Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Grimm Tales from Adam Gidwitz


Have you ever read the original fairy tales? Some of them are down right scary. Adam points out in the beginning of his books that these are not the kid-friendly versions, but they are also not as adult as the originals. There may be some dismemberment but characters stay clothed.

More than a retelling of fairy tales, Adam Gidwitz is like the MST3000 of fairy tale narrators. Adam points out the life lessons in the fairy tales that you might over look, along with the "foolish" decisions of some of the characters,  His wit and humor are well used in pointing out why on earth a frog would fall in love with a beautiful cruel girl just because she is beautiful. 

The review copies I was provided with are just a tad long than the "nook samples" you can download from Barnes and Noble. (one full chapter in the first, and a section surrounded by blank pages in the companion.)
So I can not tell you that I enjoyed the whole book or even know where Hansel in Gretel come in. But what I did read was delightful. I would be interested in reading both books in their entirety. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I really am horrible about secrets, especially secret knitting. My friend Allison Sarnoff and I have created a book which will be released in early 2014 with Cooperative Press. We love this project so much! We were able to express all our sci-fi geekiness in yarn. Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits.

"Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits by Heatherly Walker and Allsion Sarnoff contains over 20 patterns. Each pattern is based on a fictional element from science fiction, movies, myths, comic books or video games.
Heatherly and Allison have designed 15 sock patterns and 7 accessories, including a hat, cowl, fingerless mitts, 2 shawls and 2 scarves.
The projects cover a wide range of knitting difficulties and techniques including cables, lace, colorwork, and beading."

This weekend however is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. I am a huge Doctor Who fan. I even sent my daughter of to kindergarten with a Dalek lunch box.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, A special sneak peak pattern is available NOW!
Presenting Dalekenium (Which is spelled 2 different ways through out time Dalekenium and Dalekanium.)

This is the medium size of Dalekenium. The full range of sizes are included in the book.

The Dalekenium Socks were inspired by those creatures of Davros, the Daleks.
indigodragonfly created the custom colorway for the book and gave it the awesome name, "Daleks Don't Give Pink Slips". Earth Faire had these amazing hexagonal beads, I used the gold ones. (see beading tutorial!) which desperately needed to be on Dalek socks!

If you can not tell, I really love them! Many Thanks to Austin O'Connor for the great photographs!

I hope you enjoy making them!
This pdf is for an accordian fold Sock-et. A sock Pattern for your Sock Bag Pocket! As it is a pdf, you can enlarge it on an ereader if you have difficulties with the font.

AS A BONUS!!!!!!!! Slipped Stitch Studios made us lovely Limited Edition Sock project bags. I adore Slipped Stitch Studios and as many of you have seen I have quite a collection of them! (You can still sign up for their next Doctor Who Club Bag!)
In addition Knitter's Pride Karbonz are my favourite needles and look like the needles of the future.

So I have a prize package for you: 1 Tardis Slipped Stitch Studio Sock Bag and 1 set of Karbonz DPNs to make the sock. You must enter the contest using the form. Enter now Until 3pm  PST Monday Afternoon.

Winner: csullysgirl who loves Doctor#9. Watch for an email!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Beading Tutorial

Place Card for a reall wonderful tutorial to explain beading and knitting
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