Thursday, February 3, 2011

Relaxing With A Good Yarn!

Snow, snow, snow, a smattering of freezing rain, snow...Oh! And more snow: are we all suffering a little cabin fever yet? But it is a great time to knit, you say? Most anytime is the right time to knit, yet occasionally too much knitter-needle bonding can create cramped hands, blurred eyes, and projects that begin to transform into one big indistinguishable ball of yarn. Why not take a little break and "get away"with a good book?One that can transport you to warmer climes, new people, adventure and....more crafting! I am trying something different with today's blog: a crafty book review. Literally, a book written about crafty people, for crafty people; by a crafty person. How much better can it get?

Waking Up In The Land Of Glitter, by Kathy Cano-Murillo, is a great easy read about Estrella "Star" Esteban, a soul - searching artist who believes, "with glue guns, glitter, twigs or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary". Star's family owns the fictitious La Pachanga, in Arizona, known for its great food and art. One ill-fated night, Star jeopardizes the family business, her relationship with her boyfriend, and her future career. To try and redeem herself, Star enters a national craft competition with an unlikely team of fellow crafters whose endearing, yet occasionally annoying, quirks add warmth and humor to the story. It is a story of redemption, love, food and crafting, all mixed together with a big helping of sparkly glitter! Ultimately, it is a story about finding happiness in being onself, flaws and all. Oh, and one of the characters enters a speed crocheting competition, but you will have to read it yourself to find out what happens! This book can be found in paperback as well as purchased for E-Readers.

Author, Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka The Crafty Chica), is a writer and artist known for her "Chicano Pop Art", such as Dia de los Muertos art, jewelery and alters, all using a variety of materials, including wool and other fiber. You can find our more about Kathy and get some fun project ideas at In the meantime, if you feel like getting your crafty chica on, you might like felting a Skully Keychain or knitting a La Calaverita Bag. Both of these easy projects can be found by putting them in the Ravelry Pattern Search box. If you would like some music to get you in the mood for crafty chica reading and crafting have a listen to Los Lobos (go to )

I leave you with a photo of my newly completed Storm Cloud Shawlette. I am very proud of this as it is my first ever shawl and I was able to complete it in little over a week!

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