Kimberly Schimmel

Kimberly Schimmel

Kimberly Schimmel, MLS, is a church librarian, mother of six, skilled dressmaker and knitter, and wife of a college professor. She enjoys writing and reading, designing knitting patterns, and making things for family and friends. A native of Indiana, Kimberly also enjoys corn, auto racing, and basketball.
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  • Car Accessories I Could Live Without
    Modern cars and vans come with too many optional and useless accessories. Here are three accessories or features I find annoying or useless.
  • House Cat Haiku
    Haiku poetry about one of my house cats
  • Haiku: Voters
    A haiku reflection on watching the voting process on election day
  • Knitting Patterns for Fans of Jane Austen or Downton Abbey
    England has provided more than its share of great knitters and novelists. English books and television have been embraced by Americans--including knitters. Here are some resources for those who knit and admire things Brit.
  • Knitting Patterns for Movie Fans
    When knitters watch a movie, they can't help but notice great knitwear. Here are resources to help you knit your own favorite scarves and sweaters inspired by movies.
  • Free Knitting Patterns for Cowls
    Cowls are an alternative to scarves for winter warmth. Knit a tube of fabric to keep your neck warm when winter winds blow. A larger cowl can also serve as a hood.
  • New Dress from a Vintage Pattern
    The author is an experienced dressmaker who created a rehearsal dinner dress for her son's wedding using a sewing pattern from her high school days. The Edith Head Vogue Designer pattern is simple and pretty.
  • Cow Haiku
    Cows are gentle, calm creatures: a perfect subject for haiku poetry.
  • Guinea Pig Haiku
    Haiku poetry about a guinea pig in two stanzas
  • Best Cotton Yarn for Dishcloths
    Enjoy knitting or crocheting dishcloths with 100% cotton yarn. Learn about the three top brands: Bernat Handicrafter, Lily Sugar 'n Cream and Lion Cotton. Hand knit dish cloths are good for the environment. They are also easy and fun gifts to make.
  • Unusual Knitting Patterns for Dish Cloths or Wash Cloths
    Try a new knitting technique by making a practical dish cloth or wash cloth. These links to free patterns will get you started. One ball of cotton yarn is all it takes.
  • How to Knit Quick Scarves
    Knitting scarves is quick and easy with simple knitting stitch patterns and an easy formula for determining the number of stitches to cast on. Make quick gifts with an easy scarf pattern.
  • Choosing a Slip for a Maxi Dress
    Today's new maxi dresses call for long slips in order to look their best. The right fabric and fit can make a great dress look even better.
  • Republicans: Restore Limited Constitutional Government
    The most important issue facing the United States: limiting the power of politicians who recognize no limits to their powers. Limited, constitutional government must be restored.
  • First Person: I Squandered My Intellectual Capital
    A full-time mother can still maintain some valuable, marketable skills. It requires some planning, but keep those technical skills sharp in case you need them again in a tough economy.
  • Lessons from Jack Bauer and CTU
    Jack Bauer and his CTU colleagues teach important lessons--and do it in 24 hours a season! Learn these lessons from "24."
  • Book Review: Medicines that Kill
    Dr. James Marcum wrote a book about drug side-effects, errors made by patients or by doctors, and the growing problem of drug interactions and drug dependency. He covers prescriptions, OTC, and herbal medicines.
  • Knitting Shawls with Free Patterns
    Discover shawl knitting using free patterns or design your own shawl.
  • St. Valentine's Day Haiku
    A haiku poem for St. Valentine's Day
  • Five Dress Patterns for Bridesmaids
    Five patterns are recommended for sewing bridesmaid dresses at home. From simple to spectacular, there is an appropriate pattern for every attendant.
  • A Humble Leader
    One mother's wish for President Obama's Second Inaugural Address: humility and repentance
  • Living with Recurrent Depression
    The author relates her experience with several bouts of depression and offers a strategy for staying healthy.
  • Knitting Haiku
    Haiku poem about knitting
  • Make a Girl's Shirt from a Boy's Shirt
    Boy's flannel shirts are inexpensive and comfortable. Add some feminine shape to make the shirt suitable for a girl instead.
  • The Technological Generation Gap in the Church
    "Viral" is a book about bridging the generations in Christian ministry today. Word-based Christians and relationship-based Christians can find common ground.
  • Supreme Court Obamacare Decision
    The June 28, 2012, decision upholding the Affordable Care Act has important consequences for all American families. This mother fears for her children's future health and freedom.
  • One SEAL's Story of Redemption
    Book review of "Fearless" by Eric Blehm: the true story of Adam Brown, Navy SEAL. A story of struggle and eternal victory.
  • Incarnation: The Real Christmas Story
    Acrostic poem about the Incarnation in which God became man in the person of Jesus Christ
  • Book Review: Finding God in "The Hobbit" by Jim Ware
    A review of Jim Ware's book about Tolkein's classic tale and the ways "The Hobbit" speaks to our hearts.
  • Biblical Women Who Challenged Injustice and Led Courageously
    A book review of Fearless Daughters of the Bible by J. Lee Grady, a book of encouragement for women who may feel marginalized in the church.
  • An Unusually Simple Health Resolution for 2013
    Vegetable juice cocktail and applesauce cups are quick and easy ways to add fruits and vegetables to your diet. They taste good too.
  • Class Warfare in America?
    A review of "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" sheds light on the reasons behind the widening gap between lower class and upper class Americans. Charles Murray is the author.
  • Introverts Finally Explained and Understood
    A review of "Quiet", a book about introverts and how they are often misunderstood at school and at work. Research about introversion is included in this book by Susan Cain.
  • 5 Top Sewing Patterns for Scrubs
    Make your own scrubs using 1 of these 5 sewing patterns. Most workers in the medical field wear scrubs and they are easy and fun to make using these patterns.
  • My Harry Potter Knitting Adventure
    Knitting is part of the background in every Harry Potter book and movie. Fans have created patterns for many of the garments entioned in th ebooks and seen in the moveis.
  • First Person: Election Day Report from My North Carolina Precinct
    Get a snapshot of one precinct on Election Day, 2012. Voter turnout, mood at the polls, and early voting impact are addressed.
  • Distance Runner
    Haiku poetry about the long-distance runner
  • St. Patrick's Day Surprise
    A limerick poem celebrating the Chicago tradition of dyeing the river green for St. Patrick's Day.
  • Spring 2012 Fashion for the Professional Woman
    Spring 2012 fashion collections include fresh suit, dress and business casual options for the professional woman. Learn the latest trends and how to wear them to the office.
  • Haiku Lament for Winter Dreariness
    A haiku poem expressing dislike for winter and appreciation for summer, despite the heat.
  • Free Patterns for Making Gloves
    Gloves can be cut and sewn from fabric. They may also be knit or crocheted from yarn or thread. From little fingerless mitts to long opera gloves, here are free patterns you can use today.
  • Use Technology to Buy More Technology
    Use survey websites and online writing income to save money for a new technology purchase. Then use that purchase to improve your productivity and earn money for yet another technology purchase.
  • Fall Inevitable
    An acrostic poem about fall
  • Help! I Don't Have Enough Fabric
    Sometimes you are just a few inches short of fabric for a pattern you want to use. Here are five ways to fix the problem and find the fabric you need.
  • DIY Pink Shoes
    Here are pictures of the step-by-step process I used to turn tan character shoes into pastel pink shoes for a wedding. All it takes is acrylic craft paint, a sponge, and Modge Podge.
  • Knitted Scarf Gallery
    Photographs of various scarf patterns in a variety of yarns are provided.
  • Sundress from Vintage Pattern
    This easy sundress is made from an Edith Head design published by Vogue Patterns around 1980.
  • My Home-Based Sewing Business
    A home-based sewing business can start small and still be profitable. Learn as you go and grow the business as your time, profits, and sewing skills permit.
  • A Guide to Lingerie Fabrics
    Fabric is key in selecting lingerie. Cotton, silk, and synthetic fibers all have special properties. Learn these fabric characteristics and build a lingerie wardrobe that is ready for any activity or occasion.
  • Ideas for Preserving and Displaying Children's Artwork
    Children can be prolific artists. Learn how to display and preserve children's artwork. Get those drawings and paintings out of the drawer and out in the public eye!
  • Five Essential Qualities of Effective Managers
    Workers in any setting will usually rise to the standard set by their leader. An effective manager models excellence of character and expects excellence from all team members.
  • Five Signs it May Be Time to Quit Your Job
    Don't be caught off guard in a changing workplace. Learn to recognize the signs of career trouble. These five signs can help you anticipate a layoff or recognize when it is time to move on.
  • Buying a Sewing Machine
    The best sewing machine for your needs depends upon the type of sewing you will do. Learn which features you need and which are merely bells and whistles.
  • Recommended Reading About Gifted Children
    This short bibliography guides parents and teachers of gifted children to some of the best resources for gaining understanding about giftedness and its implications for both children and adults.
  • Save Money on a Wedding Gown
    Wedding gowns do not need to be expensive. Consider white non-bridal dresses, family heirlooms, or do-it-yourself options instead of an expensive trip to the bridal salon.
  • Basketball in March
    Enjoy this haiku about March Madness.
  • Three Movies for Science Class
    Movies based on historical events can add perspective to your lessons in math, science, or psychology. These three are good movies with some solid educational content.
  • A Fashion Designer's Scrapbook
    A simple scrapbook can be used to save swatches, sketches, and clippings for a designer's reference. Start a fashion design scrapbook today.
  • New Colors at David's Bridal
    For 2011 David's Bridal is offering new colors: two bright citrus hues, a gorgeous ocean blue, and a delicate floral. See if one of these new colors is just what you've always wanted.
  • Ten Free Knitting Patterns for Textured Scarves
    The simple knitted scarf need not be boring. Add surface interest with textured stitch patterns, cables, bobbles, or even ruffles. Here are ten free patterns to consider.
  • Ten Free Patterns for Hand Knitting Socks
    Tube socks, toe socks, and conventional knitted socks are included in this pattern link collection. Both traditional and innovative sock knitting techniques are represented, including spiral ribbing and toe-up methods.
  • Laura Ingalls' Trousseau
    While preparing a modern bridal trousseau, it is both fun and instructive to look at a description of this trousseau from the past.
  • Life Lessons from Movie Weddings
    Wedding scenes from Steel Magnolias, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and 27 Dresses offer some important lessons for the engaged couple. Enjoy a movie night and discuss what you learn!
  • Adults Returning to College
    Being the oldest student in a college class may be uncomfortable, but consider it an opportunity to meet interesting people. Age is not a barrier when adults share common interests and respect their differences.
  • A Bride's Guide to the Trousseau
    The trousseau traditionally includes the wedding gown and all the clothing a woman needs for the first year of marriage. Learn to collect the right attire: going away outfit, lingerie, and clothes for the honeymoon trip and beyond.
  • Unit Study on Instruments of the Orchestra
    Many students are interested in music, so use the instruments of the orchestra to inspire a variety of music, science, reading, writing and history activities.
  • Banish Busy Work for Gifted Students
    Gifted students do not need busy work; rather, they need different, more advanced work. Much could be accomplished by granting gifted students more freedom.
  • Linda Hall Library
    Linda Hall Library is a special library. It is private, yet open to the public. Learn about this valuable science and technology resource.
  • Knit Faster with Continental Knitting
    While most Americans have traditionally learned to knit English style, many modern knitters are discovering continental knitting. The continental method forms the same stitches, but most knitters achieve greater speed than they can with English knitting.
  • Sketchbook Ideas for Art Teachers and Students
    The sketchbook assignment is loved by art teachers and feared by some art students. Use these sketchbook ideas to get students drawing when they think they have no inspiration.
  • Spool Knitting is Easy and Fun
    Spool knitting is easy to learn and requires only inexpensive supplies. Knit a simple I-cord for a belt or knit yards of cord for a rug.
  • Purple Bridesmaid's Dresses for 2011
    Purple is a popular choice for bridesmaid's dresses because there are so many choices. Whether your favorite purple is deep, bright, or almost white, bridal shops have the color for you.
  • Tips for Practicing a Foreign Language
    Foreign language practice outside the classroom is an important part of improving your vocabulary and confidence in a second language. Try these simple tips to accelerate your language learning.
  • Green Simplifies Wedding Color Planning
    Here is a guide to selecting green bridesmaid dresses and coordinating accent colors for men's formal wear and wedding flowers. Green goes with almost everything, making color planning a breeze!
  • Make a Circle Skirt Without a Pattern
    Circle skirts are flattering to most figures when made in lightweight fabrics. They are also easy to make. Just take some measurements, draw some circles, and your skirt is almost done!
  • Pick the Perfect Blue for Your Wedding
    Blue is a popular choice for wedding color schemes, so wedding retailers offer a wide variety of true blues, green-blues, and violet-blues in their collections. Here is a guide to blues for bridesmaids and menswear.
  • Accent Colors for a Pink Wedding
    Accent colors for a pink wedding depend upon the pink: warm or cool, bold or muted, light or dark. Possible color combinations are suggested, along with hints for coordinating menswear using pink.
  • Sewing Patterns for Girls' Easter Dresses
    Suggested patterns for spring, 2011 Easter dresses are presented for home sewing. Most of the dresses include smocking or embroidery patterns.
  • Make Groovy Wide-Leg Jeans
    Recycle a pair of old jeans with new, groovy, wide legs. Make these seventies-style jeans for a "decade day" at school or a costume party. This project is earth-friendly, frugal, and fun.
  • Choose German as Your Foreign Language Class
    Students who speak English as their first language should consider German when selecting a foreign language. German is an important language in Europe and has historical importance in science, philosophy, music, and business.
  • Why Learn American Sign Language?
    ASL is often overlooked as a foreign language choice for students. American Sign Language can enable you to converse with the Deaf, meet college graduation requirements, or even become an interpreter.
  • Wedding Planning Tips for Less Stress
    Reducing the stress of wedding planning is a simple matter of doing things you learned in kindergarten: be polite and don't be selfish. Tips are provided for handling problems and dealing with time pressure.
  • Choosing Wedding Color Combinations
    Using the color wheel is helpful in creating color combinations for a wedding. Complementary, analogous, and monochromatic color schemes can all be used effectively. Examples of harmonious color combinations are provided.
  • A Critique of Scientific Management
    Scientific management has often been misused. When workers are treated like machines, productivity gains are offset by losses in trust and respect. Managers must be aware of the limitations of scientific management.
  • Teaching Children to Knit
    Children can learn to knit with the help of a patient teacher and some tips to make knitting lessons as easy as possible. Teach a child to knit with a few simple supplies and techniques.
  • Five Management Books Worth Reading
    These five management books are for those who are weary of the endless parade of management fads and theories. The authors have studied success and drawn some conclusions that may surprise the "experts."
  • Choosing Patterns for Afghans - Knitting or Crocheting
    Anyone can enjoy knitting or crocheting an afghan. Simply choose an afghan pattern that suits your purpose and fits the amount of time you have for crafting. Several links for blanket patterns are included.
  • Lessons from Japanese Math Teachers
    Japanese math teachers allow students to struggle with problems before sharing procedures and solutions with the class. American children are often given procedures right away and practice using those procedures on problem sets.
  • Best Apron Patterns
    Aprons are practical ways to protect clothing from damage. Aprons also make the perfect canvas for a variety of creative needlework. Use these sewing patterns to make aprons for home and for gifts.
  • Flower Girl Dress Patterns
    Publishers of sewing patterns offer many options for flower girl dresses. Select a simple or elaborate style to be custom sewn in the exact size and fabric desired.
  • Dresses for Grandmothers and Other Special Wedding Guests
    Grandmothers' dresses for the wedding are available at many retailers. A variety of fabrics and lengths are presented for grandma's consideration.
  • Guidance Resources for Geology Careers
    Guidance counselors and science teachers will find these websites and other resources helpful for students who express an interest in geology as a career. Geoscience career resources are presented in an annotated bibliography.
  • Avoid Student Loan Debt with CLEP Tests
    Student loan debt is crippling many young adults. CLEP tests are one strategy for reducing the cost of a college education and graduating with less debt.
  • Sewing Acrostic
    A poem about sewing and the fabric store, done in the acrostic style
  • Cotton Skirt Without a Pattern
    Make a basic cotton skirt with basic sewing skills and no pattern. Sew several cotton skirts and create new wardrobe possibilities.
  • Quick Projects Using Basic Sewing Skills
    The best motivation for practicing basic sewing skills is a project that is quick and useful. Make a placemat, burp cloth, or blanket using only basic sewing skills.
  • Unconventional Wedding Dresses
    Whether she is planning a medieval theme wedding or wanting to copy the dress worn by her great grandmother, here are some sewing pattern suggestions for timeless gowns from the past.
  • Mothers' Dresses for an Elegant Wedding
    Mothers in the bridal party should look elegant, not dowdy. Matronly mothers' dresses are out, as retailers offer sophisticated options both long and short.
  • Five Quick DIY Gift Ideas for Any Occasion
    Enjoy these gift ideas all year long. With advance planning, you can buy supplies on sale. Using small bits of time, you can always have a shelf full of gifts ready for any occasion.
  • Recycling a Wedding Gown
    A wedding gown can be used after the wedding rather than preserved in a box. Here are several ideas for recycling a wedding dress.
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