While it's certainly nice to see a male author of a knitting book for once, this one only offers fairly standard patterns. Could've done with more picWhile it's certainly nice to see a male author of a knitting book for once, this one only offers fairly standard patterns. Could've done with more pictures, and I wouldn't recommend it for beginners as the pattern instructions aren't that detailed. All clothing patterns are also knitted in parts, even when knitting seamlessly in the round would've made much more sense.
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I have read (and enjoyed) several other books by Dr Lemon, primarily those on birth order. I was therefore keen to get started on this one, although tI have read (and enjoyed) several other books by Dr Lemon, primarily those on birth order. I was therefore keen to get started on this one, although that quickly turned to frustration and disbelief. When the author isn't dishing trite advice that you would've seen opening any magazine in the past two decades, he's (much more concerningly) propagating tired, harmful and disproven gender essentialist stereotypes.
My husband and I did however share lots of laughs when I would tell him the latest "facts" as shared by Dr Leman, for example, that if I don't satisfy him as soon as he gets aroused, I am selfish and practically pushing him to have an affair. If you as a man don't think about sex 30+ times / day then you're not healthy. Masturbating will ruin your sex life, and if you (as a man, because apparently women don't masturbate) feel the urge to masturbate, you must go to your wife straight away so she can "take care" of your need.
The only good thing I can say about this book, is that it does say, not to blame yourself if you've been sexually abused. Thanks Dr Leman, you've passed the low, low bar of not victim-blaming people who have been abused, well done.
Considering the above it probably goes without saying that this book is heterocentric and homophobic, gender essentialist and full of religious bs.
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I've wavered back and forth between giving it 2 or 3 stars (if I could I would've given it 2.5 stars), but in the end the strengths were just so few cI've wavered back and forth between giving it 2 or 3 stars (if I could I would've given it 2.5 stars), but in the end the strengths were just so few considering how flawed it is.
Love Busters is heterocentric, and perpetuates old and tired stereotypes of gender essentialism. It advocates complete honesty, that a couple must enthusiastically agree on everything (including the wife asking for help with the dishes), no independent behaviour, and if you have any habits your partner dislikes you must change.
There is a description of a rather horrifying marital rape scene in one of the firsts chapters which, while deemed abusive, should've been handled much much better.
The one part that I found really strong and actually useful is on the topic of angry outbursts, which the author correctly calls out for being abusive and incredibly damaging. The suggestions on how to work through it seems solid, but I was disappointed that there wasn't any real discussion on what to do if your partner is the one with the angry outbursts.
A huge part of the book is merely so-so, giving out general advice (your relationship is like a love bank, you need to make more deposits than withdrawals), which has been around for a long time.
All in all, I would skip this book.
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Creepy crawly crochet is an adorable collection of 17 skilfully created creatures. Megan Kreiner is both talented and very creative in her designs. ThCreepy crawly crochet is an adorable collection of 17 skilfully created creatures. Megan Kreiner is both talented and very creative in her designs. The book covers not only crochet tutorials for the needed stitches in the patterns, but also a collection of great finishing techniques to make the creatures truly special. My favourite would have to be the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde doll, but the Jack the headless horseman and his companion, Nightmare the horse are a close second - the construction is just so clever. Whether you or your kids are into these horror creatures, I greatly recommend this book.
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I picked up this book looking for tips on how to best care for different types of surfaces. It does cover that very well. The rest of it is, well, so oI picked up this book looking for tips on how to best care for different types of surfaces. It does cover that very well. The rest of it is, well, so over the top that while reading it I would regularly grab the nearest person so they too could laugh at the absolutely ridiculous over the top standards and suggestions for keeping house. They would've been more appropriate in a mansion a hundred years ago, at a time where soot would cover every surface and necessitate near daily dusting. The directions on how to deal with pets, leaves the impression that the author would've preferred to simply write "don't", as actually following her instructions would break most pet owners hearts. The suggestions are so far out, that even if I didn't have several chronic illnesses there's no way I would've been able to keep up with these standards unless it became my full time job. I suspect the author either isn't following her own suggestions that strictly, or more likely, she's hired someone else to do it for her. Always been much easier to have insanely high standards when you're not the one actually doing the work. Read it for a laugh, or for how to deal with various surfaces and tasks around the house. ...more
The authors love for dogs shines through in this book. She understands that all dogs - regardless of their size - have very different body shapes, andThe authors love for dogs shines through in this book. She understands that all dogs - regardless of their size - have very different body shapes, and she shows which patterns best fit certain body types - and which ones are more forgiving and likely to fit most dogs. Bliss shares a good mix of classic and everyday patterns, as well as more humorous and novelty designs. While I think more of the designs could just as easily have been knit in the round (a general complaint I have of many of her patterns), I really liked the way she empowers the knitter to mix and match between different designs. Having her own yarn line it's understandable that Bliss would be recommending that you use the suggested yarns, but I really appreciate that she gives all the necessary information to make proper yarn substitutions. ...more
I really wasn't impressed with this book of doggie knits. The author treats all dogs the same, ignoring the fact that there are many specific body typI really wasn't impressed with this book of doggie knits. The author treats all dogs the same, ignoring the fact that there are many specific body types which affects which styles are suitable for different breeds. Frequently the coats ended up looking ridiculous on the dog pictured, and completely unsuitable for their stated purpose. No instructions are given on how to customise the patterns to suit your dog, and furthermore the author frequently uses cotton for coats supposedly for outdoor use which is a horrible idea, as when it gets wet it gets heavy and makes the dog colder than it would've been without the coat in the first place (wool is a much better choice as it can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water without even feeling wet). Many of the designs were simply variations of the same pattern - it felt like the author was trying to reach a specific number of patterns without having to put too much effort in. Furthermore the weight of the yarn isn't given in any of the patterns, making it more difficult to find reasonable substitutes - something that is clearly intentional as the author heavily discourages any substitutes....more
A great introduction on how to knit doggie sweaters, including how to shape them for different body types. While I completely disagree with the authorA great introduction on how to knit doggie sweaters, including how to shape them for different body types. While I completely disagree with the authors colour philosophy that's the easiest thing to change, and I really loved the many variations offered when creating collars and cuffs and fabric texture. I also really liked that the author includes options for harness or collar openings for the lead. The sweaters are primarily aimed at small dogs, so there's not much here for those with larger dogs, especially as most of the accessories are fairly silly. I did find it a little frustrating that several of the sweaters were knit flat, even though they could more easily have been knit in the round and eliminating the seaming - of course this is easy to change yourself. ...more