As I work through my unfinished projects I’ve been fishing for my next knitting and crocheting projects which means….YARN! And patterns, of course. Let’s go!


Haul Time

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Knitting: 200 Q&A: Questions Answered on Everything from Casting On to Decorative Effects

Knitting 200 Q and A by Rita Taylor - Essence of MeHere’s a trouble-shooting problem solver for both beginning and experienced knitters.

Set in a question-and-answer format, this knitter’s handy helper asks questions such as: “Why do my stitches look uneven when I work in color?” The author offers three possible explanations to this question, which virtually guarantees that one or another of them will provide the correct solution to every knitter’s problem.

Other questions with clear answers and precise directions cover the “hows and whys” of brocade knitting, the right way to make a cable cross in a particular direction, the most efficient one-handed and two-handed methods of holding yarn while knitting, casting on, basic stitches, shaping, cables and twists, picking up and joining, and many more subjects.

Getting beyond the basics of knitting, additional chapters show how to make knitted lace and other decorative embellishments. Two hundred questions and answers come with clear, close-up color photos. The book features approximately 100 full-color photos and illustrations.

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Sock-Yarn Shawls: 15 Lacy Knitted Shawl Patterns

Sock-Yarn Shawls by Jen Lucas - Essence of MeSock yarns are so yummy. They come in many colorways and fiber contents–and they’re everywhere. Best of all, they’re versatile; you can use these fabulous fibers for a lot more than socks. You can make shawls!

  • Learn how to work from a knitting chart; instructions for 15 striking shawls are charted and written out
  • Get tips for choosing the right yarn–from fiber content to color–plus tips on using stitch markers, making shawls bigger, and more
  • Make great gifts; find a variety of knitted-shawl patterns to suit yourself and your friends

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 knit, Swirl! Uniquely Flattering, One Piece, One Seam Swirl Jackets

Knit Swirl by Sandra McIver - Essence of MeWithin the lavishly photographed pages of knit, Swirl!, designer Sandra McIver presents 18 designs that flatter all figures, each based on the innovative one piece, one seam circular construction she calls a “Swirl”. Using simple knitting techniques, she creates elegant sweater jackets in four dramatic silhouettes and three flexible sizes.

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2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside. . . The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern!

2-at-a-time Socks - Essence of MeSock knitters everywhere know the frustration of Second Sock Syndrome. It goes something like this: A cute new sock pattern and soft, foot-warming yarn lead to many happy knitting hours, resulting in . . . ONE sock. The first sock is done (and it’s adorable!) but pattern distraction sets in. Who wants to knit the same project all over again? There are so many new projects waiting to be discovered.

Melissa Morgan-Oakes ends the drudgery of the second sock by showing knitters how to cast on and knit two socks at one time on one long circular needle! Her method is captured in step-by-step photographs, clearly showing knitters how to turn out two socks at the same time. Goodbye to lonely, abandoned single socks. Hello to unlimited pretty pairs, knit on one needle (often finished on the same day), and worn with pride and that gratifying sense of accomplishment.

Oakes is a dedicated knitter, knitwear designer, and knitting instructor who has known the frustration of Second Sock Syndrome. Her easy-to-learn technique enables sock stitchers to adapt any pattern to her two-at-a-time method. But before experimenting with other patterns, readers will want to try Morgan-Oakes’s 15 original designs. Fun and creative, they include simple to complex choices, a variety of yarn weights, and designs for women, men, and children.

Socks are small, relatively inexpensive, and interesting to knit — a favorite portable choice of busy knitters. Keep the fun in sock-stitching with the innovative new technique that produces two socks — yes, that’s one sock for each foot — at the very same time!

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Sweater Workshop: Knit Creative, Seam-Free Sweaters on Your Own with Any Yarn

The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee - Essence of MeThis book teaches creative knitting. Sweaters are knit in one piece — no seams! — to the knitter’s own set of measurements, enabling knitters to use even hand-spun yarns that never seem to fit a predetermined gauge. The Sweater Workshop provides an alternative for those who wish to knit sweaters of their own designs. The rewards are well-fitting, perfectly constructed seamless sweaters knit from any yarn.

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Modern Sophisticate

Modern Sophisticate by Erica Jackofsky - Essence of MeModern Sophisticate is a stunning collection of garments and accessories that combine elegant, simple silhouettes with charming details and accents. Knitwear designer, Erica Jackofsky, brings her modern and refined sensibilities to this collection with a variety of designs that prove less can be more. Inspired by and named for modern dance choreographers, each design in Modern Sophisticate focuses on clean lines and wearable shapes that fit into your day-to-day wear. In addition to a shawl and fingerless arm warmers, you?ll also find a semi-slouch hat, a shawlette with a keyhole opening at one end for added versatility, a lightweight pullover, and a fitted cardigan ? everything you need for effortlessly chic projects that you?ll love wearing season after season.

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Creative Knitting (Autumn 2013).

Creative Knitting - Autumn 2013 - Essence of Me

This Autumn 2013 issue of Creative Knitting magazine gives you full-color photos, complete instructions, and how-to articles and techniques, all direct to you from our knit-loving editors. Make the most of those hard-to-come-by knitting moments with foolproof designs in appealing colors, guaranteed to be as much fun to stitch as they are to use (or give as thoughtful gifts!).

Read more on Amazon.

Read more on Annie’s Craft (digital version).




 Interweave Knits (Fall 2013).

Interweave Knits - Fall 2013 - Essence of Me

The Fall issue of Interweave Knits is deeply focused on texture and craft for new heirloom knits. Colorwork, dropped stitches, and diagonal graphics drive the pattern collection, while rustic and rich are the focus in yarn and product reviews. Kristin Omdahl walks us through working joined motifs, and we learn about the life and times of the yarn seer, Clara Parkes.

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Ostart 5 Sets of 11 Sizes 5” (13cm) Double Pointed Carbonized Bamboo Knitting Kits Needles

Onstart Double Pointed Knitting Needles Kit - Essence of MeOstart 5 Sets of 11 Sizes 5” (13cm) Double Pointed Carbonized Bamboo Knitting Kits Needles Set (2.0mm – 5.0mm). This is a set of 11 different sized double pointed needles: 2.0mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm, 2.75mm, 3.0mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, and 5.0mm.

  • Material: Bamboo
  • Size: 2mm – 5mm
  • Quantity: 5 sets of 11 sizes
  • Length: approx 5” (13cm)
  • The measurements are marked on each needle!

Bamboo needles have a completely different feel to metal needles – they are smoother and lighter – perfect if you are accused of disturbing others with the metallic clickety clack of your regular knitting needles!

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Ostart 18 Sizes 16” (40cm) Circular Bamboo Knitting Needles

Ostart 18 Sizes 16 inch Circular Bamboo Knitting Needles - Essence of MeOstart 18 Sizes 16” (40cm) Circular Bamboo Knitting Needles Set Kit (2.0mm – 10.0mm). This is a set of 18 different sized needles: 2.0mm, 2.25mm, 2.5mm, 2.75mm, 3.0mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, 6.5mm, 7.0mm, 8.0mm, 9.0mm, and 10.0mm.

  • Material: Bamboo
  • Size: 2mm – 10mm
  • Quantity: 18 pairs
  • Cord Length: approx 8” (21cm)
  • Needle Length: approx 3.8” (9.5cm)

Bamboo needles have a completely different feel to metal needles – they are smoother and lighter – perfect if you are accused of disturbing others with the metallic clickety clack of your regular knitting needles!

Read more on Amazon.



Susan Bates Sock Set 5 of each size: 000, 00, 0, 1 US size

Susan Bates Sock Set - Essence of Me - August 2013SUSAN BATES-Silvalume Double Point Knitting Needle Sock Set. Susan Bates sock set is designed with sock knitters in mind. These four ultra fine size needle sets are packaged together for convenience. Each package contains five 7in needles in sizes; 000 (1.5mm; red); 00 (1.75mm; turquoise); 0 (2mm; it’s yellow) and size 1 (2.25mm; it’s silver green). Imported.

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I thought I would itemize the yarn as well. I hope to give you updates as they make it through my projects. Click on the pictures to see a larger version of the photo.

Knit Picks Brava Worsted - Esseence of Me - August 2013Brava Worsted Yarn


  • Asphalt Heather
  • Solstice Heather
  • White



Knit Picks Gloss - Essence of Me - August 2013Gloss Fingering Yarn

Color: Kenai





Knit Picks Palette - Essence of Me - August 2013Palette Yarn

Color: Eggplant






Knit Picks Palette - Essence of Me - August 2013Stroll Glimmer Yarn

Color: Pomegranate





Knit Picks Stroll Tonal - Essence of Me - August 2013Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn

Color: Deep Waters





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In Closing

Did you make it through the post? Well, if you did…yay for you. 😉 What about the items above, are any of them on your Wish List or have you used them? I’d love to read about it in the comment section.

As stated in the video, this may be my last haul for a while. I am gearing up for a few fall projects. Stay tuned for the details.

Take care and Happy Crafting!


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Are you familiar with any of the items above? If so, I’d love to read about it.

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