Bookish Thursday: Noni Flowers

April showers bring May flowers.. or if they don’t you can just knit them! Today’s book Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers by Nora Bellows, will let you knit the most realistic flowers that can possibly be knit! I have enjoyed Nora’s designs for a long time! I am so happy she was convinced to put a volume of patterns together!

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This book is chock full of 40 designs for flowers of all sizes, colors and shapes! They are all so very beautiful. The best part is that most of them, even though they look complicated, are very easy! You can leave them ‘raw’ or felt them, felting the flowers seems to make them seem more realistic as the stitches disappear!

 

A few of my favourites:

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I love the little pansies!!

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These lilies are so realistic I think someone would be shocked to know they were knitted especially the felted version on the left!

 

 

I tried my hand at the English Bluebells. So very easy!! I didn’t do too badly..

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(sorry I haven’t got a finished picture.. I used them for something special!)

If you are looking for a quick unique Mother’s Day gift why not knit mom up a bouquet? They last a lot longer than the real ones!

I give this book two thumbs up!

Bookish Thursday: Stashbusting with Melissa Leapman

Well, part of the reason I have not been blogging lately is that I got a knitting machine and I have been unsuccessfully trying to use it to work down my stash. Needless to say, we did NOT get along and it was returned to the merchant on Monday. The same day the book  Stashbuster Knits by Melissa Leapman landed on my doorstep.

WHAT TIMING!

I love it there are 21  projects to knit down this stash  have built up and I think I have enough odds and ends to make each project at least once if not more!

There are also handy guides to help you combine colors and to use multiple strands of thinner yarns together to make up larger gauges thereby using up that stash yarn even faster!

So many of them just scream out KNIT ME!!! My favorite is the Puzzle Play blanket! A super colorful blanket made of puzzle pieces! It’s so colorful and fun.

The book is divided up into three sections by general weight of yarn, thin, medium and bulky so you can just go to your stash, pick out the appropriate weight yarn and go!

I can see some stash busting in my future and a cleaner leaner yarn closet as a result! Thank you Melissa Leapman for writing this book just for me so I can get cleaned up!!

Bookish Thursday

I was recently sent a copy of  Craft Activism for review. I LOVE IT! This book rocks. The stories are engaging and interesting, and I learned some things about people I have come to know that I didn’t know!!

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Broken up into  sections this book covers the various aspects and reasoning behind craft activism and the people who practice it.

First  up crafting a statement! From yarn bombing to quilting and knitting for a cause or to promote a message there are so many ways crafters can make a statement!

Then on to re-crafting the past. Crafters are keeping old ways alive, see how in this section!

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This section features one of my favourite craft bloggers: Ellen Bloom

Next, there is crafting for a cause. Crafters are some of the most generous people I know! Supporting many different causes all around the world! See how some crafters are stepping up and helping others. Again another one of my favourite bloggers is featured in this section the venerable Norma!

The fourth section covers crafting to reduce, reuse, and recycle!! See the creative ways that crafters are using things that would be simply thrown out! There are some great new ideas in here that I want to try! I need to get to the hardware store!!

The last section covers community. I have to say nothing brings people of different nationalities, religions ideologies like craft. In my secret plan to make our own country better I dream of teaching everyone in congress to knit.. Then they might just get something productive done.. eh?