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Beaver, Mustard Dusseldorf, 4-Ounce (12 Pack)
Beaver, Mustard Dusseldorf, 4-Ounce (12 Pack)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't actual like mustard much, July 18, 2014
Delicious! I don't actual like mustard much, but this is great! Good zing, spice, and horseradishy notes. We always have it with german sausages. I can't find in stores any more (though I used to, which is how I know about it in the first place); have to order from beaver foods. Wish it came in larger jars.


American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
by Paul Greenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.50
56 used & new from $14.37

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5.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes and embrace the wild alaskan salmon, July 9, 2014
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If you have a liking for fish and seafood, and believe that fish is healthy, open your eyes to the mysterious world of international seafood commerce, the threats and abundance, the politics and economics and environmental impact.

The stories of New York Oysters and river pollution, Louisiana Shrimp and the petroleum industry, and Alaskan Salmon and the Pebble Mine are described well enough so you learn... depressing, but not despairing; the author finds hope, especially in the local food movement and the reconnection between fishermen and consumers, and it's not all going the way of Big Business. Not quite.

For myself, I want to really notice imported fish and seafood and avoid the imports... track down a real fishmonger... and eat more of that alaskan salmon!


Happy Hen Treats Ceramic Nest Eggs, Brown
Happy Hen Treats Ceramic Nest Eggs, Brown
Price: $7.51
5 used & new from $4.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very relastic, June 23, 2014
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They are amazing... presumably it fooled the chickens and the blue jays, which was our intention, but it also fooled us when we collected eggs, AND it fooled our poor customer who was unable to break an egg into a pan. Definitely write something on these so you don't make mistakes!


Lark Rise to Candleford Season 1 [HD]
Lark Rise to Candleford Season 1 [HD]
DVD
Price: $28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories set in historical period with perhaps not entirely careful historical accuracy, June 8, 2014
This is a wonderful series, with well-told and timeless stories of a young girl, an independent business woman, and various other believable and lovable characters; set in 19th century rural England. The acting is excellent, the scenery is beautiful; hubby and I enjoyed this very much, and the following seasons as well. However, I am periodically taken aback by various things that just don't seem historically accurate for the time and place, unlike series like Cranford and even Upstairs Downstairs that seem to be a little closer to truth in expressing that historical period. But the stories and scenery in this do make up for any historical shortcomings.


The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More
The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting: Stitches, Techniques, and Projects for Lighter-than-Air Shawls & More
by Elizabeth Lovick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.47
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but still a good reference, May 28, 2014
This book provides three things: a set of hints and tips and general advice on shetland lace (with brief history); a pattern reference (the largest part); and some patterns for simpler-than-shetland-shawl items using the lace patterns.

I was disappointed to find next to no inspiring pictures of the masterworks of shetland lace; the stories and history is covered in 4 pages, with two pictures of shawls, neither of which is very exciting.

The patterns for things to make are also disappointing; most are fairly simple patterns in thicker yarns. The photos of the projects are to show off the work, not to make it easy to understand and knit, no closeups; it's very difficult to figure out the construction, what the pattern really looks like, or even in some cases the actual shape of the shawl; which I have also not been able to figure out from the written pattern for which the instructions seem brief and cryptic.

The bulk of the book is individual patterns you can combine in various ways, but I'm not sure I'm happy with this. The common shetland combination of hexagonal lozenges and spiderweb I want isn't provided, but the separate patterns are there and I knit samples. But a different book contained the combination of the two that was much easier to knit (turns out in garter stitch, spiderweb looks fine with decreases all slanting the same way).

The book does have a lot of hints and tips and general advice on lace knitting, and is a good reference to the various patterns that show you how they look together as well as individually. I think it's still a valuable resource, but alas not the end-all-be-all book on shetland lace.


Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition
Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition
by Lela Nargi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.84
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, inspiring pictures are the reason to get this book, April 21, 2014
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This book covers the history of knitting, and knitting around the world, with an attempt to cover current popular knitters and the current "knitting scene", which will be the knitting history that we care about a hundred years from now. I don't find the material on current knitters all that interesting, but it's reasonable to include. The coverage is broad and there are some remarkably beautiful and inspiring pictures, as well as varied and interesting historic material. While there are a few patterns, these seems to be just for historical purposes or to illustrate something, rather than patterns for things to knit like in most knitting books. I seem to be more browsing rather than really reading, but I can come back to it again and again just to enjoy looking at the pictures. And I've found lots to be inspired by to come up with my own designs (if I ever had time to do everything I wanted to do...sigh)


Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World
Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World
by Margaret Stove
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.74
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book except for the patterns, April 14, 2014
The author does a marvelous job explaining the construction of bordered lace shawls and scarves; the diagrams with each pattern are very helpful in understanding the various ways these things are put together. I didn't really "get it" when I read about outside-in construction previously, but this book has diagrams showing sections and direction of knitting that are very clear.

However, while lovely, I don't care for the patterns. They usually have big areas of plain knitting and they are all in garter stitch. The charts seem hard to read, possibly since she's got symbols for the garter stitch to distinguish from knit, and many of the patterns seem to include some complicated specialized stitch so she can produce an identifiable thistle or rose or weird New Zealand flower, and tricky miters and shaping. I suppose if you want something that's particularly challenging to knit and yet is understated so only skilled knitters would know how hard it was to do...


Deep Ancestry: Inside The Genographic Project
Deep Ancestry: Inside The Genographic Project
by Spencer Wells
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.82
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not interestingly written, April 1, 2014
It seems to mix very introductory with some more complex information. The Seven Daughters of Eve is a much better coverage of similar material. This book contains much talk about the project they have started, but don't have all the information from it, and I don't enjoy so much reading about what they want to know and may know in the future. Just not very compelling reading...


Bleak House Season 1 [HD]
Bleak House Season 1 [HD]
DVD
Price: $19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing, overdramatic, couldn't get the plot, March 31, 2014
We didn't get very far in watching this - it was impossible to figure out what was going on, what all these characters are doing or who they are, and figure out the plot. I have read Bleak House but it was many years ago, and didn't help at all. There was all this drama (at least guessing from the music), but without seeing the plot it just jarred without fitting in well. Perhaps if we'd been more patient. Disappointing, since we enjoy British period dramas.


Defending the Cavewoman: And Other Tales of Evolutionary Neurology
Defending the Cavewoman: And Other Tales of Evolutionary Neurology
by Harold L. Klawans
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories on the mysterious inner workings of the brain, March 31, 2014
A wonderfully readable and entertaining book, as well as being full of the practical observations of what can go wrong in the brain, how it might show up in that person, and what can and cannot be treated. The book is composed of separate chapters that discuss separate problems and stories, each could well stand alone. It's similar in approach to "the man who mistook his wife for his hat", but this book is much more readable and doesn't reference other writers/psychology theories/dull stuff.

The author is a wonderful storyteller as well as having these great stories to tell; the patients come to life, and their stories are told with warmth and compassion but not pity, and showing his own thoughts and involvment.

I can't say the book's title does it any justice; the idea that humans evolved so women could hold and care for children shows up as a theory in an early chapter, but is not much developed and that's good, since it would likely be outdated now in any case. My only real complaint is the afterword, which is built on some information about Neatherthals that has since been proven otherwise.


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