Amanda's bold and inspiring use of colour and pattern gives stunning results that are deceptively easy to achieve. This colourful book contains illustrated block-by-block guides to creating ten stunning blankets, with colour variations providing twenty further creations. Each of the ten blankets is constructed from a series of simple motifs, including squares, hexagons and triangles: creating a large and sumptuous blanket is simply a matter of piecing together colourful motifs into wonderful arrangements. The book contains basic instruction on yarns and hooks, explains how to join motifs and sew in ends, and provides a brief guide to using colour. For each blanket there is an index of motifs used, accompanied by the instructions for how to make them: both in written form and as a chart. The blocks include a range of shapes and are accompanied by the 'fillers' needed to fill the gaps between them. Each project has a full colour chart, and takes the reader block by block through the entire construction process.
Kate Jasper, Marin County, California’s own organically grown amateur sleuth, returns in this seventh mystery in the series. Kate’s twenty‐fifth high school reunion was bad enough, but the post‐reunion barbecue for the old gang was a real shock. Kate lends her own pinball machine, Hot Flash, to Sid Semling the week before his barbecue party. Sid, master prankster and live wire, does his own wiring on the pinball machine so it spews sexist menopausal insults as fast as he does. But when he steps up to play pinball at the party, it zaps the jokes right out of him. The machine’s been rigged for electrocution, and Kate scores as the primary suspect. Everyone was annoyed by Sid, but it was Kate’s pinball machine that made him the first man to die from a Hot Flash. She must short‐circuit the real culprit before she becomes the next Most Likely to Die.
“On February 11, 1992, my husband and our friend drove up to a local Southern California resort for a short day of skiing ... and never returned. “I began to experience an unfamiliar gamut of terrifying, confusing, and gripping emotions. In the following 82 days of searching for them, I kept a journal of my thoughts, prayers and feelings, also thinking what a wonderful story it would make when they survived and miraculously emerged from the devastating snowstorm and heavily avalanched mountain—proving the power of prayer and the unlimited ability of God! “He didn’t answer our prayers as we hoped; when my husband’s lifeless body was recovered, the miracle story slipped away. I read everything I could find on grieving and became so frustrated that I could find so few of the kind of books I ached to read. I wanted to share others’ journeys ... to know their intimate thoughts and their struggles and their triumphs. I felt the Spirit prompting to write my own book—that there were others like me who would be edified by reading my story.” No matter when or how you have suffered loss, you will recognize, relate, and be encouraged as you travel Ellen's journey—plunging into the depths of the valley of death, digging through the mountain of debris, and emerging to find hope, healing and new life After the Avalanche.
With more than 40 fabulous afghan patterns from master designer Donna Kooler, crocheters will grab their needles and stitch to their hearts' content. These incredible blankets come in a range of styles and colors, from sweet baby blues to bright hot pinks. Some are filled with country charm, others feature festive designs, still more are sophisticated, warm and cozy, and just right for masculine comfort. There's one for a wedding present, plus soft and gentle afghans to cuddle a child, a cool cotton throw to keep away the chill, a "take and make" design that's easily portable, and many more.
Synopsis: What you don't know won't hurt you is a lie.A big lie. Knowledge is still power, and the power found in these pages is undeniable. When Jodee Kulp began to explain the insidiousness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome I did not get it. I could not sympathize. It was too much like an out of control virus that was taking over the world. But when I began reading the life stories of the characters in this book I became educated vicariously, even without knowing it. The strength of story could not be better illustrated than within these pages. Full, rich, deep personalities walk through your imagination as close as your own family as this epic-like volume clings to your heart. You will want to pick up the phone and call each one to say, "I'm right here, and I understand, or watch out." The identity of these characters becomes so personal you just know you are reading their memoirs. Fiction, as C.S. Lewis would say, adds to reality, not just describes it. It enriches daily life and irrigates the deserts of our lives. I found "Whitest Wall" so compelling I wanted to jump to the end, but so glad I didn't. Life is complex and lives are intertwined to a greater degree than we think. We tend to be myopic, critical, judgmental, and basically self-absorbed, or is that just me? Jodee Kulp is so adept at casting the players in Whitest Wall and so passionate a story teller you will look at your neighbor through different eyes than ever before. I believe there are many books in the book, I trust at least there are many more books coming from Jodee. Mac McConnell, author, "Forever Changed", "Bozra"
Remember the freshness of gingham fabric? You can get the same look with this book's Beautiful-in-Blue Baby Afghan featuring color-block panels. Or you can treat your toddler to a rainbow of fresh colors. Dainty, textured stitches worked in pretty pastels make the Cotton Candy Stripes afghan as cute as it is cuddly. In the Lavender Lace Baby Afghan, an elaborate edging of love knots and picots accents a simple seed stitch body. 4 baby afghans to crochet (3 easy designs in light worsted weight yarn and 1 intermediate design in fine/baby weight): Beautiful-in-Blue Baby Afghan courtesy of Spinrite; Rainbow Nap-ghan by Frances Hughes; Cotton Candy Stripes by Aline Suplinskas; and Lavender Lace Baby Afghan by Hilary C. Murphy.