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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole

 The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole
by Rebecca Adler



I loved this book. The setting of a small town in Texas and filled with great characters, story line, mystery and a plot that just kept getting better and better making this a great book to read.

I didn't know who the killer right up to the end and then you get recipes.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28953457-the-good-the-bad-and-the-guacamole?ac=1&from_search=true

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Inter woven braid 2 April 2015 Stitch of the Month

April 2015 Stitch of the Month Crochet
Inter woven braid 2



Row 1: Ch 3, in second chain from hook work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: In 3 chain space between the dc's, work 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, in first dc of row below work 1dc, ch 3 turn.

Repeat row 2 for pattern until desired length.

This would be good a a mile a minute afghan, or using thread, a bookmark.



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: Masking for Trouble

Masking for Trouble Masking for Trouble by Diane Vallere
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really cute story idea, Disguise DeLimit, a costume shop. Funny laugh out loud entertaining read, loved the characters and the setting the author Diane Vallere created in this cozy mystery.

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Review: Don't Know Jack

Don't Know Jack Don't Know Jack by Diane Capri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoy this book with all its twists and turns. First in a new series of thriller novels and a new author for me. I have already picked out more by her.

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Review: Jellies, Jams, and Bodies

Jellies, Jams, and Bodies Jellies, Jams, and Bodies by Donna Walo Clancy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jellies, Jams and Weddings

I love the story line in this book. A young woman goes without to save money to open her own business, in this case Jellies, Jams and Weddings and selling her grandmother's Jams.

I liked the characters, the town called Wipper Will Junction. Sounds like a place you would love to live. The towns people helped "Tabby" the main character when her home was broken into.

What more could you ask for in a cozy mystery: love, suspense, bodies and even a recipe!

This is the first of a series called Jellies, Jams and Weddings and with a new editor, and a great writer, I can't wait for the next one.

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Review: All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt

All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt by Rose Pressey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All Dressed up and No Place to Haunt
By Rose Pressey
A Haunted Vintage Mystery Book 2

5 stars
I loved this book by a new author to me. Set in “Sugar Creek” (love the name of this town) Georgia. A murder takes place in an old plantation. Cookie, the owner of a vintage clothing store is asked by a ghost to solve the murder because when the victim is killed she is wearing her dress. So with the help of a psychic cat she sets out to do just that.

Fun read, loved the action characters and the plot. The first book in the series is called “If you’ve got it haunt it” where Cookie meets her first ghost who gives her business advice to increase her sales.

The third in the series is called “Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore” love it and I believe there are more out too.


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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Winter Blues Soap Bottle Apron February 2015 Pattern of the Month Crochet

February 2015 Pattern of the Month Crochet

Winter Blues Soap Bottle Apron @1999 by N.L. Banks



Materials:
Peaches and Cream Cotton Yarn    by Elmore-Pisgah, Inc.                        
1 balls Mauve #48  
 1 ball Winterberry  # 170      "G" Hook

Stitches used:    s/s, single crochet, double crochet

Soap bottle apron


Rw 1 with mauve ch 20 to form ring, 10 sc in ring, turn, DO NOT JOIN.

Rw 2-6 ch 1, 1 sc in each sc, turn.

Rw 7  ch 4, * skip 2 sc, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from * across row, end 1sc in last sc, turn.

Rw 8  s/s to first ch 4 loop, ch 3, 2dc in ch 4 loop, * ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 4 loop, repeat from * across row, turn.

Rw 9  * ch 4, 1 sc in ch 1 sp, repeat from * across row, end sc in top of ch 3, turn, fasten off mauve.

Rw 10 attach winterberry, ch 3, 2dc, ch 2, 3 dc in first ch 4 loop, * 1dc in next sc, 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc in next ch 4 loop, repeat from *, turn.

Rw 11  s/s to first ch 1 sp, ch3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc in ch 1 sp,  * ch 1, 2dc in next dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 2, 3dc, in ch 4 loop, repeat from * across, fasten off, attach mauve, turn.

Rw 12  s/s to ch 2 sp, ch3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc in ch 2 sp,  * ch 1, 1 bps around next 2 dc, ch 1,work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1, repeat from * repeat across row, turn.

Rw 13 s/s to ch 2 sp, ch3, 2dc, ch 2, 3dc in ch 2 sp, * ch1, 1 fps around post, ch 1, 1 fps around next post, ch1, work 3dc, ch2, 3dc in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * across row, fasten off.

Rw 14 with winterberry, and  holding front of apron facing you, and bib of apron on the right, sc across bottom of apron, placing 1 sc in each dc, and ch 1 sp. Place 3sc in each ch 2sp, fasten off. 

Rw 15 (apron ties) attach Mauve to row 6 on either side of apron, ch 20, fasten off, repeat for other side of apron.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold, recopied or reformatted. It is for your personal use only.


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Heather's Shell Scarf Bonus Pattern

At My House Bonus Pattern
Heather's  Shell Scarf  © 2015 by Heather Reed and N. Banks


Shells Stitch Scarf Pattern

Note: the blue color in the picture is really purple!

Materials: Size G crochet hook, Red Heart worsted Weight Yarn (any color) (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Dark Orchid)

Chain 30

Row 1: 1 sc in 5th chain from hook, *ch 5, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next chain, repeat from * across row, chain 3, turn.

Row 2: 2 dc in first sp, work 2dc, ch 2, 2 dc ( shell made) in each sp, end with 3 dc in last sp, ch 5, turn.

Row 3: 1 dc in base of ch 5, * ch 2; work 1 dc, ch1, 1 dc in ch 2 sp of shell, repeat from * across, end with 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in top of turning ch, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: 2 dc in first ch 1 sp, * in next ch 1 sp work  2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc (shell made) *, repeat from * across, end with 3 dc in last sp, ch 5, turn.

Repeat rows 3 & 4 for a total of 34 shell repeats. Do not turn, ch 1.

Row 1: 1 sc evenly around, placing 3 sc crochet in each corner, sl st to join, do not turn, ch 1.

Row 2: 1 sc in each sc around, placing 3 sc in each corner, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

*For longer scarf Repeat rows 3 & 4 to desired length, ending with a row 4.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold, recopied or reformatted without permission. It is for your personal use only.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Atmyhouse

http://ninasatmyhouse.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Romeow and Juliet

Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley



Love this book. Great characters, fast paced and the first in a new series for me. Whales and Tails mysteries. Want to read the next one called The Mad Catter.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24102322-romeow-and-juliet?ac=1&from_search=true


Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 2015 Pattern of the Month Machine Knit

March 2015 Pattern of the Month Machine Knit
Knitting Machine Eyeglass case@ 2012 by N Banks

This was knit on a Studio SK 700 standard machine.


I have been trying to find useful ways to relearn how to knit on my knitting machine, which I tucked away about 25 to 35 years ago. This pattern makes a padded case to fit a standard pair of glasses.
 
                                                                             Silver Reed Card #265
Materials:
Silver Reed Card # 265
Tamm 3 ply Astracryl in white and lavender or two colors of your choice.
Fabric and matching thread to match your main yarn:

With white cast on with an e wrap  66 stitches (33-0-33).

Ten 7, RC O set machine to knit, be sure your latches are open.  Knit 9 rows. Hang weights, COL.

Inset card # 265,
1. Set machine order #1 as per manual (for Fair Isle or Knit it) , and knit one row to the right,

2. Set machine order #2 (page 24 of SK 700 Studio manual) (fair lsle). Be sure and add your second yarn to the feeder, (First time I tried this, I didn't add the second yarn and everything fall off the machine. So after a few more tries, tears and some not so nice words, I got it to working right, don't laugh, I am sure you have all had the same problems at times.) Also double check your settings for row 2 again. And of course I didn't and it would not knit for me when I was playing around with the machine.

RC O, knit 70 rows.

3. COL RC O, 

4. Remove 2nd yarn from feeder.

5. Set machine to plain knit. Be sure and check your settings again, if you don't have them right, your work will fall off the machine, just like mine did, lol.

6. Knit 10 rows. Bind off around gate posts.

7. Steam piece flat.

8. Lay knit piece flat with wrong side up and measure from side to side and from the top to the bottom of the design (not the white part at the top and bottom).  Cut fabric to this size.

9. Lay this piece of fabric on the wrong side of the knit piece and tack in place.

10. Steam top and bottom flaps (white parts) down so that only the design shows on the right side. Pin in place and sew down.

11. Pin center seam (sides) together matching top and bottom, sew in place.

12. Center the side seam in the middle of case at the back of the design and sew bottom closed. Turn right side out and stream lightly.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Socks of all Sorts

Socks of all Sorts 


by Kathryn Doubrley


   PDF Instant download $20. 38 pages. Two gauges with very clear instructions for the standard, mid gauge and bulky machines in men’s, women’s and children sizes. Lots of forms, charts, diagrams and pictures to help you make the eight patterns, three of which do not require a ribber. It has a section on making assorted sock tops and making socks into slippers.  For all knitting machines including the Passap. You really need to check out her site, has tons of stuff on it.     http://www.theanswerlady.com

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Open Work Hat Bonus Pattern 2015

Open Work Hat © 2014 by N Banks
to match open work scarf


Note: If you have never worked a lace type project before, it would be easier for you if you used a very light colored yarn, (not a variegated one) and stitch markers between each group of stitches, (between the k 1, p1, k1, & the five open work stitches). Picture shown is the med one.




Materials:
½ skein Patton's Pink Worsted Weight Yarn
1 row marker
25 stitch markers
Size 5 & 7 circular knitting needles
1 set Size 7 double pointed knitting needles

With size 5 circular needles, cast on
104 for ex-large, 96 for large, 88 for med, 80 for small, join being careful not to twist stitches.

Ribbing:
Rd 1: knit
Rd 2: k 1, p 1 around.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 four times, for a total of 8 rounds.
Change to size 7 circular needles
Rd 9: p 1, k 1, around
Rd 10: k 1, p1 around,
Rd 11: Repeat round 9.

Now start round 1 of pattern

Row 1:  * k1, p1, k1, (place marker), k5, (place marker) *, repeat from
              * to * around.  Slip markers as you come to them.

Row 2 & 4 *p 1, k1, p1,  * k5, repeat from * to * around.

Row 3:   * K 1, p1, k1, (slip next stitch to right hand needle,) 2x, insert left hand needle into the back loops of the two slipped stitches and move to the left needle, then k 2 tog, yo, k 1, yo, sl 1, k 1, psso*, repeat from * to * around.

Repeat rows 1 to 4 for five  pattern repeats, and then do row 1 again,

Now.
Rd 1: p 1, k 1, around
Rd 2: k 1, p1 around,
Rd 3: Repeat round 1.

Finishing:
Rd 1: knit, placing markers after every 8th stitch.
Rd 2: Knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2 tog.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have 1 stitch between markers.
Run yarn needle through remaining stitches, draw up tight, through again. Weave in ends.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor copied. It is for your personal use only.


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Atmyhouse

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Duffle Jacket

The Duffle Jacket  


by Sandy Lightfoot.


 BO20  10 pgs, $7.50. Plus postage.    For the bulky machine. Jacket is sized for 30 to 64 inches. The cables on the front can be done by the ribber or hand,  so the ribber is not needed to knit this cabled tuck stitch hooded jacket with toggle fastenings.  Learn new techniques:  Tuck stitch by hand and cables with out a ribber.  Each piece is knitted first, and then you put it together. She tells you how in this easy to knit jacket with step by step directions. It has charting diagrams and knitting notes.  Email her for details sandy@sandylightfoot.com or  instant download at http://www.sandylightfoot.com/oldsite.html  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: Murder at Morningside

Murder at Morningside Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

By Sandra Bretting
This is a new author to me. The setting of the book takes place in Louisiana and comes with all the southern charm you come to expect from the south. I loved the old sayings she use like “Lorda mercy” I haven’t heard that one since I was a child.

I love her writing style like “It seems the girl and her fiancé must have eaten supper before they said grace” descripts a babt bump under her top. And “Terrible shame. Yellow caution tape dressed the bathroom door like a satin sash on a prom queen’s dress”. And this one “Why, Missy, you look prettier than a pat of butter on a stack of wheat cakes.” And on and on it goes.

I loved the story, characters. This is first in a new series.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

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March 2015 Stitch of the Month

March 2015 Stitch of the Month

The Beaded Rib Stitch

                           



                               








Right Side                                                                                                                           Back side

I liked the looks of this stitch so much, I've put the back up also. Either side would be good for ribbing.

Multiple of 5 + 2.

Row 1: *P 2, k 1, P 1, k 1 *, repeat from * to * across row, end p 2.

Row 2:  K 2, * p 3, k 2*, repeat from * to * across row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern until desired length.  You could use this stitch for ribbing, but you could also use it for a baby blanket, just add an edging.   


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pumpkins in Paradise

 Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley


I loved this and the tie in of town Serenity, pumpkins, murder and mystery. Loved the characters and story line so much I purchased the second in the series called Snowmen in Paradise.  There are seven in this series. Love them. Great read.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31130648-pumpkins-in-paradise?from_search=true

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tea Roses & Ivory The Toilet Seat Cover


Tea Roses & Ivory@1999
The Toilet Seat Cover
By N Banks

Peaches and Crème By Elmore-Pisgah, Inc.
4 ½ balls Ivory        #7
1 ½ balls Tearose    #42
1 ball Light Green   #55
G Hook

Please Note: the yarn above stated is for the complete set. You can use Red Heart Worsted weight in place of the cotton yarn.

Stitches used:  single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet

Treble crochet = tb  Yo, twice, insert hook in stitch, yo, (draw through, yo, draw through 2 lps,) 3 times.

Rw 1 with Ivory, ch 35, 1 sc in 2nd from hook and in each ch across, turn. This is the bottom.

Rw 2 ch 2, yo, insert hook in same place, yo, draw up a lp, yo, insert hook in next sc,  yo, draw up a lp, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook, ch 1, * yo, insert hook in next sc, yo, draw up a lp, yo, insert hook in next sc, draw up a lp, yo, draw through all 5 lps on hook, ch 1 * on hook, repeat from * to * , join.

Rw 3 ch 1, 1 sc in same place,  2sc in next stitch,   1 sc in top of each stitch and in each ch 1, across row to last sc, 2sc in last sc, turn.

Rw 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, as row 2

Rw 5 ch 1, 1 sc in same place, 2 sc in next 2 stitches, 1sc in each stitch (& ch 1) across row, to last 3 stitches, 2sc in each stitch, turn.

Rw 7 ch 1, 1 sc in same place,  2sc in next stitch,   1 sc in top of each stitch and in each ch 1, across row to last sc, 2sc in last sc, turn.

Rw 9, 11, 13  repeat row 7

Rw 15 ch1, 1 sc in same place, 1 sc in each stitch, ch 1 across row, turn.

Rw 17, 19,21, 23 as row 15

Rw 25 ch 1, 1 sc in same place, sc next 2 stitches tog, 1 sc in next 3 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches tog, 1 sc in each stitch and ch 1 across to last 8 stitches, sc next 2 stitches tog, sc to last 3 stitches, sc next 2 stitches tog, 1 sc in last sc, turn.

Rw 27 ch 1, 1sc in same place, sc next 2 stitches tog, sc across row to last 3 stitches, sc next 2 stitches tog, 1 sc in last stitch, turn.

Rw 29, 33, 37, 49 repeat row 27, turn. After row 49, fasten off.

Rw 31 ch 1, 1sc in same place, 1sc in each stitch, ch 1 across row, turn.

Rw 35 ch 1, 1sc in same place, 1sc in each stitch, ch 1 across row, turn.

Rws 39, 41, 47 repeat row 25, turn

Rw 43 ch 1, 1sc in same place, sc next 2 stitches tog, sc across row to last 3 stitches, sc next 2 stitches tog, 1 sc in last stitch, turn.

Rw 45 as row 43, turn

Rw 50  reattach Ivory to beg of row 1, ch 1 sc along side, across top and down other side, (do not sc across bottom) turn.   (the beg row of chains is the bottom)

Rw 51 ch 2, 1dc in each sc around 3 sides, do not crochet across bottom, turn.

Rw 52 ch 2, * skip 1 dc , 1dc in next dc, repeat from * across, turn.

Rw 53 ch 1, 1 sc in each dc across row, fasten off.

With Ivory, chain 150, fasten off. Weave in and out of row 52 on seat cover.




FLOWER
Make 3 flowers and sew to top of seat cover.

The Tea Rose
Rd 1 with Tearose, ch 6 to form ring, ch 1, 10 sc in ring.

Rd 2   * ch 3, sc in next sc, repeat from * around, join with s/s.

Rd 3  s/s to first ch 3 space, work * 1 hdc, 2 dc, 1hdc in ch 3 sp, repeat from * around, join with s/s to first sc of round 2.

Rd 4 working with sc of rd 2, * ch 3, sc around next sc of row 2, repeat from * , join  with s/s to first ch3.

Rd 5 s/s to first ch 3 of rd 4, work 1hdc, 2 dc, 2 tb, 2dc, 1hdc in each ch 3 sp, join with s/s to first sc of rd 4.

Rd 6 working with sc of round 4, * ch 4, sc around next sc, repeat from *, join and fasten off tearose.

Rd 7  Attach Light green to any ch 4 space, work 1hdc, 2dc, 3tb, 2dc, 1hdc in each ch4 sp around, join with s/s, fasten off. Sew to one corner of top of tissue box.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold, recopied or reformatted without permission. It is for your personal use only.