After spending a few days with daughter Darcey and son-in-law Todd and their cats, sisters Roxie and Pepper, I had a total giggle fit when I saw some Cat Butt Coasters by Krystin Long. Definitely a must have for my daughter and s-i-l. There were some free patterns on Ravelry, but I really liked the curved tail on this pattern AND I do like to support Indies. After buying the pattern, I searched for the perfect acrylic yarn which would match the cats’ coats and then quickly crocheted four coasters. You can see how well the yarn matches Pepper in the below picture.
“The Field of Blood is a British crime drama television series adapting Denise Mina‘s The Field of Blood which is set in 1982 and The Dead Hour which is set later in the same decade. The first series of two episodes was broadcast on BBC One on 8 & 9 May 2011 and a second series of two episodes was commissioned by the BBC in 2012  which aired on the 8 & 9 August 2013.” – Wikipedia
The main protagonist, Paddy Mehan (played by Jayd Johnson) in The Field of Blood was wearing this fabulous hat during one of the episodes. Pausing the program and taking pictures is the pits! Sorry, I did the best I could. The center of the hat was totally out of focus, but you can still see the “wheel”. My question is – this is crochet right? And to all crocheters – Have any of you seen a pattern like this? It kinda looks as if its a star. Was it constructed from the center and worked outward? It looks as if there is a crochet brim. Is this worked afterwards? I REALLY like this hat and would like to be able to make a similar one.
As we move into a three day weekend, it’s the perfect time to get a library card and enjoy all of the FREE eresources available to you. For years now, I’ve downloaded ebooks and audiobooks for free from the library. Now, to my great excitement, libraries are offering more and more FREE emagazine checkouts through Zinio. A quick screen shot shows some of the magazines I have been able to “subscribe” to through my local library. The nice thing is that the checkout NEVER expires so you can keep the ezines on Zinio for as long as you like. Read an issue you don’t care to keep? Just edit, click on the “X” and delete it! In addition, there are usually multiple issues to download. I downloaded four American Patchwork Quilting issues, etc. You don’t need a tablet or iPad to use Zinio, you can read it online on a regular computer.
Did you know that there are “State” librarian help desks online that can answer questions about libraries in your state? I “spoke” to one and found that as a California resident that I can get a free library card at most libraries in the state, I don’t have to be a resident of the county the library is in. In some states, I can pay $10/year and get a card. Good news to me since different libraries offer slightly different eresources. I am addicted to audiobooks and love to listen to them while knitting, sewing, crafting, etc. As one of those kids who loved being read to, the love continues. I’d say my very favorite audiobook narrator is Davina Porter. I’ve checked out books I don’t normally “read” just because I love her voice. Conversely, there have been some books that I haven’t been able to get past the first chapter because listening to the narrator is as if I’m hearing fingernails on a chalkboard.
After finishing one audiobook last night, I decided that I’d really like to listen to the Louise Penny books. I have five different library cards, by “visiting” each library I was able to download her first three books and put the others on “hold”. Hopefully this is new info to someone and you get a library card and join in the “e-venture”.
OK, I admit it! I’m a Pinterest Junkie. Did a search on Pinterest looking for free DIY tutorials for sewn, crocheted, and knitted baskets. Here are a Pinterest Plethora of ideas! Some of my favorites (Click on the pictures to go to the tutorial):
The Simple Color Totes instructions are not given, but they are based on the instructions found at the link.
Needing a “yarn fix”, by Yelping I found Aloha Yarns in Kaneohe a small town just outside of base. I am almost done with the second Tidal Wave sock, (gasp) and “really needed” some yarn for the flight home. Although the store was in an odd location, upstairs and next to a tattoo parlor I totally loved the store. Walking around and fingering all of the wonderful floor models and reading the tags I found a new, free pattern blog: Knit Purl Hunter. All of the store’s pattern models are fab and hand-knit by the uber-friendly owner. These are the three models she had knit using different colors of yarn than the pictures from Knit Purl Hunter. The Repeat Performance sock pattern is the reason I purchased the sock yarn. The models knit in the store were out of solid colors, but I’m hoping the Sock-A-Licious slightly variagated yarn will be useable in still allowing the wonderful play of patterns to show. Patterns on display at Aloha Yarns:
Other pattern I had to download:
I downloaded almost every free pattern at the site. Look at all of the lovely sock patterns! What’s absolutely lovely, is that there are free videos to accompany the patterns. This is a win-win site. Go now and visit! And, if you get a chance, visit Aloha Yarns it is a wonderful LYS.
~I LOVE my Kindle. Not only do I have tons of fiction downloaded to it, I also have “crafty-type” books. On a recents perusal, I found a lot of great deals on knitting and crochet books. You don’t have to have a Kindle to cash in on the deals, just download the app to your computer, iPad, etc. Loving this. All patterns/books are from Amazon and have price paid in the caption under the picture. Prices listed are for the KINDLE ebooks, not hard-bound books.
In November, the One-skein Lace ebook was on sale for $2.51 as was Knit Socks!: 17 Classic Patterns for Cozy Feet, so it pays to keep checking for sale items. This is just a sampling. I click on Kindle ebooks then search for knitting or crochet and lovely books pop up. I know there are other ebooks sites: Barnes and Nobel, Google Play, eBooks.com, iTunes, iBooks, and Kobo to name a few. It pays to check out the ebooks for great prices on craft books.
~Thanks to Blue Peninsula, I’ve discovered there is a first time ever Ravelry Indie Design Gift-A-Long. From November 1 to December 31 you’ll be able to win prizes and get discounts on patterns by dozens of indie designers on Ravelry. “Indie designers have donated lots and lots of beautiful yarn, patterns, gift certificates, and other goodies.” Head over here to join into the fun and have any questions answered. Sorry, no more time to write, have to head over and browse.