Tuesday, 13 January 2015

2015 Australian Women Writers Challenge

I'm tickled to find this challenge! I've been enjoying tons of Sci-Fi and Fantasy written by Australian women so it's a great fit for me.

Want to join? Come check it out.

Australia Women Writers Challenge

My books:

1. Aurora: Darwin by Amanda Bridgeman Review
2. Aurora: Pegasus by Amanda Bridgeman
3. Aurora: Meridian by Amanda Bridgeman
4. Aurora: Centralis by Amanda Bridgeman Review
5. Dragonfly by Erica Hayes Review
6. Equilibrium: Episode 1 by C.S. Sealey Review
7. Equilibrium: Episode 2 by C.S. Sealey Review
8. Aurora: Eden by Amanda Bridgeman
9. Ours to Save by Shona Husk Review
10. Ours to Share by Mel Teshco Review
11. Ours to Embrace by Denise Rossetti Review
12. Mine to Serve by Mel Tescho Review

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Review: The Crochet Answer Book, 2nd Edition by Edie Eckman

Edie Eckman's classic Q&A reference is better than ever! You'll find helpful answers to even more crochet questions, including new questions on broomstick lace, linked stitches, crochet cables, and much more. You'll also find illustrations for left-handed crocheters; up-to-the-minute information on new internet resources; and an expanded section on unusual techniques like Tunisian crochet. Whatever your level of expertise, you'll love having Edie Eckman's expert advice available at the turn of a page!

As a self-taught crocheter, I've struggled with online resources when I need a little (or a lot of) help. From youtube, to charts, diagrams, scanned photos and drawings and everything in between, I've found the process of learning more than the basics to be hit and miss.

And more often than not, frustrating.

The Crochet Answer Book started out with my comfort level, in many cases very beginner, without leaving me feeling like it was doing a cursory job of being an introductory book. I never felt things were glossed over before because I "should" know them.

The thing I loved most is the diagrams. The work displayed is all one colour except the bit you need to pay attention to. Clear and easy. I honestly face-palmed more than once as I realized "that's all there is to it?"

The Crochet Answer Book is a brilliant resource for any needlework library.

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

My 2015 New to You (Me) Reading Challenge

Yep, it's that time of year again.

New to You Reading Challenge

I've added a twist to my 2015 New to You Reading Challenge. I've also made mine an A-Z Challenge so no only will my reads by by authors new to me, each author name or title will fill in a letter of the alphabet. I'll update the post as I go =)

Care to see the details and sign up? Come say hi at Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

A. Aurora: Darwin by Amanda Bridgeman Review
B. The First Bird by Greig Beck Review
C. The Eye of Everfell by Bard Constantine, The Chimera Vector by Nathan M. Farrugia Review
D. Down by Ally Blue Review
E. The Crochet Answer Book, 2nd Edition by Edie Eckman Review
F. The Fly House by Misty Provencher
H. Dragonfly by Erica Hayes Review
I. Ixeos by Jennings Wright
K. Keeper by Kristine Williams
L. The Last Quarrel by Duncan Lay Review
M. Dark Horse by Michelle Diener
N. Novum by Joseph Rhea
P. Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
R. Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly
S. Equilibrium Episode 1 by C.S. Sealey Review