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MMMMMMMMMM. I love reading books, I aspire to write a few as well!

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Knitt Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles - Alice Curtis
I was excited when I was approved for an ARC of this book. I love to knit and have had an aversion to knitting socks, although not because of circular or double pointed needles, but they seem a bit tedious (no matter how gorgeous the pattern was) and I can't imagine wearing something I painstakingly knit on my feet, with like shoes. This book has slightly changed that view.
Upon opening the book, I immediately look at the table of contents, the patterns have such cute names (jelly bean, wrapped in hugs and Coffee Break) and were colorful.
The beginning of the book has a nice explanation of why she wrote the patterns and then the book (novice knitter afraid of double pointed needles). In devising these patterns she devised her own seaming technique so the socks look nice and natural.
The socks are knit from top to bottom and she places the seem often on the side of the foot and leg.
She clearly advises swatching. It needs to be washed and dried as if it was your own sock to measure shrinkage and the like. I suggest before and after pictures with a ruler.
I really loved that her suggested Cast On Method was the Continental/Long Tail Cast On. Its a personal favorite of mine. To keep your edge nice and loose she also suggests casting onto two needles at once as you want the top of sock loose enough to stretch out a bit.
The explanation in the beginning of how the heel is knit is a great help for people who haven't knit socks before or wonder how would this be accomplished on straight needles. It was reassuring that she has thought of all the questions readers would have.
Throughout the book advice is given on how to fix mistakes you have made which is a great help and reassurance.
Instructions are clear and easy to understand, techniques laid out in the beginning for guidance, with the usual glossary in the back.
The first few patterns are a little boring for those more experienced in knitting but they better and more intricate as you go along. Some seem a little silly, but most are so fun and stylish!
Favorite patterns to look for:


Moccasocks- I find these ridiculous but they look like so much fun, especially as gifts or to wear all around the house. They are made to fit above skinny jeans so they are definitely with the times.

Coffee break-
I just love the colors of these socks and the frilly edge is delightful

Slainte -
These are gorgeous socks and with the cute buttons on top I can't wait to try this pattern!

Winter Delights : Gingerbread men and snowmen -
definitely something I'd knit in winter, the colors are so cute and cozy, the top edges are frilly and stylish.

Carnegie Hall -
They did indeed save the best for last. These are adorable, it looks so perfect and incorporates crochet edges for frills. The Bow is wonderful and adds that perfect little touch on a black tie affair for your feet!

Overall! 5 out of 5! I can't wait to try some of these patterns!
instructions are clear and helpful.
20 patterns is a great amount and I definitely want to try Knitting My Socks on Straight!
Knit Your Socks on Straight: A New and Inventive Technique with Just Two Needles; 20 Original Designs - Alice Curtis I was excited when I was approved for an ARC of this book. I love to knit and have had an aversion to knitting socks, although not because of circular or double pointed needles, but they seem a bit tedious (no matter how gorgeous the pattern was) and I can't imagine wearing something I painstakingly knit on my feet, with like shoes. This book has slightly changed that view.
Upon opening the book, I immediately look at the table of contents, the patterns have such cute names (jelly bean, wrapped in hugs and Coffee Break) and were colorful.
The beginning of the book has a nice explanation of why she wrote the patterns and then the book (novice knitter afraid of double pointed needles). In devising these patterns she devised her own seaming technique so the socks look nice and natural.
The socks are knit from top to bottom and she places the seem often on the side of the foot and leg.
She clearly advises swatching. It needs to be washed and dried as if it was your own sock to measure shrinkage and the like. I suggest before and after pictures with a ruler.
I really loved that her suggested Cast On Method was the Continental/Long Tail Cast On. Its a personal favorite of mine. To keep your edge nice and loose she also suggests casting onto two needles at once as you want the top of sock loose enough to stretch out a bit.
The explanation in the beginning of how the heel is knit is a great help for people who haven't knit socks before or wonder how would this be accomplished on straight needles. It was reassuring that she has thought of all the questions readers would have.
Throughout the book advice is given on how to fix mistakes you have made which is a great help and reassurance.
Instructions are clear and easy to understand, techniques laid out in the beginning for guidance, with the usual glossary in the back.
The first few patterns are a little boring for those more experienced in knitting but they better and more intricate as you go along. Some seem a little silly, but most are so fun and stylish!Favorite patterns to look for:
Moccasocks- I find these ridiculous but they look like so much fun, especially as gifts or to wear all around the house. They are made to fit above skinny jeans so they are definitely with the times.
Coffee break-
I just love the colors of these socks and the frilly edge is delightful
Slainte -
These are gorgeous socks and with the cute buttons on top I can't wait to try this pattern!
Winter Delights : Gingerbread men and snowmen -
definitely something I'd knit in winter, the colors are so cute and cozy, the top edges are frilly and stylish.
Carnegie Hall -
They did indeed save the best for last. These are adorable, it looks so perfect and incorporates crochet edges for frills. The Bow is wonderful and adds that perfect little touch on a black tie affair for your feet!

Overall! 5 out of 5! I can't wait to try some of these patterns!
instructions are clear and helpful.
20 patterns is a great amount and I definitely want to try Knitting My Socks on Straight!

the review is here but also with pictures of my favorite patterns!
http://iamtheknight.blogspot.com/2013/02/knit-your-socks-on-straight.html
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee I enjoyed this book. i still flip through it from time to time.
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise - Gurihiru, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang, Dave Marshall I was granted ARC: The quality was ok. I hope to get the real book soon.
While staying true to the art style of the series, Avatar TLA: The Promise was a great way to show audiences how peace came to be despite stubbornness of fire and earth kingdoms.
This edition is all 3 comics in one ending on a juicy cliffhanger that the legend of Korra has dangled in our faces as well.
the story is told quite like an episode or a small arc of the series and is understandable (indeed good for youngins) but it has a bit more romance than before so older kids may appreciate it more.
I feel it is something avatar fans should read and hope they come out with another story to that ending!!!

Overall: I love it and will buy it when I can.
The Goddess Inheritance - Aimee Carter I can't wait for this book and I really really hope I get an advanced copy! UGH SUSPENSE.
Vixen - Jillian Larkin High society scandal? I say yes! Well not so much of a scandal these days but the journey of lovers, a scorned friend and family secrets kept me reading. I enjoyed the writing, the characters are all easy to relate to and identify with. I am continuing on to the second book!
Fever - Lauren DeStefano loved it! Couldn't stop reading. on to the next one!
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano I really enjoyed this book and it was a quick read.
Started the next one already.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac - Gabrielle Zevin i really enjoyed it. a quick read, i was interested in her story and could really identify with some her emotions and problems. Overall a nice quick read.
A Match Made in Hell - Terri Garey Okay so when I read Dead Girls are Easy I liked it but it had some iffy moments, but I continued reading because its an interesting story and I really like the characters. Well as I was explaining the book to my roommate the actual story sounds pretty ridiculous what with a twin married to her now beau (so not a spoiler if you've read the first book) and not really plausible but the author tells it well and keeps you interested. Some of the writing ..disturbed me a little and the sexuality comes off as ....well kinda ridiculous college shit, it is entertaining and I recommend it for a light "paranormal drama" read.
Dead Girls Are Easy - Terri Garey I liked it a lot, I will definitely be continuing with the series. I'm pretty sure I grabbed this at Goodwill so I'm happy I stumbled across it. I know I got a little annoyed at the beginning romance aspect but I assume that's just due to my personality. I enjoyed the story and a reason for seeing the dead and her journey to find meaning in her NDE.
Swimsuit - James Patterson, Maxine Paetro Loved it! Sped through it like most Patterson novels but for not being a series i quite wanted more.
but the book was good, a nice read(if you're into these kinda books) and classic Patterson. Thanks brosef!
Deadlocked - Charlaine Harris classic sookie, I know the complaints on this one were recap issues but I enjoyed it and needed the recap. I'd read the series twice now I didn't want to a third time...not yet anyway <3
The recap is also nice if you're following the show since they are dramatically different.
So if you like the novels go for it!
Batman: Hush - Scott A. Williams, Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee beautiful
The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter I actually really liked this, but with reading the reviews (good and bad) I felt prepared for the change in the mythology. But I also like Percy Jackson which changed a few things as well.
The story was slow paced in some places and then picked up frequently but I was able to read it pretty evenly, going back maybe once or twice for clarity.

I liked the story and loved the romance (the whole distant powerful man I will make him love me thing)and got through it very quickly, I will keep reading.
The Necromancer - Jonathan L. Howard I loved it, the character was a delightful arse, his brother an interesting morality stance, and Satan...ah Satan. Johannes Cabal is a man of science, with the magical gift of necromancy. He traded his soul for necromancy and found he needed it back, so he simply goes to hell to get it back. Thus giving way to a wager of a dark carnival to gather 100 souls for his 1 soul. With enjoyable characters in the carnival and one particular rival (with enjoyable outcomes in surprising ways and things Cabal simply has no time for) Cabal faces many challenges. An ex-Detective in particular. I enjoyed waching Cabal's morality in the face of those who weren't particularly damnable and those extremely so.His brother a constant reminder of his mistakes and a look into his family history. I really loved the end, especially with the particular challenge Cabal faced. I look forward to the next book.