I picked up this book at a Half Price Books and am very pleased with the adorableness and wide variety of designs in this collection. Primarily the paI picked up this book at a Half Price Books and am very pleased with the adorableness and wide variety of designs in this collection. Primarily the patterns are for sweaters and cardigans. There are a few accessory patterns as well, though I'm not so much a fan of those designs. The yarns used for the patterns in this book are from a range of manufacturers. Including some that are now discontinued, so if you like to use the exact same yarn as the original pattern, there are a few in here where that may not be possible. My only qualm with this collection, besides the sometimes-frumpy accessory designs, is that I wish Rengren included a wider variety of sizes. I don't believe there is one pattern in this book that is sized for newborns. The youngest, I believe, is 6-12 months. Then 12-18 months. A handful of patterns also offer 18-24 months....more
This installment in The Cousins' War series chronicles much of the reign of Henry VII, as seen through his wife's eyes (Elizabeth of York, daughter ofThis installment in The Cousins' War series chronicles much of the reign of Henry VII, as seen through his wife's eyes (Elizabeth of York, daughter of the deceased King Edward IV and niece to Richard III, whom Henry defeated on the battlefield to win the throne). This novel is most interesting because even though Elizabeth of York is married to Henry shortly after he takes the throne, the remainder of her family continues to rebel against and attempt to usurp the king for many years afterward, leaving Elizabeth torn between her family and her husband and children.
This is my favorite book in The Cousins' War series, so far. I felt like this novel had the strongest viewpoint character (clear, internal conflict, hurrah!), and there were very few actual battle scenes and war-making, which are the parts that I have found drag most in the other books. But my liking of this one in particular may also have to do with the fact that I was so very curious about Henry VII and what happened after he took the throne.
Gregory's writing isn't mind-blowing, but it suffices. As always, I wished she would dig a little deeper into her viewpoint character's head. I did find myself getting annoyed with the character traits she did choose for Elizabeth, who was constantly saying, "I don't know," to just about anything anyone ever asked her. This would have come across better if we could have seen the internal conflict clearer. But Gregory seems to be a strong component of show, and internal thought doesn't appear to fall into that category, for her. Ah well.
I do love learning about the history of these times and find myself oddly glad to know that I can probably hold a rather expansive conversation about the War of the Roses, now....more
littleBits are modularized microchips that allow even the layperson to make electronic objects or even smart objects that utilize the internet of thinlittleBits are modularized microchips that allow even the layperson to make electronic objects or even smart objects that utilize the internet of things to allow you to, say, turn on and off your house lights from your phone while on vacation.
This book is co-written by the founder of littleBits and is half a basic introduction to littleBits and the company, and half a beginner's how-to. The how-to is really just an introduction to some of the most basic littleBits modules, how they work, and some suggested starter projects to get one creating. It is very basic and better used as a reference than a cover-to-cover read.
I've been interested in littleBits for a while now, and though I haven't ponied up the cash for any of my own yet, I found the book interesting enough to read without the little microchips right in front of me. I may check it out again when and if I get my own set of littleBits, or I may just look online for similar starter projects and how-to information....more