Sock Architecture Book & Giveaway!


Lucky me! I asked Cooperative Press to provide me with a copy of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel to investigate for review. Lucky you! Not only did they promptly do so, they also offered to provide a second e-book for giveaway to our readers! If you're a sock knitter, (or have contemplated becoming one), you know that there's loads of gorgeous sock patterns available. I've knitted many of them and have pattern books filled with more awaiting my attention. When I first started knitting socks, I collected them by the dozen. As I've gotten more pairs under my belt, I've learned that what's more empowering than access to unlimited patterns is the knowledge of how those patterns are created … [Read more...]

Excavate Dinosaurs – Paper Toy Paleontology

Excavate Dinosaurs review by

Storey Publishing sent Mom the book "Excavate Dinosaurs" written by Jonathan Tennant and illustated by Vladimir Nikolov and Charlie Simpson.  Having a house full of dinosaur lovers I happily volunteered to do a book review! Have you ever wondered how paleontologists piece together dinosaur skeletons to create the reconstructions you see in museums? Now's your chance to try it for yourself!  The book draws you in from the very beginning with the fun dinosaur illustrations and the organized way it flows. It first welcomes you to become a Paleontologist and covers what dinosaurs were and what fossils are.  It then goes into the details of what being a paleontologist is … [Read more...]

Little One-Yard Wonders

Little One Yard Wonders Book Review by

I've seen several of the One Yard Wonders books at my local quilt store and have been intrigued by the variety and ingenuity of the patterns within them. So I was delighted to hear that Storey Publishing was sending us Little One-Yard Wonders - Irresistible Clothes, Toys and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins to review, because it would be right up my alley! Upon first glance I really liked that it was spiral bound. With 101 different patterns, there is a lot of page turning to be done. The spiral spine will not only help keep the book in shape for a long time, but it will also make viewing the patterns easier. Let's face it. When … [Read more...]

Bling your String!

Bling Your String Custom Knitting Stitch Markers

Oh how I love beautiful, dangly, bejeweled stitch markers. At project cast on, I spend as much effort deciding on my stitch markers as I do my yarn. Sliding bright beaded markers across my needles to count my stitches just makes me smile. I'm so impressed with the custom stitch marker sets at Bling your String. Since the creator, Aryn is a part of the Simply Notable Ravelry group, I've seen photos of the beautiful sets she's made for other knitters, which made me ask her if I could feature them here on the blog. Aryn sent me my very own set, designed just for me! I adore them, Aryn.♥ My custom set includes five beaded stitch markers along with one unique stitch marker (to mark the … [Read more...]

Easy Lace Blocking by Inspinity

Inspinity Lace Blocking Wires Review

I messaged Rachel of Inspinity to ask her about her blocking wires. Could I try them? I promised I'd give her my opinion and would give a public review of my honest impressions. I received the Deluxe Ultra Fine Lace Blocking Wire Set within a week. I was impressed with the packaging on these. Each wire is ingeniously and neatly looped through a small plastic sleeve about an inch long, then wired with like sizes. All ends are sheathed with small clear plastic tips and packaged in a heavy duty ziplock bag. This is the first time I've used blocking wires. In the past, I've blocked my lace with about a hundred T pins and a straight edge, laboriously measuring out my points from the … [Read more...]