Category: knitting


 

Knit One, Kill Two

Kelly Flynn is a Corporate CPA from D.C. who’s come back home to Colorado for her aunt’s funeral. She meets a wonderful group of women and a few men who help her not only come to terms with her aunt’s death but also help her solve a murder.

It’s a typical whodunit, a very quick read, 5 hours according to my kobo app. Generally these aren’t my type of books, I like mysteries but if I can figure them out before chapter 12 what’s the point?

This one however has a secret weapon. Every time I started to get a little huffy because I was figuring out the plot she’s slam me with descriptions of the yarn shop, or yarn. I can’t help it people, if you describe alpaca to me, I’m done. I wanted to be in that yarn shop, I wanted to be with those friends.

I have to say the friends Kelly made were nice, they had their own personalities that came through, and while Kelly has a bit of a Mary Sue vibe, she’s the main character. Besides I actually like the banter. It’s not really forced, although there were a few places that the author’s language choices had me stumped, such as “depend on it” instead of “count on it”. I assume this is regional, like a pop/soda debate, so aside from being a little odd, it wasn’t too bad.

A bonus is that you get a couple of knitting patterns and a recipe. I plan on using both. From what I can tell from this book it’s going to be true for the series, whatever Kelly knits you get to knit. The book passes the Bechdel test (more than two named female characters talk about something other than a man), the book doesn’t fall into the ‘I’m a romance novel disguised as a mystery novel’. Even though there is what feels like a potential love interest for books down the line. Which I’m kind of looking forward to. I’d rather several books looking into all facets of a characters relationship than just one.

Overall I give this book 4.5/5 stars, and would recommend it to almost everyone.

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Books

In less than two months the year ends and so do several of the challenges I joined. Let’s see how I faired this year.

I screwed the pooch on most of them, forgot what ones I was planning to read and ended up reading whatever I could get my hands on. I read about a eleven so far this year, with three more in progress. So far all of my books have been fantasy, I’ve been on a real fantasy kick this year, picking up Terry Pratchett and starting from the beginning of the Disc World Series, I’m actually jumping all over the place with the series. I finished colour of Magic, and Mort, I’m halfway through Hogfather, and I have Equal Rites on Audiobook.

I’ll have a new post to put up for next years challenge, I just need to work out the categories and how many my target is going to be.

 

Knitting

It’s that time of year where the weather gets cold and I start knitting so much my index finger is permanently calloused. In September I knit almost a kilometer of yarn.I don’t have any pictures just yet, some of them need to be finished up, others need a good bath, general finishing stuff that I’m waiting for a day to do all at once.

Currently I’m working on a sweater. I combination of two top down raglans $5 in Paris and Wicked. I love love them both, but I really wanted to make the first one. I was just have a bit of an issue with sizing. I figured out based on my gauge I’d need a 232 stitches around the bust, but the increases from 5 in Paris would have made the shoulders huge. When I read over the Wicked pattern I ripped back to the ribbing and increased the frequency of my increases. I’m going to add the bust darts to this sweater and I think I’m going to do long sleeves with thumb holes for a nice change.

 

Movies

Seriously think this needs a post all it’s own. I think I might just create a page for a movie challenge for next year. Yeah.

 

Getting Healthy

So, I’ve started Weight Watchers. I don’t plan on preaching here, but since this is my blog you will probably hear a lot of crap when I’m craving or when I really don’t want to take the dog for a walk. I get weighed tomorrow, and so far I’m down 2.4, I don’t plan on really looking at the scale so much as going by how I feel. So far I’ve been on it two weeks and my stomach hasn’t been squirrely since. I count that as a good thing.

 

And now for random dog picture:

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I get a treat for this right?