New Yarn Palette Post & Last Post On This Blog

The new yarn palette post is on my new blog, Elissa Loves!

This will be the last post on this blog, so be sure to visit my new blog:

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I’m a little late. . .

Sorry everyone! I know I’m a little late with this month’s yarn palette. I am currently in the process of getting my new blog design completed and will then *fingers crossed* transfer everything over to the new blog.

I thought I’d have everything done by now, but I’ve been battling a nasty sickness these last few weeks. So, needless to say I am a little behind. But, I am hoping to have everything done early this week. When everything gets transferred I’ll let you know. Hopefully it will be an easy transition. I’ll then post a new yarn palette post!

Thanks for your patience! The new site looks pretty great. I’ll be adding some new tutorials and DIY projects soon too. So, it will be worth the wait. 🙂

Yarn Palette – Seedling Hues

I think we are all ready for a little spring, so this month’s yarn palette represents the season with a photo of a tiny seedling getting ready to be planted.

PicMonkey Collage

The palette, Seedling Hues, from Design Seeds is full of garden shades, which would make an adorable baby blanket. So, to switch it up a little this month I have used all light weight and baby yarn.

The yarn for this palette is acrylic and a light (3) bulk.

As always, if there is a color combo from Design Seeds that you’d like for me to match to yarn, just leave me a comment on any color palette post or shoot me an email.

Book Review: Stitch ‘n Bitch – The Happy Hooker

UnknownCopyright Year: 2006
Genre(s): Crochet, Crafts
ISBN: 9780761139850
Series: None
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary via Goodreads: Debbie does crochet! Debbie Stoller, the “knitting superstar,” has been leading an entire movement of hip young knitters with her New York Times bestseller Stitch ’n Bitch and its follow-up, Stitch ’n Bitch Nation, together with over 521,000 copies in print. But guess what? For every one knitter in the world there are three crocheters—which translates into millions of hip, crafty, 18- to 35-year-olds ready to be happy hookers with Stitch ’n Bitch attitude, sexiness, ingenuity, and cool.

Written in the author’s cheeky chick style, this heavily illustrated book—featuring four-color photographs and instructional illustrations throughout—is chock-full of instruction, inspiration, and to-die-for designs, from a Fishnet Skullcap to a lacy evening wrap. For knitters and new crafters exploring the hook comes the primer: the advantages of crochet and the ways in which knitters (and nonknitters) benefit by learning this sister craft; a discussion of tools; all the cool yarns available, and what the different gauges mean; plus basic techniques and stitch patterns—including the chain stitch, picot, flowers, filet crochet, changing yarns, and finishing. Then come 40 fabulous, funky projects—the kind that make Stitch ’n Bitch rule—for crocheters: Pom Pom Capelet, Retro Clutch Purse, Anarchy Irony Hat, Ms. Pac Man Change Purses, Doris Daymat, Va-Va-Va Voom Bikini, Animal I-Pod Cozies, Kid’s Sock Monkey Poncho.

No, these aren’t your grandma’s doilies.
. . . . . . . . . .

My review: This was the very first crochet book that I purchased after learning to crochet. I was still trying to master the single crochet, so many of these projects seemed way out of my league, but they weren’t. They are all truly made for beginners.

The book is pretty large (294 pages), especially for a craft book. It is set up with two parts: Part 1 explains how to crochet and Part 2 features the patterns.

The first two chapters give you a little background into crocheting, with a chapter on supplies, choosing a crochet hook, and different yarn weights. Chapter 3 explains the basic crochet stitches (chain, slip, and single crochet).

Chapters 4–6 explain more advanced stitches and techniques (half double, double, increasing, decreasing, etc.). The stitch instructions come complete with illustrations along with explanations on each stitch. I am a very visual crafter, so I liked that a lot.

Chapters 7 & 8 explain creating images in crochet by using filet and tapestry crochet and sewing together and blocking your finished pieces.

Part 2 begins with how to read a pattern and includes both an abbreviation list and stitch key.

The patterns are very basic, which makes this a great book for a beginner. Some of the patterns, include scarves, shawls, hats, purses, sweaters, and blankets. I did notice in the summary that a pattern for Ms. Pac Man Change Purses is mentioned. That pattern must have been deleted from my edition, because my book doesn’t include it. Too bad, because as a huge ’80s fan that sounds like something I would make!

My two favorite patterns are the One-Skein Scarf and Skullholders.


One-Skein Scarf

12 copy

I really love this book and still use it seven years later. I give it five out of five stars! I would highly recommend this book if you are a beginner and looking for a few simple, yet fun patterns. If you are looking for more intricate and advanced patterns, you might want to pass.

Craft Book Reviews

I thought it would be fun and hopefully helpful if I start to post some craft book reviews. So often I see craft books online and think they look like they’ll be perfect for me, only I find the patterns or content to not be my cup of tea.

I’m going to keep the craft book reviews similar to the fiction and non-fiction reviews I post on my author blog.

My book review rating system:

5: This book was amazing! You must read this book NOW!!!

4: A very good book that I will keep on my bookshelf to read again.

3: A good and enjoyable read.

2: An okay book, but I won’t be reading it again.

1: Not my cup of tea.

My reviews are my own opinion, and while I might not like a particular book or craft that doesn’t mean you or someone else won’t like it. As an aspiring author I know how hard it is to write a book. I am not here to trash anyone’s work, but I am here to offer my honest opinion on the book that I am reviewing.

I’ll start posting reviews next week. I’m thinking Tuesdays are a good day. So, check back next Tuesday for my book review on the very first crochet book I purchased after learning to crochet.


And don’t forget to check back on Friday for this month’s new yarn palette.

Yarn Along

On my hook and bookshelf this week. . . scarf and bookI finished my first crochet project of 2015. This One Skein Scarf pattern is found in The Happy Hooker book, one of my favorite crochet books. The pattern is also available for free on the Joann Fabric website.

The yarn is so soft and such a pretty pink color. I picked it up in the mixed bags of yarn bin at AC Moore. I have no idea what kind it is, although I am fairly certain it is acrylic. I still have a skein and a half left. I just have to choose the perfect project for it.

The book I am currently reading is The Bookseller by Mark Pryor. It is a murder mystery involving the disappearance of a French bookseller. I am really enjoying it.

I’ve also decided to start writing reviews on some of the books I’ve read. I’m going to post most of them on my author blog, but if they are craft related I’ll post the reviews here. I finished a really cute craft book last week, so I’ll post the review in the next few weeks.

My own little Wonka bar


I was inspired to make this little guy last year after watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I thought I needed my very own Wonka bar, but sadly with no golden ticket inside. I made my felt cozy to help store either my iTouch or my phone. They get so scratched in my purse.

It is made of 100% acrylic felt that I got from the local craft store. You know, the cheap stuff. I cut out the letters and straight stitched them on with matching DMC embroidery thread. I then whipstitched the sides together.

That is it! The entire project cost me under $1.00! I think it would make a totally awesome eReader cover too. Hmm. I might have to make another one for my Kindle.

Pure Imagination

“Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination”

I was born in the almost mid ’70s, so I hold ’70s entertainment almost as dear to my heart as the ’80s. With the exception of Disney’s The Rescuers and The North Avenue Irregulars, no other children’s movie from that decade makes me stop everything and watch it like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Not the remake with Johnny Depp. That was hideous!

I love everything about this movie: the songs, the snarky dialogue, and even the Oompa Loompas. The only part I don’t like is when they take the psychedelic boat ride into the scary tunnel and the chicken gets its head cut off. *Shudders* I still look away at that part.

The kids and the parents/Grandpa Joe are the focus of the movie, and no parent and child pair are better than Veruca and Mr. Salt.


Veruca was such a little brat, and Mr. Salt was just hilarious, especially when he was interacting with Willy Wonka. They had some of the best exchanges throughout the movie.

Mr. Salt:
What is this, Wonka? Some kind of funhouse?
Willy Wonka:
*glances back at him* Why? Are you having fun?

And Mr. Salt delivered one of my favorite lines in any movie. It was just one word, but that exchange with Violet’s dad is spoken every fall when I see the squirrels in the back yard getting ready for winter.

Sam Beauregarde:
What business are you in, Salt?
Mr. Salt:

I wish they made movies like this today. But, alas, they don’t. I’m just glad they are still available for today’s generation to see.

I love to combine pop culture and crafts, so check back on Thursday for my Wonka inspired craft. It is my little bit of Pure Imagination!

Yarn Palette – Cozy Color

Sorry that I am a few days behind posting this. Last week was pretty crazy, but here is the second yarn palette of January. New yarn palette postings will begin on February 6.

Anyone else start their Christmas crafting/presents in January? I already have a few Christmas presents bought for 2015 already. I know, a little crazy! Let’s start our new year of crafting with a lovely Christmas palette from Design Seeds.

This is called cozy color and it does look very cozy. I love the muted greens and red. These are the colors I am decorating with next year.

1 copy

The yarn for this palette is acrylic and a medium (4) bulk.

Vanna’s Choice Linen is one of my favorite yarn colors. I have used it in several projects. It is such a very soft color, and is a little lighter than in the photo. Love it! Or, if you would prefer more of a white color than linen you could substitute it with Bernat Super Saver’s Winter White.

As always, if there is a color combo from Design Seeds that you’d like for me to match to yarn, just leave me a comment on any color palette post or shoot me an email.

Only 339 days until Christmas! Happy Stitching!!!