Bookish Thursday! NEW SOCK BOOKS!

Boy was I excited when I got home Monday after a LONG day.. to find three packages with 4 books in them on my doorstep! So with this and all the other new books I have picked up lately look forward to plenty of great Bookish Thursdays to come!

Let’s get started! Like the title says there are new sock books on the ranch! First up is a new volume by Wendy Johnson of the delightful Wendy Knits  blog.

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If you have knit through every sock pattern in Wendy’s first book Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits, and are ready for more then  Toe-Up Socks for Every Body: Adventurous Lace, Cables, and Colorwork from Wendy Knits  is for you! Yeah.. you know who you are.. don’t make me point you out.. and no, I don’t mean Wendy.. though knitting for work is a great excuse.. (no dear I can’t cook tonight I have to get these socks done for the book!) Anyway.. I digress..

 Toe-Up Socks for Every Body is chock full of sock patterns.. 21 to be exact, and as the title indicates they are socks for all people.. little to big, young to old, funky to traditional. While heavy on patterns, this book is light on instruction.  Wendy leaves that up to her first book which is chock full of sock knitting instruction, tips and wisdom.  This makes the book a great companion volume to the first.

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The two books together make a perfect set, and would make a great gift for a sock knitter or a knitter looking for some great portable projects!!

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For my loom knitting friends.. with all the amazing and versatile sock looms that Decor Accents has out now I don’t see how you could go wrong with this book! If you have knit through all the patterns in the Loom Knitting Socks book you might want to give this book a look!

Disclaimer: A review copy of the book was provided by the publisher

Bookish Thursday: Regretsy

What started as somewhat of a joke, has blossomed into the mother of all ‘White Elephant’ gift collections. In  Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF, author April Winchell shares her collection of the finest failures ever found on Etsy..

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A chicken poncho. A painting of a corn dog. A clock made out of an old “mostly clean” cheese grater. All this and more await you in the pages of Regretsy, a collection of crafts gone wrong. Separated into categories such as Décor, Pet Humiliation, and Christmas, Regretsy showcases the worst of the worst. 

If you like snarky commentary, and bad crafts, then Regretsy is the book for you.

Bookish Thursday: Alabama Stitch Book

I seem to be drawn back to my craft roots lately. Most possibly due to the upcoming release of Vickie Howell’s Craft Corps book, in which I am featured. My little teeny tiny bio talks about the beginnings of my crafty pursuits, and my aunt who encouraged me. I started out stitching, you know cross stitch, embroidery, crewel work and that ever popular craft: candle wicking. ( I just dated myself didn’t I?)

And so, when I saw the  Alabama Stitch Book  by Natalie Chanin I snapped it right up. This is right up my alley..

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The beautiful hand sewn garments, mixed with embroidery and appliqué are something that I really love. The simple country style.. is lovely. The use of recycled materials like t-shirts and old quilts wonderful!

There is this slow transformation of my wardrobe from east coast to mid west. Pink was a color that used to never cross my mind, but now I find it might be ok…

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The book is chock full of great ideas that you can use and make your own. Stuff you can run with because they have covered the bases with you! And not only is it chock full of ideas, the book itself is a treat, from the beautiful photos to the cloth spine it is a feast for the eyes and the fingers.. I love to just hold it and flip through the pages..

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I definitely encourage you to pick it up if you see it at the bookstore.. and browse through the pages.. but be warned, you might not put it back down!

I will show you the finished product of that pink shirt tomorrow on Finished Friday, as well as a little knitting I have finally gotten done!! And perhaps a shot of that other stitching project I hinted at a while back!  For now here is a peek at the beginnings of my first ever garment.. a corset made of recycled t-shirts from the book! I’ll be testing out a reverse appliqué on it as soon as my stencil paint dries!

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Bookish Thursday: A Rainbow of Stitches

I recently earned a $5 Amazon card with my point earnings from SwagBucks and so I had to use it to get a book right?

I have been drawn back into stitching lately, cross stitch, embroidery and the like and so I grabbed a copy of  A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas.

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This book is chock full of terrific stitch motifs. Pretty much all cross stitch and embroidery designs. They are all very nice! Many of the designs, especially the cross stitch, tend to be on the traditional side. But many of them are nice modern designs that I look forward to using in some various projects in the future.

So of course I started stitching…

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This is just a little fun project using recycled materials (except for the embroidery floss) that I will share with you all tomorrow!

Don’t worry.. I also have at least two knitting projects going as well!