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Misleading Miss Verity

Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3)Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed a lot about this book. The characters are interesting and believable, the setting is beautifully written, and the writing is good. The ending, however, fell apart for me. That could very well be just a personal preference, so I’m still giving it a solid three stars, because others may love the ending.

 

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Snug-Fitting Fingerless Mitts

This pattern is for my author friends and others who spend too much time at the keyboard on cold winter days. These fingerless mitts have nothing between the fingers and are made to fit snuggly so that they don’t interfere with the keyboard or mouse. And with no fancy stitching … they knit up in a snap!

For driving and outdoor wear, try my Glovelets pattern.

Snug-Fitting Fingerless Mitts

Sport weight yarn

Size 4 double-pointed needles

Wrist:

Cast on 36 sts and divide onto 3 needles, work in k2, p2 ribbing for 3”, then knit 6 rounds of stocking stitch.

Thumb Gusset:

Rnd 1) m1, k3, m1, knit to end

Rnds 2 & 3) k around

Rnd 4) m1, k5, m1, knit to end

Rnds 5 & 6) k around

Rnd 7) m1, k7, m1, knit to end

Rnds 8 & 9) k around

Rnd 10) m1, k9, m1, knit to end

Rnds 11 & 12) k around

Rnd 13) m1, k11, m1, knit to end

Rnds 14 & 15) p1, k1 ribbing for 13 sts, k to end

Rnd 16) working in p1, k1 ribbing, cast off 13 sts, k to end

Rnd 17) pick up 1 st at beginning of cast off, m2, knit to end

Hand:

Work in stocking stitch for 1.5”

Work k1, p1 ribbing for 2 rounds

Working in k1, p1 ribbing, cast off loosely

Work in ends

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2019 in Knitting Pattern

 

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Glovelets

It’s been a long time since I created one of my original knitting patterns, but this past week, I wanted to knit a pair of gloves without full fingers. There are many patterns for fingerless mitts around the Internet, but I wanted partial fingers for added warmth. Michigan winters are COLD, but I like my fingers on the steering wheel when I drive. Included here are full instructions. Happy knitting!

If you’re looking for something to keep your hands warm while typing, try my Snug-Fitting Fingerless Mitts pattern.

Glovelets

Size 3 double-pointed needles (smaller for smaller-sized hands)

Sport weight yarn

Wristband:

Cast on 36 sts using a half-hitch cast on

Knit 8 rows

YO, k2tog around

Knit 8 rows

Fold band in half along yarn over row, and knit cast on sts with working sts to turn the cuff.

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et8gYQtoM_g

Base of Hand:

Knit 3 rows

k4, m1, repeat to the last 4 sts, k4 (44sts)

Knit 3 rows

Right Hand Thumb Gusset:

  • k2, place marker, m1, k1, m1, place marker, k to end
  • k 1 row
  • k2, SM, m1, k to marker, m1, SM, k to end
  • k 1 row

repeat last 2 rows until 11 sts between markers

k2, remove marker, slip next 11 sts onto holder, remove marker, m1, k to end (44 sts)

k each row until glovelet measures 1” – 1.5” from thumb opening (I used 1.5”—I have large hands)

Left Hand Thumb Gusset:

  • k41, place marker, m1, k1, m1, place marker, k to end
  • k 1 row
  • k41, SM, m1, k to marker, m1, SM, k to end
  • k 1 row

repeat last 2 rows until 11 sts between markers

k2, remove marker, slip next 11 sts onto holder, remove marker, m1, k to end (44 sts)

k each row until glovelet measures 1” – 1.5” from thumb opening

Finger Openings:

  • k17, slip next 10 sts onto holder, m2, k to end
  • k 1 row
  • k 1 row
  • k12, slip next 12 sts onto holder, m2, k to end
  • k 6, slip next 14 sts onto holder, m2, k to end

Forefinger (14 sts):

k 5 rows, bind off loosely

Middle Finger (15 sts):

Move sts from holder to needles, picking up 2 sts along the forefinger, k 4 rows, bind off loosely.

Ring Finger (13 sts):

Move sts from holder to needles, picking up 2 sts along the middle finger, k 5 rows, bind off loosely.

Little Finger (12 sts):

Move sts from holder to needles, picking up 2 sts along the ring finger, k 5 rows, bind off loosely.

Thumb (14 sts):

Move sts from holder to needles, picking up 3 sts along the hand, k 5 rows, bind off loosely.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2019 in Knitting Pattern

 

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All Manner of Things

All Manner of ThingsAll Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book by a friend, so I had no expectations going into it. I haven’t read any books by Susie Finkbeiner before and didn’t even know what genre this was when I opened the cover. (I almost never read the BCC on a gifted book and didn’t this time either.)

I barely remember the 1960s, being born then, but I felt the tug of my earliest memories as I read through the book. It’s written entirely from one first-person point of view, which is not my favorite way to experience a story, but it works.

This is a tough book to review without giving any spoilers, so I’m not going to get into the details at all. If you enjoy a story that tugs at your heart, that examines the dysfunctionality of the family, that centers entirely on one character, and that pushes against the historical norms of society, then this might be your next best read.

 

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Lady in the Mist

Lady in the Mist (The Midwives, #1)Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has moldered in my Kindle for years – literally – and I finally opened it. So glad I did! I enjoy stories about midwives, and this one didn’t disappoint. Set shortly after the Revolutionary War, it’s full of angst and distrust between the Americans and the British with the British Navy stealing American men and pressing them into service to the Crown. Good story!

 

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Practically Married

Practically MarriedPractically Married by Karin Beery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It’s a modern marriage of convenience story that works because the characters are engaging, practical, and have their personal issues to deal with. Loved the setting of Northern Michigan – of course! – but part of the story was set in Florida as well. Another thing I loved was that the author brought in multiple minor characters of all ages. Kids go a long way toward making a story real and relatable. I lost sleep for a couple of nights. It was very hard to put down.

 

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Legacy Restored

Legacy Restored (The Legacy Series, #2)Legacy Restored by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Classic Robin Patchen! Plenty of unexpected things happen when an ex-con and an artist team up – accidentally – to bring down a murderer. Loved the characters in this one. He’s broody and temperamental, the quintessential artist. She’s independent and insecure, an interesting combination. Together, they’ll keep you turning the pages.

 

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