Monday, January 31, 2011

Knit, knitting, knitted--casting on

One motivation separates the knitter from the knitter--the motivation to cast on.
Follow this pictorial tutorial to capture that first stitch.

The easiest yarn to cast on is yarn that is light in colour and tightly spun.
Party! Author Maureen Betita is holding a release party today for her new book The Kraken's Mirror
It's my pleasure to visit Elaina Lee's blog today and tomorrow.
Busy, busy preparing to read at...
the Community Spirit Festival Event
on February 4th
"Put a Little Lve in Your Heart" fundraiser for Rest-Q Animal Sanctuary
on February 11th
Both events will be at the Agricultural Society Hall on Mayne Island
Doors open at 7 pm

Friday, January 28, 2011

Chris Redding

How/why did you start to write?

I began writing as a kid. I would spend hours alone in my room writing. I could make the world do what I wanted unlike things that were happening in my real world. Fast forward to being pregnant with my second child and I couldn't NOT write. I figured if I was going to spend time doing it. I might as well get paid for it.

How did you become an author?

A woman in my group was published by Wings Press. She was very happy with them and excited to be published. Her excitement was infectious. So I submitted The Drinking Game to them. They took a few months then offered me a contract. Via e-mail. On my birthday! The best birthday present ever.

What was your first published piece?

The Drinking Game. Its' about an FBI profiler and a homicide detective tracking down a serial killer.

Where was it published?

Wings Press a small electronic publisher. They have pretty good distribution.

How long ago?

August of 2004. Seems like eons ago or that it was just yesterday.

What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?

My degree is in journalism. I held a job briefly writing for a newspaper. Then I met my husband and I followed his career around. We lived in countries outside of the U.S. I think any experiences you have help your writing.

What inspires you?

The desire to eventually pay someone else to clean my house
(LOL Ah, yes, a sweet dream shared)

Please share one of your successful marketing techniques

It is so hard to tell whether something is working or not. Most of my books have either just been put out or they were out before I knew anything about marketing.

Parting words

I hope everyone enjoys the ride of Incendiary

Where you can find me on the web:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Sweater Curse reviewed

Laurie Buchanan reviewed The Sweater Curse
Stitch by colorful stitch, Leanne Dyck knits a tale of intrigue with The Sweater Curse. Set against the backdrop of Canada and told in the first-person voice, the reader steps into the life--or rather, afterlife--Gwen Bjarnson.
With a physician mother who has her sights set on career advancement, and a father who's left emasculated in the wake of his wife's ambitions, Gwen is placed in the care and keeping of her Aunt Oli's loving and capable hands--gentle hands that teach her how to knit.
Her love of knitting stays with Gwen as she finds herself estranged from her family and squeezed into the lives of the upper echelon of society where trophy wives dangle from the arms of fragile, old millionaires. Drifting from house to house, she always has her knitting needles--the one constant in her life.
Like a revolving door, men come and go, drawn like moths to a flame, enjoying erotic pleasures with Gwen. Until the fateful night when she meets Jaron Cardew, a self-published novelist who sees her for what she is--an artist--and believes in her.
Drawing her into his circle of artistic friends, Jaron and Gwen become emotionally entwined. While purchasing skeins of yarn--a decadent blend of wool and alpaca--to knit a sweater for Jaron, the shopkeeper warns Gwen, "Knit your boyfriend a hat, scarf, socks--anything but a sweater." But she doesn't heed the sage advice. Knit with love, the sweater turns out beautifully--quite literally to die for!
I'll be back, I'm just popping over to Laurie's blog. She's close, oh, so close to my number.
After that I'll hop over to Daily Dose of Decadence
Ah, sweet dreams about the New York Times Bestseller's List--I'm with you Kathleen.
Visit the blog. Kathleen Gallagher has written a work to inspire.
Oh, yes and I just checked out the blog for the HOT new Decadent Publishing series One Night Stand.
Friday author Chris Redding visits
Turning (the YA adventure I'm currently working on)
Word count: 24, 440 words
New sentence added: 'The story was drawing to a successful conclusion when Rose's van pulled into the driveway.'

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dyslexia -- up close and personal


I'm in English class and the teacher asks me to read.
Immediately a spotlight shines directly into my eyes. I'm trapped. I can't move. I can't hide. Everyone is starring at me with laser eyes that burn me. Sweat is pouring from my forehead, from my hands onto the book. A snowstorm of white dots blinds me. I peer through the storm and can barely see black marks on the white page. My stomach is tight and I feel like I'm going to throw up.
Brody, the fat kid who always sits at the back of the room, says, "Yeah, get Leanne to read. Read, Leanne, read."
His voice is distant and muffled, but I do hear him.
I also hear a loud noise--like a huge ocean wave hitting the rocks. Laughter. They're laughing at me.
I try not to hear them. I try to focus. I push my glasses up on my nose, breathe out slowly.
The first word is "I".
Followed by "saw" or is it "was". The letters dance--first 's' leads then 'w'
"Leanne, we're waiting," the teacher says.
More laughter.
I can't sound it out if I can't catch the words. I'll have to guess.
Sometimes I guess right, sometimes wrong. That's the only thing that differs--the rest remains the same.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Basic knitting tutorial (an overview)

I've been knitting for almost forty years. I was a knitwear designer for nearly ten. Now, over a period of weeks, I plan to provide a knitting tutorial.
Today I offer an overview.
Merriam webster defines knitting as a method whereby you 'form a fabric by interlacing yarn or thread in connected loops with needles.'

Stitches (loops):
When you loop the yarn in one direction the resulting stitch is called knit. Loop the yarn in the opposite direction the resulting stitch is called purl.
Now you know everything I do about knitting...well, almost. : )

Thursday, January 20, 2011

How to make I-cord (knitting in circles-continued)

Update:  This blog is no longer a writing/knitting blog. Now it is devoted to writing--as am I. But I'm glad you're still enjoying my knitting tutorials and patterns. Happy knitting to you.

As promised, we'll work on the strap today.
I-cord is another fun way to work in the round on two straight (double-pointed) needles.
You'll also need a small amount (approximately 50 yards) of worsted weight yarn.

Cast on 4 to 6 stitches (depending on how thick you want your strap. The more stitches the thicker the strap.)

Work the first row in garter stitch
Once the first row is finished don't turn your work. Instead keep the right side of the work facing you and slide the stitches to the other end of the needle. Bring the working yarn forward. Continue working in this manner until you begin to create a "tube". During the initial rows of I-cord the wrong side may resemble little ladders. The laddering will disappear as you continue to work while you maintain tension.

Work the tube to the desired length.
Cool uses for I-cord: wear it as an necklace or use it as bootlaces.
The talented knitwear designer Lucy Neatby discusses her addiction to double knitting. Go to her blog and prepare to be awed.
Cool news from Decadent Publishing
Yes, I did tie my bootlaces and go to work on my WIP, yesterday : )
***Oh, yes, and the WIP I'm reporting on is not the sequel to The Sweater Curse--but, in fact, my Young Adult adventure Turning***
Word count: 23, 421 words
One of the sentences added: I feel like one of Pavlov's dogs or one of his pigeons.
Next Post: Ooops, I missed sign up for Six Sentences Sunday. I'll try to remember next Wednesday.
Confession: to tell you the absolute honest truth I had no idea what I was going to post about on Monday. That's the first time that's happened since November. That is I didn't know until Clare comment. Now, I know and it's all Clare's fault. : ) See you Monday for basic training.
And please don't forget--Wednesday--another Podcast author reading of The Sweater Curse
Oh, yeah, now I have to go write.

knitting in circles: free pattern

This is part of a larger post, but I'm currently (having an argument with my camera) experiencing technical difficulties. So, in want of the whole, I offer part.
Do you recall my pictorial tutorial on double knitting? You'll want to refer back to that post (12/17/10) because today's pattern use that technique.
I'm a lazy knitter and as such I've 're-invented' techniques so that I remain in my comfort zone.
What am I avoiding in employing the double knitting technique?
Answer: knitting with circular needles.
I know I can hear some of you, "Why would you avoid knitting with those? They're so much fun."
To which I say "Yes, maybe for you."
Anyway, today's offered free pattern:

Thirsty bottle holder

Knitting needles: 4.50 mm (7 US/ 7 UK)
Yarn: worsted weight (approximately 200 yards)
Tension: 5 stitches = one inch
1 x 1 rib stitch
(odd number of stitches)
Row 1: knit one, purl one--to end of row.
Repeat row for pattern
1 x 1 rib stitch
(even number of stitches)
Row 1: knit one, purl one--to end of row.
Row 2: purl one, knit one--to end of row.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern.
Cast on 45 stitches
Work using the double knitting technique for 6 inches
Divide stitches--starting with the first stitch, place every second stitch on a needle (for a total of 23 stitches). Place the remaining 22 stitches on a stitch holder.
Work both groups of stitches in a 1 x 1 rib stitch for one inch.
Cast off
Sew ribbing side seams
Next post: How to make the I-cord strap
Word count: I didn't work on my WIP.
Yes, I know--I'm ashamed.
I promise to correct that situation today.
I did start reading a very well written book--Pluto's Ghost
I, as a reader, am enjoying the read.
I, as a dyslexic, not so much.
I'll explain in a future post--maybe tomorrow.


Please visit me, I'm visiting Kiki Howell's blog today

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Sweater Curse Podcast (Prologue)

I'm so excited to bring you this series of author readings of The Sweater Curse.

Please click the play button to listen to the Podcast

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Next episode: Wednesday, January 26th
How many rows did you knit?

I got one done.


Reporting on yesterday's work on my WIP

Word count: 23, 144 words

Last new sentence added: 'Ben is a knight--me a princess.'

Next Post: knitting in circles

Monday, January 17, 2011

Writing a word

Lately, The Sweater Curse has been demanding a lot of my time. Because I believe in the quality of this work, I've happily allowed it to fill my day.

Yesterday, however, my WIP (work in progress) demanded my attention.

Each writer creates in their own way.

Sometimes I write in free hand and fill several pages of a journal.

Other times, like yesterday, I work on the computer and dissect each chapter scene-by-scene, word-by-word. Reading over each scene, I add more and more detail so that the reader will be able to fully experience the story. As I read, I ask is the writing clear? Should a word be deleted or added? A paragraph? A scene? It's painstaking work. Progress is slow.

"How slow?" you ask.

Here's a month of work

December, 2010

day 17-- 21, 307 words

day 20--22,456 words

day 30--22,728 words

January, 2011

day 17--22,895 words

Slow--yes, but I will continue to write at my Muse's pace. It isn't about sped--it's about quality.

However, that said, one thing I hope to amend--divide my time equally between The Sweater Curse and my WIP. Obstacle: I don't like to empose restricts on my work.

Here is the last new sentence I added...

'My back slammed into the seat, my head fell onto the headrest, I stared at the ceiling as I mumbled a silent prayer--Please I don't want to die'

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Six Sentences Sunday: The Sweater Curse sequel

"Please, take your seat."
"Who are you to tell me what to do? I'll wait wherever I want."
"Suit yourself." She lay down her knitting, flipped through the knitting magazine until she found a full page imagine of her sweater, and turned it to face him.

Find more captivating, funny, intriguing, romantic six sentences here

Monday: Please meet Rachel Brimble on the release day of her latest comtemporary novel--Getting It Right This Time
Wednesday: First episode of the audio serialization of The Sweater Curse

Friday, January 14, 2011

Audio serialization of Mayne Island author's new book

This morning computers all over Mayne Island shared this news:

Please meet author Sarah Ballance

I'm excited to welcome author Sarah Ballance. I have so many questions to ask her--so let's begin.

How/why did you start to write?

After the birth of my fifth child, I started with nonfictin for the extra income. I wrote one piece for the heck of it and submitted it to a paying market. Imagine my surpise a few weeks later when a check arrived in eht mail! Two months after the payment, the magazine with my story in it arrived and I was hooked. I've since moved on to fiction--while the pay isn't as good, the creative process is a fabulous outlet to cope with being "MOOOM!" all day to five (now six) young children.

How did you become an author?

A few short months into my impromptu nonfiction career, a friend suggested I write a novel. My immediate reply was to say I couldn't do it, and the more I thought about it the more it grated on me that I said I couldn't do something. So...I took a deep breath and took the plunge. The first chapter I ever wrote was horrid. I still shudder to think about it, but my critique partner rocks. I'm surprised she's still speaking to me after that, LOL.

What was your first published piece?

DOWN IN FLAMES holds the honor as my first piece of fiction and my first published work. It's a contemporary romance with a bit of a twist at the end.

Where was it published?

Noble Romance Publishing showed me the love. I can't say enough about the Nobel family. They're just incredible.

How long ago?

DOWN IN FLAMES was released on June 7, 2010. My romantic suspense
RUN TO YOU followed on December 13, 2010.

RUN TO YOU blurb
Mattie James can't pinpoint exactly when she lost control of her life, but the moment she decided to take it back made the front page of the local paper. Desperate to dodge the fallout--and the tabloids--she jumps at the chance to spend an off-season week in a tiny resort community by the sea. Maing the trip with her ex-lover is a complication she can live with; coming face to face with a dead woman is not.

What did you do before embarking on your writing career? Was it an asset to your writing? How?

I doubled majored in biology and biochemistry in college, but never did anything with it because I married at the age of 19 and my husband and I decided we'd homeschool our babies. The first was born almost on our first anniversary, and now--13.5 years later--we have six of them. Being a mom is the only "real" job I've ever had. I have to say, staying home with six kids all day requires patience and a sense of humor and that's a DEFINITE plus when it comes to dealing with my characters.

What inspires you?

I love music when I'm writing. I think I've listened to Miranda Lambert's "Kerosene" CD a thousand times over the course of writing my two novels. One note, and I've found my groove--it's bliss!

Please share one of your successful marketing techniques?

One reader at a time. I've never approached someone I didn't know (online or otherwise) with the expectation of selling them my work, but I've been blessed time and time again with a reader contacting me after the shortest of exchanges to tell me they've bought one of my books. I may be a writer, but there are just no words for how great that makes me feel. Readers, your words of kindness mean the WORLD to your favorite authors!

Parting words

Thank you so much for having me here today. It's been a pleasure, and I'll be around to answer any reader questions or comments. Ya'll can ask me anything--even personal questions (they are the most fun, aren't they?)

Please visit Sarah Ballance's blog and her website
RUN TO YOU buy link
Today, I'm visiting Bri Clark's blog
Sunday: I'll be participating in Six Sentences Sunday offering my next installment of
The Sweater Curse sequel.
Wednesay, January 19th I will start serializing The Sweater Curse as audio podcasts. To learn more, please visit the Podcast page.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Hey, would you like a free pattern?
Please go to the 'Reviewers Page' on this blog and gaze longing at Islandia. This pattern can be yours.
Here's one easy way to get it.
The Sweater Curse is now on Goodreads
Log on
Search for The Sweater Curse by Leanne Dyck
Leave a rating, a comment or review it
Let me know
I'll send you the pattern
I know. : )

100 posts--2, 999 views

Okay, WOW, I can't believe that we're one page view away from 3, 000 views. How am I going to get back to planet earth? I have to concentrate. : )

Genre Corretion

This is a historic romance

Old Maids Knit
The clock, the old man eyes it sardonically. "Not particularly keen, eh? He's just not the marrying kind." The old boy winks.
His cronies, seated around the tea table, chuckle as he baits the hook. The mentally agile old angler enjoys his sport. His words have cunningly lucked his prey. Now like a true sportsman he watches and waits to reel in his catch.
"Oh, Father, how could you?" Clutching her knitting she flees from the parlor. She will not remain with such creatures. Tripping on her hem in her haste she hurries upstairs to her bedroom sanctuary. Dark images of her future race through her head--there she is an old maid encircled by scores upon socres of cats while she knits and rocks.
Where is my rescuer, my knight in shining armor? How could he be so cruel! How could he be so mean! What a fool I am to tie myself eternally, erroneously to an uncaring foolish man. Forever...forever am I doomed? She swoons into darkness.
But wait, a gentle knock upon her door recalls her to sensibility.
"Excuse me, miss." It is Bridget the dutiful housemaid. "A young gentleman has called to inquire if you are at home, miss?"
"The gal! He makes me wait and then when he appears I should run to him? The gall!" she mutters. She confronts Bridget, "Oh is he?"
"Yes, miss."
"Well, tell him I'm out."
"If you wish, miss."
"I do wish."
"The young gentleman will be most disappointed, miss."
"I care not."
"The young gentleman said he wishes to discuss an important matter, miss."
"Fine, show him to the conservatory. I will be down presently."
She sits in front of the mirror. I must steady myself; I must not weaken. Viewing her reflection she tidies her mussed strawberry blonde pompadour and squeezes her pale cheeks. Nerves somewhat calmed she gracefully floats down the staircase to attend to Mr. Beaumont. With all the strength she can muster, she enters the conservatory. There he stands so handsome he takes her breath away.
"Miss Whiting." He bows reaching for her hand and kisses it gallantly. "Sweets for the sweet, m'lady." He hands Emily a box of chocolates. His baritone voice causes her heart to race.
Bridget curtseys and temporarily withdraws.
"Mr. Beaumont, please join me by the fire."
"As you wish, m'lady."
Two would-be lovers sit by the fire. His hands are secure draped by a skein of yarn, she busies herself winding.
"I am told you have something of importance to discuss."
"And so I have. I have discussed this matter with your father. He has given his consent."
"How nice for both of you."
"Emily, your beauty has captivated me. Your grace has enchanted me." He carefully lays the skein on the arm of his chair. "I find, each night, images of you wake me.: He reaches for her hand. "I find I cannot live without you." He kneels. "Please do me the honour of joining your heart with mine in holy matrimony."
The ball of yarn dances across the floor as they embrace.
Later, alone, as Emily reflects on the events of the day from her favourite knitting chair, she muses, Father must of known of Mr. Beaumont's intent all along. Oh, how Father loves to tease. She chuckles contently.
This is a paranormal thriller...

Sometimes genres, categories, labels are helpful.
When I looked like this...

I was a knitwear designer who wrote.

I'm an author who knits.
Moving forward, I've made changes in my office and on my website. Log on to and you'll discover an absence. I've removed all my patterns and closed Olavia's Hand-knitting patterns.
Picture yourself going for walk. As you walk, you think Wouldn't it be nice to walk three miles today.
It's a beautiful day, the sun is warm and along the trail there are vibrant flowers. You stop to smell each, every couple of steps.
Soon, the sun begins to go down and you relucantly realize that you must head home. You haven't reached your goal--you haven't walked three miles.

It was just a thought--it wasn't a clear intent.
Establishing my writing career is my clear intent.
What else did I do yesterday?
Well, I finished this...

My first baby sweater for ArtCraft. (ArtCraft is a gallery on Salt Spring Island that is open each year from June to September.)
I'm an author who knits. : )
Next post: Author Sarah Ballance visits
Please visit Maureen O. Betita on Daily Dose of Decadence

Friday: I will be visiting Bri Clark blog

Sunday: I will be participating in Six Sentences Sunday. I will be sharing more of The Sweater Curse sequel.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Had a snow day

Did you miss me as much as I missed you?
Mother Nature insisted that I take a day off. She dumped more than a couple of armfuls of the white stuff all over the island--to make her point clear.
I tell you all about my day (and the profound change I've made in my life) tomorrow. Until then, please read my interview on...
Other web news
Nicola Furlong continues her interview with screenwriter and children's author Don Truckey here
I'm two blog posts behind on Daily Dose of Decadence--meet me there.
Oh, and one other Can you believe we are this close to 3, 000 page views? WOW!
Next Post: Genre Correction
Friday: special guest - Sarah Ballance
Sunday: Six Sentences Sunday
(continuation of the sequel to The Sweater Curse)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Your generousity overwhelms me...let's eat

Okay, so, here's the deal--I'm overwhelmed.
I was going to make a list and thank everyone for donating food, drink and tunes. I started and soon just got too much. You're all so very sweet and generous. It's all too much for my poor tired brain. I will thank you all.
I don't know what I did to deserve your support, but I feel so blessed--I can't believe.
As a little girl I watched transfixed as my mom made fancy sandwiches. Ribboned sandwiches, rolled celery sandwiches, rolled celery sandwiches, checkboard sandwiches.

I watch her and dream...someday I'd have a party and serve my guests sandwiches like those.
Today's the day.
I found these sandwich recipes in one of my mom's old cookbooks: Purity Cook Book (it was first printed in 1932. My mom's copy was published in 1945.) On the cover it says there are 875 tested recipes.
Here are few...
'Rolled sandwiches
Use very fresh bread cut in thin slices. Spread with desired filling and roll, fasten with a toothpick, and chill. Rolled sandwiches may be brushed with melted butter, toasted and served hot.
Rolled Celery Sandwiches
Thousand Island Dressing
Slice bread 1/4 inch thick. Remove crusts and spread with softened butter. Cut stalks of cleaned celery into lengths equal to width of bread slices and fill with Thousand Island dressing or cream cheese. Place stalk on edge of each slice and roll into bread like a jelly roll. Wrap sandwiches in damp cloth to retain their shape and place in refrigerator for a few hours.
Banana Pinwheels
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 peanut butter
1/4 cup raspberry jam
4 small bananas
Cream butter, peanut butter and raspberry jam together. Remove crusts from a loaf of fresh bread and cut length-wise in 1/4-inch thick slices. Spread with peanut butter mixture, place a small banana at the end of each slice and roll up like a jelly roll. Wrap in a damp cloth and chill several hours. Cut rolls crosswise into pinwheels.
Variation: Other creamy spreads may be used, and a dill pickle substituted for the banana.
Ribbon Sandwiches
Cut bread in 1/4-inch slices, either two brown and one white, or two white and one brown. Spread a brown slice with butter and any filling that will spread. Place a buttered white slice on top. Butter the other side of the white slice and spread with filling of a different colour. Butter the remaining brown slice and place on top. Wrap in a damp cloth, chill, cut in thin slices and serve.
Variation: Before slicing, spread the outside of this pile of bread with cream cheese. Serve with a fork on a bed of salad greens.
Checkboard Sandwiches
Cut both brown and white bread into 1/2-inch slices. Butter a brown slice, spread evenly with filling and place a buttered white slice on top. Spread this with butter and filling and cover with a buttered brown slice. Alternate the next pile by beginning with a white slice, then brown and white again. Chill these piles of bread separately, wrapped in a damp cloth. Cut each pile in 1/2-inch slices. Spread each slice with butter and combine the slices in groups of three in such a way that the brown strips alternate with white strips. Chill again wrapped in a damp towel and cut into 1/4-slices to serve.'
Thank you all for making this day so very special for me. : )

Next post: Free pattern: Halfa (half a sweater)

The thing I like to do at parties

Oh, I know you think you guessed the answer--food.



Okay, I must confession I do have a very strong sweet tooth. That's true.

However, there is one thing I like to do more than eat--play games.

Strange, but true.

And, seeing as this is a knitting-themed book, we need a knitting-themed game.

Le't see can I come with something?


A Yarn Game

Material: a ball of yarn

Group size: more than 2 less than 20 (judging by the numbers here we'll have to use more than one ball)

This will help us mix and mingle.

Yeah, I'm shy. I just can't go up to someone and introduce myself--not even if they're as nice as all of you.

Please form a circle. You can either sit comfortably or stand awkwardly--as I am.

Ready, okay, let's begin.

Hi, my name is Leanne and I like lopi wool.

I toss the yarn ball to...

Please someone catch the ball before it rolls away and gets all dirty.

Before you throw it to someone else, please introduce yourself and tell us what kind of yarn you like to knit with or wear. Also say my name and what yarn I liked to knit with.

Oh, yeah, and one thing I forgot to tell you is remember to hold the yarn end before tossing.

Let's see what kind of tangled mess we can we can have.


Oh, yes, and I'll be back soon with the food. I'm starving. : )

Yummy, Peanut Cookies...someone promised me. : )

Buy Link for The Sweater Curse

Click this link and you'll be able to purchase The Sweater Curse.

Or, if you prefer, visit
Decadent Publishing and search for The Sweater Curse by author Leanne Dyck

That's me.
And I'll be back soon with one of my most favourite thing to do at a party.
Um, I wonder what that it is?

The musician has arrived, let the music start

An new takes the stage.

I love rock and roll

Hope you do too.

Let's celebrate:


Brownie points for anyone who can bring me into this decade.

The story behind the picture--as some of you know I love Rock Band. We have Rock Band 3 and I've been learning how to play the keyboards. Well, last night--for the first time--I played and sang. It was wild! The first song I played was I Love Rock and Roll.

What are you drinking at my party?

My future husband actually had cookbooks when we moved in together. He also--believe it or not--cooked. I can taste his crepes and stir fry--delicious! Sadly, those days are gone, but we still have the cookbooks.
I was looking through his copy of Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book last night trying decided what beverage to serve and found...
'Quantity Fruit Punch
8 cups water
1 16-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 12-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 46-ounce cans unsweetened pineapple juice
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lime juice
Ice cubes
2 28-ounce bottles ginger ale, chilled
2 28-ounce bottles carbonated water, chilled
Fresh strawberries, halved lengthwise (optional)
Oranges, thinly sliced (optional)
Combine water and the frozen concentrates; stir to dissolve. Stir in pineapple juice, sugar, and lime juice; stir to dissolve sugar. Chill. To serve, pour half of the mixture of juices over ice in a large punch bowl. Slowly pour in 2 bottles of the ginger ale and 1 bottle of the carbonated water; stir gently to mix. Garnish with strawberries and orange slices. If desired. Repeat with remaining ingredients when needed. Makes 90 (4-ounce)) servings.'
Now, after reading some of the comments, that may be a little too tame for some of you. So, thankfully, I also made...
'Champagne Fruit Punch
Prepare Quantity Fruit Punch as above, except substitute four 750-milliliter bottles of champagne...for the ginger ale'
(Hiccup) Drink, drink, my friends and I'll be back soon with some tunes.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Hello, welcome, thank you so much for coming.
Where would you like to sit
By the pool in the shade
Or by the woodstove as you gaze at the snow top moutains
Where ever you, it can be yours.
This is our party.
And let's get this party started.

Hope you enjoyed that. I'll be back soon with more fun. : )
Please mix and mingle--there's no telling who'll you meet.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Six Sentences Sunday

Here's the next installment from the sequel to The Sweater Curse.
If you've missed any of the installments please look to your left------>
(They are all there.)
He walked to her desk. "What are you building?"
"A sweater."
"My appointment was for two o'clock."
"It's only be a little while longer."
"I've waited long enough."
(This is unedited)
Have you heard--I'm throwing a party
virtual book launch/party
When: Monday, January 10th
Why: In celebration of the publication of my thriller
The Sweater Curse
Please bring food, drink or music
To do this, please leave a comment with recipes or link to party tunes, thank you
Please help me spread the word about this party.

Friday, January 7, 2011

I'm here; I'm there on the web

I'm here: Kathleen Ann Gallagher's website (please link on the link to her blog)
and here: Anne Holly's blog
and here: Nicola Furlong's blog
Also huge news Decadent Publishing just announced a new book soon to be published. Um, I wonder what book that could be? : )
Who knew it was such a lot of work throwing a party for the world?
I've been so busy today that I didn't have time to post that free pattern. I will make time some time next week. How about Tuesday or Wednesday.

You are invited to...

my virtual book launch/party
When: Monday, January 10th
Party all day and night
Why: In celebration of the publication of my thriller
The Sweater Curse
Please bring food, drink and music
To do this, please leave a comment with your favourite party food or punch recipe,
or link to some rad tunes.
Please help me spread the word about this party
This isn't the post that I had planned for today. I will be back with that soon. As well as with a list of all the cool places you can find me on the web today--well, a short list of three places. Three? Yes, I think so.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

In appreciation for Decadent's fine team of editors

In appreciation for all their hard work, I dedicate this post to a team of fearless editors--to Dana (Editor), Meredith (Senior Editor), Heather (Executive Editor) and the line editor. Mere words can not express my gratitude, but I'll try...

What Knitting Taught Me

When we start a project we have no guarantee of success. Sure we may have a pattern to guide our progress and a memory of past success. Still, a million errors could occur: we may have an insufficient amount of yarn; we may have bought the wrong needle size; there may be an error in the pattern.

When we start a project, we may not consciously realize the risk we are taking. Regardless, we are taking a risk. It's only our belief that we will be successful that keeps us motivated.

When a problem does arise we are forced to find a solution.

We may toss the mess out.

Giving up on the project is difficult and some may berate us for being wasteful or lazy. Nevertheless, it is a solution.

For whatever reason dealing with the problem is beyond our ability. So we take a break. Break over, we feel that we will be better equipped to solve the problem.

Still another way to handle the problem is to seek advice. Turning to someone more knowledgeable and more experienced can be humbling. It may involve swallowing our pride, but it may be worth it. Maybe, just maybe, we will find someone who cares, and we will learn that we are not alone.

(I wrote this piece in 2006)

Dana, Meredith Heather and everyone at Decadent Publishing who have helped me with The Sweater Curse,
We've fought the good fight--side-by-side--and on January 10th we shall be victorious.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Signed up for Six Sentences Sunday

I remembered, I remembered; I can't believe I remembered.
And did you notice--points to the left--now you can read the sequel as it unfolds.
Okay, walking slowly away from the keyboard.
We know this wouldn't last. : )

The Sweater Update

First, do you remember the promise--that this...

and this...
and this...

and this...

would become a sweater?

Well, guess what?
It has...
Proud soon-to-be grandma
well-dressed and holding a baby sweater.
Now, exciting news about The Sweater Curse.
Yesterday, I sang, "They sent me the galleys! They sent me the galleys!"
My husband asked, "Great! What are galleys?"
Well, I racked my brain trying to come up with a definition. I knew...or thought I knew what they were...but....
So, I searched the web and thanks to here is the definition
Galley proof: Penultimate proof of a page being typeset for printing, before it is wet (imposed) as a page of a book.
The long wait will soon be over. The Sweater Curse will soon be an ebook.
I visit Anne Holly's blog:
Katherine Gallagher shares a fond memory from her childhood on
I found this cool book blog:
Next Post: What knitting taught me (article)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Apologizes to the Yarn Harlot, Debbie Macomber and Kate Jacobs

I've stuck my foot in my mouth before, I will--unfortunately--do it again. All I can do when this happens is duck for cover, wait and then clean up the mess.
Today, I'll try to clean up the mess.
December 28th, on the Daily Dose of Decadence blog (, in answer to what inspired me to write The Sweater Curse, I said, 'I was sick of all the stereotypes about knitters. We're not all shy little mice who sit quietly in the corner rocking while we knit.'
I'm happy with that answer. I think it fairly represents my desires.
However--and here's where I would like to climb back into bed and pull the blankets over my head--on January 2nd, on the same blog (in answer to a similar question) I wrote, 'I was sick and tired of reading cute stories about nice knitters.'
Writing is hard enough without writers attacking each other. Positivity breeds positivity. I want to be a means of supportive to aspiring, emerging and established authors.
And, besides, I've read...
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off and At Knit's End (
Kate Jacobs' The Friday Night Knitting Club (
Debbie Macomber's A Good Yarn (
I've read these fine books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
So, what I should have written was, 'I would like to expand the body of knitting-themed literature to include one of my favourite genres--thrillers.'
I hope Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Kate Jacobs and Debbie Macomber can accept my apologize. And, to you, dear reader, I promise to (try) to think before I write.
Thank you for reading this,
Next Post: A sweater update