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I’m over at the Love Inspired Authors blog talking about a new family I’ve introduced to my Sonoma series, the Whelans, and how they’re connected to the Grant sisters from my first 3 Sonoma books! Click here to read the blog post!
    



Necessary Proof ebook novella now FREE on Nook too!

Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo, and now Nook also!

Originally published in First Kisses, a novella anthology with Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, and Lacy Williams.

After opening his heart to Jesus in prison, Alex Villa has left his criminal past behind him. However, his efforts to take down a gang producing meth in Sonoma have made him a target. Set up to look like he’s being bribed by the gang, the police blame him for the death of a cop. Only the evidence on an encrypted laptop can prove he’s innocent.

Software engineer Jane Lawton has been betrayed by the men closest to her, including a God she thought would protect her. She won’t let Alex down, because she knows what it feels like to be disbelieved and abandoned.

However, the men after them have orders to repossess the evidence and make sure Jane and Alex take their knowledge to the grave. Can they prove Alex’s innocence before time runs out for them both?

** Those of you who have read Formula for Danger will recognize Jane and Alex as minor characters from that book. I was excited to finally be able to write their own love story!

Excerpt:

Jane Lawton nearly dropped her steaming pot of Mac-N-Cheese at the sound of a powerful fist knocking at her apartment door. "Coming!" She spooned the gooey, bad-for-you goodness into a bowl, then ran some water in the pot in the sink.

The urgent knocking sounded again. Somehow it didn't sound like one of her neighbors, wanting Jane's help with a computer problem. She looked through the peephole.

She felt a sharp pulse at the base of her throat. "Alex?" She opened the door.

Normally a walking Calvin Klein ad, he now had a grim, serious cast to his face as he hurriedly entered her apartment with a messenger bag slung across one broad shoulder. "Quick, close the door."

"What's going on?" She locked the deadbolt.

It frightened her that he looked so different now, lacking his usual smile and dimples. "I need your help, Jane."

She couldn't control the bitterness that burned the back of her throat. It seemed that was the only thing she was good for, helping the men in her life so they could leave her and move on. She swallowed and said carefully, "Doing what?"

He pulled a laptop from his messenger bag. "There's information on this that I need, but I'm not sure if there's any type of security protecting it."

"Whoa." Jane took a step back. "You're saying that's not your laptop, and you want me to get into it? What's going on?" She knew he had been in prison for a few years, but she thought he'd put his illegal past behind him.

He scrubbed his hand over his high forehead. "It's not what it looks like."

"That makes it sound even worse."

He exhaled and seemed to study her. His intent, dark eyes made her squirm. She knew she'd changed a lot in the past year. She'd only spoken to him once in all that time, a few months ago at the party celebrating his brother's engagement to Rachel, Jane's second cousin but as close as a sister. After a minute or two of chit-chat, he had been quick to leave her to speak to Detective Carter, which had given her a pang even though she hadn't been in a sociable mood. What a difference from when she and Alex had first met years ago. He had seemed interested in her, but she'd been ...

She shoved the memories aside. "I'm only going to ask this one more time. What's going on?"

"I just ... I can trust you, right?"

"Trust me with what?"

Print book:
You can only buy Necessary Proof in print copy in First Kisses, an Inspy Kisses novella anthology.
Amazon.com

Ebook:
The ebook is free on all sites (including Nook!)
Kindle
Nookbook
iBooks
Kobo
Smashwords


Camy's Sonoma series:

#1: Deadly Intent
#2: Formula for Danger
#3: Stalker in the Shadows
#4: Narrow Escape
#4.1: Necessary Proof
#5: Treacherous Intent (coming December 2014)
    


How can I pray for you?

I’m so honored that so many of you entrusted your prayer requests to me! I am praying for you! Please be sure to fill out the form below with any updates!

For those of you with prayer requests, I would love to pray for you! I asked God to make me a prayer warrior this year, so how can I pray for you?

Prayer requests can sometimes be private things, so to keep your privacy, I’ve made a form you can fill out that will keep your requests just between you and me. :)




Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo!
    



Necessary Proof free ebook novella!

Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo!

Originally published in First Kisses, a novella anthology with Linda Goodnight, Janet Tronstad, Debra Clopton, Margaret Daley, and Lacy Williams.

After opening his heart to Jesus in prison, Alex Villa has left his criminal past behind him. However, his efforts to take down a gang producing meth in Sonoma have made him a target. Set up to look like he’s being bribed by the gang, the police blame him for the death of a cop. Only the evidence on an encrypted laptop can prove he’s innocent.

Software engineer Jane Lawton has been betrayed by the men closest to her, including a God she thought would protect her. She won’t let Alex down, because she knows what it feels like to be disbelieved and abandoned.

However, the men after them have orders to repossess the evidence and make sure Jane and Alex take their knowledge to the grave. Can they prove Alex’s innocence before time runs out for them both?

** Those of you who have read Formula for Danger will recognize Jane and Alex as minor characters from that book. I was excited to finally be able to write their own love story!

Excerpt:

Jane Lawton nearly dropped her steaming pot of Mac-N-Cheese at the sound of a powerful fist knocking at her apartment door. "Coming!" She spooned the gooey, bad-for-you goodness into a bowl, then ran some water in the pot in the sink.

The urgent knocking sounded again. Somehow it didn't sound like one of her neighbors, wanting Jane's help with a computer problem. She looked through the peephole.

She felt a sharp pulse at the base of her throat. "Alex?" She opened the door.

Normally a walking Calvin Klein ad, he now had a grim, serious cast to his face as he hurriedly entered her apartment with a messenger bag slung across one broad shoulder. "Quick, close the door."

"What's going on?" She locked the deadbolt.

It frightened her that he looked so different now, lacking his usual smile and dimples. "I need your help, Jane."

She couldn't control the bitterness that burned the back of her throat. It seemed that was the only thing she was good for, helping the men in her life so they could leave her and move on. She swallowed and said carefully, "Doing what?"

He pulled a laptop from his messenger bag. "There's information on this that I need, but I'm not sure if there's any type of security protecting it."

"Whoa." Jane took a step back. "You're saying that's not your laptop, and you want me to get into it? What's going on?" She knew he had been in prison for a few years, but she thought he'd put his illegal past behind him.

He scrubbed his hand over his high forehead. "It's not what it looks like."

"That makes it sound even worse."

He exhaled and seemed to study her. His intent, dark eyes made her squirm. She knew she'd changed a lot in the past year. She'd only spoken to him once in all that time, a few months ago at the party celebrating his brother's engagement to Rachel, Jane's second cousin but as close as a sister. After a minute or two of chit-chat, he had been quick to leave her to speak to Detective Carter, which had given her a pang even though she hadn't been in a sociable mood. What a difference from when she and Alex had first met years ago. He had seemed interested in her, but she'd been ...

She shoved the memories aside. "I'm only going to ask this one more time. What's going on?"

"I just ... I can trust you, right?"

"Trust me with what?"

Print book:
You can only buy Necessary Proof in print copy in First Kisses, an Inspy Kisses novella anthology.
Amazon.com

Ebook:
The ebook is free on all sites except Nook (sorry about that). Nook owners can download the .epub file from Smashwords and side load it into their Nooks.
Smashwords
Kindle
iBooks
KoboNookbook (not free)

Camy's Sonoma series:

#1: Deadly Intent
#2: Formula for Danger
#3: Stalker in the Shadows
#4: Narrow Escape
#4.1: Necessary Proof
#5: Treacherous Intent (coming December 2014)
    


Boucle V-neck top knitting pattern

Update: I also did this in a non-boucle yarn at a smaller gauge. The textured patterning showed up much better and the smaller gauge made the tee smaller, if you're interested in downsizing this pattern. Info on the second tee is at the bottom.

I had some boucle yarn I had bought for another project, and I wanted to get rid of it. I came across the Summer-weight Woolly vintage pattern by Jane Koster & Margaret Murray that called for boucle yarn, so I decided to try it.

My yarn ended up being much thicker than what was used in the pattern and I had to almost completely rewrite the pattern for the yarn and for my larger measurements, so I decided to post the pattern here. Man, what a lot of work! Someone else might as well benefit from it. :)

The color patterning of the yarn kind of hides the subtle texturing of the pattern. This probably would have looked better with a solid color boucle, but I'm stash busting to get rid of this yarn, so I used it anyway. I think it looks okay, even with the patterning colors of the yarn.

The shoulders might be half an inch too wide for me, so maybe I should have aimed for a 35" bust rather than 36". My bust is actually 38” and it fits me fine, with a little negative ease. It's very stretchy and, as written, could probably fit even a 40" bust.

I made this top to be worn with a little negative ease.
Measurements (unstretched):
Bust: 36”
Length: 20.5”
Waist: 34”
Hip/bottom edge: 38”
Armhole length: 7.5”
Shoulder (each): 4.25” wide
Neckhole: 7.75” wide

Yarn:
Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Bouclé
1219 Pink Grey colorway
Bulky / 12 ply
88% Acrylic, 12% Nylon
(per skein: 853 yards / 312 grams)
I used 150 grams = 410 yards

Needles:
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

My gauge:
US 5 needles in band pattern:
3.5 sts/in
6 rows per inch
(about 66 stitches per yard)

8-row Pattern band:
8 rows stockinette, 8 rows reverse stockinette

10-row Pattern band:
10 rows stockinette, 10 rows reverse stockinette

Each band is a little less than 1.25".

For decreases (dec) below, use any method you like to decrease 1 stitch. I did either k2tog, ssk, or p2tog depending on the pattern. The boucle also hides a lot so you can pretty much use any stitch to decrease.

Knitting flat versus knitting in the round:
I thought about knitting the body in the round up to the armholes because the patterning in the yarn may cause a sharp color contrast at the side seams (pink/black), but the colored stripes will be closer together and I don't want that type of effect, I like the larger blocks of color when knitted flat. If I were knitting this with a solid color boucle, I'd knit this in the round up to the armholes, no doubt about it. There might be a slight jog at one side where you switch from purl to knit and vice versa, but the nature of the boucle yarn hides that a bit.

Back:
Cast on 60 stitches (16.75"). I did a Tubular Cast On with US 7 needles.
Garter stitch for 1 inch. I have wide hips, so I kept with US 7 needles for the garter stitch band. If you want a narrower hip/lower edge, then switch to US 5 needles.

After garter stitch band, switch to US 5 needles.

Do 2 8-row pattern bands (16 rows). The piece should measure a little less than 3.5".

Waist:
Switch to US 2 needles. Do 10-row pattern bands for 20 rows, about 2.5 inches. Piece should measure 6" total.

Increases:
Switch back to US 5 needles and 8-row pattern bands. Increase 1 stitch each end of the needle. Increase again 36 rows (about 6") after this. 64 stitches.

Continue until piece measures 13.7" (should be about 10" from start of waist section). End after row 8 of reverse stockinette stitch pattern band. There should be 10 pattern bands total.

Armhole shaping:
Keeping in pattern, cast off 2 sts beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st each end of the next 2 rows, work 1 row even, then dec 1 st each end of the next row (54 stitches).
Continue without shaping until armhole is 7.3" long, which should be about 44 rows from start of armhole shaping, ending on row 4 of reverse stockinette pattern band. Laid flat, piece should measure 21".

Note: Rather than keeping the proportions the same between the vintage pattern (and smaller size) and my measurements, I kept the shoulder widths of the front sections the same as the vintage pattern (a little more than 4") and widened the neck hole.

Shoulder shaping:
Rest of pattern is reverse stockinette.
Row 1: pattern to last 5 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 2: pattern to last 5 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 3: pattern to last 10 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 4: pattern to last 10 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 5: pattern to last 15 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 6: pattern to last 15 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 7: Cast off center 24 stitches for back of neck. Leave sts on needles (15 sts each side) to graft to shoulders of front piece.

Note: The pattern calls for a reverse stockinette yoke of several inches, which I forgot to do, so only the last 12 rows are the reverse stockinette section.

Front:
Same as for back up to armhole shaping. End after row 8 of reverse stockinette stitch pattern band. There should be 10 pattern bands total.

Armhole shaping (it's the same as for the back):
Keeping in pattern, cast off 2 sts beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st each end of the next 2 rows, work 1 row even, then dec 1 st each end of the next row (54 stitches).

Neck decreases:
Divide stitches in half, 27 stitches for right and 27 stitches for left. Put right front stitches on spare needle or waste yarn.
On left front stitches (RS), work to 4 stitches from end (neck edge), dec 1 st, work 2 stitches garter stitch neck edging.
Next row: Work 2 sts garter stitch neck edge, work to end.
Decrease 1 st neck edge every 4th row until 17 sts left on needle (total of 10 decreases). You should end on row 3 of reverse stockinette pattern, 43 rows after start of armhole shaping. Complete next row, row 4 of reverse stockinette pattern. Work should measure 21".

Shoulder shaping:
(In reverse stockinette stitch) Work 1 row even, keeping the 2 garter stitches at neck edge. Work to 5 sts from armhole edge, wrap and turn. Work 1 row even, keeping the 2 garter stitches at neck edge. Work to 10 sts from armhole edge, wrap and turn. Work 1 row even. Leave stitches on spare needle to graft to back shoulder.

Right front:
Attach yarn to neck edge. Work 2 stitches garter stitch neck edging, dec 1 st, work to end.
Next row: work even, including garter stitches at neck edge.
Decrease 1 st neck edge every 4th row until 17 sts left on needle (total of 10 decreases).You should end on row 3 of reverse stockinette pattern, 43 rows after start of armhole shaping. Complete next row, row 4 of reverse stockinette pattern.

Shoulder shaping:
Work to 5 sts from armhole edge, wrap and turn. Work 1 row even, keeping the 2 garter stitches at neck edge. Work to 10 sts from armhole edge, wrap and turn. Work 1 row even, keeping the 2 garter stitches at neck edge. Leave stitches on spare needle to graft to back shoulder.

Shoulder seaming:
With RS facing, put 2 garter stitch neck edge stitches on safety pin, then do 3-needle bind off of 15 remaining front shoulder and 15 back shoulder stitches. Repeat for other side.

Neck edging:
Take two garter stitches from safety pin, put on needles.
There are two ways to do this.
1) Sewn neck edging:
Pick up a stitch between garter stitches and body (3 stitches on needle), then continue in a garter stitch strip until you reach the back of the neck. Repeat on the other side garter stitches. Kitchener the live stitches together, and sew the edging to the back neck.

2) lace graft:
(Starting from right front, RS): k1, slip 1, pick up a stitch from the body, pass slipped stitch over picked up stitch, turn.
(WS): k2, turn.
Repeat until neck edge reaches other 2 live stitches on safety pin, and kitchener stitch together.

Cap sleeves (make 2):
Cast on 46 stitches, about 13". I did tubular cast on (provisional CO 23 stitches using US 7 needle, k 2 rows, pick up 46 stitches in knit stitch, switch to US 5 needles). Garter stitch for 1 inch.
Dec 1 st each end for 4 rows.
Dec 1 st at beg of next 2 rows
Work 2 rows even
Repeat 4 times, total 16 rows.
Dec 1 st each end for 4 rows.
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 4 rows (6 sts left)
Bind off.

Seaming:
Seam sides and fit sleeves into armholes. I used a worsted weight black yarn to seam up the sides and the sleeves, rather than seaming with the boucle yarn.

Update:
I made this with a bulky weight yarn that gave me a smaller gauge of 4.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch.










Finished measurements (unstretched):
Bust: 29.5"”
Length: 20.5”
Waist: 26.5”
Hip/bottom edge: 31”
Armhole length: 7”
Shoulder (each): 3.5” wide
Neckhole: 7.75” wide

It's pretty stretchy, even though this yarn wasn't as stretchy as the boucle. I put it on and it's tight on me, with a 38" bust. (If I lost 10 pounds ...)

If you make this, please be sure to message me on Ravelry and let me know how it turned out!


Free! My romantic suspense novella, Necessary Proof, is free on Kindle, iBooks, Smashwords and Kobo!
    



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