Thursday, 2 October 2014

Dolce Handknits ~ Book Review


Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)
Dolce Handknits
by Kim Dolce
ISBN: 9781604680133
Publisher: Martingale
Publication Date: November 16th, 2010
RRP: $24.99
Photographer: Brent Kane


Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

WOW!
Sometimes we forget to make things for ourselves or to make
items of clothing for our friends and family.
This book will change that.

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

The book is packed full of beautiful yet wearable projects.
They are patterns that will suit so many people.

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

They are classic and beautiful.
Your knitting doesn't have to look okay.
It can now look fantastic.

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

The are different clothes for different times of the year.
Now you can make that perfect item of clothing
to match your wardrobe.

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

Considering this is Kim's first book I am sure
she is going to be a huge name in the knitting world.
She can be critical of her own designs,
but she shouldn't be, they are beautiful!

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

There are patterns for every level of knitter.
So even a beginner can add a beautiful item for their wardrobe.

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle) Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

If you are looking for items to make for friends and family
for presents then this book gives you a wide choice to
choose from.

Martingale - Dolce HandKnits (Print version + eBook bundle)

Or why not buy the book for a knitter for Christmas.
With such beautiful styles and such a wide range
they are sure to love the book.

The patterns are in written format and each of the patterns
come in various sizes.

I love this book!
The projects are just so beautiful!


I received a copy of the eBook to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
No monies were exchanged.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

What You Doing Wednesday Week 119


Good Morning!

I'm really sorry but I haven't got any update on makes this week.
I've added the pictures of what I'm making but there isn't any progress :-(.

The weather is changing and with it my health.
It's nothing to worry about but I just have to be very careful.
I have to make sure I rest a lot.
I'm hoping once I'm over this bump I'll be
back to being able to crocheting and knitting.

I'm also using some of my energy helping Little Red.
He is starting the toe to toe system at school
so I've bought it for home and am helping him as well.
We are also working on Rhyming circles as well as his times tables.
We also have to do reading every evening, maths homework once a week
and his brain builders homework as well.
I feel so sorry for him!
He has to work so much harder than everyone else.
We are hoping this new push from us and school might
mean that he can read and write better.

 

I'll hopefully have more work finished on these next week.

I am reading a new book.
I listened to one of the Vera Stanhope books.
I love the tv programme and the books are even better.
I am just reading another.
I'll have reviews for you soon.

Now it's your turn to share what you are doing.
It doesn't have to be crochet, anything you are making
is perfect.
Please add the pin to your post & check out a couple
of other people that are sharing their work 
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The Art of Crochet for Kids DVD ~ Product Review



I was so pleased to receive this dvd to review.
My son Little Red is 8 years old and is just starting to
show an interest in crochet.

This DVD is ideal.
It uses cartoon characters and kids to teach other kids how to crochet.

The dvd starts off with the brilliant yodelling Alpaca character and his sisters.
They teach the basics and then it's onto the children teaching
them some more.
The dvd goes through each part slow enough for the children
to follow but not too slow so they can't keep up.
With it being a dvd it's easy to rewind and pause if they miss something.

Little Red really enjoyed the Alpaca Characters and loved the fact
that Ryan was a similar age to himself.
Little Red has tried a few chains but I think it might be another
6 months for him to have the attention span to progress.
However my friends daughter has borrowed the dvd with a huge success.
She has watched it multiple times and I am happy to say she has already started
her first project.

The video doesn't only include instructions it also includes
some brilliant fun projects for them to make.

I love the fact that the dvd has the cartoons to keep the children interested.
The hole dvd is kept fun but educational.
I also love the fact that children of similar ages are used to teach them and both sexes.
Sometimes boys won't learn something because they feel it's for girls.
This dvd bridges that thought and changes it as there are boys throughout.

Crocheting is a fun skill for kids to learn as it helps with
maths, concentration , fine motor skills and much, much more.

I would highly recommend this dvd!!!
I hope to be showing you Little Reds makes in the future :-)


I received the dvd to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Crochet One-Skein Wonders ~ Book Review


Crochet One-Skein Wonders
Edited by Judith Durant & Edie Eckman
ISBN: 9781612120423
Published By: Storey Publishing
Publication Date: 1st March 2013
RRP: $18.95


  

This book is packed full of 101 projects!
I was a little dubious of this book as most
books with this quantity of patterns are filled with
projects you wouldn't want to make.
This is not the case with this book!


This book is PACKED full of FANTASTIC patterns!!!


The book is split into sections.
Each section is a different weight of yarn

  • Thread
  • Lace Weight
  • Super-Fine Weight
  • Fine Weight
  • Light Weight
  • Medium Weight
  • Bulky Weight


The book covers all types of projects that you might want to make.
Everything for different ages and sexes to items for the home
or shopping.
Nothing is missed and I haven't found a project I don't like.


I decided I like this Riding the Waves Neck Warmer
that I would make one for myself.
I choose a dk weight acrylic yarn.

 

I love the way it turned out.
The pattern was easy to follow and gave a fantastic look.
The pattern is in both written and chart format
so however you like to read patterns you are covered.


It was a fantastic quick and effective pattern.
It would make a brilliant pattern to use for gifts.


 The vast array of patterns are all explained in an easy to ready format.
With being in written and chart format everyone is covered.


There are patterns for all ages and all styles of houses.
You can find patterns for everything from jewellery, bags, shawls & hats.
There are patterns for pillows, blankets and even kindle covers.


Quite a lot of the patterns are quick to make projects.
They would make brilliant gifts.
The book is a fantastic investment and at such 
a brilliant price for 101 projects you are getting value for money.


There are patterns for all seasons.

 

Some would make brilliant baby shower gifts!


This is one of those books that you can use the projects
time and again.
It's the sort of book that is full of inspiration
and projects you'll be proud to give as gifts.


I haven't even shown you a percentage of the patterns
that are in this book.
And as you can see the diversity of the patterns is amazing.


This book is for all levels of crocheters.
You need to know the basics but I'm sure you'll find
more than one pattern that you would be able to complete.

Judith & Edie have brought together an amazing array of designers.
They have collated an amazing amount of projects.
I would give this book 5 out of 5!

  


I received a copy of the book to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Blaze On ~ Fairy Lights ~ Product Review


Wicker Star - LED 20
Blaze On


I love fairy lights and I think they are fantastic for any décor
and any time of the year.


Blaze On is a small company that has over 400 unique designs
and works with over 20 family businesses in Thailand
and is based on fair trade to all, including you!


The lights come in beautiful packaging.
The box is made out of recycled materials.
Everything about the product has been thought about.
You feel like you are buying a quality product with the individual touch.


They have an amazing array of designs.
I decided to choose the wicker stars as I thought
it was something we could use all year
and with them being a plain colour they would go with any décor.


The service is fantastic, they came so quickly.
They are of a fantastic quality and you just know that they are
going to last.


The lights are ethically crafted decoration on clear 20 LED light string with UK plug.
High energy efficiency with up to 10 years life (bulbs never needed).
5 metre overall length (3m decorated, 2m between plug and first lamp).
CE approved and meets the European Safety Standards EN60598-2-20


The lights are for indoor use and are safe to a very high standard.
I am not concerned about anything with this product.
The only problem we are going to have is where they are going to be put.
Little Red has already asked if he can have them in his room.


I think they are going to look brilliant with our Halloween themed room.
I also think they will be a brilliant addition to our Christmas Decorations.


Although I chose a wicker plain colour it doesn't mean you have to.
They have an amazing array of different designs and colours.
You are sure to find something that matches your décor or theme.


Not only do they look beautiful when they are switched on they are
also as beautiful off.

Check out some of their amazing designs:
Wicker Star - LED 20 Ambient Balls - LED 20
Cabbage Rose - LED 20 Natural Leaf - LED 20
Daisy - LED 20 Enchanted Garden - LED 20
Large Lantern - LED 20 Orchid - LED 20

Or if you don't want fairy lights how about some beautiful Tea Lights


Tea Lights Tea Lights Tea Lights
Tea Lights Tea Lights Tea Lights

So why don't you check out the Blaze On site
and see which design is your favorite.

Chelsea Rose - LED 30




I received the product to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.