I had a lovely quiet weekend with some stitching, knitting, and reading.
I haven't really done any knitting (apart from the teddy bear for Operation Christmas Child) since my holiday and although it's quite hot here now, the evenings are still mild enough to knit.
I started this cardigan - Macro Lace by Laura Chau - in June this year and I was making good progress until we went away. Before we left, I packed it up in its knitting bag and there it has been sitting for the last couple of months.
I couldn't quite remember where I was up to, but after a quick inspeciton, I was surprised to see that I was up to the bands. Confused? The bands are added after the body is complete. (Go and check out the photo on Ravelry so you can get a better idea.) I love the plum colour of the Cascade 220 yarn and can't wait to see it finished which is now looking like a real possibility since I've finished the sleeve bands and am now on the bottom band.
Cross and Burn...
I was excited to see that Val McDermid has written another Tony Hill novel. Excited because the last one ended with Tony and Carol's relationship in tatters and it seemed like the end of the line. I wasn't sure if Val McDermid was going to write another in the series and I heard an interview with her where at the time she said she wasn't sure herself.
At the start of Cross and Burn Tony and Carol have not had any contact with each since the murder of her brother Michael; the MIT has been disbanded; and Paula is now working for DI Alex Fielding (her character is nothing like the one on the Wire in the Blood series). There's a series of murders which involves them all in different ways. Tony in the meantime is at a loss without Carol and the book ends with the promise of reconciliation.
I've always loved this series but I was a bit disappointed with this one. It lacks the intensity of the previous novels which the interaction between Tony and Carol brings. Paula figures prominently l and I felt that her character lacked the depth required to bring the story to life. I'm hoping that this book was only a 'bridge' to unite the team again and there will be more Tony and Carol mysteries in the future.
Until next time