NetGalley ARCs for this week

This week I received one eARC from NetGalley, a site where you can request to receive digital ‘advance reader copies’ of books in exchange of an honest review.

‘Knot On Your Life’ by Betty Hechtman
Beyond the Page Publishing
A Yarn Retreat Mystery (Book #7)
I’m such a lover of yarn crafting, so when I saw this book available on Net Galley, I put in my request immediately! It looks like that it combines knitting and solving a crime in the plot line, so I can’t wait to begin reading this!

The yarn retreat group visiting scenic Vista Del Mar has already planned their own activities, so part-time dessert maker and retreat host Casey Feldstein is looking forward to a stress-free weekend. But the rustic locale is also playing host to a mindfulness retreat for Silicon Valley start-up entrepreneurs along with a flock of bird-watchers, and soon everyone at the resort is getting wound up. And when Casey discovers the dead body of one of the tech gurus on the rocky shore of the Pacific, she begins to suspect that what looks like an accident is actually a calculated murder.

With so many suspects to choose from and mysterious connections emerging between members of the groups, Casey will have to knit together a colorful array of clues as she wrangles with Vista Del Mar’s prickly manager and the curmudgeonly local police lieutenant. And as she closes in on the likely culprit, she’ll have to tie up the loose ends of her investigation before the killer can stitch her full of holes . . .

Books to Knit and Crochet By

Crocheting is something I’ve enjoyed for quite a while! I taught myself how to crochet while I was a grad school student, back in 2010. I became very good at it, making hats and scarves for friends and family. About two years ago, I had a wrist joint injury and needed to take time off from crocheting.

This was EXTREMELY hard for me! Next to writing, crocheting is something I’m passionate for! Thanks to a very good orthopedist and OT sessions, I’m beginning to crochet again. The process is slow (three rows a day), but paired with my hand exercises, there’s no pain!

My love of yarn crafting made me look up some books that feature people who both Knit and Crochet!

The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

The Shop on Blossom Street is the 1st novel of the Blossom Street series. Macomber brings together a group of women in varying circumstances: a delinquent ordered to fulfill community service, a woman trying to call a truce with her daughter-in-law, and a young woman symbolizing her blanket project as a beacon of hope for her marriage. The common goal: bonding over a knitting project. Debbie Macomber beautifully tells the story of these three women as they learn how to be present for each other in the face of hardships.

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

When I first read ‘The Friday Night Knitting Club’, the yarn shop immediately made me think of The Yarn Company. This was a cute little shop for Knitters and Crocheters in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I would regularly head there on my way to class to pick up the necessary tools needed for my projects. Sadly, the shop is now closed, but there are still many other locations in New York City to fulfill your yarn crafting needs!
Everything in The Friday Night Knitting Club was so heartwarming. It taught about the power of female friendships when one of their circle faces huge struggle. The mother-daughter relationship in the story was also very endearing.

So far these are the only ‘yarn-centered’ stories I’ve read, but I vow to read more on this topic! I’m definitely going to crochet some rows tonight!

Note: I crocheted the lovely bunny by following Susan Morishita’s ‘Bunny Cakes‘ pattern!

June 3, 2018: Stitch and Sip

I’m glad that the 4th of July break is here. I’m only away from work for the holiday, yet the time off is necessary. The neighborhood fireworks celebration was taking place tonight, and we really enjoy them every year. After work Andy and I went for a quick bite, then we headed to Lone Eagle Brewing for a drink. It’s been a couple months since we last visited, and we managed to locate a table at the upper level for a short while. I got myself a dry Irish stout. The description of the beer mentioned coffee, and I’m always up for caffeine.

As we were leaving the brewery I came across a calendar of events held throughout the summer. One of events mentioned a ‘Stitch and Sip’ event: meeting others who drink, knit and crochet. I felt super excited when I came across the listing…it’s only a couple weeks away, and it’s exciting to meet fellow yarn crafters in the area. I only hope that left wrist is feeling up to creating again. It may just be a pure social event, without yarn crafts. It would be nice for my hand to feel much better though.