13/100 Dyeing Wishes by Molly MacRae

Not all sheep are created equal, and when they don’t come running to be fed then you can bet there is something wrong. Join us as we learn more about Granny, the Ghost, and dyeing wool all in one great book. There are a couple of murders, budding romance, and some intrigue along the way.

This is a riotously funny book that drags us along on a wonderful journey of friendship and murder with a few paranormal elements along the way. The ghost that has joined our little troupe, along with the unnamed cat, both add a wonderfully interesting element. Not really for Kat though, who is still trying to get the hang of talking with the ghost, or ignoring her when she can, while out in public around a lot of people that cannot see the ghost. Poor Kat, people are starting to think that she’s losing her mind. I sort of wish her Granny had left her more instructions than just her recipe book, that Kat cannot find.

For a fast paced book full of amazingly funny and warm characters with a dash of paranormal and mystery thrown in this is a great read. Start with the first, but then devour the rest of the series along the way.

Happy Reading!


12/100 Last Wool and Testament by Molly MacRae

This crafty mystery with a paranormal element hits all of the high spots for my interests.  MacRae has a book that starts off with a tragedy but the book builds into a wonderfully funny mystery with plenty of interesting characters.  Between building a wonderful town full of quirky characters there are enough craft references to warm the soul.  I love how the main character is beginning to know more about her, now dead, granny than she ever thought she would have.

Granny was suspected of murder, by one of the sheriffs department at least.  The man did die under unusual circumstances, so to clear her granny’s name Kat has to solve the mystery.  She manages to gather a Posse consisting of her granny’s Friday Night Knitting Group.  Let the wacky hi-jinks ensue.

If you are looking for a crafty mystery novel, light on the romance, heavy on the paranormal, then this is the book for you.  I really enjoyed listening to this quick, but not really fast, paced novel.  The characters are interesting and I am able to get an idea of what they are about without a lot of overly detailed descriptions.  If you don’t know a lot about crafts you might want to google some terms while you’re reading.  Other than that, this is a great cozy mystery for anyone to read!

Happy Reading!

64/100 Silence of the Lambs Wool by Betty Hechtman

This is one of the funniest books I have read in a while. The constant series of mishaps that occurs every time this poor woman tries to put on an event. If you don’t mind a little murder with your crafting, and a few quirky characters then this is the series for you. They do not get into the crafting in much detail, don’t expect to learn how to spin from this book, but you get a decent overview into how much work these various crafts really are/can be.
Between the quirky characters, the fast paced plot, the bumbling shop owner/baker, and the murders (don’t forget the murders) this is a decent book. I really enjoy reading about people that have the same passions as myself.

29/100 Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!

27/100 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon, Stephanie Anderson (Illustrator)

This is a really neat children’s book that introduces the processes of raising sheep, shearing, spinning, dyeing, warping a loom, and weaving. Since it is only about 30 pages long, all of which have very few words (and beautiful pictures) this is a lot of information to get across to the readers. I believe that this was done very well, the entirety of the processes done by the farmer were done in the most environmentally friendly manner; dyeing with natural plant-stuffs, shearing gently, etc. If you are looking for a way to introduce children, or even adults, to the world of textiles this is a beautiful way to do so.

76/100 Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning by Lexi Boeger

This is an author with revolutionary theories on handspinning, as well as a bent toward political agendas.  I really enjoyed reading this book, it was completely hilarious.  I really enjoyed how serious this author was with her revolutionary and artistic ideas toward spinning.  I had just finished the book, Spin Control, how to spin with a purpose to get the yarn you want/need for a project, so this book talking about letting the fiber tell you what it wants to be, is quite the change.  This book actually reminds me of a psychology teacher I had in college.
She was supposed to be teaching us about gender studies.  She spoke about how breasts are just lumps of fat, so she shouldn’t feel bad that she doesn’t have any (her words, not mine).  She spoke about how she spent some time wearing a fur coat she found at a salvation army until she realized that one of the people she was trying to impress probably donated the coat in the first place.  She also showed us one of those videos that PETA tries to propagate about how chickens are treated in One of the companies.  I had the audacity to ask what this had to do with gender studies, she fluffed it off, something about how men treat women.  The only class I ever came close to failing.
Needless to say this author and her very artistic ideals trigger some bad memories.  Despite this, she does have some good ideas, and decent descriptions for creating various yarns.  She does say in the beginning of this book that you need to be able to create a balanced yarn before you can begin breaking the rules.  She does always seem to be breaking every rule and since most of the yarn she creates on purpose looks a lot like early mistakes, it really does make a person wonder how much is justification…but to recreate things over and over you have to have some skill.
This is certainly a book to get your creative juices flowing, and if you are conservative have a good laugh at the same time.

74/100 Spin Control: Techniques for Spinning the Yarns You Want by Amy King

This was an extremely quick read, but very satisfying as well.  Admittedly most of the books I have read on trying to create the yarn you want recommend, fairly forcefully, keeping a book of samples.  Ms. King admits that this is not an easy task, but to create and recreate the yarn you want you need to keep this record.  I loved learning that finishing the yarn after you knit, weave, crochet, with it is an option though since it can change the properties of a yarn a great deal not a very good option.  The color photos of examples and differences in work, techniques, and fibers was very inspiring.  This book made me want to go and sink my hands into some of my beautiful fiber and get spinning!  But, alas, I have to go to work instead….maybe over the holidays!