County Fair 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This year I decided to try entering some of my hand spun alpaca yarn and other projects at the county fair. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed see everything else that was entered in the fair. Below is a picture of the yarn I entered. If you have ever thought of entering your yarn in a fair or fiber festival I highly recommend the current summer 2017 issue of Spin Off magazine. They have a wonderful article about skein competitions in it. Including great tips on how to prepare your yarn for the show, and what to expect once you are there. I really enjoyed reading it, and it helped inspire me to try entering my own yarn.
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Free Pattern of the Week

Friday, June 23, 2017

Today we have two lovely free patterns from Susan Gater. 
The first one is the Sweetbay poncholette, which is a lovely knit project that is great for making with ribbon yarn. It is knit flat and then seamed. But the designer also said you could easily skip the seaming and use it as a lovely wrap instead.


The next pattern we have is the Spring Petals Backpack. It is a cute crocheted backpack that is made with many lovely petals all the way up the sides. Perfect for using as a project bag to hold your craft supplies on your next summer trip. Or it would be a great back to school gift for someone special.

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A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

With the fallout from her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle has very few prospects left. And to make matters worse she remains at the mercy of her controlling brother. Annabelle soon realizes that her only hope is to run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle is the school’s superintendent. Upon arrival Annabelle begins to learn about a different way of life. For the first time she must work for a living. And learn to live without all of her past luxuries. She is hoping to find safety from her past, and the love of a family. But when danger comes she may be forced to leave again, this time forever.
This was the 3rd book in the Treasures of Surrey series. But it could easily be read as a stand alone novel. It was written very nicely, and I loved the characters. Annablle's problems felt very real and it was easy to connect with her and the other characters. And I loved the bits of mystery that were woven through the story. While reading it I thought it might have been a little slower than some of Sarah Ladd's other books. But it was a wonderful story and it had an exciting conclusion!
I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson,  through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
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Free Pattern of the Week

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This week I decided to put up the free pattern post a little early. Because this lovely wrap pattern is already available for free, and it ends midnight on June 18th! The pattern is called Colour Me In Wrap by designer Jem Arrowsmith.  
It is a beautiful knit wrap that is perfect for using up smaller amounts of yarn that you have on hand. I love the way the solid color woks with the color changes under it. It all blends together beautifully for a truly unique wrap! And with the simple slip stitch pattern it would make a great summer project.
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