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text 2017-11-26 18:03
Dating-ish (Knitting in the City Book 6) by Penny Reid $1.99 Excellent!
Dating-ish (Knitting in the City) (Volume 6) - Penny Reid

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

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review 2017-10-25 14:49
Knit Bears
Easy Knitted Bears: Knitting patterns for bears and outfits - Fiona Goble

My sister-in-law requested that I make a bear in boxer shorts with boxing gloves for a Christmas gift for a friend of hers. So I am constantly on the lookout for bear patterns and clothing options. It was a cute book. Patterns seemed simple, but I prefer crochet toys over knit toys. 

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review 2017-10-12 16:28
Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves - Kate Atherley

Knit Mitts Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves by Kate Atherley
What struck me first off was the wreath of mittens-so cool and I can do this!
I found this book to be very math oriented as you do need to do the numbers to get the right fit, everything from infants to adult sizes are included so charts are large.
Starts out with all the measurements you would ever need for any member of your family. It's going to fit like a second skin.
Adjustments can be made along the way. Special notes included.
I love seeing some of the patterns on the mittens and know they'd be good for even charity afghans. Other chapters include how to pick the right yarns for warmth.
Other strategies can be used to gain more warmth. Love color knitting patterns as they will go with any coat and outfit.
There's even a chart to estimate the yardage needed. I have done production work myself so understand about the ounces needed to make a project. So much math is used on the technical side to getting the perfect fit
Love the diagrams and pictures of the work as it's being done, really helps to explain what is going on.
Basic patterns are included along with variations for casting on, working cuff, thumb gusset and all other parts of the mitts.
Some of the photos are very dark in color making it difficult to see the stitches and patterns used.
So many charts to help you make the right size for the pattern you chose.
Especially like the section where they show a swatch of different rib patterns and how to make them-good part of a resource book for future projects also.
Patterns include not only charted instructions but everything is spelled out for you.
Like the abbreviation section because it tell you in various ways how to inc or dec and other knitting techniques.
Love twisted cables pattern the best and the other works by this author are highlighted at the end.
Everything you'd ever need to know about making hand coverings is covered in this book.
I received this review book from F+W Media via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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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.

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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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