Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rugged Knits

Rugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday LivingRugged Knits: 24 Practical Projects for Everyday Living by Andrea  Rangel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm going to buy this book. (That means it's really like 9 stars but Goodreads only goes up to 5) Patterns are great patterns to wear every day. All my cables and lace are great, but not necessarily able to survive my everyday life. Here's what I've queued up already:

Bright River Cowl Neck Sweater
Wheat Creek Vest
Elderberry Road Cardigan
Wrap Up Hoodie
Blackberry Grove Cowl
Surging River Wrap
Weathered Mountain Hat
Blueberry Paws Mitts
Braided Brook Pullover

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Cattastic Crafts

Cattastic Crafts: DIY Project for Cats and Cat PeopleCattastic Crafts: DIY Project for Cats and Cat People by Mariko  Ishikawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute book, I adore some of the projects, but other than the sock mice, nothing to give me an idea for my catphew's Christmas present.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Turkey Trot

The Angie and I did the 5K Turkey Trot for the Food Pantry again this year.  (Curt did the 1 mile fun run - proud of him) I made matching turkey hats for us.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm going to s special place in Hell.  Got into a huge argument with my mother. Called her a false prophet following heretic... so yeah.. went well...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

An Irish Country Love Story

An Irish Country Love StoryAn Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When does the next book come out???

Continuing the lives of Dr Fingal Flaheritie, Kitty, Barry Laverty, Sue Nolan, Kinky, and the rest of the Ballybuckleboo residents. Barry pining for Sue who is exchange teaching in France, Fingal's home and office are in danger of being torn down for a new road, and a councilman sworn on vengeance against him is leading the charge. Lars is helping the Marquis donate property to the National trust to try and save it from the insanely huge inheritance taxes - but he seems to be spending a lot of time with the Marquis' sister Myrna. Sonny has an odd disease. Donal is embroiled in a scheme, Bertie is using his political wiles for good??

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Killer Stitch

A Killer Stitch (A Knitting Mystery, #4)A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Small quiet mountain town... Yet another murder. (memo to me - if moving to a idyllic town, make sure the yarn store is one town over!) Same cast of characters. East coast CPA transplant Kelly sleuthing around, Steve the builder, ever patient, will Kelly ever take it to the next level with him? Burt the retired cop turned spinner, Curt the rancher coming out of his shell helping Kelly with the Wyoming ranch she inherited and trying to help her get an alpaca ranch of her own. Mimi, the motherly LYS owner, Jennifer waitress/ real estate agent whose friend is in trouble, Lisa, Megan, Lizzie all are there as well.

I had the wrong killer for about 75% of the book, but that's par for my course.

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When I'm stressed or want to escape. it's the perfect sort of book.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Urban Knit Collection

Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern WardrobeUrban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe by Kyle Kunnecke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love this book. Definitely going to attempt his way of locking in floats. A lot of charts/colourwork/cables right up my alley.

The three I really want to make after Christmas knitting is done are:

Rosema Wrap
D'Amour Wrap
Farmer's Market Mitts

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of ChristmasTwelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would happen if you decided to "kill someone with kindness"? Would it change them? Would it change you? And being a Macomber book - would it help lead you to happy ever after?

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Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet

Mars: Our Future on the Red PlanetMars: Our Future on the Red Planet by Leonard David

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gorgeous photographs, amazing artists concepts pictures. The book is a companion piece to the National Geographic show that starts on Nov 14. It talks about the history of Mars exploration (yay Space Robots!!) What challenges need to be overcome to get boots on the ground. How the technology is just sooo close right now. Information as recent as Scott Kelly's year in space twin study. What challenges will arise to actually colonize the red planet. The challenges of terraforming it so the colonists could actually survive outside their habitation without space suits. The psychological issues of the big blue marble becoming a tiny insignificant dot. The physiological changes to long term low gravity living.

One of my favorite features is in between chapters it does a career highlight on someone involved in the drive to get a person on Mars, the last of which is Buzz Aldrin.

Great forward by Ron Howard ( a lot of times I skip the forward but read this one).

If the show is half as good as the book it will be amazing!

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Self Striping Yarn Studio

So nothing new to show you.  Started a pair of cabled knit socks and a crochet shawlette/scarf.  My husband sat on my beaded shawl and I dropped stitches (no lifeline lectures please) and I've been too hectic to sit down and figure it out.  I recently picked up 2 knitting books from the library so I'll post those instead.

Self-Striping Yarn Studio: Sweaters, Scarves, and Hats Designed for Self-Striping YarnSelf-Striping Yarn Studio: Sweaters, Scarves, and Hats Designed for Self-Striping Yarn by Carol J. Sulcoski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent for the adventurous beginner who's had a few projects under their belt. It goes over the differences in yarns, variegated vs striped, near stripes, wide vs narrow stripes, even vs variable, self patterning yarns, transitions, sharp vs gradual, gradients, ply-shifters, repeats, predicting what your yarn will do, joining a new ball, common trouble spots and fibers.

Honestly, it appears that the patterns are well written, but the only one that actually tempts me is the Saturnalia Vest.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Gold Bug and Other Tales

The Gold-Bug and Other TalesThe Gold-Bug and Other Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Poe just isn't my author

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Highland Guardian

Highland Guardian (Daughters of the Glen, #2)Highland Guardian by Melissa Mayhue

Not that much like book one in the series - although near the end we catch a brief glimpse of the main characters of book One. I like that both books revolve around modern day characters who have inherited Fae magic and have to learn to deal with it. Already requested book 3 from the library!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thistles Seem Popular

At the restaurant we had brunch on Friday, the Angie took this picture with thistles in the arrangement.  The centerpieces at the wedding had thistle mixed in with huge sunflowers, and when we stopped for dinner Sun night there were more!