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Organize your closets or color with your kids?Scrub your kitchen floor or play with your dog? Tackle the garage or have dinner with your friends? Forget feeling guilty! You don't have to choose and you don't have to be perfect either. Just Clean Enough features 365 simple tips to keep your home guest-ready and in tip-top shape in half the time-with half the effort. After all, why spend all day mired in housework when it's easy to do small things like: Use baskets to control your kids' clutter Buy some silicon oven liners to cut down on cleaning time Put rugs down in your entry way to keep outside dirt contained Clean your toilet with a capful of bleach left overnight Add an Ottoman that doubles as storage With plans to declutter room by room or to tackle tasks when you have a few spare minutes, this book puts the cleaning team to shame. So instead of spending all of your free time cleaning your home, now you can actually enjoy it!
Learn strip-cutting techniques that significantly reduce piecing time and ensure accuracy. Directions are included for 23 quilt blocks and more than 25 projects that can be assembled from these blocks. Helpful diagrams and tips for trouble-free cutting and quilting make this a great guide for quilters of all skill levels.
Are you afraid to open your kitchen cabinet because you know food storage containers are going to come pouring out like an erupting volcano? Do you spend hours searching for the email you need? Will you regret it tomorrow if you give away all your old concert T-shirts? And how many tote bags will you really use? Keep This, Toss That answers all of these questions and much more. Featuring dozens of illustrated Keep/Toss Checklists, the book shows you exactly what you need--and what you can safely toss, regret-free (even if you're a sentimentalist or saver)--in every room of your house, for each hobby or activity, and even online. It also includes: * quick tips on clever storage solutions * tools and utensils that can do double duty * advice on how to customize the lists to suit your house, your family, and your lifestyle Answering the one key question you need to get organized and live happily with just the stuff you love, Keep This, Toss That is the one organizing book you must have.
This short guide offers easy to follow instructions for learning how to knit using the "Knifty Knitter" loom set. Instructions include patterns, stitches and suggestions for improvement. The instructions work well on any round loom, and this type of knitting is reminiscent of crochet. Bookshare also offers other pattern books for round loom projects. As a visually impaired person, it is suggested to use your fingers and not the loom tool to lift loops over the peg.
Knitting patterns for pets include a menagerie of animals readers have always wanted to create. Many of the projects include knitting instructions for accessories such as a dog bed and yummy carrots for the rabbits. The patterns make ideal knitting for beginners and the more advanced, with knitting techniques ranging from easy knit and purl to sock knitting styles on double pointed needles.
A Good Yarn Whether you're a dedicated knitter who bestows lovingly crafted gifts upon family and friends at every possible occasion, a sometimes knitter with a bag of fully conceived but half-completed projects, or a newcomer who bas recently taken up the needles with great gusto, you know the rewards that this hobby can bring. You may also know that knitting as a hobby can verge on obsession--be it the compulsive purchasing of stunning hand-spun wool, the desire to rip out nearly finished sweaters because you dropped a stitch, or the need to knit wherever, whenever, or however you can. Most important, though, knitting offers a camaraderie, a society of women and men who converse in a language all their own, flock to yarn stores with religious devotion, and can recite the time and place where they first learned to purl. These feelings are what KnitLit is all about. In this charming collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and recollections, knitters of every "color" celebrate their hobby and share with you the joy it brings into their lives. From the touching tale of a caring woman whose hand-knit dolls bring security to young hospital patients, to the hilarious story of a woman scorned who sends her ex-boyfriend a scarf knit with wolf hair only to have it torn to shreds by his dogs, to the moving recollection of a man whose grandmother's dying wish was to knit all the wool in her knitting stash, to the finely wrought account of a man who keeps alive the memories of his companions and friends who have succumbed to AIDS by wearing the sweaters they left behind, KnitLit is a gift from knitters to knitters--crafted with as much love and care as an afghan or a wool scarf. Wrap yourself in KnitLit, and be inspired.
This book pertains to knitting with circular and double-pointed needles. The patterns are for those who want work at designing their own projects, so the instructions are not necessarily given row by row.
Who loves you, baby? Your dog does, that's who, and there's no creature more deserving of a hand-knit expression of that love. Plus, he'll look darn cute in any number of the more than twenty easy-to-follow patterns in Knitting for Dogs. It's the perfect way to spoil the pet that spoils you with affection. You'll find designs here for every kind of dog, from sequined sweaters for your toy dog princess to a handsome sport coat with racing stripes for your L or XL big boy. But why stop there when you can knit a hat with Fair Isle trim or fingerless Aran gloves to match your pet's jaunty sweater? And because accessories make the dog, there are patterns for everything from a cat-shaped squeaky toy to a walk-in-the-park shoulder bag for carrying keys, doggie treats, and the all-important plastic bags. With foolproof instructions on how to properly measure a dog so that the project comes out just right, Knitting for Dogs will provide hours of entertainment for you and turn even the average pooch into the envy of the dog-run set. So whether you're a beginner or expert knitter, on the cutting edge of fashion or all about what's practical, you'll find something here to please both you and your canine companion.
Whether you're just picking up knitting needles for the first time or you've been knitting for years, Knitting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will be your pattern for knitting success. Have you always wanted to knit, but are just not sure how or where to start? Have you been knitting for years and want to perfect your stitches? As a beginner you will learn... the tools of the trade, the basics, how to read a pattern, the fundamentals basic stitches, techniques no knitter should be without, what to do when you make a common mistake, tips for knitting in the round, and how to knit some easy projects. More advanced? Try your needles at stripes, cables, twists, lace, Fair Isle, intarsia, and full garments. Knitting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, will not only enhance the skills you already have, it'll teach you new ones, from expert knitters who will guide you every step of the way. You'll be on your way to knitting a new wardrobe in no time!
All across America, people are knitting for peace. In yarn shops and private homes, churches and synagogues, schools and even prisons, they meet on weekday evenings or weekend afternoons to knit afghans for refugees, mittens for the homeless, socks for soldiers, or preemie caps for AIDS babies. The tradition goes back as far as Martha Washington, who spearheaded knitting efforts for the soldiers of the Revolutionary War, and has seen a recent flourishing in what is nowadays called "charity knitting," "community knitting," or "knitting for others. " And whether it's for world peace, community peace, or peace of mind, today's various causes have the common goal of knitting the world into a better place one stitch at a time. "Knitting for Peace" is an exceptional book that celebrates the long heritage of knitting for others. It tells the stories of 28 contemporary knitting-for-peace endeavors, and features patterns for easy-to-knit charity projects such as hats, socks, blankets, and bears, plus a messenger bag emblazoned with the "Knitting for Peace" logo. Enlivened by anecdotal sidebars and quotations from both knitters and peacemakers, this inspiring book also includes everything readers need to know to start their own knitting-for-peace groups. Picture descriptions present.
This book provides an introduction to the Knifty Knitter, a round loom used to knit garments from blankets to sweaters, to stockings and much more. Provides basic instructions on knitting a circle, knitting a panel, taking pieces off the loom, finishing a piece, and provides patterns for scarves, hats, Christmas stockings, golf club covers, coats, a beach bag, and much more. Also explains simple and double crochet. Other round loom pattern books are available from Bookshare.
Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizesby Elizabeth Zimmermann
The first of Zimmermann's knitting books, geared more for the beginner, though fun to read for the advanced knitter too.
from the INTRODUCTION: It is intended that this guide will assist one. whether lady or gentleman, in developing skills in basic clothing construction techniques used from the eighteenth century through the present day. Most women would once have learned these techniques as part of their childhood education, and all dressmakers and seamsters (usually men) would have been very efficient in them. Due to modern conveniences, many of these techniques are little known today, but continue in use by traditional tailors and some fine dressmakers. In constructing clothing and accessories for a living history interpretation. it is necessary to understand and execute, at minimum, the basic stitches, seams, and buttonholes. It is highly recommended that one follow the traditional method of learning these stitches by making samples of them. This may seem a time consuming process, with no wearable result, but will prevent the waste of fabric and time, and will dispel possible disappointment in an ill looking finished garment.
Landscaping: Principles & Practices, 7th Edition provides the basic knowledge and industry information needed to be successful in the field of landscape design and architecture. Focusing on three areas of professional practice; design, contracting and management, traditional topics such as design, plant installation, and pricing are covered, as well as topics not found in most other books, such as interior landscaping, xeriscaping, water gardens, and safety.
Jelly Roll, Layer Cake and Charm Quilts provides seventeen beautiful projects that show you how to get the most from pre-cut fabric bundles. The projects range from smaller lap quilts to full-sized bed quilts and each is made from one jelly roll, layer cake or charm pack (or a combination), making the quilts quick and economical. Using the latest fabrics, the authors provide a main quilt and an alternative color way for added versatility. Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations make creating quilts from bundles fun and easy, regardless of your skill level.
9 new designs and 10 new stitches that can be done using circular or knitting looms.
Learn to knit cables on looms, with 9 patterns including slipper socks, baby sweater, purse, hat, scarf, mitts, shawl, backpack and throw.
10 fun and easy patterns plus instructions and techniques for beginners of the knitting looms.
Leonardo da Vinci once mused that "we know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot," an observation that is as apt today as it was five hundred years ago. The biological world under our toes is often unexplored and unappreciated, yet it teems with life. In one square meter of earth, there lives trillions of bacteria, millions of nematodes, hundreds of thousands of mites, thousands of insects and worms, and hundreds of snails and slugs. But because of their location and size, many of these creatures are as unfamiliar and bizarre to us as anything found at the bottom of the ocean. Life in the Soil invites naturalists and gardeners alike to dig in and discover the diverse community of creatures living in the dirt below us. Biologist and acclaimed natural history artist James B. Nardi begins with an introduction to soil ecosystems, revealing the unseen labors of underground organisms maintaining the rich fertility of the earth as they recycle nutrients between the living and mineral worlds. He then introduces readers to a dazzling array of creatures: wolf spiders with glowing red eyes, snails with 120 rows of teeth, and 10,000-year-old fungi, among others. Organized by taxon, Life in the Soil covers everything from slime molds and roundworms to woodlice and dung beetles, as well as vertebrates from salamanders to shrews. The book ultimately explores the crucial role of soil ecosystems in conserving the worlds above and below ground. A unique and illustrative introduction to the many unheralded creatures that inhabit our soils and shape our environment above ground, Life in the Soil will inform and enrich the naturalist in all of us.
Practical advice on a variety of topics such as parenting, money, pets, first aid, travel, volunteering, and etiquette.
Linnea has visited Claude Monet's garden! In Paris, she got to see many of his actual paintings. Now she understands what it means for a painter to be called an Impressionist.
Carpenter and construction manager Salomon presents readers with ideas for saving money, protecting the environment, and improving their livelihood by smart living in small spaces. The author profiles dozens of people around the world whose methods of scaling-down vary as widely as their locations--from single mothers in cooperative housing to homeowners converting to multi-use bathroom/lofts, adding home business spaces, or building from scratch. Floor plans; b&w and color images; and practical advice on legal matters, energy efficiency, creativity, and the importance of common spaces supplement the stories.
A hip, eco-friendly guide with fun and easy projects for all levels. Eating locally has so many benefits--for the planet, for your health, and for your taste buds--and you can't get much more local than your very own backyard. But is planting a garden too big a commitment? Then this book is for you. A Little Piece of Earth is all about starting small, with more than fifty self-contained, doable projects. Whether you have a yard, a terrace, a rooftop, or just a windowsill, there are plenty of ideas and inspirations to choose from. Harvest your own precious vanilla pods from a pot indoors. Grow savory shiitakes on a small log in your kitchen. Build a miniature vineyard trellis on your deck or build a raised bed on your patio. Recipes for using your homegrown bounty are sprinkled throughout. Charming illustrations guide you through step-by-step, and there's a complete resources section. This is about making dirt work for you, taking some control over your food supply, and, most important, enriching your life with the quiet, simple pleasures of produce raised organically with your own hands.
Inspiring and challenging, this chronicle of a unique household experiment takes readers inside one family's environmental test. Already mindful of the impact human activity has on the environment, the author and her family decided to take a further step towards thoughtful living by aiming for complete domestic sustainability. For six months, the Cockburns grew, bartered for, and made everything they ate; used exclusively solar power; collected rainwater for drinking, cleaning, and cooking; parked the cars and turned to bicycles; and aimed to not spend a single dollar. From just their average home on an average-sized lot, they experienced success, surprises, and challenges in their quest--all while learning about themselves as a family. Whether readers are looking for lessons on adopting some--or all--of the Cockburns' practices or are just curious about what it might take to "do it yourself" even more deeply, this story will bring them along for the ride.