Wow! For a number's girl, I can't imagine a cooler date than 11/11/11. Hope it's a lucky day for all of us! :)
If you haven't seen the first and only available Photo Gallery for the entire collection of Seamless Crochet projects, please check out my photo gallery here: Seamless Crochet Photo Gallery Leave me a comment at the bottom of this blog post and let me know what your favorites are. I inlcuded the yarn & hook size used. Let me know if you have chosen yarn and/or colors for your projects, yet!
Have you seen the new issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine: Accessories 2011? It's available as a digital download and you can order it NOW! There are many gorgeous patterns inside, including lots and lots of smaller projects, perfect for the upcoming gift-giving holidays! I also contribued a dsign, called Mirrored Rainbow Wall Hanging. It is inspired by Moroccan tile work and exclusively crochted in stash yarn left over from a project I worked on for Knitting Daily earlier this year. It uses Thaki Stacy Charl' Cotton Classic Lite (100% mercerized cotton) and gorgeous mirrored paillette sequins.
Congratulations to our contest winners so far! Sandra D and Deb S! This week I am going to choose someone randomly from the comments of this blog post to receive a free pattern & mystery yarn package. Good luck to all!
I have three book reviews this week. The first two are books I purchased personally last week, and the third is a book I'm proud to be part of the contributors.
Martha Stewart Year of Celebrations
With the holiday's approaching, I felt compelled to order this book. Whether for the photography and inspiration, or the great party ideas and recipes, I enjoy flipping through this book often. I left it out on my coffee table so far. One of my favorite parties is a boat picnic. The boat is one of those old fashioned, mohagany boats. You know, something James Bond would speed off in. And now if I ever speed off with him, Martha has taught me what I should pack in the picnic basket. :)
Martha Stewart Homemade Holiday Crafts
As I have previously pledged in my blog, I will be making as many of our holiday decorations (including tree ornaments and garland) from scratch this year. I am also spearheading the crafting fundraiser for our local cub scouts this year. When I heard this book was coming out, I figured it had my name written all over it! One of my FAVORITES so far is a wreath made from corn husks you buy in the grocery store, dye with RIT dye and pin to a foam wreath. It is rustic and gorgeous. Don't be surprised if one lands on my front door. My only conflict is I have a mermaid ornament year-round on my front door and don't want to take her down for the holiday wreath. Decisions, decisions... :)
This is Robyn Chachula's upcoming book (due out July 2012) and it is a stunner! The list of designers who came together for this collection is impressive, but more importantly, the afghan designs are breathtaking! I'm proud to be included in such a collection. Check it out, please. Afghans are by far my favorite project for gift giving (although they take the longest and are very rarely given by me). Each one is prettier than the next.
On the menu:
It's been another soup week around here. I made a HUGE pot of cabbage soup (also known as Dolly Parton diet soup when I was a teenager). Then after going to Costco this week and picking up a rotisserie chicken, I simmered the bones overnight and got AMAZING broth for garlic chicken noodle soup. Shark Hunter and I ate that for a couple of days, too. I think we are going to need some steak, red meat or lasagna around here next week. I think I've finally had my fill of soup for a while! HAHA
Congratulations, Kristin F.! You won this week's contest. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! I'll be posting a new contest this week, with the new blog post going live today.