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review 2017-08-14 13:23
Contemporary Cables
Contemporary Cables: Classic Aran Reimagined in Current Styles - Jody Long

by Jody Long


I love cable knitting and the sweaters that result.


This is a collection of patterns for twenty-one different projects, each of them interesting in their own way. As with most knitting books, patterns for women dominate, though two of the three men's patterns are particularly interesting! No children or babies in this one.


Measurements and all instructions are very clear, giving both US sizes for needles and metric. The description says medium to advanced knitters, but I didn't see anything too complicated. Cables are actually very easy!


The patterns diverge from traditional into some creative combinations and there are at least three of them that I'm looking forward to knitting for myself. Full color pictures of all the finished designs and extensive charts to show texture or crossover patterns.

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review 2017-07-31 18:10
Review of "Neanderthal Marries Human" ( Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid
Neanderthal Marries Human - Penny Reid

Overall, a fun read with main characters enjoyed in first book plus all the side characters. Full-length ( despite series numbering "1.5" ) novel that probably could have been better as a novella.

No huge surprises beyond some family drama raised and some resolved.



The reason I didn't rate higher was a mix of moments that were almost too sappy and other moments that should have been deemed horrid that these characters just breezed right past accepting. By horrid, I don't just mean rationalizing blackmail to get real justice or putting up with family issues. It bothered me -- not a spoiler for the ending, happens mid book at bachelorette trip, nor any huge plot point but I'll put it in a spoiler in case could ruin someone's surprise:

the knitting circle girls get their drinks spiked with moonshine gone methanol and their chocolate mickey'd with a different drug than perp planned, both at same time by two of the girls and everyone was okay with that, dismissing as would have been just fine if both had not happened at once (even thought Quinn sending the remnants to a lab to identify the substituted drug overkill) -- plus while out of their minds everyone was okay marrying one girl off in order to get everyone to go back to hotel rooms versus security or police just making them go to hotel or hospital rooms.

(spoiler show)

Fun, but disturbed by the spoiler and other moments. I have more books in series free and library has others so may or may not eventually finish series.


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text 2017-07-30 20:44
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Neanderthal Marries Human - Penny Reid

Cool - this picks up immediately after ending of first book.  Which I liked but would recommend only if you like the main character (okay, so that's true of most humorous chicklit).


Why didn't I continue the series sooner?  Because (A) I mistakenly thought this book featuring same main characters labeled "#1.5 in series" was a short story (it's not, full length novel) and (B) back-of-book synopses of next books sound like other characters/couples are featured only loosely tied to first book rather than continued storyline with same main characters (still suspect that's true, meaning I'll eventually read them but no hurry).

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text 2017-07-27 21:46
Just in from My Fairy Librarian
Neanderthal Marries Human - Penny Reid

#1.5 full-length (despite the fraction) book in chicklit series Knitting in the City.


(after  #1, Neanderthal Seeks Human: which I liked)   -- and as Yodamom posted today #4 of series, Beauty and the Mustache, is currently free for kindle.)


Note:  A tiny caution with author's other Hypothesus series that starts with Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION -- those are not what I consider full-length novels (and cliffhanger ending for the book).  You'll want to either get the whole series or skip it.

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review 2017-06-15 21:28
24 Hours Projects for Knitting
24-Hour Knitting Projects - Rita Weiss

I like quick things to make because it breaks up the bigger things like afghans, but I was not thrilled with this book. Some of the things use fun furs and the like. While they looked cute, I wouldn't make them. 

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