Monday, August 25, 2008

The Goodies!

Friday, 8/15, we arrived at Mother's in mid-afternoon. After visiting a little bit, I wanted to start the piles of laundry we had accumulated. I raised the garage door to go out to the rv parked in the driveway and saw a Fedex truck parked across the end of the drive. I went dancing & skipping down the drive and met the drived as he started around his truck. I said, "It's for me! It's for me!" He made a production of reading the label. Then I snatched the box from his hands as he laughed and headed back to his truck. The laundry was forgotton as I dashed back in the house and ripped open the box. There was a note inside that said,

"Congratulations, Pat!

We are so happy to award you this prize and want to thank you for making our first challenge a success. We are looking forward to see what you will craft in the future!

The CraftStylish Team"

Now on to the goodies: Lantern Moon Ebony 10" needles size 6; Lantern Moon Destiny 26" circulars size 8; Lantern Moon silk needle case in Jade & Chocolate with 9 sleeves for straight needles, eight pockets for circulars and a zipper pocket for 'stuff''; 6 nifty-doodle Taunton Press crafting books and a magazine: $50 gift certificate from; canvas type fabric tote bag about 15"x15"x3.5" deep.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I Won!!!

Last evening, Thurs 8/7, I received the following email:

You won the Craftstylish Tote Bag Challenge!!!
Hi Pat,
My name is Michaela Murphy and I am the managing editor of Congratulations! I am thrilled to inform you that you won our Tote Bag Challenge in the Play Ball category! The competion was pretty intense so you should feel very proud. Your bag is fabulous and we are all so happy that you took the time and energy to participate in the challenge--you really helped to make it great! Please shoot me an email so that I'll know that you know:) There is an annoucement post scheduled to publish at 12:00am tonight, but I
wanted to let the winners know first. I also need for you to please send me your address so that we may ship your prizes to you. Thanks again and a very warm congratulations to you! I am looking forward to seeing more of your work via CraftStylish! Best Regards,

This is a new crafting site for many different crafts and there were several catagories of the Tote Bag Challenge with four winners in all. The website is: and sign up is free. You can explore & read without signing up.

I entered the handy knitting bag I had made earlier this year and lined it with drapery fabric sample fabric, sewing in pockets closed with hook and loop tape. I used some wooden dowel handles that had been in Mother's supply stash for many years. It was a fun knit and assembly and an extremely useful knitting bag. Holds a lot without being heavy. These are the photos I submitted for the competition.

The write-up had really nice things to say about the bag and I am so thrilled, words cannot express my feelings.

The Grand Prize Packages consist of a fabulous and official CraftStylish tote bag filled to the brim with crafty delights worth over $250 including:
$50 Gift Card from
Lantern Moon Jade/Chocolate Silk Needle Case
Lantern Moon Knitting needles - 1 pair size 6, 10" straight needles in ebony AND 1 pair Destiny circulars, size 8 26"length, in rich rosewood.
Rotary Cutter from Martelli Enterprises
Library of crafty books including:
The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life
When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters
Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats and Cool Caps
Sew Subversive
Bead Simple
I Heart Felt
CraftStylish Quick Stuff to Make

Monday, August 4, 2008

Curl Up With A Good Book

I love to read, especially mysteries. Since I have been knitting more I haven't read as much or been as interested in involved, complicated plots. The easy to follow, entertaining "cosy" books are more my speed right now. I have been reading some of the knitting mysteries and enjoying them. The plots are just convuluted enough to be entertaining but they aren't dark and depressing.

There is a new book to be released tomorrow that sounds interesting. Here is the press release:

KC-area author launches knitting mystery series

Sally Goldenbaum of Prairie Village, who has written three Kansas-set Queen Bees quilting mysteries, has moved into knitting as a theme for her latest book.
"Death by Cashmere," which comes out Tuesday, is the first of the "Seaside Knitters" mystery series.
As the name implies, it has a coastal setting and a group of knitters who work to solve a murder. The book also includes a knitting pattern.

I've listed a few books on the sidebar. Let me know your favorite needlework novels.