Invitation: Dallas: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The AT&T Performing Arts Center, January 11-22, 2017

The Holiday season has almost ended and the time for new adventures and glorious new adventures is upon us.  A great way to add a bit of fun and explore a bit of the arts available here in Dallas is to visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center for The Curious Incident of the the Dog in the … Continue reading Invitation: Dallas: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at The AT&T Performing Arts Center, January 11-22, 2017

Let’s knit a simple shawl

This tutorial for a simple shawl is one of the best and the Simple Collection from TinCanKnits is one of my favorites. — happy knitting!

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I love a big shawl,  something I can really wrap up in to keep out the cold. In this tutorial we will be knitting Grain, a simple garter shawl.

First, you will need a pattern so download the free Grain shawl pattern and then away we go! The pattern is written for 3 weights of yarn, fingering, DK, and worsted, but because it starts in the centre and works outwards, all versions follow the same basic instructions. Tutorial shown in Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in ‘wreath’.

The first step is the garter tab cast on. We have a detailed tutorial on how to work the garter tab cast on here, covering a couple of different methods.

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Set up row (WS): k3, PM, k1, PM, k1, PM, k1, PM, k3

As you work the set up row you place your 4…

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Amazon Prime Now Offers Holiday Shipping For Last-Minute Shoppers — via CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is filled with last-minute shoppers, and with Christmas and Chanukah just a few days away, some are turning to the Internet to finish off their holiday gift list. More: NYC’s Best Online Delivery Services Many are turning to Amazon Prime Now to get everything from household items, to that… … Continue reading Amazon Prime Now Offers Holiday Shipping For Last-Minute Shoppers — via CBS New York

Watch with Me: Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas: Sleigh Bells Ring

Like every year, I enjoy the fabulous Countdown to Christmas on Hallmark Channel. I like to sit by the fire with a cup of something warm and fabulous, basket of yarn works in progress and watch for hours and hours. The kids watch some, play with toys for others and the house begins to feel … Continue reading Watch with Me: Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas: Sleigh Bells Ring

Roald Dahl at 100: A Reading List

Classic stories to build new readers. I absolutely love it! Thank you, Roald Dahl.

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When I was in elementary school in the eighties, being read to in class was such a treat — and something I really miss. The weekly reading hour that I looked forward to the most was when my favorite librarian came to read a few chapters from a Roald Dahl story. (And over the years, she read them all.) I could hardly wait to hear the next prank Mrs. Twit would play on Mr. Twit in The Twits. Another favorite, The Witches, remains one of the stories from my childhood that really opened me up to the magic of reading. Dahl’s whimsical yet macabre and darkly comic stories piqued my imagination for the first time in those years, and — being a shy, quiet kid — showed me that anything was possible.

September 13 is Roald Dahl’s birthday, and 2016 marks 100 years since his birth. To celebrate, here are seven stories about…

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Television: The Story Behind “Designated Survivor”

In ABC’s new show Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland plays a U.S. Cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after an attack on the Capitol during the State of the Union wipes out everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession. Sutherland’s character, Tom Kirkman, is chosen as the so-called “designated survivor,” a low-level government… via … Continue reading Television: The Story Behind “Designated Survivor”

Television: Falling for Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores

  I am absolutely falling for Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel.  It has all of my favorites in one hour long show.  Love, romance, family drama, gorgeous settings, well-developed characters with a bit of lore about them, and it is just plain fun... in that special way that Hallmark does and tugs on the heartstrings … Continue reading Television: Falling for Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores