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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Winners are...


Thank you everyone again for entering. I am so sorry I could not see the comments to draw yesterday. We did not get phone/internet service back to late afternoon. I hope everyone has weathered the storms and the wild fires. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers.

I had almost 30 entries to the giveaway! As soon as the winners contact me I will send the books out. If you were not a winner I hope you keep an eye out on my blog for future giveaways. If you want to order a book of your own or read the review you can find the information here. http://yarning4asmile.blogspot.com/2016/11/deck-halls-20-knitted-christmas.html


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Congratulations to the winners Deborah Wilt Rav ID DeborahWilt and Elle1031


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thank you!

I just wanted to pop in and say Thank you to all that entered my giveaway and visited my blog. The contest ended last night at 12:01am. We had lost power yesterday afternoon around 7 pm and it was not restored to almost 10 today. We still do not have internet or home phone so I am writing this in the school pick up line. We had some big tress blow down, limbs etc but are fine. We have been preparing for another round of storms to hit this evening. I hope we do not lose power again but we are in an area that is not a  priority. I can not pull up my blog at home due to the lack of cell phone reception in my area but as soon as our internet and phone are restored I will drawn two winners from the list of comments. Thank you again for checking out my blog. I hope you and your family weathered the storm and the fires well and praying for all.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments


Can you believe Christmas is only 39 days away. Its shocking really and knowing that makes you wonder what can I get done in such little time. I may have a solution, I love doing ornaments. I made a lot of them last year and want to do more this year. Our local Knitting Guild has even decided to do a ornament swap among us at our annual Christmas Party. I think it will be a fun activity and we will have something one of our friends made.
To prepare for my Ornament along I began shopping for patterns. I had come across this book called Annie's Deck The Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments. I fell in love with several patterns in the book and realized how great of a deal this book is. The book retails for $9.99 here in the US. There are actually 20 patterns in the book but several patterns have more than one option. An example of this is the beautiful Opulent Openwork Ornaments by Kara Got Warner. There is a beaded option and a non beaded option. Even if you just say there is 20 patterns then at the $9.99 price point that is less than .50 cents per pattern!

The book is a great size with easy to read pages. I love there is some white space making it easy to focus on the pattern. The projects are photographed in a way that you can see them well and putting the focus on the actual object itself. All of the patterns are wrote out but there are a few simple charts for you chart lovers along with some simple graphs. The last few pages of the book have an index page with all the ornaments and their corresponding page numbers, a stitch reference, abbreviations definitions and a yarn weight guide.

Now lets look at the patterns. Each pattern page has a photo, skill level, materials needed, gauge, special stitches, notes and other information needed to compete the project. I was surprised to see almost all the pattern are considered intermediate. I have read over them and none of them seem that difficult. The one that is considered easy is the Cabled Christmas Stocking and there is one that is considered experienced, Donner the reindeer. I am actually working on Donner and he is not hard at all. I think anyone with basic skills should be able to pick up this book and go.

The only things I wished I had seen are the wording on the method they say to use. This is common among so many patterns I run across. (It in no way takes away from anything in the pattern book.) The book refers to Double Points often and I see many people get turned off by patterns that recommend one method or the other. I use DPNs but many people see those words and think they can not do the pattern because they only magic loop or vice versa. Magic loop and double point knitting are interchangeable methods you just need to make sure you use stitch markers to mark repeats or where they would be split on to the double points. Both methods can be learn by watching any of the videos on line. Annie's has these two methods on their site and the magic loop can be found here.

The other thing I would love to see in more diagrams as far as where to place things like legs etc. I know many people really have issues where to place legs, eyes, noses etc and where they are placed can really change the finishing look of the finished object.

One more thing I would love to add, I really wish all the projects in the book were added into Ravelry. Ravelry has become a great go to for pattern comments and helpful tips from other crafters. Many head there to see the notes left on a project, how others turned out and so they can link it to there's.

My wrap up:  This is a wonderful book for the price. The patterns are easy to follow, well photographed and adorable!

If you would like to purchase this book for yourself, a friend or both then please click here. Now for the fun part. Annie's has so generously sent me two copies of Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments to giveaway. 

 Please note this giveaway is for US residents only, it is for the a copy Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments only. ~~Contest ends Monday November 28, 2016~~

  To Be Entered to win please Leave a comment on the comment link directly under and to the left of the snowman picture below. Be sure to leave your name, be signed into Google or leave your Ravelry ID so I can contact you if you are a winner. 
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Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Knit Picks the Big Sale

Knit Picks Annual The Big Sale starts today. Things go live at 8am but they also tend to go fast during this event. Want to shop the sale? Just click the big link bellow. Happy Shopping.








Friday, November 11, 2016

Upcoming Giveaway : Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments from Annie's



Do you see these wonderful Deck the Halls 20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments books from Annie's? I will be reviewing a copy and have these two to giveaway! Please stay turned and next week I will be releasing the details how you can win your very own copy. Want to go ahead and order a copy? See whats inside? Then follow this link to Annie's. It will let them know you learned about it here. Thank you Annie's for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!





Thursday, October 20, 2016

Its my Birthday today :)

Hello fellow yarn and craft lovers. Guess what today is my Birthday!! I finally got the podcast finished and ready to post.

Yesterday I took my parents and boys to Mount Cheaha, which is the highest point in Alabama. I am sad to say many leaves were not turned but dead. There was some color and it was a great time. Stick around at the end of the video to see some photos of our trip. Hope you enjoy the show.



Finished Projects:

~Vikings Mystery KAL
Pattern Viking MKAL by Heather Boyd
Needle: US 3
Yarn: Lorna Laces Sherpherd Sock in the Ragnar color and Lornas Laces in Solemate base in Kerfuffle

Pattern: Retki by Laura Peters
Yarn: Misti Alpaca Qolla Worsted 
Needle: US 8
Love this hat. It is a great fun and fast knit. 

Pattern: my own
Yarn: Beroco Yarn Ginkgo 
Needle: US 6
This yarn is very soft and has a shinny tweed look

Pattern: Cool Pistachio by Micheal Frazer
Yarn: Cascade Yarn 220 Sport
Needle: US 4
Loved this fast shawl and the lace is so easy and pretty.


Works in Progress 



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