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review 2018-09-10 13:29
Wound Up in Murder
Wound Up in Murder (A Yarn Retreat Mystery) - Betty Hechtman

Casey and her Knitting Retreat people are getting together again for another Retreat. This time they are sharing the Inn with a Group called My Favorite Year. They are celebrating the year 1963. When the wife of the My Favorite Year Leader shows up unexpectedly there is a fight between them and the woman takes great pride in destroying Dr. Sammy and his magic. Sammy is so upset, he takes a pitcher of martinis and goes to the beach to drink alone. He then wanders up to Casey's house and she hides him the entire time the police look for him because the woman was found dead on the Inn property, by Casey. 

 

At the same time, Wanda and Crystal cannot get along and battle over the projects for the Retreat and trying to get people to do the work they want them to do. 

 

I am reading these stories out of order as I am getting them as I can from the library and my daughters chose this one to listen to in the car while we were "raiding" with the PokemonGo Crowd on Saturday. 

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review 2018-08-29 13:15
A Tangled Yarn
A Tangled Yarn - Betty Hechtman A Tangled Yarn - Betty Hechtman

Casey is hosting her 5th yarn retreat. She is still having lots of help from Wanda and Cindy and her friend Lucinda at the meals. The hotel is also hosting a Writer's group and Madeline has returned from a trip and she is so happy with her friendship with a travel writer. When the writer is found dead the next day, Madeline doesn't want to be involved and hides every time the police detective or any police officer comes around. At some point, the police detective asks Casey for her help. She also makes some special muffins just for him to help him and make friends with him. 

 

My kids were rapt as they listened to the book as we drove to Kentucky (again). They put their own books down and laughed at some of the things that happened. It was a good story and the story is the 5th in the series and I am currently reading them out of order. I let the girls choose what they wanted to hear and they chose this book. 

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review 2018-08-22 14:05
All Wound Up
All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is also known as the Yarn Harlot from her blog. I found her blog first and laughed out loud at some of the things that happened to her. I was a new knitter and a long time crocheter so I didn't like that she hated crochet, but after reading this book the first time (back in 2011) I understood how she would not enjoy the process. She covers so many topics in the book, just as on her blog, and many I could nod my head and say, "Yes! That is so me!" You do not have to be a crafter to understand what she is writing about or to laugh about some of the things that happen. But it is a fun read. Each chapter is different and some flow into the others and some hop from topic to topic. 

 

The reason that it took so long to read this was that it was just something I would read a chapter here or there (first read was straight through) and I would pick it up and read for a little while and then walk away for a little bit. 

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review 2018-07-18 13:54
Yarn To Go
Yarn to Go - Betty Hechtman Yarn to Go - Betty Hechtman

Casey works as a baker in a restaurant and selling muffins around town. It is something she is good at and enjoys. She had just lost her aunt recently to a hit and run accident and had just learned from her boss, Tag, that her aunt had collected monies and started getting things together for her Yarn Retreat business. It is too late to return the monies and cancel, so she goes forward with the plans. It is to be the end of the business since her aunt is gone. They all gather at the hotel across from her home and she meets the people who are going to make up the group, women mostly, but one man. She learns that the lady who teaches the classes has a business called Yarn in a Box that allows people to fill out information and then get a project meant just for them. She learns about the people and finds out, after the death on the first night, about the connections of the deaths. She begins to look at the deaths and puts together information, calling on a former boss as she works. 

 

This is the first in the series and I had read some of the others out of order and was pleasantly surprised with the story as it gave some information that was not in the other books and helps move the story along. The books can be read out of order, I know that I will continue to read the other stories. 

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review 2018-06-01 04:02
Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: A Good Yarn
Knit Along With Debbie Macomber - A Good Yarn (Leisure Arts #4135) - Leisure Arts,Debbie Macomber

I love the books that this pattern book is based on. I love the idea of working on patterns based on the characters or designs the characters were knitting or admiring in the book. The patters range from beginner to a a fair isle scarf and hat but most of the designs are not something I would wear or knit for a friend. I will have to think about these patterns and what I could do with yarn choice to make them into something more my style.

 

One thing I don't like about this book is that it doesn't suggest a specific yarn.  I know they probably did this because the yarns get discontinued but I like to look up the yarn to get an idea of what they used in the pictures.  Sometimes I can look it up on ebay and find enough to make the pattern.  I wish I could find some of the self-striping yarn they used to make the socks but I don't even know what it was.  I thought it was Red Heart's Heart & Sole but that is much thinner.

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