Friday, December 31, 2010

Frantic Knitter's Follow Friday

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Hello all you fabulous knitters and crochet artists out there. I hope you all survived your holidays with fingers and thumbs intact, and that no one jabbed out anyone's eye with a knitting needle. I myself have been sorely tempted on more that one occasion.

Follow along if you want to join the linky list. If not, just leave me a comment and a follow. I love meeting new people of like mind, especially fellow knitters and crocheters.

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fa la la la Follow Friday...

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Good morning and I hope this finds your Christmas Eve to be Merry and bright. I am taking a break from knitting flowers and crocheting little wreaths to bid you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Follow Friday.

Question of the week:
What are you going to do on this wonderful holiday? Did you make any special projects this year for your family? I myself have learned to make wreaths and holly.


I am going to my knitting teacher's house for a wonderful dinner. In preparation, my husband and I will be making a Chocolate Blackout Cake, a tossed salad and a corn souffle.

Well, off to get a bit of sleep before I am due back at the bookstore.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Blog Hop

http://crazy-for-books.com/

It's Sunday and better late than never for our weekend blog hop. Just jump on everyone. Click the link to list your book blog and leave a comment and a follow. I love meeting new people!

Question of the week:

Why do you like book blogs? Free stuff? Reviews? Tell all.

Hope this finds you having a great weekend! I am off to another crazy day at the bookstore. Have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Follow Friday with some snowflakes!


http://parajunkee.com/
http://snowcatcher.blogspot.com/

Good evening fellow crafters and book lovers. It is Follow Friday and I have found a great blog that totally fits the holiday season. Snowcatcher has a great selection of snowflakes that make me want to get my hook and start learning! Great job on an awesome blog.

Please leave a comment with the name of your blog, so fellow crafters can find you. If you do book reviews, please leave your name on the linky with Parajunkee above. Just click the link and it will take you to her site. It is primarily fiction and paranormal, but if you are a book reviewer, you can enter the linky.

Question of the week:
Is there an author that you think is really great that you feel is under appreciated? Who and why? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and share some love. Even better...become a follower.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Crochet wreaths.

This time of year us my favorite for making small homemade gifts to share. These crochet wreaths I learned in knitting class are perfect.

Chain 4-10, depending on how large you want the wreath pin to be. Slip stitch to join and make double or triple crochets all the way around the chain, going through the center hole. Pull and space your stitches. When you get to the end, slip stitch to join, tuck in your yarn tails, add bows, beads and hot glue a pin back onto it. Done! Only takes a few minutes and you have a heartwarming gift to share with a friend.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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New knitting book.

I love Christmas parties where you do gift exchanges on a theme. Thus year, my knitting class/group had a wonderful holiday party and I got a great book on circular knitting. What a perfect gift. With all the different patterns and knowledge about circular knitting, I was thrilled.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

An attempt at speedy crochet...

I have until Saturday to get a few quick gifts made. Looking through this great book, I spotted a holly leaf with berries that looked nice. Only problem, it's crochet. Why is this a problem? I am still a remedial crocheter. So I am going to try and learn this cute little pattern tonight after I finish putting up my new prelit Christmas tree. Wish me luck!
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The flower scarf is finished!

This scarf has a history. It was originally a commission piece for a young man at work. I was learning my purls, so it took me awhile to get it right. A few stops, many new starts that resulted from ripping it out at least twice, I finally got it. Or so I thought.

I ran out of yarn. The horror of it all. I searched for a match, but this color was not am easy match. By this time, the young man in question had bought a scarf at the mall, so I was on my own with this scarf from what I thought at the time was Hell.

What do I do with this thing that has taken over my life and tested my sanity for weeks. Improvise!

I found a beautiful multi toned color that a friend gave to me, and it worked out great!

Then the flowers. The first one was easy. The second, third and fourth were back in that southerly region we were discussing previously. The easiest pattern in the whole book and guess who gets a mental block. Jeez.

Well, today all the pieces finally got put together, stitched, beaded and with a great big Woo Hoo, I did the dance. You know the one I mean. I was done. Yes!!! Arm pump!

Now I have a week to knit for Christmas. Pray for me.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Welcome to the Hop!

http://www.crazy-for-books.com/

Good morning fellow knitters and friends. It is time for our first Blog Hop. Just click on the link and add your blog to the linky if you have one. If not, I would love more followers and fun comments. Please join me.

My question of the week:

Did you cook for Thanksgiving and what was your kitchen mishap?
Check out my sister blog for deets on my own kitchen horror. (http://bookgirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com/)

A great book for quick projects!

This is the book I am using for my newest scarf project. It is a great source for quick gift ideas, whether you are using luxury yarn or $3.69 at Hobby Lobby (yes, me). I am a budget girl most of the time, but pinching my pennies to get this book was worth it. Some really amazing things, especially for this time of year when we are all trying to get those last minute holiday gifts done. 5 out 5 ladies. It is a keeper.

New project...


Hello fellow knitters. Today the temperature dropped like a rock. It started last night, but today it is cold and rainy. Perfect weather to stay in bed and knit something warm and wonderful.

I am starting a new scarf pattern from Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders. It is the pattern called Boise Cashmere Scarf. I am using I Love This Yarn #98 Dark Denim.

So far the lace look is starting to come through. Will keep you updated with progress.

Hope you all had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

A book for the artful crocheter...

Crochet So Fine was sent to me by the publisher for a fair and honest review. It was gorgeous. The designs in this book made me drool and want to get better at crochet so I could tackle one now. Lacy patterns have always caught my eye, and this one is one of the loveliest I have seen. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book Eternity: Oogie a dog only a family could love Review and Gi...

Book Eternity: Oogie a dog only a family could love Review and Gi...: "If you are an animal lover you'll simply adore this book,I own 4 dogs and just couldn't put this book down, but since I have other occupati..."

Friday, November 5, 2010

http://www.parajunkee.com/

Good  morning and happy Friday everyone. We are introducing a new blog following program started by Parajunkee.com. Follow Friday is a great way to find new blogs to visit. It helps to support fellow bloggers. So, leave me a comment about who you are following, click the link above and maybe leave your blog so you will be featured one of these Fridays.

This week's pic is:

http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com/

Thursday, October 28, 2010

If you love knitting and crocheting flowers, check these books out!

These two books are the perfect way to learn some new techniques in flower making, or just new knitting or crochet techniques. I have made two of the knitted flowers and one in the crochet collection. I am learning more as we speak. What fun. I get comments every time I wear one. Check out the red and pink knitted flower pictures further down in the blog for an illustration.

More fun to distract me from writing.

There is a wonderful new dessert book out there that has caused me some extreme distraction lately. Classic Houston Desserts by Erin Hicks Miller is out just in time for the holidays. Recently, she had a book release party at the Backstreet Cafe here in Houston, TX. I have to tell you the food was great. Here is me with the mushroom soup, having more fun than a person should have at one sitting. Amazing soup! Even more amazing desserts from the book. Check it out on my sister blog, Book Girl Knitting (http://bookgirlknitting.blogspot.com/) and think about who would love this book for the holidays.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Beautiful batik quilts.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
The colors of this book drew me in from the start. I love the combinations of the batik designs. The photography from Bali adds depth to the story behind the quilts. It brings to life the culture and majesty of this land that is rich in tradition and craftsmanship.
Pamela Mostek was asked to give a textile tour to Bali. So she brought her traveling companion Susan Nelsen with her and the rest is history.
Follow Pamela and Susan as they talk about the weaving methods used to create the unique batik patters.
There are eight gorgeous patterns to delight quilters of all levels of skill. A keeper for my library shelf.

My rating is 5 out of 5.

A simple sewing method for quilting vibrant precut quilts.

This book has 12 different quilts in a variety of sizes. The fabrics are bright and there is something for everyone, from beginners to advanced. There are shortcuts to make learning to quilt easy. On page 8, there is a section for special methods to save time, and to help with color groupings.
Good book for learning to quilt.

This book was sent to me for an honest review. Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stitching some Halloween fun!


Halloween Stitching!
 3 Stitches in Spring, TX has a great selection of fibers, linen and buttons. Check this one out for some Halloween fun. It is one of my favorite stitched pieces.www.3stitches.com/
This is one of my favorite stitched pieces. My office upstairs is done with a monster theme. So inspiring for my paranormal YA novel in progress.

The chart for this can be purchased at 3 Stitches Needlework shop in Spring, TX.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cables

So my knitting class instructor surprised me one day and told me we were going to try cables. I had always wanted to try it, but frankly it scared me to death. It looks so hard! Strangely enough, I did it! The pic to the left is my humble attempt to follow the directions. Success! My knitting teacher (Rhonda Brewer you rock!) is the best ever. So patient. I think she should be nominated for sainthood. Patron saint of freaked out knitters everywhere.

Part of the humor in this situation is she taught me to cable with a hot roller clip. You know, the metal clip that holds the roller on your head? Yep. That would be it. No cable needles for me. It worked too. Not heavy at all and you just flop the clip to the side to work the cable. Love it.

Has anyone got any other cable hints for my next project? Would love to hear them. :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

 Learning to knit has been an adventure. From this great pattern from The Hen House in Spring, Texas, to my class at the Tomball Library every Thursday morning.




Friday, October 1, 2010

Knots.

I hate knotted yarn. Black knotted yarn especially. It is moments like these where I really have to wonder about that whole knitting so I don't kill people thing. Black knotty yarn that sticks together is definitely not therapy. It is a sanity reducing mess. Grrr.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome to my blog.


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 I am a writer. I also manage to find a million things to do other than actually finishing my book. Knitting is one of the latest. It helps me keep my sanity.