I am excited today to welcome Betty Hechtman here today to talk about her other mystery series. She was here back in July to tell us about her Yarn Retreat Mysteries. Today she is here telling us about her newest Crochet Mystery.
I remember when it was just a dream to think about mixing crochet and mystery and now Knot Guilty, the 9th book in the series, is coming out. Between then and now I have learned a lot more about the yarn world.
I thought when I taught myself how to crochet granny squares from a kids kit that the golden door of yarn craft had opened up for me, but it turns out it had just opened a crack. Like everything else though, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. When the first book in the series, Hooked on Murder, came out I spoke at a Sisters in Crime meeting. Afterwards a woman came up to me and leaned in close to share that she had a stash, too. I smiled and nodded like I understood what she was talking about, but I didn’t. Shortly after that I found out that a stash is the overflowing supply of yarn that it seems most yarn crafters have. Think bags and bins of yarn tucked in closets and filling up guest rooms. I certainly know what the word means now and actually have a stash in two cities.
Speaking of yarn, I quickly found out that all yarn is not the same and some of it is a nightmare to work with. Eventually I got into how yarn was made and learned about shearing sheep, preparing wool and spinning.
My crochet skills got sharper with each book. And I heard about yarn shows. The first one I went to was put on by the Crochet Guild and the Knitting Guild and held in Minneapolis. There were classes, contests, demonstrations, fashion shows, banquets and a huge vendor floor. I quickly discovered there were two groups at the show — the attendees and the people who were there for business. And they had two different perspectives on the event. One group was basically there for a good time and the other was hoping to make a profit. The business group included teachers who traveled a circuit of yarn shows giving classes and people from yarn shops, yarn companies, and related business who had booths in the vendor area, along with the show organizers.
Whenever you get a big gathering of people with different motives there is bound to be drama.
I began to wonder what Molly Pink and her crew would do at a yarn show…. So, in Knot Guilty, Molly and the Tarzana Hookers are running a booth at the Southern California Knit Style show. Up until now the show has always been knitcentric and this is the first year that crochet is being included in the classes, contests and fashion shows. Even so, the head of the show K.D. Kirby is still treating crochet like the poor step sister yarn of yarn crafts.
Anybody who has read any of my books can just imagine how Adele Abrams takes that news. As Molly says, they all agree that crochet is their preferred yarn craft, but Adele takes that feeling to a whole new dimension.
Betty Hechtman writes two national best selling yarn related series for Berkley Prime Crime. Knot Guiltyand For Better or Worsted are her latest in the Crochet series and Silence of the Lamb’s Wool is the latest in the Yarn Retreat series. All books in both series feature patterns and recipes.
In addition, she has just released Stolen Treasure, (Blue Schwartz Mysteries Book 1) as an e-book. Formerly published as Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti’s Necklace, it features a 13 year-old babysitter who loves to cook and is accused of stealing a priceless necklace. Three of Blue’s favorite recipes are included in the book.
She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and has taken classes in everything from improv comedy to magic. She has written newspaper and magazine pieces, along with short stories and several scripts. She splits her time between Southern California and Chicago and has yarn stashes in both places. For more information check out BettyHechtman.com, Facebook and her Friday blog for Killerhobbies.blogspot.com plus on Facebook.
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