Win’ winner is Susanna V, with her review of my Fruit Bat:

crocheted fruit bat by planetjune

This was the first PJ design I ever bought and it’s still probably my favorite. I love bats, and this guy is the perfect mix of realistic but still cute. It’s actually fairly easy to crochet and the shapes are basic. The most challenging part for me was sewing the wings on straight; it’s very easy to start angling without realizing it. Also, if you’ve only ever done amigurumi, you’ll need to know how to do standard crochet rows for the wings, but it’s very easy and the simple trick for making the points on the wings really adds a lot to the design. I’ll never tire of making this one!

Congrats, Susanna – I’ll email you to find out which pattern you’d like as your prize πŸ™‚

Fruit-Along CAL

If you feel like a fast and refreshing crochet project, we decided to have an extra crochet-along throughout July, featuring all my fruit designs:

Fruit-Along CAL at PlanetJune

As a bonus, my Apple, Pear, and Citrus patterns are all donationware, so you can pay as much or as little as you like for the patterns (or nothing, if you can’t afford to pay at all!) Join the fruity fun in the PlanetJune group on Ravelry πŸ™‚

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Okay, now I’d better get back to working on the new book! (Eek!)


  1. Great news! I guess there is no point in guessing because you wouldn’t tell us if we were right… but I’m guessing that the book is about how to design.

  2. Jennifer said

    Yay! I’ll buy a copy of your new book! I already have the ebook and paper versions of your amigurumi book. Congrats!

  3. Yay! That’s terrific news June! This sounds like a terrific project and I can’t wait to hear more!

    • June said

      Thanks, Abby! The advantage of having a fast turnaround on this book is I won’t have to keep things secret for too long πŸ™‚

  4. RudiO said

    Congratulations!!! I’m certain it will be a hugh success, as you are so amazingly precise with your instructions!

  5. Congratulations, June. I can’t wait to see what you write about next. I’ve been hoping that you would write another book.

    • June said

      Thanks! I’ve been waiting for the right one to come along πŸ™‚ Now it has, and at just the right time, too – a month earlier and I’d have had to turn it down…

  6. .: petrOlly :. said

    A new book πŸ™‚ Yay! How exciting πŸ™‚ I’m curious what you’ll be writing about – I’d say you covered practically everything in the “Complete Idiot

    • June said

      This isn’t going to be a follow-up amigurumi book – I think I pretty much covered everything there is to know about ami in …Amigurumi πŸ™‚ (Not to say I’d never write another ami book, but this book will take a different crochet focus.)

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