Book Review: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie

Title: Alice Starmore’s Glamourie
Author: Alice Starmore

Book Description:


Glamourie is a Scots word meaning a charmed condition in which everything is invested with magical properties and possibilities. In this unique book, Alice Starmore leads us into the realm of glamourie and —like the witches of Gaelic folklore —casts spells with needles and a single thread. Taking her daughter Jade’s supernatural stories as inspiration, she uses the art of hand knitting to bewitch and bedazzle, and illustrates the tales with elaborate costumes and accessories that portray fanciful and extraordinary ideas. 
In creating these costumes, she has powerfully demonstrated the glamourie that can flow from the twin wands of a master magician.
While the first half of this book is an unrestrained flight of fancy, the second half contains full instructions for knitting beautiful garments based upon each costume, all written with Alice Starmore’s trademark accuracy and precision.  
By developing each of these patterns from its associated costume, she has revealed how her mind works and how her imagination led her from the initial inspiration through to the final design.
Alice and Jade Starmore are from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and its moody Celtic landscape is the backdrop to the stories, costumes and designs they have created. The final stage of Glamourie was to take their creations back out into that landscape to be photographed. They trekked to special locations, far off the beaten track, and Jade’s spectacular photographs depict both the sweeping panorama and the minute detail of their beloved native isle. Three years in the making, this combination of photography and fable, of highly conceptual design and practical instruction, will enchant not only knitters but also those in the fashion and costume world and readers fascinated by Scottish and Gaelic legends.

My Review

Alice Starmore, what is there to say about this wonderful designer? I am amazed at the costumes she designed & a little sad she didn’t include the patterns for the actual costumes, but the patterns that are in the book live up to her wonderful explanations & designs. I have already seen about six of them that I want to make. My only issue is that I wish she would make some of her sweaters & clothing plus size.

The story that was written to go along with the costumes were well worth the cost of the book itself. It kept you enthralled & well written. I love mythology style writing so I adored it. I read the entire thing in one night cause I could not put it down.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

Book Review: Plum Dandy Knits

Title: Plum Dandy Knits
Author: Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

Book Description:


Polished knits. Plush yarns. Perfect match.

Sometimes nature’s most beautiful details are the perfect inspiration for creating simple yet luxurious knits. In Plum Dandi Knits, Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary–designers, friends, and leaders of the much-love Plum Dandi group on Ravelry–bring you 23 projects that reflect and react to the natural world with a sumptuous twist of plush fibers, feminine accents, and stylish comfort.

Lace that mimics soft forest foliage or the numerous tassels of a pine tree. Textured patterns that call to mind a babbling brook or waterfall. Thick wool shawls and sweaters knit in anticipation of blustery cold days ahead. The uncomplicated pieces in this collection, knit in soft, luxe yarns, are soothing complements to slowing down and settling into peaceful moments. Wherever you seek stillness and calm, Plum Dandi Knits will help take you there.

My Review

I don’t normally review knitting books that I have never knit from, but saw this one & thought I would check it out. It has quite a range of knitting items that already have given me several ideas of things to knit. You have leg warmers, cardigans, cowls, socks, shawls, finger-less mitts (you can never have enough of those), headbands, sweaters, scarves, etc. The patterns are easy to understand & the charts are simple to follow. I wouldn’t put these patterns for a complete beginner but I think if you know the basics you would be able to make any of these patterns. The only thing I would have liked to see would have been a few more plus size items, but I am not disappointed in the book in any way.

I would check the book out and read it. I like the patterns, just not the colors she used in them all. But like all good patterns you can change the color of the yarn.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

2018 CAL KAL Mish Mash

Jess and I have come up with a crochet/knit along for 2018! Here is the information:

CAL Host: Jessica http://crochetjessica.com and jessika on Ravelry
KAL Host: Hev http://tigerwhispers.com and Hev on ravelry

Hev will be our knitter and Jessica will be our crocheter. Each month 2 patterns will be released – 1 by Hev & 1 by Jessica. We will start off with easy/basic squares as an introduction to to knitting and crocheting. Each month the squares will get harder in skill. we want those not comfortable with knitting and/or crocheting to build up skill as time goes on. We will post links to YouTube or other places if we feel they are needed. If you need help post a comment on that months post. Your email is required to be able to post a comment but that is only to prove you are an actual person — it’s a spam prevention measure. We will NEVER use your email for anything unless we reply to you personally to your comment.

General Information:

Square size: 9 inch
Yarn: Worsted weight
Amount of yarn needed: We haven’t figured this out yet. We figure at least one 7oz skein of yarn per color you use. The less colors you use the more yarn you need of the colors you use.
# of colors needed: at least 1 – no more then 5.
Needle/Hooks: Will be decided by each pattern.
Gauge: Will be decided by each pattern.
Pattern file type: PDF downloadable from Ravelry. Possibly on Hev’s & Jessica’s sites.
Size of the finished blanket it hasn’t been decided yet although we know it will be 36 inches wide and 40 inches long (4 squares wide x 5 squares long).

Social Media Information

Instagram Hashtag: #mishmashkcal2018

Pattern Release Dates

We will be releasing patterns the Monday after the 1st day of each month. So if the 1st falls on a Monday the pattern will be released the following Monday. Here is a schedule of release dates. We do reserve the right not to release on those dates however.

  • Square 1 – February 5, 2018
  • Square 2 – March 5, 2018
  • Square 3 – April 2, 2018
  • Square 4 – May 7, 2018
  • Square 5 – June 4, 2018
  • Square 6 – July 2, 2018
  • Square 7 – August 6, 2018
  • Square 8 – September 3, 2018
  • Square 9 – October 8, 2018
  • Square 10 – November 5, 2018
  • Assembly & Border: December 3, 2018

TW is Back!

I re-worked the code,got a finished objects gallery of my knitting projects, got instagram up & posting. So I think I am ready to go. I know I neglect this blog quite a bit, but since I do make quite a few posts to instagram, I have set up the site to automatically post a blog post every time I upload a image to instagram. I know some of you may find this irritating, but my site, my choices.

I am still planning on going through my pages & making some changes, but that can be done while the site is live. Have fun looking at my finished projects gallery (took me long enough to figure it out & enough hair pulling).

I have posts in the works, So I haven’t completely forgotten the site. The latest election has sparked quite a few opinions for me to think about & want to share.