Totally Free Tony!

Tony Scarf

This is the Tony Scarf, which I designed to be one that is different on both sides but is equally pleasing no matter which side you’re looking at. It’s also super easy and will work well with a variety of fibers. This one is made from locally raised alpaca and is THE SOFTEST. This is a great pattern to work while watching a movie and if you choose a yarn this soft, will be as much a pleasure to knit as it is to wear later.

Grab this freebie on LoveKnitting, Craftsy, and Ravelry.

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February Freebie for Free!

Mafalda Neck Wrap by AnneArchy

Sometimes you want an accessory that will keep your neck warm but doesn’t have long drapey bits, and this neck wrap is perfect for that! It gives you a lovely bit of color (or not, depending on the yarn you choose) and is a great way to show off that spectacular brooch you picked up at an estate sale last summer (or, as pictured, the one you bought while at a theme park. IT’S ALL GOOD.)

This free pattern is yours on Ravelry, Craftsy, and LoveKnitting.

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review: The Knot Yours Truly

the knot yours truly

The Knot Yours Truly: Inspiration and ideas to personalize your wedding by Carley Roney and the editors of theknot.com

I don’t know if The Knot was a thing when I was planning a wedding – if it was I didn’t pay attention to it – but based on this book, it seems to be a Martha-Stewart-influenced approach for mostly White, mostly straight people. There are a few exceptions to that audience pictured in the book, but not many. The level of planning here is definitely at Martha standards – there are no shortage of things to think about and personalize and everything looks elegant, even when it’s in a rustic setting. Instructions for 20 DIY projects are included, though some are more likely to be applicable to any given wedding (a macrame dog leash feels like a real stretch). The table of contents is useless, though – the three main sections are listed but nothing beyond that, so trying to find something specific using it is a joke.

full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books

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review: The RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants (4th edition)

If you are looking for a garden book to keep you busy for awhile, this one may hit that target. It is a tome, and at over 1000 pages, it has information galore. In addition to the individual plant entries, it also includes a guide to using the book as well as some botany information that will make reading the book easier (as well as understanding the relationships between plants and how they grow). Color photographs are included throughout (though not for every single entry) and show either a close-up of the leaf, fruit, or blossom, or a full photo for larger plants like some trees. With over 15,000 entries, this book includes a really large number of the plants you might want to know about.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the University of Michigan via the MeLCat interlibrary loan system

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Awesome Arabella

Arabella Hat for Blythe

Got some bits of worsted weight yarn hanging around and nothing to do with such small amounts? Grab a set of size 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles and get to work, because you’ll soon have a sweet striped hat for Blythe (seriously, this hat will take you so little time to knit that you will hardly believe it).

Avail yourself of this pattern at LoveKnitting, Craftsy, Ravelry, and Etsy.

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