17 April 2017

April Emails Post #1

Easter has come and gone. We had my husband's family up (or down depending on your view of their homes). We had a cookout and we were concerned that the weather would be against us, but thank God, we had gorgeous weather and I was able to grill all the meats and potatoes and I had plenty of food and more came in. We had plenty and were able to send home with others. My sister-in-law, whose son is working in another country, has noticed that now she only has to buy food for herself, she needs a lot less. She said she had recently discovered how much he had been eating. I know what she means....I have 3 locusts (aka teens). Don't read this wrong, I love having my teens, but there are times where I buy something for a meal and turn around and find it missing. Do you have that problem, too? I have friends who hide special items in boxes that their teens won't touch! Do you have an interesting place to hide chocolate or other foods? My teen likes Mangos and I found Dried Mango at Aldi's and it doesn't last long.

I decided that since this is April, I might try to empty the emails that are dated for April and just work my way through that way. I have to figure out how to make it happen. Do you get emails with patterns or recipes that you like? How do you sort them?

Afghans:
Kaleidoscope
Round Stained Glass Afghan
Picket Fences Lapghan
Mountain Mist Afghan - striped afghan
Spring Trellis Square
Mitered Squares Afghan
Light Spectrum Afghan
Crochet Stitch Sampler - I love this one and want to make one, using yarns from my stash.
Drop in the Pond Lap Robe
Rainbow Sherbet Afghan
Rustic Ripple Afghan
Shells in the Meadow Throw
Crochet Diamonds Throw
Mermaid Afghan
Juicy Fruit Afghan
Stained Glass Rainbow Afghan
Rainbow Chevron Afghan - very beautiful afghan
Bear Claw Throw

Amigurumi/Toys:
Colorful Caterpillar Toy
Owl Stuffy
Blue Bunny

Animals:
Granny's Kitten Blanket - can be made larger to be for children or adults. This was made for a kitten.

Baby:
Baby Booties Rain Boots
Micky and Minnie Baby Hats

Bags/Baskets:
Rainbow Dragon Bag
Rainbow Happy Fun Pouch
Hip Hobo Bag
Toy Basket
Brea Bag
Boredom Buster Bag
Ruffle Bag
Crocodile Clutch Purse
Market Bag - My sisters-in-law can use these. I may make several for them.
Drawstring Gift Bag
Sunrise Market Tote

Boot Cuffs:
Knitted Boot Cuffs
Cabled Boot Cuffs
2 Needle Boot Cuffs
Reversible Boot Cuffs

Cowls/Scarves:
Splash of Spring Cowl
Alana Lacy Scarf
Dragonfly Scarf
Month 8 Scarf
Botanical Cowl
Arrowhead Lace Cowl
Winter Waves Chevron Cowl
Cat Hooded Scarf
Snow Bear Hooded Scarf
Checkerboard Lace Scarf
Gallatin Scarf - one of my absolute favorites.

Gloves/Mittens:
Mad Men Mittens

Hats:
Pop Star Slouch Hat
Newsboy Slouch Hat
Very Hungry Caterpillar Hat - for toddlers
Little Lady Bug Beanie - for toddlers
Bright Stripes Baby Hats
Peaks Cable Hat
Camo Crochet Hats
Terzetto Hats
Colorwork Recipe
Basic Ribbed Knit Hat
Spring Hat
Entrelac Baby Hat
Starbucks Mandala Hat
Chihuahua Beanie Hat
Ripple of Kindness Hat
Cladach Hat
Scrapbuster Hats
Sponge Bob Square Pants Hat
Anthro Inspired Hats

Kitchen/Cleaning:
Garden Boy Dishcloth
Easy Keyboard Duster
Monkey Crochet Potholders

Shawls/Capelets/Wraps:
Bahama Warmth Capelet
Flower Triangle Shawl
Paris Shawl
Stella Luna Lace Shawl
Triangle Shawl

Socks/Slippers:
Crazy Monster Eye Slippers - These are so fun...I would wear them and so would my girls.
Random Tracks Socks
Knee High Socks

Spa Things:
Hot Pack Rice Bag
Sleepy Owl Mask


09 April 2017

Pop Culture Knits/Crochets

Still working on the emails. They grow faster than I can clean them out, but I try to get through a few every now and then. This one popped up and it is kind of fun and I think I might know a few young ladies for the Snow Queen Hat and a couple of young men for the Frankenstein Hat. What interests you? 


  1. Frozen-Inspired Snow Queen Hats Winter must-have
  2. Downton Abbey Arm Warmers 
  3. Joy from Inside Out Hat Pattern
  4. Frankenstein's Monster Hat NEW!
  5. Star Wars Crochet Lightsaber
  6. Crochet Groot Everyone loves him!
  7. Darth Vader Hot Sauce
  8. Fit For a Movie Villain Scarf NEW!
  9. Despicable Me Minion Pattern
  10. Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 and Thing 2 Hats Crazy cute
  11. Game of Thrones-Inspired Throw

05 April 2017

100 Books about Books

If you love to read, you might enjoy reading a book that describes or tells about other books. For instance, I just recently watched "The Novel Murders" from the Hallmark Movies, I taped it. It has the main character searching through books she has read looking for a mystery that matches the one that just happened. They look at 3 different stories. Agatha Christie's "A Murder in Three Acts," and 2 others that I don't remember, I only remembered the Agatha Christie, because I like Agatha Christie, but I know that if I get a chance, I will look up the other books mentioned and read them, too.

This list came from 100 Must-Read Books about Books, but I put the list below because I want to look up some of these books and read them.

2. The Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
3. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
4. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I have this on a Kindle and I keep meaning to read it. 
6. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
7. The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
8. Booked to Die (Cliff Janeway #1) by John Dunning
9. The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
10. The Case of the Missing Books (Mobile Library Mysteries #1) by Ian Sansom
11. The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt
12. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
13. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1) by Jasper Fforde
14. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - I recently read this one. I am trying to get my girls to read this one. 
15. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
16. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
17. The Forgers by Bradford Morrow
18. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
19. The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
20. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
21. Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
22. Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke - I know that one of my girls would love it....should she listen to her old mother. 
23. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
24. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
25. Matilda by Roald Dahl - we have all read this book, 2 in a book club and 1 because I made her. 
27. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
28. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende - another book they would love. 
29. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
30. Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
31. A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé
32. Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
33. The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
34. Possession by A. S. Byatt
35. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
36. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
37. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
38. The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
39. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
40. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
41. The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganuk
42. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
43. Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
44. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
45. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
46. Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
47. The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
48. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
52. The Book by Julius Friedman
56. The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski
57. Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry
58. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
60. Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda
61. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
65. A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
66. The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky
67. How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
74. My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force
75. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
76. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
79. Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet
85. A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel
87. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
89. Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books by Lynne Sharon Schwartz
94. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone