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Book Review: Princess Elizabeth's Spy

Princess Elizabeth's Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first started this series last year, and immediately fell in love with the setting, the characters, and the delicate but gripping plot twists of the novel. Life got in the way and I wasn't able to return to the series until now, but I am so glad I did!

The second installment provided just as much entertainment, espionage, intrigue, and plot twists as the first. Not only that, but it set up some pretty interesting situations that will need to be dealt with in the third novel, including a HUGE cliffhanger at the end! To be honest, I saw the cliffhanger coming (I kept waiting for it, and hoping it would come, rather), but as the novel drew to a close I thought it wasn't going to happen. The author splendidly waited until the very last second, after you think all is said and done and the characters are happily settled, to spring upon us not one but TWO huge twists (one of which I did not see coming a…

River Song "Spoilers!" Socks - August 2014 Socks

The eighth pair of twelve are COMPLETE!  These days mommy brain has completely and utterly taken me over.  In my every day life, this manifests as mixed up doctor appointments and putting the soymilk in the cupboard instead of the refrigerator.  In knitting, this manifests as wonky cables, random purls in the midst of stockinette, and other minor mistakes that will henceforth be referred to as "design elements"!!!

These socks are no exception to my craziness of late, but I love them anyway.  The mistakes are not noticeable, the yarn is freaking gorgeous, and it was a really fun pattern to knit.

Also, I learned something new:  the super stretchy bind-off!!!  Here is the tutorial I used to learn this AWESOME technique:

I cannot believe I have never used this technique before, because it is really great.  I guess its because I don't knit toe-up socks that often, but whatevs.... I am super happy to add this technique to my knitting repertoire!
Without further ado; here are m…