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Book Meme

A friend of mine posted this on her blog and thought I would take her up on it.

Book Meme

Here are the rules: Grab the nearest book.

Find the closest book…Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one. Pick the CLOSEST.

Open the book to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the next two to five sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
So I dug around in the clutter of the computer area and the closest book was…a postgard guide…thrilling, I know.

The Official Price Guide Postcards First Edition

“Postcard collectors have partly filled this void by creating their own postcard greetings, especially for National Postcard Week.  This annual celebration-through-the mail takes place the first week of May.”

Life in the postcard zone around my desk.  The next choice was a vintage crochet leaflet..then the Peterson’s guide to Eastern Birds.

My Beginning Adventures Knitting – and How to Felt Soap

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed doing is crochet and I have recently learned to knit from some new friends I met through Ravelry. My first project was some knitted slippers knitted in wool yarn that you intentionally shrink or felt to make sturdy and warm slippers. They are almost finished…

Then I started on a gift for a family member. They are not quite finished…

And then I started on some knitted socks for me (Back to Basics Socks by Deb Barnhill, found at They are barely started. The knitting was going fairly well but when I tried them on – they were too big! Too big for MY feet? Imagine that.

Since there was no other recourse, I “frogged” (ripped them out). Boo Hiss. The yarn is doing quite well – I’ve not counted the number of times I’ve frogged and started again but it is about 6 or 7. The new-to-me cast on I’m using (Magic Cast On by Judy Becker) is becoming more and more familiar; I almost don’t need to go to the instructions. My performance is no reflection at all of the pattern. It is not the pattern’s fault I stumble here and there and there and here.

The idea of felting intentionally is interesting and then I saw this idea on one of my favorite blogs: creates a felted wool covering over a bar of soap. Now felting occurs when wool comes into contact with hot water, soap, and agitation. You can’t quite put a wool-wrapped bar of soap into the washer with some towels and jeans and expect to pull out a nifty item with soap remaining on the inside.

I may start a knitted sleeve for a bar of soap. There is left-over yarn from my first pair of slippers. This will mean that all four of my big knitted projects are in the unfinished stages while I move on to yet another new project.

But NO! I will persevere and finish at least ONE item before trying something new!

Cool Blog posts by others – Paper Beads

paper beads

I was trolling through the internet and saw these paper beads and how-to instructions at this blog. Doesn’t the idea make your mind spin, thinking of the possibilities? The instructions are simple and easy-to-follow. Be sure to read the suggestion-filled comments for more bead ideas and other uses of the paper mixture.

Some thoughts:

-use the tiny bits of leftover scrapbooking paper

-instead of tearing – use the crosscut shredder (tearing paper will be part of the fun for kids but if you are more interested in the creative part of the process those shredders are pretty fast…)

Check out the link – the author has several more pictures showing the different colors and effects she was able to get with the paint. I am going to be spending some time checking out the archives at