Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Follow Friday!

Happy Follow Friday! Hope this finds you in the air conditioning, happily knitting or crocheting something amazing. If you are just joining us, welcome! Hope you will stay a moment and tell me what your favorite knitting or crochet book is. Have a great weekend!

Q. ACK! Your favorite book/movie character (example Hermione Granger played by the Emma chick) just walked into the room! Who is it and what would be your first reaction? You get extra points if you include visual stimulation.

Nicky Epstein is one of my favorite knitting books ever. I have made three flowers from the book Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers  and have made one from the crochet version. Both are lovely books that are treasured pieces in my library. If I ever met Nicky Epstein, I would pepper her with questions about knitting and ask her if she has an orchid pattern.

Book Blogger Hop

What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?


The voice of the book has to grab me within the first few pages. The point of view, dialogue, and characters have to be there. The other thing that drives me crazy is when a book is marketed for a certain genre or age group and it doesn't fit within that category. Especially if a middle grade book is being marketed for a teen audience. That just does not work and that is the fastest way to find a book flying back onto the shelf.

Amigurumi Toy Box by Ana Paula Rimoli: The Review

Crocheters everywhere fell in love with the quirky toys in Amigurumi World and Amigurumi Two! Now Ana Paula Rimoli presents the third book in her best-selling series. Sparkling with playful ideas inspired by her children, this wildly imaginative collection will tickle kids of all ages.

* Choose from more than 25 irresistible toys that stitch up quickly
* Catch Ana's creative zaniness--put a grin on a silly hot dog, stitch a princess frog with a water-lily throne, make mom and baby koalas, create a tugboat, and more
* Find step-by-step instructions, great photos, and lots of funny friends


I received this book from the wonderful folks at Martingale for a review. This is one of the cutest books on amigurumi I have ever had the privilege to review. The designs are easy to understand. They are in the written style, not charted. At the end of each row of instruction, the author wonderfully gives you how many stitches you need. As someone who is learning more and more about crochet all the time, this is a wonderful thing.

The pictures and instruction are good also. Pictures to know what you are trying to get to, and the instructions for anyone who may need a moment to remember what a certain stitch is. Great book for beginners!

Project wise, this book has everything. Unicorns, birds, bears, pigs, snakes, frogs, bunnies, name it, it is there. My favorites are the flan, hot cocoa and cake. Yes...cake!!!! So cute you won't believe it.

This book gets five stars because of the easy of instruction, the sheer cuteness of the projects and overall presentation. If you love to crochet, grab yourself one of these gems at the bookstore. It would be a great thing to start with for small gifts year round, or stocking stuffers for the holidays.

If you want to know more about this wonderful crochet artist/author, head over to her Etsy shop at:

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For more excellent knitting, quilting, crochet and craft books, visit the publisher at:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

How to: Colonial Knots

The wonderful ladies of my stitching and knitting groups told me about an easy knot that can take the place of a French Knot in embroidery. If you look at the pics of my cupcake scarf, you can see the finished product. Check out the technique and I am sure you will agree that this is an excellent stitch to learn.

Friday, June 17, 2011

At the craft festival last weekend.

Our local library had an event where we could show arts and crafts. I brought my cupcake scarf to work on.
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Cupcake scarf finished...

It is done!
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