Gobsmacked

I think we can all agree that when the author of a book you love and reviewed on your blog stops by to thank you, it’s exciting, to say the least.

For me, that says a lot about the author’s character, personality and manners. It makes you, the blogger, feel appreciated and it truly gives your day, and your blog post, a lift!

So then what is the feeling called that you get when you open the second book of the series and find this…

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Look at the second one! Yes, that is my review!

Gobsmacked! I am truly feeling gobsmacked to find a piece of my own review in the Kindle edition of the second book in the Vampire Knitting Club series by Nancy Warren. And if you’ve already read the book, you know where I got that very British word.

I realize that many authors don’t always have the time, or the inclination, to stop by and thank each and every blogger who writes a review about their books. With that in mind, I just wanted to say thank you to Nancy Warren for making me feel very special today.

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Stitches and Witches: Book two in the Vampire Knitting Club series by Nancy Warren.
Stitches and Witches: Book two in the Vampire Knitting Club series by Nancy Warren.

I’ve only just started reading Stitches and Witches: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Vampire Knitting Club Book 2) so I’m not here to review it but I have to admit I’m already hooked on the story.

I’ll be back with my review soon!

Visit Nancy Warren’s official website: Nancy Warren to learn more about her, her books, and to get on her mailing list. There’s more than just vampires and witches there. She writes about other sexy, funny, and romantic things too. You’ll find access to a free book and for aspiring authors, there are several articles that might be of interest to you there as well.

How about you? Have you read this series yet? Are you planning to read it? Are you a Nancy Warren fan like me? Share your thoughts in the comments. I love hearing from my readers!

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I love this Bead Stitch Crochet Hat – Link to Free Crochet Pattern Included

If you’re looking for a new pattern to make GORGEOUS crocheted hats, be sure to check out this Bead Stitch Crochet Hat pattern that I found at the 5 Little Monsters blog.

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Bead Stitch Crochet Hat using a pattern from 5 Little Monsters blog.

I have to admit I almost overlooked this one because it calls for worsted weight yarn and I was looking for patterns that use the more popular (for hats… right now anyway) bulky yarn.

I already had the yarn that I used (I’m sorry. I’m not sure what brand it is.) and I had an extra faux fur pompom laying around so this stash buster cost me absolutely nothing to make.

I love the texture created by using the various stitches and it fits my head perfectly.

Find the free pattern here: Bead Stitch Crochet Hat  

Not only will you find a written pattern but there’s also a link to a video tutorial too!

The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I have to admit that I messed up a little bit while crocheting the brim but I still love the way mine turned out and I vow to do a better job of it on the next one I make.

The faux fur pompom I used came from a set of 12 that I purchased at Amazon. They are really nice pompoms that snap on.

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Close up of the faux fur pompom I used.

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You can see the set (There were 2 each of 6 colors) and learn more using my affiliate link here: Faux Fox Fur Fluffy Pompoms

I have to admit that I’m really loving the faux fur pompoms that are popping up on hats everywhere this year.

How about you? Do you prefer faux fur poms or are you more of a traditional yarn pompom person? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments about this pressing issue, or anything else you’d like to talk about. I love hearing from my readers!

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My Lion Brand Secret Santa Yarn Hat and Scarf – Finding Joy in Simpler Stitches

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I decided to treat myself to a package of Secret Santa yarn from Lion Brand. I thought it might be a fun surprise and it was inexpensive enough for 9 skeins of yarn.

I suppose I should have known better because I’m really picky about my yarns but when I opened the package, I was quite underwhelmed, to say the least.

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This is the cute bag the yarn came in!

The bag it came in was adorable but the colors and types of yarn I received were nothing like anything I would ever buy myself. If you’ve never ordered one of these, the package comes with 9 skeins of yarn, 3 skeins each of 3 different yarns.

I grabbed the 3 skeins of Homespun that mine came with and a pattern I’d used before with other bulky yarn thinking I’d make a gift for someone and quickly got annoyed with how hard it was to see my stitches.

Homespun is a variegated acrylic blend yarn with a chunky 5 weight. I tossed the wrapper it came in and don’t remember the color name but mine is a gray, pink, and purple mix. You can see the texture in my photo below. Not only is the yarn bulky but it has a string running through it holding the quite-fuzzy yarn strands together.

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A close-up view of my homespun yarn.

I almost gave up but then I decided to try a larger hook and a simpler stitch so I spoke not a word but went straight to my work. A single crochet stitch with my #10 Clover crochet hook made the yarn so much easier to work with, in fact, after a while, I could blindly feel where the stitches went and suddenly… (actually it was a few hours) what to my wondering eyes did appear…

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A beautiful slouchy hat and scarf set.

I have to admit that I love the way this hat and scarf set turned out so much that I selfishly kept it for myself! It’s super soft, nice and warm and goes great with my all-black jacket. Its unique texture and color scheme give it a fun homemade rustic look that you can’t find in any of the chain stores.

There’s no pattern. I just winged it by making a rectangle-style hat and I didn’t count any rows or stitches or anything for the scarf either. When it was done, I added a cute faux fur pom pom to top it off!

I’m really happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this yarn another chance. And now… I can’t wait to see where the rest of my Secret Santa yarn stash will take me!

How about you? Have you ever been disappointed with a yarn you’ve purchased only to discover that you really do love it?   Or maybe you didn’t end up loving a yarn so much after thinking you would? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from my readers!

“Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!”

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