Monday, 28 December 2009

The Child Thief by Brom

This is essentially a modern day telling of the tale of 'Peter Pan'. In some ways it is similar to J.M. Barrie's original in that Peter lives on a mysterious, hidden island with 'lost' children and he is fighting the 'pirates' though in this case they are early settlers destined for the New World who happen upon the island. In other ways it is quite different: there are both boys and girls, no mother, and other legends and mythical characters are included (standing stones, Arthurian legend).

The story starts on the mean streets of New York where young Nick has stolen the drugs from the thug that lives in his house. He has been caught by friends of the thug and they are about to beat him to death when Peter shows up and 'removes' the threats to Nick. He manages to gain Nick's trust, which is essential, and offers to take him to a better place to live. What child living in such horrid circumstances would say no? So off they go to Avalon (not NeverNever Land).

This starts a new and very dark version of Peter Pan. Peter himself is over 1400 years old and has been stealing children for much of that time. In the beginning he did take them to a better home, but as time progresses the scourge grows and Avalon decays. I found this New World scourge fascinating. It made me think of 'Lord of the Flies' where the society of the boys on the island deteriorated very quickly with no adults to keep them in order. In this case, the scourge has had several centuries to decay and pervert their original nature and intent.
I am still torn by the character of Peter. He does remove the children from lives that have become a terror, but he isn't totally honest with them about where they are going. He doesn't lie to them, but he tells them only the smallest amount of the truth. Sort of an 'out of the frying pan and into the fire' kind of existence. He even admits that its been getting harder to find children who can survive and reach the hideaway on the island and that he has started to forget some of the kids. He should at least remember the children who's lives have been lost at his behest. At the point we met Peter, all that matters to him is his precious Queen and he is willing to risk any number of children to save her. Pretty cold hearted.
Even with my love/hate feelings for Peter, I really enjoyed this story. I like when there were similarities with the original, Peter crowing in the morning in the hide out, and I also liked the differences such as the Elven blade Maldiriel that Peter gives to Nick.
I would not recommend reading this to your young children, rather keep it for yourself after they have gone to bed, but maybe put on an extra light in the hallway when you turn in for the night.
ps, This is the first adult novel I have read in a long time to have such wonderful illustrations at the beginnings of chapters. I highly recommend that you read the author's notes at the end of the book. I found them rather illuminating; they removed my Disney blinders from the character of Peter Pan.
If you want to read my reviews of other 'Peter Pan' inspired books, click the Peter Pan label below this post. I have several more such books queued up to read.
Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me this review copy.

True Blue by David Baldacci

It was great to take a bit of a break for the holidays. Lots of baking, some frantic knitting to finish up a gift and of course trying to keep the dog from opening presents that had found their way under the tree a few days early. I did a bit of reading and will have a few reviews for you in the next days.

Thanks to Miriam at Grand Central Publishing for sending me this review copy. As far as I can recall, its my first novel by David Baldacci and it won't be my last. Once I had read the first few chapters and met some of the main characters, I wanted to forget the Christmas guests and keep reading. Unfortunately life doesn't work out that way and I had to be kept in suspense a bit longer.
Mace Perry has been stewing in jail for two years after being set up by unknown persons. She has spent that time planning on how to clear her name and regain her position on the D.C. Police force, of which her sister Beth is the Chief.
On her first day out of jail, Mace is with her sister, when Beth is called out to a murder and Mace decides to tag along. It isn't long before she finds herself drawn into the case and seeking to solve it before the Police.
It didn't take me long to realize that Mace is a cop through and through. She wasn't doing it just for the money or the glory, but that she really believed in what the Police do and what they stand for. Just because they took away her badge, they couldn't take the 'cop' out of her.
It was interesting to watch how her relationship with attorney Roy Kingman went quickly from antagonist to co-investigator. Without knowing each other, they were able to draw out the strengths of the other and work well together. One of those situations where you meet someone and you know almost immediately that you are supposed to know each other.
Now as for that bitch Mona Danforth, Interim US Attorney for D.C., she is one piece of work. She is so slick and self confident that I could only find myself rooting against her. I have to wonder if Mr. Baldacci has come across someone like that and had to develop the person as a character to the fullest. Every time she put in an appearance I read eagerly to see if she would finally get her comeuppance. You will have to read the book to find out.
I enjoyed this book, though I do admit that I got a bit lost in the political intrigue with the illegal movement of funds but it didn't diminish my enjoyment one bit.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Magazine: shameless: for girls who get it

This is one of the coolest, most pertinent magazines I have read. It is directed at teens and young women, though also has appeal to older readers.
When I was a teen, magazine fodder was aimed at which actor we should idolize and which fashions we should slave at our minimum wage jobs to purchase. This one encourages us to use our brains, to think and to act on our decisions. It aims to include all women/girls/trans sexuals. It doesn't exclude.
I visited their website, and though it says the pictured issue is the current one, when I read further, there have been subsequent ones. They are also working toward and online version (?).
thanks to my online friend Kathleen Molloy, author of 'Dining with Death' for sending this along to me and my daughter.

First Nations/Aboriginal Fridays - Crazy Dave by Basil Johnston

None of us live in isolation. We live with our families and our communities. We also live in our wider country. At each level we need trust and respect, when we don't have that we end up with troubles. When we are different from our neighbours that can either present trouble or opportunities.

Basil Johnston's Uncle David was born around 1920 with Down's Syndrome. According to the book, he might have been the first member living at the Cape Croker reserve with this condition. No one knew for sure what David understood and what his capacity for learning was. His brothers taught him certain life skills including wood chopping. While his family had limited understanding of what he would try to convey to them, others on the reserve didn't.

His mother Rosa spent her life caring for her youngest son. she was always worried with how he would cope, how others on the reserve would treat him, and what would happen to him when she passed away.

Because he was different, David wasn't always treated well. The Priest and the Indian Agent wanted him sent away, yet they didn't attempt to meet and understand David. He was condemned on the basis of assumption and ignorance.

It's unfortunate that peoples and populations around the world are still treated in this same manner. If they are different, then they must be bad/sick/criminal/contagious/etc.

I hadn't intended to read this whole book. I thought I would skim it and include a brief review, but once I started reading and got past the first 50 or so pages I found that I couldn't put it down. I had to read more and learn about David and his family. I laughed when David was trying to lead the mother skunk and her kits to his house and I cried when he was mistaken for a Japanese soldier. I didn't want the story to end, I want to learn more about David and his too short life. Thank-you to Basil Johnston for sharing the story not only of his Uncle but of his family and his reserve.

If you want to learn more about this book, visit 'Rambles: a cultural arts magazine'

I have also reviewed The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway by Basil Johnston

By Canoe & Moccasin: Some Native Place Names of the Great Lakes by Basil H. Johnston

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Recipe Thursday - Rhubarb Apple Crisp

There are days when comfort food is required, and I had one of those days recently. Fortunately I had some rhubarb in my freezer and a bag of slightly old apples in the fridge.

Anne Lindsay's 'Lighthearted Everyday Cooking' has been one of my favourite cookbooks for years. I can't recall if I bought it or if my mother gave it to me after my dad had his heart attack and she had to change her cooking style. Either way, its been a great addition to my kitchen.

You can play with the choice of fruits in this dessert. I think it tasted even better the next day when I had it for breakfast. The tartness of the rhubarb had mingled better with the sweetness of the apples.

Rhubarb Apple Crisp
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) rhubarb, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
3 cups sliced apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons soft margarine or butter melted
Filling: In bowl, combine sugar, flour and lemon rind; mix well.
Add rhubarb and apple; stir to mix. Spoon into an 8 cup/2L baking dish.
Topping: In bowl, combine sugar, rolled oats, flour and cinnamon. Add melted margarine/butter and stir to mix; sprinkle over filling.
Bake in 375F over for 40 to 50 minutes, until filling is bubbly and topping is brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I found out something interesting this week. Oatmeal is being touted as a wonder food for all sorts of ailments. I had been eating it all last week for breakfast. My feet had been hurting and I was very concerned that I might be getting another gout attack. Reading on the Yahoo Gout group I belong to, I found that oats are bad for gout prone people. oh dart, will have to limit it to the occasional treat and not have it every morning. I stopped eating it and within a few days my feet were improving.
Do you like fruitcake? I have always loved it in all its wonderful variations. Karen over at 'Quilts ect...' has posted about her cake baking experience this week.
For an easy Rice and Lentil Dish, visit Darilyn over at 'Tropical Screamer' where its much warmer than the -10C we are experiencing today.
Finally, instead of cooking, Anya at 'Hills Creek Quilter' recommends the movie 'Julie and Julia'

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Needlework Tuesday - Finishings

Yes, it was a productive week. Last week I told you about 2 projects that I was determined to finish. Each only had an hour or two of work required to finish up. I put my hands to the task and they are done.
The first was a wall hanging. Its 29 3/4 inches square. I attended a year long series of applique classes and made a heart of each technique. They range from fused and stitched, to hand applique. Around each heart I inked in the technique employed. You can just notice it on the second picture of the ruched heart. It is hand quilted.
I have attached a label and completed the documentation sheet and even photographed it. Now its waiting to February to move to hubby's office.

The second project I finished last evening. I needed to darn in some yarn ends and sew on the 31 tassels to the pictured shawl. I am so thrilled with how it turned out. It will be put to go use this winter that's for sure.
I suspect that there are few other almost finished projects lingering around the house. I vow to finish them as I find them. I'll continue to post my results.
The challenge to you is still open till next Monday. I wrote about it last Tuesday and few readers have commented that they are working on much larger projects that will take ages to finish. Post a comment if you have a project that has been sitting and it only requires and hour or two to finish.
I am almost finished that green scarf that I showed you last week. Will have the pic for you next Tuesday.
Over at 'Tropical Screamer' Darilyn has posted a pic of block C-4 from her version of 'Dear Jane' Quilt. She hand pieced this one.

Friday, 11 December 2009

By Canoe & Moccasin: Some Native Place Names of the Great Lakes by Basil H. Johnston

Basil H. Johnston is an Ojibway member of Cape Croker Indian Reserve in Ontario, Canada.

I borrowed this 1986 book from my local library and I am surprised to find that it appears to be in pristine condition. It is such an interesting book. Through a number of stories about the Manitou Nanabush, we learn the history of many names for locations near the Great Lakes.

Chicago - from Zhigaug - meaning either 'place of the skunk' or 'the wild leek'

Winnipeg - from Weenipeegosheeng - meaning the murky watered lake

Manitoba - meaning the abode of the manitou between two lakes

I have previously review 'The Manitous: The Spiritual World of the Ojibway'

For a list of books by Mr. Johnston visit the Native American Authors Project

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario has an interesting article in their Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing

If you are interested in purchasing one of Basil Johnston's book, visit the 'Whetung Ojibwa Crafts and Art Gallery'. After browsing Mr. Johnston's works, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link to the main gallery page. Well worth browsing the other featured artists.

I am currently reading 'Uncle Dave', which is a story of Basil's Uncle Dave who was born with Down's Syndrome. In this book he has compared the way his uncle was treated with how the white population treated the Indians. I have only read the first two chapters, though they have left me wanting to read more. I hope to have it finished by next Friday.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan has long ago gone through the 'Disneyfication' process and few people I know have read the original version of this story. I have been trying to find a version that has not been rework and don't know if I have yet succeeded.

I found both the copies shown at my local library. The first is a 1950 version from Charles Scribner's Sons. This is the one that my husband and I both chose to read. He also compared a number of pages between both books and found they were the same.

You could read this book very quickly and lightly and decide that its an enchanting story of a flying boy who is in need of a mother. He finds a girl sitting at her open nursery window and convinces her and her brothers to return to Neverland with him. Oh how sweet.

You could read a little deeper and find that all is not so bright an cheery. Peter can be very ruthless. When the children are first flying to Neverland, its a very long flight and occasionally John, Michael and Wendy would fall asleep and then they would drop toward the ocean. Peter would wait till the very last moment to save them.

Peter seems to like to have others around so he can boast to them, but I question whether he cares about them. This quote from page 68 says 'no'.

"The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on; and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out;"

By saying 'thins them out' I suspect that means 'kills them'. There is more killing. In the final battle, in order to keep secret that he has boarded Hook's ship, Peter kills the quarter master Ed Teynte and then refers to the body as carrion. Teynte hadn't attacked him. Peter doesn't exhibit 'good form' when he sneakily kills Hook by kicking him overboard when he is standing on the bulwark instead of engaging him in a fair sword battle.

There is one passage near the end of the book where Peter has returned to Wendy after she has been home with her family for a year. She is looking forward to talking about old times, including Captain Hook.

" 'Who is Captian Hook?' he asked with interest when she spoke of the arch enemy.

'Don't you remember,' she asked, amazed, 'how you killed him and saved all our lives?'

'I forget them after I kill them,' he replied carelessly. "

Having been raised on Walt Disney versions of this story I didn't know about this blood thirsty side of Peter Pan. Interesting. I will be looking for an even earlier edition of this book to read and check for changes in the text.

One question did come to mind regarding Princess Tiger Lily. I had to wonder whether she was fashioned after Mohawk author/poet Pauline Johnson? She had toured England a number of times before Mr. Barrie penned this book. I wonder if perhaps he had viewed one of her orations where she was garbed in her 'Indian' dress and he was inspired to include her as a character?

I will be continuing with my quest to read and review other Peter Pan inspired stories.

Recipe Thursday

Shortly after finishing University I bought myself a copy of 'The Cake Bible' by Rose Levy Beranbaum, still available at major book sellers. This 1988 book has been used frequently over the years, though it's most useful recipe is that for 'Marion Cummingham's Raised Waffles'. These are a special occasion standard, usually being reserved for Christmas morning.

I have lately been amused by the reports of people hoarding boxes of 'Eggo' waffles due to the shortage that is expected to last into mid 2010. After eating the waffles from this recipe, you'll never want to eat freezer type waffles again.

Marion Cunningham's Raised Waffles
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons dry yeast
2 cups warm milk , not hot or you kill the yeast
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

The Night Before

In a large mixing bowl (at least 3 quarts in capacity) combine the warm water (110F), sugar, and yeast. Stir and let stand 10 to 20 minutes to proof. If the yeast is active, it will produce many bubbles.
Add the milk, butter, salt, and flour and beat until smooth and blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature. The batter will rise from 4 cups to 12 cups and then collapse.

The Next Morning

Preheat the waffle iron until it is hot enough to sizzle a drop of water.

Beat in the eggs. Add the baking soda and stir until well mixed. The batter will be very thin.

Pour the batter onto the center of the waffle iron, using a light hand because the batter will spread when the lid id lowered.

Enjoy immensely.

We like to serve ours with fresh fruit, whipped cream and real maple syrup. This time I didn't have enough butter, so used 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil. They took longer to brown but still tasted wonderful.

Darilyn over at 'Tropical Screamer' has posted a recipe for quick Chicken Quesadillas.

Karen over at 'Quilts... etc' has posted a wonderful Oatmeal Pancake recipe.
I was clicking the 'next blog' button and came across a recipe for 'Instant Chai' at Mik Knits, Crochets...' and wanted to share it with you.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Finish it Challenge

I know I can't be the only one. Go ahead, admit it. You also have a project that has sat unfinished for way too long. The worst part of it is that it would only take an hour or two to finish, yet for some reason, it still isn't done.
I'll go first and tell you about 2 such projects of mine.
First, a wonderful applique heart sampler that I made several years ago in a year long series of Saturday morning classes.

In the photo you might be able to see where most of the binding has been stitched down, with the exception of about 17 inches. Why did I stop at this point? I haven't the slightest idea. It has sat for at least 2 years with this tiny bit of stitching to be done.
Project 2, I knit a wonderful cabled shawl from a pattern in the East + West, Mission Falls book that I talked about in my blog entry earlier today. The knitting was finished a few years ago and I blocked it and sewed it together. I even made all the funny little twisted tassels. For some reason I never darned in the ends of the wool and I didn't attach these thingies.
My challenge to me is to finish both projects by next Tuesday so I can show you pictures of both.
My challenge to you is to leave me a comment about a needlework project of your own that needs only 1-2 hours to finish, yet has sat languishing for what seems like a million years. Then you have till Monday December 21 to completely finish it, leave me another comment. From those who complete their project I will draw a winner and send a prize (can I send you one of my other un-finished projects???). I want to see photos before and after.

Needlework Tuesday

Last week the 4th step of the Bernat Knit Along was posted. I started knitting the posted pattern and after 20 or so rows I decided I really, really didn't like that stitch and that it would bother me forever if that block was in my afghan, so I ripped it out.

I found another pattern in a book I bought a million years ago, 'Knitting Encyclopedia 1500 Patterns by Pingouin'. It's a terrific little book that I use every so often. I made 9 repeats of the pattern across the block and 8 repeats in the length. I am much happier with my choice. Two more colours to stitch up.

It has taken a bit of conscious effort to keep up to date with this project, but definitely worth it. I want to get it finished in a timely fashion and this process is really helping.

I started a new project this week. Its a scarf (how many of those have I stitched this year?). It's from the 'East + West' pattern book by Mission Falls.
Don't you just love that luscious green wool. It's for a friend in Australia. She lives in the Melbourne area where they had those destructive fires last year. Everything was blackened and she seemed so sad. This will be her own little patch of grass.

I have to stitch 12 repeats of the diamonds. This wool feels so nice in my hands that I want to make the sweater that also uses these motifs. But that one I would have to keep.

I have made one other project from this book and find their instructions very good. I had a problem with the graph and sent them an email and later that night I had a response that answered my questions. Good company to deal with.

Back to that other project from this book. I never finished it. arg. Later today I am going to post a stitching challenge that you are invited to join. You'll like this one. I'll tell you about the project and maybe add a photo. Yes, I am going to embarrass myself. Please come back and read all about it.

Darilyn over at Tropical Screamer has posted a new block for her Sampler Quilt.

Anya over at Hills Creek Quilter has finished 9 additional blocks for her version of the Dear Jane Quilt.

Monday, 7 December 2009

The Bride Thief by Jacquie D'Alessandro

I needed a change of pace the other day and while searching through my mound of book yet to be read I came across this interesting looking Romance. I caught this at a Bookcrossing meeting at some point and had stashed it away.

The book is set in 1820's England. The main character, Samantha Briggeham is being forced into a marriage that she doesn't want. During a walk home from her fiance's, she is abducted by a man claiming to be 'The Bride Thief' who offers to save her from having to marry a man not of her choosing.

This was a new plot to me and it sounded interesting so I read on. I enjoyed the story, it had enough twists and turns to keep my interest and I was curious how the author would manage to bring these two together.

What I mainly get from reading a romance in lessons in how not to communicate. Most issues in this type of book result from the characters not being open with each other and this novel was no different.

Author Jacquie D'Alessandro has quite a number of titles to her credit so it's possible that I'll come across another of her books and would willing read it.

Friday, 4 December 2009

First Nations/Aboriginal Fridays - Pendleton Blankets

I started out with the very best of intentions to write about an author today, but I was distracted by a comments from last weeks entry about artist/author Marion Tuu'luq . I have now corrected my errors.
I browsed further on the site through out the day and came across some wonderful Pendleton blankets. The first:
The Second:

I didn't recall hearing of this type of blanket previously, so had to research them. This Portland, Oregon Company is privately held by the fifth generation of the same family. The blankets are amazing. Click the following link to browse.
Thanks to both the Spirit Wrestler Gallery and Pendleton's for their logos.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Recipe Thursday

When Darilyn over at 'Tropical Screamer' said she was going to do something with recipes on Thursdays, I thought I would join in. I didn't get any cooking done this week, but I did pull out my usual assortment of holiday cookbooks.
Today's selection I tend to use only at Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. My family now expects that I make certain dishes.

'The Canadian Living Christmas Book' has been one of my faves since its publication in 1993. It is filled with wonderful food as well as lovely scenic, snow filled photos.

Recipes cover every aspect of Holiday feeding: fruit cakes, cookies and candies, gifts from the kitchen, casual dining, entertaining and the main feast. My favourite recipes include Sweet Potato and Carrot Crisp and Make-ahead Mashed Potato Casserole. Unfortunately this book is no longer available for purchase, though you might find it at a used book store. You can find new Christmas books by Canadian Living on the website.

I absolutely love the cover of the 'Canadian Living Family Cookbook'. One day when shopping I saw that dress that the little girl is wearing and the price was terrific. I bought it even though I didn't have a girl. I believe it was by Canadian Designer Simon Chang but don't quote me on it. Yes, my daughter did eventually wear the dress but it was in her closet for many years.

Update: December 4 2009 - I think that I was mistaken and the dress was made by Alfred Sung as possibly a Flower Girl Dress.

The book is filled with more gorgeous photos and recipes for family celebrations through out the year as well as decorating hints and such. I don't have a specific recipe I use from this book, but I do get it out every so often to enjoy the cover picture.

My aunt gave me the 'Crisco Cookies for a Year of Celebrations' a few years ago. I have no idea if I have ever used it, but that's not the point. When I was young and my aunt didn't have kids, I used to go to her house and bake cookies with her. She loved to bake and always thought it was more fun with kids around. She now had two kids and six grandchildren and she still loved to make cookies and her family famous cheesecake. If you would like to try some of the luscious looking recipes from Crisco, please visit their website.

In 1996 I purchased this lovely story and recipe book from my local Hallmark store. The first half of the book is the story of two young girls who seek to replicate the Christmas that their mother used to make. Mother is sick in the hospital and Dad isn't up to the traditions. The second half of the book contains all the recipes that are referred to in the story. It is a lovely book.

This is my latest addition to the collection. 'Company's Coming Holiday Entertaining'. This one is from the 17th printing in 2004, so it's a popular one. It is currently not available, though there are several other Christmas Cookbooks available from Company's Coming at this time. There is also a section of their website where you can print recipes to try before buying. I don't have a favourite from this book, but every time I open it, I am surprised by the pink pages. This is not specifically a Christmas Cookbook, rather holidays in general.

It has the full range of ideas from a Breakfast Pizza accompanied by Cafe au Lait, to a full Halloween feast with Witches Brew, Bat Wings, Scarecrows on Sticks, Tiny Cauldrons etc.

I hope that you have enjoyed visiting my Christmas Cookbook Shelf.

Next week I am looking forward to sharing waffles with you, and believe me they are much better than those ones you buy in the freezer section of your grocery store.

Be sure to visit Darilyn over at Tropical Screamer for her Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice recipe.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas has been living at St. Bartholomew's Monastery for 7 uneventful months. He is all set to enjoy his first taste of snow, but as we know with Odd, things just don't seem to turn out the way he wants.
I am not telling you any more or I'll be giving stuff away and I don't want to do that. I will tell you that this book has a terrific set of characters. Monks, nuns, a ghost dog, and even one of the ghosts has followed him from Pico Mundo.
I started this book early one morning and put it down when I was done. I loved every minute of it. I love Odd Thomas. Its not a romantic thought, and its not as though I think he needs mothering. I think it comes down to the way he thinks of and still loves Stormy Llewellyn (an if you need to ask who Stormy is, then read the first book in this series).
I hugged this book, I cried lots of tears and I sat there with it in my lap when I finished the last page, but I didn't want to close the cover. I didn't want it to end. I will have to go to my book store and buy the forth book in the series "Odd Hours".
Read my previous reviews:
Book 1 Odd Thomas
Book 2 Forever Odd
Book 4 Odd Hours

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Needlework Tuesday

I didn't do all that well with my needlework this week. I did sort out some of the fabrics and patterns for the Bird quilt with the best of intentions yesterday, but then I picked up 'Brother Odd' by Dean Koontz and didn't stop till I was finished. oops, so much for sewing. That book review should follow in a few days.

I did better on my knitting. I finished all the blocks from the second 'clue' on the Bernat Knit Along, and two of the three for the third pattern. I really like these diamonds. So far the three patterns have only used knit and purl stitches.

I plan to have more to show you next week.

Be sure to visit Darilyn over at 'Tropical Screamer', she has joined me this week in a Needlework update.

Thanks for coming by to visit.