Category: Books

Made for This 40 Days to Living Your Purpose {Book Review}

Recognize your calling, find your place of service, and follow God to a life of purpose.

In Made for This 40 Days to Living Your Purpose by author Jennie Allen readers are challenged to look beyond safe and comfortable and to throw all caution to the wind. Jennie points us to living a full God filled and directed life and resting in the peace and comfort of the purpose God has called us too.

This book is in a 40 day devotional format that’s broken down into four parts. The parts each are focused on a specific things which are as follows; The Prayer, The Call, The Threads, and The Future. Aside from those sections there is an introduction, how to find God, acknowledgments, notes and an about the author section.

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Dangerous Prayers 50 Powerful Prayers That Changed the World {Book Review}

Dangerous Prayers 50 Powerful Prayers That Changed the World gives readers a bite size look at influential men and woman that have made a substantial difference throughout history.

I found it to be a great choice for choosing to study a certain individual or just getting briefly introduced to who they are. The content on each person is brief and to the point. If you really want to know more about the person mentioned note this book just gives you the footnotes. For homeschooling and other studying purposes, it’s been the perfect go to for narrowing who we’d like to study down.

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Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!) Book Review

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Gramma Nancy’s Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!) is a fun 19 pattern book recommended for beginner to advanced knitters. There are patterns for hats, booties, and mittens sized to fit children up the age of 12. These items can be knit separate or together and given to friends and loved ones as a special gift ! If the aim is to create adorable knitted animals designs to be worn whether as a photography prop or for daily use this book is for you! Continue reading

Patchwork Knitting: 18 Projects to Knit and Crochet Johanna Schwarz {Book Review}

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Patchwork Knitting: 18 Projects to Knit and Crochet Johanna Schwarz is a unique book! In order to create the designs you must know how to both knit and crochet. One without the other will just not work. So, I would not recommend this book unless you are reasonably comfortable with those two fiber arts skills and are aware you’ll be using them together with every pattern.

P1170047The concept is that you’ll be whipping up patches such as squares, rectangles, triangles and other numerous shapes and joining each together using specified crochet stitches. The formula for every piece is explained in detail and when grasped one can start creating any of the projects in the book. Instructions¬†precisely inform how many stitches to cast on, rows to knit, and eyelet holes needed for each pattern. You’ll be working those eyelet holes for the crochet step of the project to seam everything together. I find using crochet instead of seaming with a needle and thread much more fun and easy to do!

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There are 18 patterns which includes skirts, slippers, jackets, scarves, hats, shrugs, pullovers, and home decor. The over 130 full color photos give you a good idea of what your creation should look like. Each of pattern pages also features colored diagrams showing exactly where each piece should be placed when putting it together.

P1170050 There is complete course in how to create slippers with this technique that takes you through start to finish. Near the back of the book there is a section dedicated to step-by-step knitting and crochet skills needed to do any of the patterns within the pages. Following that section is an area for notes.

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I believe my first project will either be the afghan or the set of pillows. I am however head over heels for the Quick-Change Artist Jacket that offers two looks in one. It’s simply beautiful but it will take more yarn than I currently have for it right now. I find it amazing how pieces like these can be used to create a very fitted and attractive finished design.

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If you are looking for a unique book that you can utilize both your knitting and crochet skills, I would certainly recommend this one. Many of the garment patterns can be worn for almost any occasion! The home decor will certainly be a great conversation piece as well! I did find this book in the Ravelry Community Database so if one has any questions for the author or others using this book, you can leave ideas, comments, or questions over there.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book for review purposes from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.