Author Archives: Alina Popescu

About Alina Popescu

I am a writer, traveler, blogger, and coffee addict. I started writing stories when I was 10 and kept doing it as a hobby till a few years ago. I prefer fantasy and sci-fi when it comes to writing and I am currently working on a vampire series, Bad Blood. Book I of the series, The Edge of hope, was published in April 2014.

Knitting the Plot –Books that Feature Knitters

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Books and knitting seem to be a match made in heaven. They are great fun on their own, reading and knitting, but when put together, a lot of wonderful things tend to happen. That is probably why knitters and knitting are featured in novels so often. And not any kind of novels! It seems crime, mystery, and thriller are the prevalent choice when a character who’s knitting is involved. Sure, there are a few general fiction and romance books, but the number of mysteries and detective stories are the overwhelming majority.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular such novels so that you can enjoy knitting in all its forms while reading a book!

Let’s start with the most iconic series of today’s mix, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Knitting is featured in quite a few of the books, but if you’re an Agatha Christie fan, I recommend you read them all.

'Shepherdess Seated on a Rock' (The Knitter) by Millet, Cincinnati

The list of books in the same genre that revolve around knitting is quite impressive. These series tend to have a lengthy life span and quite a bit of popularity. Let’s start with the series Black Sheep Knitting Mystery by Anne Canadeo. Knit, Purl, Die was my favorite headline in the series. I should mention now that some of these titles are very creative and smart, in case you needed another push to check them out, other than the knitting theme.

The Needlecraft Mystery series by Monica Ferris contains an impressive number of novels – seventeen of them to get you hooked and keep you entertained. If you like series with lots of books already published, another good choice is Maggie Sefton’s Knitting Mystery. Another title that caught my eyes – Knit One, Kill Two.

Now, after all that murder and mystery, let’s move to a different line of fiction: romance, life stories, and more knitting. Because there is more in the city than sex, let’s start with the Knitting in the City romance series by Penny Reid. Kate Jacob’s Friday Knitting Club series brings you women whose passion and friendship mix to bring you touching life stories. If you’re already craving for more romance, then we have the Cypress Hollow Yarn series by Rachael Herron.

Our selection focuses on series revolving around knitting, but there are quite a few standalone novels and stories featuring the same theme, as well as many more series that we did not come across. So if you have read any book that is or isn’t on our list, please share your thoughts and feel free to recommend them to our readers!

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10 Free Patterns for the Beach Loving Knitter

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10 Free Patterns for the Beach Loving Knitter

Summer is upon us and there is no better way to get away from the heat and enjoy the sun than a day at the beach. The music of the waves, the fruity cocktails, the fun in the sand, and the display of beachwear are but a few of the reasons we all like our sunny days near the sea or the ocean.

As we are also passionate about knitting, I thought a quick list of free patterns for beach related knits would help us all. Nothing like a colorful tote or a quirky hat to fuel our passion and allow us to express our own style! Here goes, a selection for all your beachwear knitting needs, all free, all waiting for you to knit them!

For your head

Stay stylish and safe from too much sun!

1. Windansea

This a beautiful and lightweight sun hat, also relatively easy to knit.

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2. Colorful bands

Nothing like the beach breeze to mess up your hairdo. The Three Beach Bands are an easy to knit solution to that problem. They also just happen to be gorgeous!

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Pattern and photo courtesy of Rebecca Hope Osborn

Pattern and photo courtesy of Rebecca Hope Osborn

Beach bags and totes

Going to the beach implies carrying a lot! Your book or kindle, sun lotion, money, other cosmetic products, a wrap or a sarong, your hat, your phone…. See where I’m going? Here are a few bag and tote designs to help you with that.

3. Chippzan’s Beach Bag

It’s colorful, it’s stretchy, and it only takes a few hours to knit!

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4.  Wave Beach Bag

This one is a bit sturdier, perfect if you’re carrying things that need to be kept safe during your day at the beach

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Photo courtesy of Grace Alexander

Photo courtesy of Grace Alexander

5. Not a Sandy Bottom

Yes, sand getting everywhere is a problem for us all. This particular knitted beach bag solves that particular problem.

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Wraps, Sarongs, and Beach Parties

6. Splashto

This is a swimsuit cover up that not only is perfect to wear at the beach, it is also easy to knit while you’re lounging in the sun.

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7. Playa Beach Cover Up

While it is a swimsuit cover up, to me this looks perfect for a beach party! Well, if it’s the beach party that comes with a nice fire, otherwise you might get cold.

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8. Beach Dress for stylish little girls

If your daughter, niece, little sister or cousin is joining you at the beach, she should have her own knitted dress for the occasion.

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9. Knitted Sarong for Summer

It’s colorful and sexy, and not very hard to knit. This sarong is just perfect!

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Courtesy of Canada Living

Courtesy of Canada Living

And a little fun!

10. Mini octopus

I find octopi funny and sweet. So getting your own mini octopus to remind you of the beach or to have as a toy to distract children sounded like a good idea 😀

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That’s it, hope you liked our selection. If you want more lists like this one, let us know. Feel free to also suggest topics, and we’ll get it done.

I’d love to see your beach knits, so if you start any of this projects or you have your own ideas, feel free to share them with us!