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Any Loom, Any Hat, Any Time: Loom Knitting HatsAny Loom, Any Hat, Any Time: Loom Knitting Hats by Scarlett Royale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t usually buy books. I especially don’t spend over a couple dollars. But this one is not only worth the $9.99 I paid, I am hoping to get the paper version for even more. Meanwhile, I loved all the patterns so much I had to write them in my notebook (with proper attributions, of course) so I could work on these without my overheating laptop open.

I love how the author shares the formula for translating these patterns to smaller or larger looms. That is something I have always tried to do, see how to adapt patterns. But the formula Ms. Royale shares is so simple, and it works.

These patterns were well written and I finally chose the one I would use as my first from her book. The beret. She makes hers on the green (36 pegs) loom. I have a new, larger (48 pegs) size from CinDLooms that I used Scarlett’s formula on. IT WORKED! The hat was a good size to fit over my ponytailed hair so I think it will be a nice hat for someone who needs it.

If you have trouble interpreting the patterns and/or the formula, Ms. Royale has links in the book that lead to YouTube demonstrations to guide you through. For the most part, the tutorial helped me. May I put in here that I did have trouble seeing what I needed to see in the part where you need to do the Kitchener stitch. It seemed the camera didn’t show it up well and I finally gave up and just sewed the bits together. I would love Scarlett to do a separate tutorial of this stitch. I think another kind of formula would help. I kept looking around the webs for something that showed it better. Nope. didn’t find it. I wanted a written version that might say bottom down, top down, second peg upper up, first peg lower up, etc. That was about when I got lost. I attempted the whole thing, several times but it didn’t follow. But all in all, I was happy with the results and can’t wait to try it again on a smaller loom.

And, I can’t wait to try other patterns in the book. I will be buying more of Scarlett Royale’s books! BTW, here is the link to my Ravelry page with the hat I made: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Darra…

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In the Meantime


Many of you may wonder what happened to me. I know it looks like I disappeared. But if you take a look at this page you will see what, besides summer, I’ve been up to:

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Darravels

For those of you waiting patiently for reviews… I will be on it as soon as I can!


All the Missing GirlsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I was able to obtain this book for free from NetGalley for an honest review.

This book came highly recommended by my GoodReads friend, Melissa. Here’s where you can find her review: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9…

I was not as impressed by a story told in reverse. I often found it confusing. But the reason why becomes clear at the end.

I’m not a mystery person, especially murder-mystery person. I often find these kinds of stories dark. And they don’t make good bedtime stories for me. But for some reason I cared enough about the main character and the people she cared for that I kept reading. And I’m glad I did.

Not my favorite. But interesting.

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Lesbian Romance: Catnipped (Cat Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) (New Adult and College Women's Fiction Romantic)Lesbian Romance: Catnipped (Cat Paranormal Shapeshifter Romance) by Olivia Myers

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This review is a long time in coming. As I have said many times I don’t like anthologies, I don’t like collections of short stories, I don’t like short stories. And guess what this book was… A collection. Of. Short stories.

I was drawn in by the blurb about this book which I thought was going to be Lesbian Romance: Catnip (Cat Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance) (New Adult and College Women’s Fiction Romantic). The first story was the story about a shapeshifting cat who happens to be lesbian. The story was okay.

After that story, was a mass of fantasy and sci-fi erotica that was all very heterosexual. Much of it was disturbing to me. Some would’ve been good as stories without the erotica. Very creative. Under really have to admit that it felt like the old switcheroo. If the title had been different, and not centered in on the lesbian shapeshifter cat, I wouldn’t have felt cheated. Had each of the stories sold as singular short stories it might not have felt so weird. But then it took me so long to get through all of these stories and so many of them just were not interesting to me– I nearly quit several times.

All in all, I am just happy to be finished with this book.

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