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November 26, 2017



Checking on Goodreads it seems that I first read it in October last year and gave it four and a half stars. This is my review:

'I liked the story but was disconcerted by the errors on the pages which would never have happened had the book been typeset in the traditional way.'

I now have no idea what caused this comment and I cannot, now, find the book. It is a Greyladies one so should be easy to spot.

Lovely to see dear Roger Moore in his modelling period. I could use a pull-over like that at the moment, it is rather freezy here!

Karen Knox

How delightful! I love your choice of sweater for David knitted by his mother. I knit myself, mostly socks. I knit because it's relaxing and can be sort of mindless, at least that's how I choose patterns generally. I've been knitting the same sock pattern for 10 yrs now. My grandmother taught me to knit, and I still knit like a 10 yr old. Too pitiful. I haven't responded to your DES questions because I've been busy with Thanksgiving and a houseful of visitors--all family--and my husband's 70th birthday was this past weekend as well. We've been partying since last Wednesday night! The last guest left yesterday. Your leadership of Five Windows has been delightful, and I hope to get in on the last bits soon. It's lovely to find a DES aficionado AND a knitter! KWK

Mary Lou Egan

I have a book of vintage men's knitting patterns and Roger appears in several of them. The virtual knitting is so much faster, I like it!

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