Friday, August 28, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
My sister is having her third baby very soon and with my newly gained confidence in regards to crochet squares from the doll blankets I made my daughters this spring (here and here) I decided to do a slightly larger blanket (ha! so I thought! Try multiple times bigger!) for my soon to be born niece. It was a lot more work than I expected but the yarn I used and the pattern for the squares were a very enjoyable mix. It took me two months, but that was through the summer so sometimes it was just way to hot to crochet in the evenings. Please pardon the ugly carpet in these photos!
I used DK yarn, Sirdar Snuggly Bamboo for the flowers and Berocco Vintage DK for the green and grey. It gave the flowers a nice sheen that made them pop out a bit more from the matte green and grey. I joined them all with a single crochet join.
The only thing that bothered me with the free tutorial on the squares was that while the squares are free, and she tells you that she joined with single crochet I would have had to buy an $8 pattern to do the same border as she did. The pattern is so much because it's for a cushion cover, including a fabric backing that she made with these flowers. I didn't want to pay that just for a border though. I also would have had to buy more yard because I was running low so I just kept it simple with single crochet in grey and then one more single crochet with the pink bamboo.
The blanket is 8 squares by 10 so it's a good size, but that means it can be used on a toddler bed and then as a lap blanket after that so I'm glad it should grow with the child for quite a while.
Monday, August 10, 2015
The past is repeating itself--and time is running out
Livy Reynolds is a Memphis police officer on leave after she's forced to fatally shoot a young suspect in the line of duty. She uses this time to try to track down her cousin Robyn who disappeared from her hometown without a trace two years earlier. While many believe she simply walked away from the life she had with her husband and daughter, Livy is sure her cousin would never do that. She believes there was foul play involved and is determined to get to the bottom of it.
Meanwhile, Alex Jennings, a PI from Dallas, is hired to find the missing daughter of a senator who vanished from the same town. Once they meet and begin to talk, they notice similarities in the cases and start to chase down leads together. It becomes apparent that someone out there doesn't appreciate their efforts and wants them silenced. Alex's father and grandfather do not approve of his chosen line of work. They are of the opinion that he is wasting his life and his law degree. This case is a good chance to prove to himself and to them that what he's doing is worthwhile and he doesn't intend to mess it up. He's made a deal with his grandfather dependant on the outcome of the case so he has a lot riding on it. He'll help Livy find her cousin if he can, and maybe the information from her will help him in his case but finding the senator's daughter comes first... at least in the beginning.
It's a good plot, it could easily be the storyline for a blockbuster movie. It's a bit slow in parts, and although I enjoyed it, it certainly wasn't a favourite of mine. I'm sorry to say that I found it hard to pick up and get into from the get-go because I really dislike the cover.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.