A Desperate Fortune Scarf for Author Susanna Kearsley

A Desperate Fortune Scarf and hand warmers designed for Author Susanna Kearsley and her newest book “A Desperate Fortune”.  This one of a kind design was designed from the inspiration that Susanna used for her newest book.  Take a trip into the past and present with this extraordinary book with a cryptic journal from the past telling a secret story in the present day of this written book.  A fabulous read that includes suspense, deception, allegiance and love that will entice you through each chapter with plenty of visually written moments.  Plenty of twists and turns to entertain you throughout the book and as always a surprise ending.  I absolutely love this book, it is a must read so add it to your list soon.

I am fortunate that Susanna is a most wonderful friend and I thank her for asking me to work with her on this wonderful adventure.  Like the two women in her book working separately, yet together though they lived far apart in time and Susanna and I in distance.  It is a true pleasure being a friend of Susanna’s and I am so very proud of all she has done and continues to do.  Awesome job my friend on your newest book!!! One of my new favourites by far!

The A Desperate Fortune collar style scarf (small scarf) and hand warmers are available for purchase together or separately at http://www.valeriebaberdesigns.etsy.com  takes about 1 to 2 weeks to make. See more information about them at my Etsy store.  




The present day character Sara wears various scarves through out the book and originally I thought of designing a scarf that included these various scarves.  The Architectural descriptions in Susanna’s latest novel were speaking louder likely since I have been greatly inspired by Architecture of the past in my work this past year.  I couldn’t wait to begin this newest member of my Architectural designs just for Susanna.  Below are some pictures of the building Susanna was influenced by in her description of the building in the book.  Susanna’s description:  “The building with the windows is the chapel inside the old chateau of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, in France, which once housed the exiled Stuart kings of Britain and their courtiers. For me, having written for several years now about these people and their lives, actually getting to stand on this spot was a very moving moment, as this chapel would have been at the centre of their daily routines”.

You can read the first two chapters of this wonderful book here: 


I began this journey into the past for the A Desperate Fortune Scarf with a crochet base of a light coloured stone as shown in the pictures above.  Adding green at the bottom for the stained glass effect that the stone tracery would be adhering to down the road.  You can see more of the progress in the pictures below as I design the stone tracery and add the brick colour to the scarf and hand warmers.  There are two brooches that accent this scarf so you can wear it in various ways and use them to fasten the scarf.  The are both Stained Glass Rose windows that were designed for these wonderful Architectural buildings of the past.

For the “A Desperate Fortune” scarf I used beautiful yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns, a Canadian Company, who dyes yarn in wonderful colours that portray their local area and Canada.  A fitting yarn to use since both Susanna and I are Canadian.  The colours were perfect for this design with the light stone colour being the Birch colour way, the stained glass is the Woodland Colour way of greens and the brick is done in the Terra Firma colour way.  All yarns were by SweetGeorgia Yarns in the Superwash Merino wool blend.  SweetGeorgia yarns are as noted in the name, SWEET!  One of my favourite yarns to work with, luxuriously soft and the colours are truly fantastic.  I recently took a visit to Vancouver and popped into the store to see the latest colours and newest yarns for this year.  They are even more delectable and wonderful than ever.  I can’t wait to use them in my next series of designs.

Be sure to check out SweetGeorgia’s website at  


I am off to work on some new Architectural designs and new designs for Fall.  Come back soon to see my latest as well I am restarting my Architectural project as there was so much inspiration in my research that I have decided to go a different direction.  I will blog my start on that very soon.  Have a most wonderful day today.

Look Who Came to Dinner

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Look Who Came to Dinner…Susanna Kearsley! The recent RITA (Romance Writers of America) award winner for Paranormal Romance Winner, Congratulations Susanna for such a wonderful and amazing achievement! Susanna was recently in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada for the Star Fest. I had the pleasure of going to the wonderful event where Susanna Kearsley, http://www.susannakearsley.com, talked about writing and her book the Firebird. If you haven’t read the Firebird or her other books they are must reads. Susanna carries you through her books with such wonderful visual written words. Her descriptions let you travel with the characters from the present to the past to amazing destinations and eras of history. You easily loose your self in her writing and feel as if you are there watching the book unravel the trail to the conclusion of the great adventure.
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Eva Stanchniak, http://www.evastachniak.com, was also talking about her latest books Empress of the Night and The Winter Palace. It was a wonderful time listening to two well written Authors and their different styles of writing, techniques, research and process they make during the journey from the start to the finished book. Both Authors were intrigued by Catherine the Great in their latest books. It amazing me how each person with a creative necessity has their own way of going through the process of an idea to a finished product. I say necessity for a reason, creative people NEED to create. It is who they are, you can’t stop them. Their minds are always working on the next thing at the same time working on the current task. It’s what makes listening to other creative people in various disciplines so interesting, you learn that the creative path is different for everyone.

My dear friend Susana Kearsley brought me a special gift:
Her newest book “a Desperate Fortune”! How exciting to read before it is in the stores. Thanks Susanna for this most wonderful gift. I will blog about her latest book soon.

If you haven’t guessed it was Susanna Kearsley who came to dinner. I miss the days we lived in the same neighborhood when we could chat any time. It has been 7 years since I have seen Susanna and I was thrilled to spend the rest of the evening with her. Of course I had a bit of work for her to do before I fed her, I thought it only fair that she work for her dinner. 🙂 There were a few books for her to sign I had been collecting since I moved away from the old neighborhood. It kept her busy for a while, but don’t worry I fed her afterwards so it was a pretty good deal, at least for me. We had a great time catching up and just enjoying spending time together like old friends. Thanks Susanna for coming by and thanks to the St. Albert Library for inviting one of my dearest friends to the Star Fest. If you have a chance to listen to Susanna Kearsley in your neighborhood do go, you won’t regret it.
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Susanna Kearsley and myself.

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Susanna Kearsley and a “small” collection of books to sign in my personal collection.
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Notice the book she is signing in this picture. A Desperate Fortune, her latest book. Can’t wait to read this book, she tells me there are some great surprises.

What a true pleasure it was to listen to both of these wonderful Canadian Authors who have this wonderful love for history. I know reading Susanna’s various books have helped inspire my desire to work on my Architectural Collection. I will be working on a new collection based on her latest book in the future that will fit in with my Architectural Collection. Thanks Susanna for such a wonderful visit. Can’t wait to see you soon.

Treasured Friends…update and giveaway prelude

Susanna Kearsley and Friends Tour
Susanna Kearsley and Friends Tour

The Treasured Friends Collection is based on a collection of scarves and fingerless gloves that Susanna Kearsley www.susannakearsley.com  had asked me to design for each of her treasured friends, that joined her on this wonderful tour.  This picture shows some of the fantastic Authors who toured with Susanna Kearsley sporting their unique scarf designs from left to right: Lynn Spencer from All about Romance, Deanna Raybourn, Susanna Kearsley, and Joanna Bourne.  Many of the designs were specifically designed for the Author it was given to based on their newest or a previous book or a design that Susanna felt they would like based on who they are or are passionate about.  This new collection will be called Treasured Friends.  Here are some pictures and some links to a few of these designs.  I will be adding more designs in the near future to the Treasured Friends Collection available on my Etsy site at www.intricateknits.etsy.com.

MYSTERY GIVEAWAY!  I will be joining one of these Authors in a giveaway that will be announced on Feburary 13th so mark your calendars.  There will be a variety of ways to enter.  Who is this “mystery” Author….you have to wait and see.  Pop by in the next few days as I blog more about this great giveaway and the “Mystery” Author.  Your first hint…she loves to knit!

Thanks to Susanna Kearsley for asking me to be a part of this wonderful venture.  I find great enjoyment in designing and making specialty items for treasured friends!  Treasure your friends today wherever they are let them know they are special to you!

You can link to the various designs in the Treasured Friends Collection now available here:

Susanna Rose Scarf: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178250620/susanna-rose-scarf-in-red-and-ivory?

Deanna Jasmine Rose Scarf:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/176341514/deanna-jasmine-rose-neck-warmer-scarf-in?ref=shop_home_active_17

Beatriz Poppy  Scarf:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/176343870/beatriz-poppy-neck-warmer-scarf-in-black?ref=shop_home_active_2

Lynn Rose N Lace Scarf:   https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/169166489/lynn-rose-n-lace-collar-scarf-ivory?

Lauren Plumeria Scarf:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/176345700/lauren-plumeria-flower-neck-warmer-scarf?ref=shop_home_active_3

Karen Rose Fingerless Gloves:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178263571/karen-rose-fingerless-gloves-hand?ref=listing-shop-header-2

Ariel Art Deco Fingerless Gloves:   https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178264577/ariel-art-deco-fingerless-gloves-hand?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Kimberly Pumpkin Patch Fingerless Gloves:  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178254752/kimberly-pumpkin-patch-fingerless-gloves?ref=listing-shop-header-0

The remainder of the Treasured Friends designs will be available soon.

Check out all of these wonderful Authors and put them on the top of your reading list today.

Susanna Kearsley:  www.susannakearsley.com

Deanna Raybourn:  www.deannaraybourn.com

Beatriz Williams:  www.beatrizwilliams.com

Kimberly Brock:  www.kimberlybrockbooks.com

Karen White:  www.Karen-white.com

Ariel Lawhon:  www.ariellawhon.com

Lauren Willig:  www.laurenwillig.com

Julie James:  www.juliejames.com

Sarah Wendell:  www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com

Mary Robinette Kowal:  http://www.maryrobinettekowal.com/about/

Lynn Spencer:  http://likesbooks.com/

Joanna Bourne:   http://www.joannabourne.com/

Friends…everyone needs them!

The Firebird
The Firebird

Friends…everyone needs them!  Susanna Kearsley, a dear friend of  mine, is off on a very unique and wonderful tour starting January 17th, 2014.  “Susanna Kearsley and Friends Tour”, http://www.susannakearsley.com/susannaandfriendstour.html  If you haven’t read her books yet put them on the top of your “to do”  list.

Susanna’s books are easily my favourite read! www.susannakearsley.com  It is hard to pick a favourite as I love them all.  Her latest is “The Rose Garden”, I couldn’t put it down.  I try to read Susanna’s books slowly to enjoy as long as possible, but this proves to be impossible as she catches your attention right from the start and keeps  you connected and enticed throughout the many books she has written.   This wonderful tour is a collection of amazing Authors, you can view the “Author Friends”  and see the various cities the tour will be in here http://www.susannakearsley.com/susannaandfriendstour.html   This particular tour celebrates the release of “The Splendour Falls”, another wonderful book written by Susanna Kearsley.  Be sure to stop by this wonderful tour when it is in your neck of the woods.

I have had the pleasure of a knowing Susanna for many years and have always treasured and enjoyed our friendship.  Friends are a very important part of our lives, like gold and diamonds that make our lives sparkle.  Friends add that special touch to life.  When you spend time with a great friend it is like finding a precious treasure, worth everything in the world.  Treasure your friends and loved ones everyday, they are the true joy in life.

Susanna and I have been working on a fibre project that I will expand on more soon.  Can’t let the secret out of the book, I mean bag.  🙂  Check back soon to see more…

Off to design a Valentines neck warmer and hand warmer set.  I will be posting that soon.  Have a wonderful friend filled day.