The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

The Thief of Blackfriars LaneThe Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My favorite thing about this book is the characters. Kit is spunky and independent, as non-conformist as they come. Jackson is straight-laced and loyal, with a heart for justice. They come together with all the sparks you’d imagine. Their banter is witty and fun. A nice romp to read when you need a story to make you smile. This releases in January 2021 – you can preorder now!

Lessons on Love

Lessons on Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their ContractsLessons on Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts by Susanne Dietze
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four novellas with school teachers for the heroines, but all four are very different stories. I enjoyed all of them!

Blackout

Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat PlantationBlackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation by Candace Owens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’d seen Candace Owens on TV a number of times, and she struck me as smart, honest, and tough. This book proves she’s all of that and more. What hit me as I read through the book is that she can say what many of us know – and can’t say because we’re white. She spreads out the facts and figures, such as blacks make up 13% of the population yet commit 40% of violent crimes, and challenges the politically correct narrative that paints blacks as perpetual victims. Candace challenges blacks – and whites – to look at black America in a different way. She challenges them to turn away from victimhood and toward “victorhood.” The book doesn’t bash or chastise black America, it encourages and challenges it to think about how they move forward in a positive manner. Does it bash the Democrats? Oh, yeah. But she does so with well laid out facts and figures and historical data that, frankly, makes perfect sense. Well worth reading no matter what your background or political leanings.

The Four Swans

The Four Swans (Poldark, #6)The Four Swans by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think Winston Graham’s writing just gets better and better in these books. This one had more setting than some of the other books did. I really enjoyed that aspect of it. The characters were alive and intriguing. I could “see” the TV characters while reading the words. Fully enjoyed it!

My reviews in this series:
Book 1) Poldark
Book 2) Demelza
Book 3) Jeremy Poldark
Book 4) Warleggan
Book 5) The Black Moon

Cables and Ladders Baby Blanket

I needed a baby blanket for a gift, and I found this cute – machine washable – yarn at Walmart. I didn’t have a pattern handy, so I came up with this one.

Materials Needed:
2 skeins Premier Puzzle yarn (7oz—328 yds)
Size 9 circular needle
sl2p = slip 2 sts as if to purl with the working yarn in front
cable4 = slide 2 sts onto cable needle at back of work, k next 2 sts, k 2 sts off cable needle

Cast on 3 sts. Work 3 stitch I-cord for 128 rows. Pick up 128 sts along I-cord and 1 more st at the cast on edge for 132 sts (including the original 3).

Row 1) sl2p, knit to last 2 sts, sl2p
Row 2) knit across
Row 3) repeat row 1

Begin Cable and Ladders pattern:
Row 1) k2, p1, [p1, k4, p1, k9], repeat between [ ] a total of 8 times, p1, k4, p2, k2
Row 2) sl2p, k1, [k1, p4, k1, p15], repeat between [ ] a total of 8 times, k1, p4, k2, sl2p
Row 3) repeat row 1
Row 4) repeat row 2
Row 5) repeat row 1
Row 6) sl2p, k2, [p4, k11], repeat between [ ] a total of 8 times, p4, k2, sl2p
Row 7) k2, p1, [p1, cable4, p1, k9], repeat between [ ] a total of 8 times, p1, cable4, p2, k2
Row 8) repeat row 6

Knit to desired length (model is 22 pattern repeats), ending with row 4.
Work 3 rows garter stitch. Bind off with 3-stitch I-cord. Secure ends. Finished size 30” x 30”.

S = slip one purlwise (yarn in front) * = knit 0 = purl large x = cable4

Dorothy and Jack

Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. LewisDorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. Lewis by Gina Dalfonzo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you enjoy either or both of these authors, this is a book worth reading. Their friendship was unique, deep, and occasionally contentious when their opinions on a subject clashed. But as with all true friendships, the clashes only strengthened it. I can’t say the book was riveting, there were places I skimmed through, but being a fan of C.S. Lewis, I found it interesting enough on the whole.

400 Knitting Stitches

400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary Of Essential Stitch Patterns400 Knitting Stitches: A Complete Dictionary Of Essential Stitch Patterns by Potter Craft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I felt like I *needed* another knitting stitch pattern book. I picked this one because it includes both written and charted instructions and anymore I’m all about the charts. The photography in the book is excellent. All the samples are knitted in a neutral ivory that allows the reader to see the pattern well in the photos. There is a chart with each pattern, but they are quite small. Really small, actually. Older eyes aren’t happy with that, but in every other way, this book is top-notch.

Socks a la Carte

Socks a la Carte: Pick and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your WaySocks a la Carte: Pick and Choose Patterns to Knit Socks Your Way by Jonelle Raffino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been knitting socks for *years,* but I bought this book because the idea of it was intriguing. I bought a used copy for a good price … and was glad I did. I’d have been disappointed to pay full price for it. While I love the idea, and some of the heel and toe treatments were new to me, I found a couple of errors in the book, and the knitted samples are all done in a variated red yarn that makes seeing the patterns very difficult. Worth it if you’re already comfortable knitting socks, and if you can find it for a discount price.

The Black Moon

The Black Moon (Poldark, #5)The Black Moon by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my favorite of the Poldark books so far. It was written twenty years after book 4, and the author had obviously grown in his craft. Writing styles were also changing during this time, so the book reads a bit more like a modern novel than the first four. But the characters are true to the beginning books, just as charming and riddled with issues of their own making as well as those beyond their control. Looking forward to the next one!

My reviews in this series:
Book 1) Poldark
Book 2) Demelza
Book 3) Jeremy Poldark
Book 4) Warleggan

The Lost Lieutenant

The Lost Lieutenant (Serendipity & Secrets #1)The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A delightful tale of a man who has both a title and a wife thrust upon him by forces beyond his control. Both of the main characters in this book were interesting and engaging. The setting was brought to life in detail that enhanced without overpowering the story. Well worth reading if you enjoy Regency romances.

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