Nancy Hand

Biography

In the course of years I've held a number of jobs (bookkeeper, sales clerk, computer network engineer) while trying to launch a career (jeweler, sculptor, knitter). In the process I've heard a lot of stories, read a lot of stories, and discovered I like to tell stories. My books were written "for fun". I hope you enjoy them

Books

Rose Lace Hat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a simple lace hat, worked in the round, with a rose design around the head and another flower design on the crown. There is a little extra fabric in the crown that lets you fold the hat easily. The sample measures about 18” (46cm) around. You need 5 stitch markers, a circular needle and a set of double point needles. Uses 145 yards (133 meters) of DK weight yarn on US 5 (3.75mm) needles.
Diamond Shell
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a pattern for a simple, scoop-neck top with a diamond texture. The pattern includes written instructions, a chart for the texture stitch, and a schematic. Sizes included are for 33 (35, 37, 39, 41) inch or 83.82(88.9, 93.98, 99.06, 104.14) cm chest with about 1” (2.54 cm) negative ease. The sample was made using about 600 yds of Louet's Euroflax Sport yarn on US 5 needles.
Fractured Entrelac Scarf
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This pattern uses fingering weight yarn on US 4 (3.5mm) to create a scarf about 8.5” x 58” (22cm x 147cm). The scarf begins with a set of large blocks which are broken into progressively smaller blocks. The blocks then increase in size again. The pattern includes directions for the entrlac blocks, schematics for the design, and "row by row" instructions.
Entrelac Hat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 990. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for an adult-sized cap using entrelac blocks of increasing sizes to form a gentle arch at the crown before straightening out at the sides. It ends with a band of 1x1 rib. It uses a bulky-weight yarn on US 7 (4.5mm) needles for a gauge of 3.5 stitches and 6 rows per inch (2.54cm) in stockinette.
Earflap Hat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 850. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for a hat with double-knit ear flaps. The hat uses about 160 yards (146 m) of worsted weight yarn on US 8 (5.0mm) needles at a gauge of 5 stitches per inch. The hat is worked flat. The pattern includes written directions for the hat and the double-knit stitch. The head used for modeling the hats is about 25” around (63.5 cm).
Cabled Hat and Scarf
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for a cabled hat, knit in the round, and a matching scarf. The gauge is 5 stitches per inch (2.54 cm) in stockinette to create a hat about 21 inches (53.34 cm) in circumference. Instructions include line-by-line directions and charts for the hat and scarf.
Lace Bolero
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for a fitted, long-sleeved, short sweater in three sizes (chest size 34, 36, 38" (86.4, 91.4, 96.5 cm)). Neckline decreases are done in a lace panel, which can be challenging. The pattern includes written directions for the sweater, plus written instructions and charts for two lace patterns and the border pattern. There is also a schematic showing sweater dimensions.
Diamond Twist Hat
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for a simple lace cap worked in the round. It uses about 130 yards (119M) of fingering weight yarn on US 4 (3.5mm) needles at a gauge of about 8 stitches and 10 rows per inch (2.54 cm). The finished hat will fit a woman or larger child. The pattern includes written instructions and a stitch chart.
Another Cabled Hat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for a cabled hat knit in the round. The gauge is 5 stitches per inch (2.54 cm) in stockinette to create a hat about 21 inches (53.34 cm) in circumference. Instructions include line-by-line directions and a chart.
Goose, The Moose
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
This is a knitting pattern for a stuffed toy. Instructions are included for the moose toy and two sweaters. The size of the toy will depend on your choice of yarn and needle. The pattern includes line-by-line instruction. The toy is worked in-the-round on double-point needles using short rows for shaping.
Candle-Lace Scarf
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 900. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Crafts & Hobbies
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This is a knitting pattern for a scarf. The pattern includes both written instructions and a chart for the stitch.
Arianna
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,160. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Dr. Violet Jamison has failed to get the desired information from a prisoner held by the military. Capt. Arianna Lasher is brought in to finish the job started by others. Her unusual methods create problems for both the doctor and her facility.
The Lily on the Wall
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,890. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Mark Caldera has lost his partner, and lover, and is on the verge of losing his ship when he accepts a job he doesn't want, transporting cargo he's not ready to handle. When something is left behind he's required to make hard choices with an uncertain outcome.
Sheridan's Bones
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,090. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Frank Cummings accepts a position, as the new captain of the old ship Sheridan, taking a classified cargo to the Ligurian system. Among his crew are old friends and strangers. The classified nature of the cargo means the owner has hired an unidentified agent to help ensure delivery. But the cargo has also attracted an assassin, trying to prevent delivery.
The Dance of The Cat and The Owl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 221,150. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In 1970, 19-year-old Amanda Walker leaves home to make her way. She finds a position driving a Formula One car on the Grand Prix tour for Team Lamont of Paris. Over the next nine years she travels around the world with the Grand Prix winning races and hearts.

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Smashwords book reviews by Nancy Hand

  • Enlightenment on Dec. 01, 2010

    The book, in format, reminds me of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. There are short, numbered paragraphs, "verses", succinctly stating a point that can be thought about for a lifetime. While the author recognizes limits to the written word, his use of the medium is beautiful.