Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt

The Principles of Knitting
by June Hemmons Hiatt
Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
Hardcover--712 pages
ISBN 978-1-4165-3517-1

Information provided to me about the book:
The Principles of Knitting has served as a treasured resource for an entire generation of knitters.  Now completely revised and updated, this long-awaited new edition contains indispensable information for every knitter,  from the beginner to the most experienced, on all aspects of the craft.

Written in clear, direct language, The Principles of Knitting is like having a knitting mentor by your side, ready to answer any question in a comprehensive, reasoned, and informed manner.  Judy Hemmons Hiatt includes instruction for all facets of knitting, from the most basic skills to the most advanced techniques, and offers suggestions for the best practices as well as alternatives and innovations.  She has repeatedly tested the various techniques and presents them with easy-to-follow instructions---as well as an explanation of what each one can contribute to your knitting.  Informed by decades of experience and thousands of hours of practice, this comprehensive resource offers a variety of ways to approach every skill and technique and offers solutions that can help solve the most challenging aspects of any knitting project.

This completely revised and updated edition includes new instructions, new illustrations, and new information.  While the basics of knitting have not changed much, June's understanding of the material has deepened over the last twenty-five years, and she is eager to share what she has learned with the knitting world.  In addition, the book has been reorganized to make it easier to use and has a gorgeous new design.

The Principles of Knitting
provides the inspiration to help every knitter gain the knowledge and confidence needed to produce unique, beautifully crafted garments, accessories, and household items.  It is the one reference guide no knitter should be without.

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My review:
The information above about says it all about this book!
I do know how to knit and have knitted quite a bit over the years.  Recently I've been seeing a lot of patterns I would like to try.  However, my knitting skills aren't too great, just the basics for me.
I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review The Principles of Knitting.

Oh my!  There are 712 pages in this book.  It's set up into 8 parts: Learning and Methods, Constructing a Fabric, Decorative techniques, Special Fabrics, Stitch and Color Patterns, Pattern Design, Materials, and Working a Project.

The illustrations in the book are countless.  There are both drawn pictures outlining each stitch or pattern as well as photos of actual work.    The only thing I see this book is missing is actual patterns.  However, patterns can be found everywhere, and as long as you have this book for instructions you will be able to work ANY pattern.

I give this book an A++ and highly recommend it.  I plan to gift the book to my middle daughter, who does enjoy knitting, but like me, only know the basic stitching.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Principles of Knitting and information through Touchstone Books for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions of the book are my own.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Frugal Friday Link-Up--Nine Uses for Salt

Good Friday Morning to all!
It's been one busy week and doesn't look like my days are going to change any time soon.  :(
My daughter was married this past Wednesday on February 29.  It was a pretty frugal wedding as far as weddings go...although in my book they spent a fortune.  It's ok though, my daughter wanted what would be her dream wedding.

Today I am sharing 9 uses for salt from the 99 Cent Solutions book:

1.  Salvage a pan--  Salt will bring your pan back into service from the baked-on or burned food.  Sprinkle salt heavily on the stuck-on food and dampen it with a little water.  Let it sit until the food lifts right off the pan, then wash.

2.  Clean up a bubble-over--  Sprinkle salt thickly on the spill inside your oven while it's still liquid.  This also works for messy boil-overs on the stove top.  When the salted area cools, wipe it right away with a sponge.

3.  Get dishwasher stains off glassware--  Spots on your glasses, Pyrex, mixing bowls, etc can be very stubborn, but they are no match for salt.  Mix one cup salt and 1 quart of vinegar and soak the glassware overnight.  Rub it off and wash as usual. 

4.  Clean fish easily--  Sprinkle salt on that freshly caught fish before you descale it.  The scales will flick off faster.

5.  Polish your griddle--  Pour a few tablespoons of salt on the cold clean griddle and polish firmly with a paper towel.  Discard and wipe before heating.  The freshly polished surface will prevent your pancakes from sticking. (Does anyone know if this will work on a non-stick griddle  Hubby used Pam on our griddle and now the surface is sticky.)

6.  Chase cabbage worms away--  Mix 1 part salt and 2 parts flour and dust it around the cabbages every few days as harvest approaches.  This will stop the cabbage worms in their tracks.

7.  Whip cream higher--  Add just a tiny pinch of salt to a bowl of whipping cream to make it whip higher and fluffier.  Do the same with egg whits and with eggs you are whisking for scrambled eggs.  They will be fluffier.

8.  Stop a sudsy disaster--  If your child likes to help you with the dishes or laundry and puts in too much soap (or if you accidentally do this yourself) just sprinkle salt on the emerging bubbles and and they will subside quickly and clean up fast.

9.  Kill poison ivy--  Dissolve 3 pounds of sidewalk salt in a gallon of water and add a squirt of dish liquid.  Saturate the plant and it's roots.  It will soon be gone.

I hope to see lots of link-ups this week.  Motivate me and others!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Squidoo Hopping--March is a New Month!

Let's talk about goals for March. What are yours?

My goal is to head into the mission I talked about last month, which is to get the This Day in History lenses going good.
I'm also still working on transferring my lens notes to different paper and having them in a three ring notebook in alphabetical order.

My daughter was married last night. I'm still always so busy with so many things, but hopefully with the stress of the wedding going off without a hitch, I can calm myself down and put some better order in to my life.

I did update a lens this past week, but for the life of me, I can not remember which lens that was! Once I can get in and update my lensography I will apply for giant squid 50.

So, this week I think I will share a couple of my lenses that are higher than 400,000 in rank and maybe they can jump up a bit.

Jasmine's Lapbooks


Thanks for all the link up's last week! I hope to continue to see lots for me to check out each week.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday--Including 1 Complete!

No progress (again) on either the toothbrush rug or the cross magnets.

I have a finish!  This is still a WIP because I have 3 more to make, but I have to show off that I finally got one of the walker bags completed.  Quilt guild is making these as a community service project.  They will be auctioned off and the proceeds go to help cancer patients.  I had to get help from 3 different people for the steps on getting this put together but I have it now!
 I made more progress on the scrappy quilt for sewing club at church.  I even almost have all of the squares sewn down the middle.  I tend to only work on it one day a week.
 Not a whole lot of progress on my other quilt either.  I did sew together another row of squares but haven't finished up the lines.  I get the feeling on both of these quilts that they will never be finished.
 And, 7 more granny squares put on to my blanket for the granny a day 2012 challenge.  I bet I crocheted another 15 squares though.  I so want to see just how many squares I can make with this yarn sitting by me here on the couch.  However, I did open a container and found some more yarn to add to it.  I am just only a adding on a square day as far as the challenge goes.   This is day 60. (306 to go!)

 Our biggest WIP this week is getting ready for my oldest daughters wedding.  The wedding is today!  I still have to go find myself a dress!  I suppose I better get on that---and buy pantyhose----and iron my daughters dress and the bridesmaid dress.  We have to go set up tables and chairs and decorate the hall.  Yep, I better finish up my computer "work" and concentrate the rest of this day for the wedding.

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I am linking up with the following blogs:
  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Zenni Optical--Buy 2 Get 1 Free Special!

Zenni Optical is running a Buy 2 pairs get the 3rd pair free (equal or less value) promotion on all eyeglasses. The biggest promotion ever and it is limited time offer.

Zenni Optical is the #1 online eyeglasses store offering high quality complete prescription eyeglasses from $6.95.Virtually any glasses, even bifocal or progressive eyeglasses, can be ordered on Zenni's website with tint, whether for fashion or sunglasses. Full rim, half rim, even rimless frame eyeglasses can be tinted to suit your style or use, and with tint only $4.95; it’s an option not to be overlooked. You can try any frame before you buy with Zenni Frame Fit system. And with the affordable price at Zenni, you can buy multiple pairs and get to switch styles to match the outfit or moods.

I have to say that I am impressed!  Zenni Optical has hundreds (actually 1000's,  3084 to be precise) of eyeglass frames to choose from.
You are even able to "try-on" the eyeglasses while on the website.   You simply upload a photo of yourself, put in your millimeter eye measurements, find the glasses you like, and click try on.   Below is an example photo of a pair we are trying on my daughter's face.   Her head is tilted just a bit, so please ignore that.

Just the other day my daughter told me that she would like to have different colors of frames to match different outfits.  I told her that would just be too expensive.  I love how things work out and I found Zenni Optical and their affordable eyeglasses.  I can make my daughters wish of different colored frames come true. 

I only looked at the $6.95 prescription eyeglasses.  I am very impressed with the selection of frames.  There are 103 in the $6.95 price and women's!

Ordering is easy:
  1. Have your prescription available
  2. Upload your face to Zenni Frame Fit™
  3. Select your prescription type and PD in the left menu
  4. Choose which kind of eyeglass frames to display
  5. Click the "Try On" button to see the frames on your face
  6. Click the "Order" button on the frames you want
  7. Enter your prescription
  8. Click on "Add to Cart" and follow the on screen instructions 
I hope you will give Zenni Optical a look-see!

Disclaimer:   This is a paid review.  Information was given to me to share as well as I took information from the website.  All opinions are my own, and truthful. 

Homeschool Journal--Week of February 19

Hip Homeschool Hop Button I couldn't think of a title for this post.  Last week was a strange one.
We only had one full day of schoolwork  :(
Maybe I should say it was crazy, instead of strange.

Jasmine's boyfriend was having finals week at the high school.  That meant that he was out of school extra early every day, and didn't have school on Friday.  Yes, that means he wanted to spend more time with Jasmine.  They did take lots of walks so I will clock some time for her for that.  Walking is not something she does much of.

Jasmine has a doctor's appointment last week with the rheumatologist.   He's diagnosed her with a long name-- without going to get the paper, there is no way I can remember it---I can't even pronounce it!  It's an arthritis in the spine and it's not good...and it's especially not good since she is only 15.  We go back on March 14 for another blood test and to find out what all the x-rays show.  I hope he is able to change the diagnosis to something less serious.  What he is saying she had now will cripple her....and is very painful.  He put her on a medicine that as of right now he says is a lifetime medicine.

On a happier note--it was Ash Wednesday this past week.  Jasmine attended the service at the church where she attends youth group.  My hubby and I went to the service at our church.  She also attended Bible study as usual on Tuesday morning.  She was given a pair of waterproof shoes and a waterproof jacket by a couple at church that morning.  They are their gifts to her for her trip to England.  We have raised enough now with donations from church members that her entire trip is officially taken care of now!

My oldest daughter had drama in her house, so her, her fiance (they get married tomorrow), and her 5 children are back in our house.  This is always a mess to work around getting school work done.  This isn't going to be a school work week either.

I'm going to close for this week.  Next week will be a bigger report  :)

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