Not the best pictures, but there you have it. Mrs. Hudson’s gingerbread house 2013. We had fun decorating it, as you can see. My daughter baked the gingerbread, I was the “architect” and Callie, my daughter and I decorated it together at the shop, like last year. This will be judged in a competition (last year we made 3rd place) and then auctioned off for charity. It’s fun and we will definitely do it again next year!
Today’s Spanish lesson in the shower:
Me (screaming through the door to my husband in the kitchen): Honey! I always thought Cabello meant horse….
He: No. It means hair.
Me: That’s reassuring. For a second my shampoo bottle read: for all types of horses! O.O
Ok. I think this is the fastest turn around in reviewing a book, I have ever done. I got it literally two hours ago! This book was sent to me for review by the publisher.
I unwrapped it and stuck my nose in it.
Ok. I will start off by saying: I like this book!
I have recently reviewed a sock knitting book that left more than a bit to desire (Knit your socks on straight! BARF), so I was a bit shy at first when this tumbled out of the envelope.
After taking an overview of the book, I noticed right away, it had a spine and real binding! So many crafting books now go for the “spiral binding”. I am not a big fan of the spiral binding. I am always afraid, pages will rip out of it. The only thing worse is the spiral binding with a hard spine.
I was delighted to see a knitting book with a real spine! THANK YOU! I will not have nightmares about pages falling out and trailing after me down the road with this book!
It is also a great size! Not as thin as a leaflet, but not War and Peace size either. Just big enough to have a good amount of patterns in it and keep you interested. Yet still small enough to fit in your project bag, without breaking your back.
I like a compact book.
The second pleasant surprise was the thumbnails of the projects in the contents list! Brilliant idea! Now I don’t have to memorize all the names. I can find it by picture.
Once you get past the usual how to section of any crafting book, it gets interesting. The patterns are cute without being overly ambitious. You can start any of these socks and actually get them done without loosing your sanity along the way. Some are easy enough to be next to TV knitting and some will need a bit more concentration, but I really think one does not have to be intimidated by any of them. There is something for a wide variety of skill level.
I looked through all of the patterns and of course found a few that would fit in with my family right away. My daughter joined me and we both decided that we definitely need to make the mix and match stockings for each of us, as they fit the best for our family. The Star Brocade was a close second and will go on my gift giving list.
The patterns themselves are well written and easy to understand and the charts are a nice size, where you won’t loose your eye sight trying to read them.
A further nice touch are the ornament patterns. Very cute! I love them all and will definitely make a few to decorate the house!
I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow knitters and Holiday enthusiasts! Great little book to get you “in the mood” and at $12.95 it won’t break the bank to get it.
Link to the book on Amazon. If you know of any little independent book store selling this book, please do let me know and send me the link. I would rather promote a “Mom and Pop” shop!!!
I have been knitting. I promise! I just can’t show it yet. These “secret” knitting projects are tons of fun, but they have me on pins and needles until I am allowed to show it. So I will be sitting here, being antsy for a while longer. In the meantime, let me show you what we have done in the shop! We are working like little Christmas elves.
To help you with your gift giving chores! We came up with these cute little “cups of yarn”. Aren’t they cute? We will have more ideas coming along as time goes by. I am sure to show it to you. (We do ship!! Keep that in mind, if you see something you love.)
We are also doing the Handmade Holiday knit along’s at the moment. If you want to give handmade this holiday season, you should start NOW!
This Saturday, we are planning a Tea Party at the shop! If you are in Fairhaven, come on by! We are brewing up a variety of tea samples and we will have home made cookies! YUM! Yes, I will take pictures and post a little “round up” this weekend. I promise!
As you may, or may not know, I am European by birth and was raised there and lived there until I was 24 years old. I have let go of some of our traditions, and hung on to others. One tradition I never really let go of, but had hibernating for a while is scarves. We wear them lots. Short, light ones during summer, more heavy and warm ones in winter.
Some people leave them off their wardrobes in Summer, but come September first, it is a must for any outfit to be topped with a sassy scarf. Having lived in the south of the United States for the last 10 years, I haven’t really followed this rule a lot. Obviously because of the heat. I prefer life -however unfashionable- to a heat stroke. That does not mean I don’t have any! I have loads! It is in my blood to buy them and make them. I cannot say no, to a nice neck piece, when I see it.
Up here in the PNW the weather is so much like home, that I am delighted to pull out my collection.
I have a few handmade ones and some I got as gifts. I have a few vintage ones, which are the ones I am super in love with. As you can see in the picture, I have a bunch of different styles and colours. The picture does not include my sarongs and sari’s, which I occasionally use as shawls, nor does it include the shawls I recently finished, that are gracing the shop as samples right now. So THERE ARE MORE, believe it, or not……
I did give a two of these to my daughter, this morning and I did put one in the free-pile in front of my house (it’s gone already).
One thing is for certain: If I see another scarf/shawl somewhere in need of a good home, I am willing to provide one! LOL
How about all of you? Do you have scarves you love to wear? Do you have something that is a staple in your wardrobe? Let me know! Show me pictures on your blogs! I will link to them in my next post!