Wednesday, 7 October 2015

What You Doing Wednesday Week 171

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope your week is going well!

It's still sunny in the UK.
It's very weird!
I didn't need to wear a coat yesterday morning.
It poured down in the afternoon,
at the exact time that the kids finished school.
The kids really enjoyed it.
Warm and raining means lots of playing in puddles.

Benji managed to snap his nail length ways.
He has a terrible limp except for
when he thinks he might get a walk and
then it disappears.
It's amazing how magic it is :-).

Hubby made a fantastic lunch on Sunday.
It was his best pork crackling yet.

Well I have finally settled down
to make a start on my Christmas makes.
To get me in the mood I decided
to start with a snowman.

The pattern is from the book "Crochet for Christmas"
It's a snowman wreath.
I can't wait to finish him.
It really has cheered me up about Christmas.
I even started getting some of my presents

I am reading Above the Bridge
by Deborah Garner

This is the first book in the series.
I have already read the 3rd but I enjoyed
it that much I decided to buy and read the 1st.
Paige the journalist has gone to Jackson Hole
for a newspaper assignment.
She can feel there is something exciting under
the surface but she doesn't know what it is.
She does the usual research about the history
of the town.
She meets a man who is also new to the area
as well and she instantly knows
there is a story why he has bought a property
in Jackson Hole and she is determined
to find out why.
You get to know all sorts of characters around
the town and there are some shocking
twists as well.
I'm really enjoying the book so far.

Now it's your turn to share what you are doing.
It doesn't have to be crochet, anything you are making
is perfect.
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Knitted Wraps & Cover-Ups ~ Book Review

ISBN: 9780811714440
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication Date: 
RRP: £14.99

Available direct from Search Press

This book is full of 24 stylish designs
that include boleros, capes, shrugs & crop tops.

Annie has created this book so that
you can create moderate to small projects
that you will be able to use and look good in.

They are designed to be a quicker knit
than saying knitted a sweater but
more substantial than just making a hat.

There are however some patterns that include
matching accessories such as a hat or gauntlets.

The main patterns are in written format but
charts are also supplied for repeating patterns.
There are also size guides to help you make
a correct fitting garment.

Where Annie has used a different technique
such as triple twist drop stitch,
she provides you with instructions and clear
pictures to help you complete the stitch.

Each of the designs are in multiple sizes
and they are also designed so they are
easier to re-size to what you require.

The patterns are varied and are for different levels
of knitter.
There are patterns such as the basketweave bolero
that are at an easy level and use basic
stitches to create the unique look.

Different techniques are used in the book
to create the designs, such as entrelac.

Annie uses different yarns to create different
looks to each of the garments as well as the
changes in stitches and shapes.


There are the most amazing designs that
have a real Downton Abbey look like the
The Lace Cuff Shrug.

Annie's use of colours is fantastic.
Her stained glass circular jacket
is spectacular
and her Strasbourg Cape is beautiful.

As a beginner knitter I'm going to stick
to the easy patterns but once my confidence
is better I am going to work my way through the book.

A special book with the most gorgeous patterns!

Available direct from Search Press

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

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Silhouette Hot Mat ~ Book Review

ISBN: 9781573677691
Publisher: Annie's
Publication Date: 01 July 2015
RRP: £5.99

Available direct from Search Press


There is something special about making
something that is both beautiful
and practical.

Hot Mats have been used for hundreds of years
to protect work tops from things that are hot.
With this book you can some amazing and
beautiful designs to make.

The book includes 12 lacy designs that are
made using easy to care for cotton yarn.

The designs use a base colour and then
a contasting colour to make them stand out
and sing.

Each of the design are at a level that
a beginner crocheter can give them a try.
If you are a beginner you can also use Annie's
stitch guide online that includes illustrated guides
& how to videos.

The designs are all named after pie's;

  1. Key Line Pie
  2. Lemon Meringue Pie
  3. Blue Raspberry Pie
  4. Honey Lavender Pie
  5. Blueberry Pie
  6. Raspberry Pie
  7. Orange Cream Pie
  8. Concord Grape Pie
  9. Toasted Coconut Pie
  10. Mint Julep Derby Pie
  11. Cherry Pie
  12. Peach Pie

Each of the patterns are in written format
and are made by crocheting the front,
then the back and then attaching them together
with an edging.
It's a really clever way to make them look
like they are made at the same time &
show off the colours through the top design.

Although the book uses the same technique
to make each of the designs,
the use of the different stitches
gives each one it's own unique look.

They are perfect for your kitchen or
as a quick present for family or friends.

The patterns are clear and each of the special
stitches is explained.

It's clear on each project how much yarn
you will need to make them,
the most being 60 yards of one colour.
However most are 50 yards or less.

All the patterns are made with a 4mm (G) Hook
and Premier Yarns Home Cotton medium
(worsted) weight yarn.

I love the designs and if you like to make
quick interesting crochet projects
the you'll really like this book.

The book is really good value for money.
I also think the designs are timeless so
you'll use them time and again.

Available direct from Search Press


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

Monday, 5 October 2015

Knitted Birds ~ Book Review

ISBN: 9781782211099
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 03 August 2015
RRP: £12.99

Available direct from Search Press


This book cover really gives you a fantastic
idea of what is held inside.
If you love birds and you love knitting
then you will thoroughly love this book!

There are over 30 feathered friends held within.
I am AMAZED how accurate this birds look.
Each one has it's own individual personality.

The book starts with all the techniques 
you will use throughout the book.
As well as clear instructions there
are also clear photo's so you can easily
understand what you need to do.
I love the different materials she uses
with the knitting to create them.
Glass pebbles are used to add weight to some
of the birds to make them stable.
Beads, wire, felt & chenille are used
to get the right look.


All of the birds are created by working them flat
on two needles and them shaping them as you
sew them together.


I love the little notes at the start of each
They share something of Nicky's personality.

This is an amazing book and I love the little
things included with the birds like the fish for
the Osprey and the nest and eggs.
I also love the fact that you get patterns
with some for the adults and the fledglings.
The cygnet's are to die for.

The different birds that are included in the book are;

Mallards - Adult Male, Adult Female & Duckling
Song Thrush
Blue Tit
Canada Goose
Blackbirds - Adult & Fledgling
Mute Swans - Adult & Cygnet
Barn Owl - Adult & Owlet
Collared Dove
Snowy Owl
Tufted Duck
Eggs & Nests

Wouldn't it be fantastic to have
them all over your house and to get
everyone to go bird watching and spotting.

Brilliant book with brilliant designs.

Available direct from Search Press


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

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Caring Crochet ~ Book Review

ISBN: 9781573677707
Publisher: Annie's
Publication Date: 01 June 2015
RRP: £5.99

Available direct from Search Press


Annie's have brought together
a varied set of patterns that you can
make as a simple of how much
you care for your recipient.

Especially at this time of year
people want to reach out to family and friends,
especially those that aren't well.
Winter is always the hardest if you are ill
so why not make something to show
how much you care.

This book is one you will keep and use
time and time again.
There is something so special in giving
to someone who is ill or going through
a stressful time.
This book has projects for every caring

The thing I love about this book
is the projects aren't all too serious.
If you have a friend with cancer who has
lost their hair there is nothing more special
than giving them a hat.
You can choose from some beautiful designs
or there is the most amazing fun hat
with pigtails.

There are patterns that offer comfort
like the beautiful afghans
or amazingly beautiful patterns like the
Twilight Flower Throw
that can also be worn. 

The patterns are in written format
and offer patterns of different levels
so even beginners can make some of the gifts.
Annie's also offer online video
stitch guides.
These are in illustrated guides and in how to videos.


Different ages are covered in the book
so there is everything from something special for baby
to adults.

There are some fantastic ideas
like a lap rope for someone in a wheelchair
that includes pockets to keep their hands warm
or to keep things in.

I love the Lacy Reader's Wrap.
It's beautiful, comfortable & practical.
I already have quite a few family members
that I want to make one for.

With the varied projects you also have
ideal gifts to make for any reason.
I know I'm going to be making a few
as Christmas Presents.


This book offers fantastic value for money!
It's full of fantastic projects that
you can make time and again.

Available direct from Search Press


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