Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Much Happier

Now that I've got the first sock almost finished, I'm finally enjoying my Arne and Carlos splurge. Without any fussing with the gauge, I'm getting results like the pretty pictures that made me love this yarn in the first place. The yarn does its thing and I happily watch the colors change.

The comments over on Ravelry are mixed, with some knitters reporting knots that disrupt the pattern repeat. I rewound both of my skeins and didn't find a single trouble spot.

I love books like Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris. Let's start with the publisher's description.

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.

You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. 

You know those times when you pick up a book thinking you know exactly what you're going to get and it turns out to be something just different enough to make it better? This was one of those reads. I'm not sure that the relationship between Jack and Grace was plausible, but it was intriguing enough that I kept reading to see what was going to happen between the two of them. The last page gave me an actual, physical chill. I'm not sure that's ever happened before.

If you like domestic thrillers and don't demand that they be something that's likely to happen in real life, I highly recommend this one.

Have any of you read I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Ian Reid?  The cover copy promises that you'll be scared but you don't know why.... and the twist at the end left me feeling like I'd just wasted a couple of hours watching a really badly written streaming horror movie on Netflix. The reviews on Amazon are about evenly split between one star and five star ratings, with the positive reviews explaining that you have to read the book twice to fully understand it. Once was enough for me.

Disclosure -- I was provided with an advance review copy of Behind Closed Doors by the publisher. I'm Thinking of Ending Things came from the library. All opinions are my own. This post is linked to Patchwork Times, Yarn Along 


Sharon said...

I love these socks!

Anonymous said...

The socks are gorgeous! Does the color change work on other things that are knitted with it, or is it specifically made for socks?

Dar said...

Very nice looking socks. Great color for jeans too.


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