Saturday, August 27, 2011

testing to high purple

Boys got promoted to high purple today along with some of their friends...

got some sewing in

It has been almost over 2 weeks since I have gotten to sew, kinda going through withdrawals...haha! Soo, last night I got the Bernina out and decided to sew the boys patches on their uniforms...that counts as sewing??? doesn't it??? it does to me. I already feel like I accomplished something. But, could I stop?? nooo I had to do something else...haha! I finished up the notebooks for my reading group to send and attached some labels I have been playing with that didn't turn out just like I wanted to and I'm still tweaking them.


Friday, August 26, 2011

book review - knitting

I have been distracted with our vacation to Branson, MO and cleaning my house are keeping me busy so I haven't blogged in a while. The house cleaning (more like a renovation but I'm not telling Rog that right now...shhhh!)is coming along but I have trouble doing anything creative when I know I could be cleaning...aug!

But, I found this draft of a book review I did and I just wanted to see how it looked when you blog here it is a post to fill in the void of creativity!

Book cover was kind of small so I pulled a copy from which offers a preview. I'm currently on project 3 (fold-over pillow) and I'm working the book in order and logging it on ravelry. I love the look and feel of the neutral colors in this book, of course the content is great. Gray seems to be my favorite color of the moment and there are quite a few projects in this book suggesting gray as a color. Most people think of gray as gloomy and dull but I find it soothing and relaxing, very clean, maybe I can give it a new reputation...haha! One more thing, this post took me longer because I had to figure out how to spell gray...don't laugh..although I am...gray or grey??? I decided on gray for the spelling of the color, now if I can only remember that. It may help or confuse me that I drink Earl Grey brain hurts now and I've rambled on...

 Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects

Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects by Erika Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book for a beginner it takes you through 20 projects and adds a new technique as it goes on, puts them in categories such as basic, stripes, shaping, colorwork, fully fashioned shaping. Found the following sections very helpful; materials and techniques, explained along with pictures the different yarns and choosing them, author used drawings to demonstrate the techniques which I found easy to understand instead of pictures; in stitch library author has nice large pictures of each; and recommened yarns. Very simple approach to teaching knitting, the pictures are beautiful. Basic project seen in other books such as muffler (scarf), dishcloth, pillows, mittens, hats; more intersting projects such as notebook, shopper (bag), two-needle sock, four needle-sock, cable scarf, pincushion, teapot cozy, sweater and cardigan. Currently working through the whole book.

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It's the weekend and time to enjoy a slow pace.