Kimberly Schimmel


Kimberly is a grandmother, a skilled dressmaker, and a prolific knitter. She enjoys writing and reading, managing her church's library, refining her needlecraft techniques, and making things for family and friends. A native of Indiana, Kimberly also enjoys corn, auto racing, and basketball.

When not writing about knitting, Kimberly writes in defense of limited, constitutional government. She also writes about gifted education, literacy, and general excellence in education.


North Carolina Central University
Master of Library Science

Purdue University
BSIE, industrial engineering

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I have in the notebooks a memoir of my years in the bridal industry as well as the beginnings of a story about rock and roll, adoption, and best friends. I also have some more knitting designs on the needles, including a sweater.
What is your writing process?
I write about what I already know. I just start thinking and write things down as if I am talking to a friend.
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Where to find Kimberly Schimmel online


8 Knitted Accessories from FiberFrau
Series: FiberFrau, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Applied arts
The biggest and best knitting pattern collection yet from FiberFrau includes scarves, a sparkling cowl collar, and fingerless mittens. Color work and pattern stitches will offer interesting projects for advanced beginners and intermediate knitters, while most projects are simple enough for a confident beginner. Every project was inspired by a book/movie.
Knitted Scarf: Factionless
Price: Free! Words: 790. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
This simple scarf is inspired by a novel: Divergent by Veronica Roth. The following basic knitting skills are assumed: knit, purl, cast on, cast off, and change colors at beginning of row. The tubular scarf also has a whip-stitched seam and knotted fringe.
Smaug's Stolen Treasure Scarf
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework/Crocheting
This decorative crocheted scarf is inspired by the dragon in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein. Smaug sits on the treasures of gold and jewels that belong to the dwarves led by Thorin, son of Thrain, son of Thror. This crocheted design is made of a gold-colored yarn with gold-tone metal rings added.
Thoughts from a Christian Libertarian: Essays, Rants, and Musings
Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Social Issues
A writer and mother thinks about liberty, responsibility, God, and country. She struggles with the realities of being a Christian in a country founded on freedom of conscience, yet drifting toward collectivism and tyranny. She offers ideas for strengthening the family, protecting individual liberty, and generally fighting back against a culture that is in decline.
Knitted Cowls from FiberFrau
Series: FiberFrau, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
Welcome to Book 3 of the FiberFrau Series of knitting patterns. In this book FiberFrau presents four cowl designs for hand knitting. My hope is that you will use these designs, enjoy them, and adapt them to your own style. Cowls make great gifts, since they always fit!
Four-House Unity Cowl
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 570. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
This knitted cowl design in seed stitch includes the main colors from the four houses at Hogwarts, from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. The pattern makes a cowl with one short seam, although one could also continue knitting in pattern for several extra feet and make a wide, rectangular scarf instead.
Duplicate Stitch Tree Scarf
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
This scarf was inspired by the novel Divergent by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a society is divided into five distinct factions. The Amity faction grows crops and trees, inspiring this scarf in the Amity colors of red and yellow. I chose a burgundy and a soft yellow rather than the primary colors. Skills required include duplicate stitch, knit and pur
Knitted Scarves for the Adventurous Knitter
Series: FiberFrau, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
Welcome to Book 2 of the FiberFrau Series of patterns. Once again FiberFrau presents scarf designs for hand knitting. Two of the three scarves are inspired by the novel, Divergent, by Veronica Roth. A third was inspired by The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Each of these designs includes something special: duplicate stitch embroidery, ribbing, and/or seed stitch.
Knitted Scarves for Everyone
Series: FiberFrau, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,890. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - Needlework General
FIVE scarf patterns are presented with simple, illustrated instructions. Scarves are ideal projects for relaxing knitting. Four of the five scarves are inspired by a novel: Divergent by Veronica Roth. The fifth was my companion on a trip to Sydney, Australia. None of the scarves in this book are difficult. The designs depend on color rather than complicated stitch patterns for style.
Haiku From the Left Brain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Poetry
This is haiku poetry from an engineer's perspective. Get this little book for a left-brained, non-sentimental look at the natural world in a series of seventeen-syllable observations. Haiku is structured and focused, the perfect format for the occasional engineer-poet.
According to my Research
You set the price! Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Teaching methods & materials / library skills, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Web / search engines
Three internet research lessons for use by teachers, parents, or librarians. Lessons are targeted to grades seven and up and designed to teach students the correct use of internet search engines. Topics include choosing keywords, distinguishing authoritative sources from non-authoritative sources, and using resources ethically.

Smashwords book reviews by Kimberly Schimmel

  • Library of the Apocalypse on Nov. 08, 2013

    I really enjoyed this short story. As a librarian who lived in Chicago over twenty years ago, I appreciated the setting, too. The premise was compelling: what if disease wiped out doctors, law & order, and most of the population. Could we survive if we still had access to information? I hope this is the beginning of a new genre: heroic librarian fiction!
  • Candle-Lace Scarf on Nov. 18, 2013

    I really appreciate when a pattern includes a chart. I tend to lose my place in written directions, but a chart really helps me. The written instructions are backup in case I'm not sure about something on a chart. I haven't used this in a garment yet, but I think it would make a nice baby blanket.
  • Radiant Crossing on Dec. 19, 2013

    I learned some things I didn't know about flying a huge airplane and enjoyed a good short story. The author knows his stuff and skillfully weaves his technical knowledge into a compelling story.
  • Kitchener Stitch on March 02, 2014

    This wil easily become the handiest knitting book on my Kindle. Just great pictures and instructions for the dreaded Kitchener stitich--needed to graft the toes on top-down socks, among other things. I am a big-time sock knitter, but hate getting down one of my knitting books and looking up how to graft (I never remember.) Since my Kindle and my knitting live next to the same chair, this is going to be very convenient. The illustrations are great!
  • New Age Looping: Skipped Stitch Patterns on March 02, 2014

    Other instructions I've read for looping or Nalbinding have confused me. Donna has good illustrations that really show the individual loops so that the technique now makes sense to me.
  • Rethink the MBA: Why Business School is Riskier Than You Think on March 13, 2014

    This is an absolute must-read book for anyone considering borrowing big bucks for an MBA. Merrick goes back to what I recognize as an ancient Biblical principle called "counting the cost." One would think business students would be the first to apply cost-benefit analysis to graduate school, but the fact that they don't speaks to just how effectively MBS programs have marketed themselves. Arm yourselves with the facts, via this great book, before you decide whether an MBA is a viable investment or a crap shoot!
  • The Non-Anal Technical Writer's Survival Guide on April 26, 2014

    This book is not a manual for grammar or editing. It is an overview of what a technical writer really does, what it takes to be successful, and what sorts of challenges one might face. Anyone considering technical writing as a livelihood should first invest a little time and money in this excellent little ebook. The author has a conversational style, even though he is a technical writer, and includes some humor to make this book on technical writing a pleasant read!
  • When The Eagle Screams on June 07, 2014

    This is a very sobering book about an important topic. The author anticipated many of the problems we face today when it comes to terrorism.
  • Atlas, Broken on April 01, 2015

    What if Atlas didn't shrug? This short novel explores the pitiful life of Henry, an Atlas who should have shrugged years ago. Instead Henry slogs along, doing his daily work for the benefit of anyone but himself. He is falling apart (quite literally) and nobody cares--even Henry seems rather nonchalant about it. I think this is what Ayn Rand's producers in Atlas Shrugged would have looked like if they had not gone on strike, but kept stubbornly working for a system that did not appreciate them nor reward their efforts.