Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Knit one, Read one

Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously by Adrienne Martini

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(So far, very funny but informative book. Author is trying to knit a pattern by a knitting designer who is known for vigorously defending her intellectual property rights, so there is information about that thorny issue.)
Martini has ably managed to encompass knitting, copywrite law, childrearing, yoga, knitting blogs, and friendship with humor and skill.
If you are a knitter you will probablly read this book and nod your head in places because you know the Sock Knitting Gods are not always on your side. If you are not a knitter you probably won't touch this book with a ten inch knitting needle, but you'll be missing a good read. This is not so much about the finished sweater as it is about the process of knitting...the way knitting makes your life different. Not necessarially better, but different.
And I want a bumper sticker that says " I knit so I don't kill people".

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Friday, May 7, 2010

The Brutal Telling (Armand Gamache, #5) The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are recalled to the village of Three Pines (just outside Montreal) when the body of a stranger is found inside the bistro owned by Olivier. Villagers include Ruth, the rude poet with the ever-present duck; Myrna, the colorful bookstore owner; Olivier and his partner Gabriel; Old Mundin and The Wife, the Czech odd job man; Havoc Parra; and the newcomers who have taken over the house on the hill.
This is a mystery very much about the characters. We learn about the characters just like we make friends, learning a little more about them each time they appear.
I need to read the first ones of this series. Gamache has an interesting family life apart from his official duties.

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