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Book Review: One Stitch Baby Knits – Must Have for All Knitters

One Stitch Baby Knits

By Val Pierce

So you’ve learned how to knit a basic knit stitch. You’ve mastered casting on and hopefully checking your gauge. Perhaps you’ve made a few washcloths and maybe a scarf, but you want to branch out.

One Stitch Baby Knits is just the book for you. Ms. Pierce has compiled a collection of 22 baby patterns that range from beginner to experienced level. Each of them has simple, easy to follow instructions as well as beautiful color pictures of the finished project.

The first pages are important if you are a new knitter. There is a section on choosing your materials, which sometimes is difficult for newbies. Personally, I only use washable acrylic yarn for baby gifts. No new mom wants to hand wash and block her baby’s wool sweater every time the baby spits up on it. The instructional pages regarding knitting are detailed and have color pictures to help you along. The most important thing is your gauge – every knitter I know hates to do a gauge swatch, but it is very important to make one to ensure the proper fit of hats and other garments. You don’t want to spend weeks making a sweater that ends up too big or too small.

I know several beginning knitters that will argue that they are not ready to make a blanket or sweater. But the easy instructions and construction of One Stitch Baby Knits will quickly change your mind. If you can knit a washcloth, you can make the Geometric Blanket. It is the very first beginner pattern and the beauty of the pattern is the simplicity. I have been knitting for over 50 years and can’t wait to make this blanket for the next baby in our family.

My favorite pattern is for the Sleepy Cow Hat. It is adorable and will be perfect to use up some yarn in my stash. My least favorite patterns are the booties. But it isn’t just this pattern book, I am not a fan of the boxy shape of most booties, but don’t let my preferences influence your knitting.

No matter what level you are as a knitter, sometimes you want quick easy patterns to choose from. One Stitch Baby Knits is the perfect solution.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Book Review: Entangled Forest and Tranquility Adult Coloring Books

Entangled Forest Coloring Book

By: Angela Porter

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Tranquility Coloring Book

By: Diane Pearl

Entangled Forest brings you thirty-one pages of designs centered in nature and the forest will relax you and help you unwind by coloring the flowers, birds, trees and animals like you have never seen before. By using crayons, colored pencils, paint or markers each page will come to life with your unique spin and style.

Tranquility has been created for the “sophisticated colorist”. Featuring thirty-one perforated designs that are a little less detailed than Entangled Forest, but complex enough to become individual works of art on every page. They allow your creativity to shine, all the while giving you time to relax and recharge.

I looked up adult coloring on the internet and list upon list of links were available. Clicking on several, both news sites such as Huffpost and private sites like Bebrainfit.com are all touting the benefits of stress relief and relaxation. If you have children or grandchildren, you might be coloring with them in kid’s coloring books. It is fun and the perfect way to have some quiet time with them, but I highly recommend adult coloring books due to the complexity of the design for you to try. These two books are perfect examples of books that appeal to adult level creativity.

Both of these books have a place in your life. I suspect your children have several different coloring books and choose the one they feel like coloring any particular day. Adults also have days they want to color smaller designs and days larger, quicker designs are best. I also suggest giving them for gifts to stressed out friends and relatives. But don’t let that limit you – I also gift coloring books for Christmas and birthdays with a colorful collection of pens and pencils just for fun.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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Book Review – Cut & Assemble Haunted House – Must Have for Halloween

Cut and Assemble Haunted House

By: Matt Bergstrom

Who wants a detailed three story Haunted House for Halloween this year? Matt Bergstrom and Dover have teamed up to create a paper masterpiece for your home. With scissors, glue and a craft knife, adults or teens can create an entire Victorian Mansion complete with furnishings, fences and a dinner table laden with food.

There are ghoulish guests and creepy cooks to add to the fun. Monsters and bats are sprinkled throughout to amuse and entertain everyone that creates it and enjoys the finished product. Be sure to read the detailed instructions to ensure the success of your project. Pay special attention to the “Avoid bloodshed” section – it outlines safety as well as gives tips on how to embellish your Haunted House with spooky extras like spider webs and dead plants.

Even though the thermometer is 90 in the Midwest, all too soon it will be time for sweatshirts, crunching through autumn leaves and trick or treaters. According to www.statista.com/, Americans spent just over 9 billion dollars on Halloween in 2018 and 2.9 billion of those dollars were on decorations. My advice is to pick up your very reasonably priced copy of Cut and Assemble Haunted House now so that you have time to get yours ready in time for the festivities. I can almost hear the oohs and ahhs from all of your friends and trick or treaters now!

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

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