Saturday, November 5, 2016

Natural Color // A Blogging for Books Review

If you know me personally, or even if you just read this blog from time to time, then you know that I am an avid knitter. This hobby (really more like a lifestyle for me) extends into a yarn obsession and a desire to learn everything I can about yarn crafts. This curiosity has likewise extended to learning about hand-dyeing yarn, and when I received the opportunity to receive the book Natural Color, I didn't hesitate to take it.

This book is all about dyeing yarn, fabric, and other textiles using natural resources such as avocado pits, madder root, rose petals, and more. What I like most about this book, besides the fact that it is divided by seasons to make it easier to chose projects based on their seasonal availability, is that it makes yarn dyeing an accessible art. The projects listed are written more like recipes, listing all the ingredients needed and all the steps required to prepare the dye bath, soak the yarn, and set the color.

Although time has not permitted me to try out any of these yarn dyeing projects yet (and because it'd be quite a task to make enough guacamole to acquire the number of avocado pits I would need!), I am eager to give it a try. The idea of knitting from yarn that I dyed myself would make me unusually proud, haha. I have great plans for trying it out soon though.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Travelers // A Blogging for Books Review

I have to be completely honest: this book took me a long time to read. When I first started reading it, I was really into it, reading for a few hours, but after I put it down that night, I had trouble picking it back up. I mostly equate this to not being my typical go-to genre. I would classify this book as a spy thriller, and it did not disappoint with its edge-of-the-seat moments. Without giving anything away, the book is about a travel writer, Will, who becomes involved in a game of intrigue when he is offered a proposal that he can't refuse. However, this book was too long and not to the point. I kept confusing characters and outright forgetting who certain characters were, and for a novel that is built on intrigue, I found myself not always wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Nonetheless, I was engaged at multiple points of the book, so I'm willing to explore some of the author's (Chris Pavone) other works which have positive reviews and which will hopefully have more direction than The Travelers.

Also, side note, why do books like this always have handsome, mysterious male characters who objectify women? Okay, I'm done now.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Despite the weather turning warmer, I still want to knit so many things. Do you find that you knit less during the summer? I don't stop knitting outright, but I what knit certainly changes. I move on from wool to cottons and linens and maybe pick up some cross-stitch too. The creating certainly never stops.

But for now, I have been on a shawl kick. What's pictured is Antarktis shawl no. 2. I just love the pattern so much that I had to make another. What are you working on these days? Is the weather warming up where you are?