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Mischief is afoot in the form of some secret embroidery.

embroidery-surprise

Stay tuned for further developments. Hopefully one of those developments will be the continuing improvement of my French knots…

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Bananagrams!!! Review

I really hope to actually finish some knitting tomorrow so I’ll have something to show y’all. It appears that having a job has made me a little less inclined to blog. Anyway! For your entertainment, I present:

bananagramsBananagrams!

I’ve been eyeing this game for a while and finally bought it today from a local game store. It was only $15 (score!), and I had a chance to try it out.

Although I only played the 2-player version, Bananagrams was really fun. Each player starts with a certain amount of tiles and simultaneously makes their own crossword puzzle. When you run out of letters, you yell “Peel!” and take another letter from the remaining letters; all other players must take a letter as well. On it goes — with options for exchanging letters — until there are not enough letters for each player to take one more. The player who plays all their tiles first wins.

The nice thing about this game is that there’s no tedious waiting for other players. I love Scrabble, but it can get a little tiresome. Bananagrams is also a really good mind puzzle, because you’re free to change up your entire crossword if you’re having a hard time fitting letters in. It seems like almost any age could play this game and, if you like games like Boggle and Scrabble, you’ll probably enjoy it.

It’s also a good quality game, especially for the price. All it is is the letters (144), which feel nice and are not cheap; these come in a banana canvas bag perfect for carrying around. Gameplay is quick — good for when you have a few minutes to spare or hours to kill — and transport is easy. I’d guess this would be a great gift for camping.

Anyway. I guess as the holidays dawn upon us I’m thinking about gifts for people — the ones I’m not sure exactly what would be a good present, but I’m committed to not giving them something pointless just for the sake of gift-giving. Bananagrams is inexpensive but well-made, and something that pretty much any recipient will enjoy and actually use regularly. No kitsch here.

So! Receive my banana-word apology. There will be more Knits With Carrots soon, I swear.

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