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Crochet for Beginners: Crochet & Circular Needles - How to Knit Circular Needles Like a Guru: (Crochet, Crochet for Beginners, How to Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Crochet Projects)Crochet for Beginners: Crochet & Circular Needles – How to Knit Circular Needles Like a Guru: by Kelly Austin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hmm. Yeah, I’m not a lawyer or editor, so I can’t conclusively say anything. I can only point out that the second part of this two-part book looks and sound a lot like the book I just read by Emily Haschig the vaguely written book about Circular Knitting.

One the other hand, the first part about Crochet was fairly well written. I may have to go back and try the pattern that was presented. I don’t crochet much anymore as the process hurts my hands now. But sometimes I can’t resist. So if you get this book, you might get something about crocheting.

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I can remember the first time I heard the word ‘Serendipity’. I don’t know why I learned it or even the year. What I remember is an excitement to know the word. Then I remember watching for it to happen. And it happened a lot!

It was years later that the movie came out.

I liked it so much I bought the DVD. But somehow their serendipitous adventure paled to many of mine at the time. Mine were not romantic encounters but manifestations I felt, in part, I drew to me.

As much as I want to give you a list of these happenings, I feel my brain is not up to that task right now. The closest I can come is how a few years ago when I lived in Reno, I couldn’t afford yarn. My fibromyalgia was worse in Reno. Again, I don’t know why. But I found that if I could keep my hands busy I could distract myself from the pain. So I started making things of plarn.

Stacking containers for folded plastic bags or sliced strips to crochet with and plarn balls.

The bag-bag chair. Was a laundry bag but the cats like it so much when I filled it with plastic bags for future projects when we moved. It is similar to a bean bag chair in size and comfort. But like I said, this belongs to the cats now.

This is one of the small containers I use for little bits.

If you look back into this blog and on my Ravelry page you’ll see a lot of fun ideas that kept me feeling less pain. Until crocheting itself started hurting. I still have a lot of those projects and they are still in use. Nice to know all those stupid bags became useful items.

Then we moved here and I learned of the Hat Huggers who have tons of donated yarn for donated comfort items. The leader taught me to loom knit and the rest is history. Someone else’s comfort is the result of my own comfort. I think of this as a serendipitous adventure. Though I could still work with plarn and I have lots made into balls ready for crochet (loom knitting it isn’t as easy, nor is needle knitting it as workable.) And maybe if I get bored I will go back and make a few things. Until then I’m looming a 10-stitch blanket, socks for my brother and lots more hats and toys.

I’m not so good at directing serendipity or manifesting. Because if I could, I wouldn’t mind making enough money to have my own yarn to make things for me. The donated yarn can go to my family and friends as long as I make sure to claim it on the rosters. Still, I want to go to a store and pick out the soft stuff and know it will be my own hat or my dog’s sweater. Or my own sweater? Or money to buy one– or more skeins of yarn.

Or meet the next teacher of my path. Maybe they’ll have yarn?

So this was a yarn about serendipity. For some reason, I feel I should apologize. I wish I was more alert today as I know I have stories of cars and houses that happened and lots of new friends. Just not specific ones for now. When I think of them I’ll post them, okay?

Thank you, Linda, for Jotting fun. Thank you, Jill, for another chance to remember a beautiful word, Serendipity, full of blessings.

 

 


Wedding Crochet: Create Your Dream Wedding With These Fabulous PatternsWedding Crochet: Create Your Dream Wedding With These Fabulous Patterns by Lisa Garland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Here is another book for the young crocheter. It has a little intro to crochet. Then the patterns follow. This would be a fun find for a young woman planning her own wedding. It contains a pattern for a beautiful gown, garter, lacy gloves, bouquet, and clutch, oh, and ring bearer pillow. It isn’t for a beginner but with the help of YouTube the young bride could work her way through some gorgeous patterns for her own special day.

For the rest of us… the patterns for the gloves and the flowers and clutch are worth trying. And the dress could be made for other events. The sizes vary from 8-18 and the dress is beautiful. I could see it in black or any other color than white for multiple uses. The patterns seem easy to follow so it might come in handy for me someday. The gloves might be fun for the Hugger Hats group–or gifts for friends.

The book was free when I picked it up but it may be worth the $2.99 for those brave DIYers.

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Summer Crochet: 15 Gorgeous Crochet Projects That Are Perfect For SummerSummer Crochet: 15 Gorgeous Crochet Projects That Are Perfect For Summer by Adrienne Black

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay, once again, I didn’t READ this book. I leafed through the pages, looked at the pictures and decided if it had any patterns I would like to try.

Oh to be young and fit! There are some sexy beachwear, bikinis and the like in the beginning of the book. If you feel confident enough to try these, go for it! Unfortunately, even when I was young enough or fit enough, I lacked the gall to try wearing them. These are not for beginners but the patterns seem easy to follow. I still need more pictures for some stitches but, hey, that’s what YouTube’s for!

After the sexy pages of young nubile mermaids, there’s chapter 3-Shoes and Such. Finally something I might be able to feel good about. Flip Flops and sandals. Chapter 4 has a picnic basket and blanket. Then chapter 5’s odds and ends include a baby hat and a flirty skirt. So, really, for me, there was only the baby hat that I might make for the hugger hats. If I remember where it is. SEE, that is why I write these reviews. I will come here to find more hats.

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IMG_20160319_1641264_rewind_kindlephoto-25090135 IMG_20160327_1238142_rewind_kindlephoto-521020 IMG_20160327_1242586_rewind_kindlephoto-811407Source: Ravelry: Darravels’ Projects

These are just a few of the hats I have been making. My project page listed above will show more of the projects I’ve been busy with over the winter. Once on Ravelry you can click on the project to see my blogging about each one.


IMG_20160406_1506303_rewindSource: Ravelry: Darravels’ Flower Power and Denim Fuzzies

 

For those wondering what I’ve been doing. Here is just one page of projects I’ve been hyperfocused on.


Crochet Hats: How to Crochet Lovely Hats Like a Guru: (Crochet, Crochet for Beginners, How to Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Crochet Projects, Knitting)Crochet Hats: How to Crochet Lovely Hats Like a Guru: by Emily Leonard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two things in my life happened almost coincidentally: A dear friend sent me a lot of wonderful yarn for Christmas and I found out about a group here in Christmas Valley that crochet or knit hats for cancer patients. Hence, my checking out all these books about making hats, and scarves, etc. Okay. I was crocheting before that but I didn’t have much yarn to put to a project so I stuck to crocheting with plarn (yarn made from plastic shopping bags). I enjoyed the things I was able to create and felt I was doing good for mother earth by recycling, but my hands were starting to hurt with the type of crocheting I was doing. Now I have marvelously soft yarn to “play” with.

Oh, yeah, the review for the book. This one has a few patterns that look like they’d be fun to try so I’m going to try and keep it handy as I expand my repertoire. Granted I haven’t tried any of the patterns yet, but all the bits and pieces you expect in patterns were there so I assume they will come together as the pictures suggest. If they don’t I will come back to this review and revise accordingly.

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Slouch Crochet Hat Pattern: One Day Crochet GuideSlouch Crochet Hat Pattern: One Day Crochet Guide by Eva Solis

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Don’t bother. Nothing here but a nice cover picture. If you are one of those people that can look at a picture and make the thing, this is the book for you. For the rest of us who do better with a pattern, this is not it.

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Modern Crochet For Women: 20 Delightful Crochet Projects That Make Your Home The Coziest Place: (Crochet patterns, Crochet books, Crochet for beginners) ... beginner's guide, step-by-step projects)Modern Crochet For Women: 20 Delightful Crochet Projects That Make Your Home The Coziest Place: by Abigail Seiters

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is an example of what most of the free crochet Kindle books are like. There are a lot of patterns and the only picture is the cover. I’m giving this book one extra star, though. Mainly because a few of the titles of the patterns seems to describe the finished product well. Toilet Paper Cover, Pineapple Doily, Kleenex Box Cover. Pretty self-explanatory. In this case, I may try to keep this book handy. Who doesn’t need a cozy for their paper products and a lacy thing to sit under each? Sorry. But just like the books, remember this humor is free. 😉

By the way, I object to the title: Modern Crochet for Women. Many men, who are progressive and crafty love to keep a cozy house and love to crochet. Modern and for Women is archaic. And WRONG!

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Modern Crochet For Women 25 Sweet Crochet Projects to Make Your Place Cozy: (tunisian crochet, how to crochet, crochet stitches, tunisian crochet, crochet ... babies,crochet for women, modern crochet)Modern Crochet For Women 25 Sweet Crochet Projects to Make Your Place Cozy: by Amber Nikols

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is more disappointing than most of the free crochet books I’ve looked at recently. Most of those have patterns but no pictures of finished product or enough pictures of how to do certain stitches. No. This one has fantastically fun pictures of things I’d love to make but there are no patterns. And why are there so many books with the history of crochet? And worst of all–the title: Modern Crochet for Women. What? How modern can it be if it is only for women? There are a lot of men who love crocheting. I wish there was a lower star rating for my disappointment.

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