Friday, February 27, 2015

Let's Make Baby Quilts! {2/27/15}

I absolutely love this little quilt that Kathy from Kathy's Quilting Blog shared last week. It's so pretty and sparkly -- and that snowy background makes it look even prettier! 

Let's Make Baby Quilts Linky Party Rules: 
Link directly to your post or specific Flickr photo. Your post can be about a baby quilt that's finished, or in progress, or you can be writing about what you have planned,  as long as it's about baby quilts. You're welcome to link to baby quilt posts that aren't brand new, but please don't submit the same post or picture more than once. I'd love it if you linked back to my site, either with a text link or the Let's Make Baby Quilts! button.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Regia Sylt Surf Socks

 I love this yarn, Regia Sylt Surf. The colors are pretty, it's nice to knit with, and I love the way that the stripe are differing widths instead of perfectly uniform.

For more finishes, check out  Finish it Up FridayCan I get a Whoop Whoop?, and Freedom Fridays.

Very Old Baby Pictures

Remember that baby picture I fell in love with at the antique store? I'm still tempted to go back and see if she's still hanging there above the doorway...and maybe actually look at the price tag this time.

But this one, of my Great Grandma Walter and her twin,  is better because this one is family. Real ancestors always beat instant ancestors brought home from antique stores.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{Yarn Along} Slower Knitting

I haven't been able to carve out much time to work on my owl socks, mainly because I'm having so much fun piecing bottles for the Nail Polish Quilt.  I still love this project, and it'll be here once the quilt is done. 

I have found time for reading. Quit a bit of it, since it's easier to put down a book than stop knitting mid-cable twist.

Through NetGalley, I was given the chance to read an advance look at Those Girls, the upcoming thriller from Chevy Stevens. In an effort to stay safe and together, three teenage sisters plunge out of the frying pan and into the fire and it gets worse from there.Wow! This is the darkest of her books, a brutal roller coaster of a read. If the kids hadn't needed dinner, I would've read it straight through in one sitting.  If you're looking for a dark thriller, I recommend this one. But don't say I didn't warn you.

Skeletal by Katherine Hayton just confused me. Ten years after her death, Daina Harrow's bones are unearthed and the circumstances of her death are revealed through a coroner's inquest, with Daina explaining details for the reader. I enjoyed the read, but even after it was all tied up at the end, I couldn't entirely figure out what was going on.

The Boardwalk Antiques Shop contains stories by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, and Heather B. Moore, all tied together by the antique shop of the title. Every piece in the Boardwalk Antique Shop comes with a detailed history, and the stories of the men and woman who buy them are even better. These three romances left me smiling -- especially the last one, where a couple does battle over a treadle sewing machine that really should belong to the both of them.

For more pretty knitting projects to drool over, check out On the Needles at Patchwork Times.

Disclosure - The publishers provided me with review copies. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

{Kindle Freebie} The Murder Pit

Last spring, I recommended this cozy mystery by Jeff Shelby. Today, I saw that it's being offered as a Kindle freebie, so I'm reposting my original review. I don't know how long that offer is good for, so remember to check the price before you order.

When I decided to read The Murder Pit by Jeff Shelby, it was because the heroine, Daisy Savage, finds a corpse in the coal chute of her hundred-year-old home. Old houses with bodies hidden in the walls, as long as they're the fictional kind, always intrigue me. I didn't realize until I got into the book that Daisy is a homeschooling mom of four. She's not a detective, even if she did do a unit study on forensics with her kids a while back, but she's being snubbed by the members of their local homeschooling co-op because no one wants their kids in her classes. Everyone in town knows that she dated the victim before marrying her husband and most of her neighbors seem to think there was a lot more to that one date and that she must've had something to do with his presence in her house.

Goblin Gardeners

We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?

This is one of the transfers I found at Knitten Kitten a while back-- it was so old that the ink was no good. I had to trace it, but it's a little goblin (or something) hauling a carrot on his shoulder.

And he came with friends!

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