J. Ricketts

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (158 of 168)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,316,499 - Total Helpful Votes: 158 of 168
Orchard Toys Pick and Mix People by Orchard Toys
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
We have had this for quite while now, but have only recently started playing it a lot. My 9 and 7 year old are happy to play it with their 3 year old brother and as it doesn't involve any reading or sums it is simple enough for him to play with hardly any help. They really enjoy it - particularly when they end up with funny combinations. The older ones have also started to try and work out which parts of people are worth keeping depending on what the other players have already got - so tactical thinking has come into it very suprisingly!
A good introduction to playing games for young children - learning how to take turns and following simple rules.
Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd
48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
I am currently on my first pair of socks and got this book for christmas. It is nice enough, but feels almost too basic. All the patterns are for cuff down socks, with heel flaps. It does deal with using different weights of yearn, and also adding pattern and texture etc., but I did hope that there might have been a toe up sock in there and some short row heels. I will use it because there are some handy tips in there and also some nice patterns using some cable details. I would say though that if you have already knitted socks, I don't think this book is for you.
Peggy Porschen's Pretty Party Cakes: Sweet and Sty&hellip by Peggy Porschen
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Cakes, 4 July 2006
I have been cake decorating on and off for a few years now, but have been mostly relegated to doing novelty birthday cakes for my children nowadays!

This book is gorgeous - it has inspired me to do some non child orientated cake decorating - and am now desperately trying to think of a reason to invite people for afternoon tea so I can make some of the fantastic fondant fancies and iced biscuits.

It is an inspiring book - if you're a beginner you will probably need to practice a little, but Peggy Porschen's book shows that glamorous and beautiful cakes (and cookies!) don't need to be saved just for special occasions. So I'm now off to order some edible lustre to make… Read more

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