Saturday, May 30, 2009

Knitting Book Reviews

I love knitting books and I have a massive collection of books. I have been stumped about what to blog about so I thought I would review a couple of my latest books. Some I like, some I don't. If you are in the market for a new book, maybe it will help you out:

A Most Have:
Socks a' la Carte by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade.

This book is so much fun. It brings you back to the flip books of your childhood..only the authors refer to them as split pages. The first part of the book explans how it works, gives you yarn choices and needle choices as well as some great techniques. Then the fun part: Cuffs, Bodies and Feet ~ thousands of possibilities and a lot of fun choosing the patterns. Here are a couple of pictures.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Below is an article my mom wrote for a magazine awhile back. It is a very sweet story and I included a picture of my bear that I keep in my china cabinet. I love it!

Warmth Over The Years

As a young mother with a family of five to care for, I had very few clothes in my wardrobe. My cousin Berla was much better off financially than I and had a beautiful black seal coat.
One day, in the mid-1960’s, Berla came to visit and gave me the seal coat. It stayed in the closet for several years until I began teaching again, at the age of 48.
Winter recesses in Maine are windy, snowy and cold, and each teacher had to take a turn watching the children as they played outside. Each time I wore the old fur coat, many children, including my son, came up to me for a hug. I knew their motive—to get warm under that coat. It soon became the desire of all the teachers to borrow the old coat when it was their turn on the playground.
After I retired, my niece, Faye, gave me the idea of making teddy bears out of the old coat. I presented a bear to each of my five children with a note telling the story of the old fur coat.
The bears, put in special places in their homes, now provide a pleasing connection among the siblings.
~~Maxine Pease, Pittsfield, Maine (Published in the March 2008 issue of Reminisce Magazine)