Endings

My “Strategies for Finishing” paid off very well. Last night, before going to bed, I got to read these words.

ImageI have mixed feelings about this ending, but I also feel like I was so invested in this story that no ending would make me extremely happy. It was a good ending, fitting at that.

Despite this, I was incredibly happy to finish this project from the Unfinished List just in time to end the 31 Days Challenge.

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To boot, I’m on the picot bind-off for the Holden Shawlette.

Expect a wrap-up from me soon about the experience. But guess what? It doesn’t stop! I’ve got the baby bib and Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork on my to-do list for this weekend!

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On (Starting to) Finish an Amazing Good Book Series

Well, I started it (again) last night. And I don’t feel like the world is going to come crashing down.

Yet.

bookTo rehash my finishing problemo:

The End of a Series

The story:  If you are an intense reader with book ADD like me, chances are you have lots of unfinished books on your nightstand. The biggest one haunting me? Mockingjay. Yes, the last book in that amazing series that is called Hunger Games. The problem is, I’m too sad for it to end so just plain refuse to read it.

Finishing Problem: Painful, mental block. I just can’t, okay?! leave me alone…

Now that I have made myself face my anguish, cracking this book open again made me remember just how much I adore this series. I cannot wait until Catching Fire come out. Have you seen this trailer? I completely adore these characters and how strong yet fragile Katniss is. After reading and watching the Breaking Dawn series, I was really disappointed in Bella’s character. I felt like things just kept happening to her. Katniss makes things happen. There’s a big difference and one that I believe sends an important message to young adult women. The only reason I didn’t finish reading this book is because I knew I would be devastated at the series ending…that lets you know just how addictive-ly good it really is.

Have any of you read any of these books? What’s your thoughts?

I think I could go on about this at length, but I won’t go crazy here. Let’s just say, if you haven’t read this series yet, you must…right this second. It is an amazing story and is very well-written. There’s a reason why I didn’t want it to end!

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New Kids Knit Book Release!

Hi gang!

So, you may have noticed from The Big List of Tempting Knitted Toy Books that Susan B. Anderson is kind of a rock star.

Well, guess who completely blew my mind today? Yup, you betcha, Susan.  I just got wind of her new book which is quite possibly the coolest group of patterns I could ever dream up.

The book is called Topsy Turvy: Inside Out Knit Toys,which as the title suggests are reversible toys. Think chicken – turned – fox. Or Popples, only way cooler and you get to make ’em. Does anyone else remember these? I was obsessed with mine. It was white and rainbow colored and I just remember sitting in my room turning it inside and out for hours. Oh the things that occupy our brains for hours at a time when we are adults kids.

If you can’t believe how impossibly amazing this is, you can view the trailer here on You Tube.

AMIRIGHT?! Did your eyes get as BIG as mine right now?

Pardon me while I go find a brown paper bag to breathe into. Seriously, why am I such an incurable geek?

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The Big List of Tempting Knitted Toy Books

So you came back, did ya? I can see that you are a glutton for temptations, like me. As promised yesterday, I did a little search on Amazon for books that have patterns for knitted stuffed animals. Please note, I did my search on Amazon because customers can also post their pictures so you can see some samples,. You can also see these books in Ravelry if you want to check out even more knitter photos of the projects.

Eee! Be warned, there’s lots of cuteness ahead.

Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits by Hansi Signh –This book made my list first because of that grumpy angler but I was sold when I saw the “cryptids” such as the Kraken. But come on, where is my chupacabra??

Big Book of Knitted MonstersBig Book of Knitted Monsters, The: Mischievous, Lovable Toys by Rebecca Danger – Oh how I love monsters and their chompy underbites. Kisses.

Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids by Susan B. Anderson – Another book I’ve been drooling over for years. That hippo, mrg.

Knitted Animals by Anne-dorthe Grigaff and Bjarni B. Jacobsen – They had me at the front cover. Lovely, little chickens. From the customer photos, the projects look small, yet realistic.

Knitted Farm Animals: 15 Irresistible, Easy-to-Knit Friends by Sarah Keen – Again, everyone knows I cannot turn down a chicken.Knitted Farm Animals

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec – meep, meep! That moose makes me smile, a lot.

Knitted Toy TalesKnitted Toy Tales by Laura Long – One of those books I’ve looked longingly at while at the craft store. Everything here I can describe in one word = darling.

Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs by Zoe Mellor – That snake wants to be mine.

Knitted Wild Animals: 15 Adorable, Easy-to-Knit Toys by Sarah Keen – I’ve been coveting this book for a long time. There is the cutest elephant and giraffe in these pages.

KnitWit: 20 Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters by Katie BoyeKnitted Wild Animalstte – A monster with a top hat? Say no more.

Little Knitted Creatures by Amy Gaines – Owl? Sheep? Birdhouse? Yes, Yes and Yes.

Pet Projects: The Animal Knits Bible by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne – Adorable knits for your pet (anti-firework muffs!), but also some really cute stuffies.KnitWit

Wow, I’m starting to realize that there is a long list of books I’ve been wanting. Shopping, anyone?

If you are smarter than I and know how to crochet, there are even more options. Just try a search for “Amigurumi” which I’m pretty sure is Japanese for “Oh my god I need to learn how to crochet so I can make this!” No?

And if you aren’t the book sort of knitter, just check a look on Ravelry for knitted monsters and animals. I’m pretty sure your eyes will bug out of your head as you run to your yarn collection.

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Oh My! Faceless Dragons and Other Lessor Known Reptiles

Well, Grumpagon is slowly growing and growing. He’s very interesting. I’m not sure he looks like an animal of any sort.

Here is how he was made:

  1. Knit a green blob that kinda looks like a pear, stuff it.
  2. Knit and attach a long, green appendage, stuff it.
  3. Stare, bewildered as the directions tell you to put a face on it.
  4. Show friends your pear with an arm.
  5. Knit little balls and attach feet and arms.
  6. Ahhh-haaa!

Then you have a faceless dragon.Grump2

Soon Grumpagon will have a lovely green scale running down his back to the tip of his tail. I’m sure it will all make sense then. Grump3

A friend suggested I make a little fire out of felt to put out of where Grumpagon’s mouth would be. Love this idea and hey, whatever helps!

 

I’m so glad that you can put a cute face on anything and suddenly it is adorable and exactly what you meant for it to be.

This experiment made me wonder what other sorts of wacky animals I can knit. You know I’m obsessed with knitting books, so here’s some fair warning:

Tomorrow I will post a list of some of the cutest knitted toys books I’ve ever laid eyes on. Some of them I’ve been drooling over for many years. If you do not wish to be tempted, stay away! At least you can’t say that I didn’t warn you.

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Support Your Local Library!

To end my week of obsessing about my reading obssession, I leave you with this cool info graphic that instantly made me feel okay about those library late fees.

Just in case you are just tired of me being all judgmental and stuff about library use. Take it from someone other than me!

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