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.