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I’m pleased to announce my latest shawl design, Tumbling Diamonds Shawl (with a matching hat soon to come!)
Tumbling Diamonds shawl is an any weight / any gauge / any size, top down, half circle shawl
Sample was made using Joann’s Sensations Caribbean yarn, (56% cotton, 38% acrylic, 6% polyester 6 ounces (170 grams), 465 yards (425 meters), worsted weight yarn), approximately 4 ounces total were used.
You will also need a size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook, & removable stitch marker.
Thanks to honeystalks, colliegrl64, agd509, signjojo, Blacky67, steelodalisque, BeverlyGoulet, & Donnisha2, for their test crocheting skills.
Thank you to Blacky67 for coming up with the great name!
Pattern was professionally tech edited by Tracie Barrett, http://traciebarrett.com/.
Hey guys! I never managed to put together a wip wed or a fo friday post this week, so I’m going to combine the two today to play catch up a bit.
this is a new design I’m playing around with… very simple 2 row stitch pattern. I’m making scarves for charity anyway, so I’m killing 2 birds with one stone, so to speak. I’m working on a more lacey version to match, so a “his & hers” if you will …
vintage pattern round up (I have most of these!!)
a new website – it’s like a ravelry for sewers! I’m not much of a sewer, but I signed up immediately! I’m anastaciaknits, of course, same as everywhere I register – SewSet. It’s newer than new, so there aren’t a lot of patterns & stuff, but I bet this site will be big!
480 Proclus Vest crochet vest a very stylish crochet vest design I’ve never seen before, on the webs yarn store blog
The afghan is done! All in all, a very fast crochet. This baby is big – about 5 feet square – and weighs over 3.5 pounds. If you are new to my site, here’s last year’s Alzheimer’s afghan post, which raised over $550 for my cousin Adrienne’s Alzheimer’s memory walk, in memory of our grandmother, Ruth, & her father / my uncle Joel, who has early onset Alzheimer’s.
We are raffling off tickets & all money goes directly to Adrienne’s fundraising walk. We’re doing it the same as last year – anyone in the US can buy tickets (I make the afghan & my mother pays to have it shipped).
Every $5 donation is one raffle ticket, but even if you donate less than $5, you still get one entry, and any amount, even pocket change, is greatly, greatly, greatly appreciated.
Last year a bunch of my coworkers gave me literally the change in the bottom of their purses / pockets, & trust me, it all adds up!
If you are interested in donating, please contact me – or visit Adrienne’s fundraising page
& please, please, please, pass this page on to your friends, twitter, facebook, plurk, whatever!
good morning! Here’s today’s crafty round up!
a fun post about crocheted hammocks
another installment of the knit princess comic (you must check this out!)
nifty african flower bear
from the site ” a fun twist on an old classic ” – mitered granny squares
crocheted rag rug from sheets
a very lovely post about the Alzheimer’s Quilt Initiative
A new video podcast edisode is up – Nurse with Needles – it’s done by my friend Marlicia & her daughter Tahlia. They talk about their stack of wips, some new purchases they’ve picked up, their latest obsessions, & they mentioned my Ravelry group a couple of times, too! Thanks so much for the shout out, guys! Tahlia’s Ravelry group is right here, & she would love it if you could show your support & join, & her blog is Nurse with Needles.
minor spoilers are mentioned
Once again, yes, I read an Anita Blake book. I can’t help myself; this was the first vampire series I fell in love with, & I really, really, really miss the “original” Anita Blake. I keep hoping she’ll show up.
As with the last book, this one is another improvement in the series. The first sex scene doesn’t take place for almost 200 pages, & there are only a few scenes in the whole book, rather tame & boring.
The plot – well, I’m not sure what to say on this subject. If you read what the book is supposed to be about, it sounds great — but, the plot in reality falls really short of that. It’s an interesting premise – another reviewer called them the Vampire Tea Party, & I like the phrase enough to use it. But it wasn’t very well thought out, written well, & other than the barest mentions here & there throughout the book, the plot never really happened.
You don’t see very much of Jean Claude in this one, which makes me happy as I’m rather sick of the guy. Anita sounds pretty sick of him, too, throughout the books, as she does talking about all the men in her life. They finally kick Asher to the curb, though only for a month or two. I was rather hoping Hamilton would kill of a few of the lovers or at least make them go away, so I was happy to see Asher go to the rather vague location of “new city”.
All in all, I did like the book, I did finish it in only a few days, & I did like it enough that I’ll read the next one, but I am left wondering once again why I am still bothering.
It’s been so long since I’ve done “In My mailbox!”! Don’t worry, crafty readers, I won’t be doing this every week, or at least I’m not planning to, but this week I’ve gotten so many great books that I can’t help but share them all with you.
First, a kindle freebie I picked up that look amazing (please note: they were free when I got them, but might not be free right now so be sure to check!)
Stars of the Kanri (Heavy Metal Cowboy) – first in a series & the second one is also a kindle book
And what’s this I see?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was published in 2007 & I am rather surprised that it took me this long to read it. I guess I’m rather late to the game.
This book is a rather decent historically accurate (and the biggest things that Maxwell takes liberties with, she tells you about in the back of the book) book about Anne Boleyn before she becomes infamous, told from her point of view. It’s rather different than other Tudor stuff I’ve read, & I rather enjoy how different the tale is. Anne is seen first as a young, confused child, who later grows into a strong, beautiful, powerful individual, who has learned to take control of her own destiny.
The book has a few adult scenes in it, which I wasn’t expecting, but considering the court & the times, I guess I should have seen them coming. Most of it “fit” and wasn’t an explicit scene just to have an explicit scene.
All in all, I liked the book – why only 4 stars? I love Anne Boleyn; she’s my favorite of the 6 wives, and she’s the one I enjoy reading about the most. But the Anne of this book, as much as I enjoyed reading it, I couldn’t really fall in love with.
I got this book from the library.