Book Names Code Name Verity

Morse Code Bracelets


Here’s a cool craft project that the Never Ending Readers’ book group at the San Jose Public Library had fun making while they discussed Code Name Verity in March 2017. There are complete instructions on the library blog – follow…

Code Name Verity

cnv cover usa pb

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or…

Pennsylvania Events, July/Aug 2012

(originally posted 4 July 2012) I’m doing a few author events in Pennsylvania this summer – feel free to come along if you’re in the area. Thursday 19 July 2012, 10.30 a.m. Author visit, Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy, PA …

the parisian coat

(originally posted 6 October 2011) Crossposted to my Dreamwidth blog, where you can read all about this project to make my own winter coat from a 1940s French pattern.  

The WAAF Doll and the Diddy Things

Bestway 947 Knitted WAAF dolls

 (originally posted 21 September 2011)     For the uninitiated, WAAF stands for Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (and it’s pronounced waf to rhyme with laugh if you’re American, or to rhyme with caff’ if you’re British).  Another friend (not the knitting…

The Verity Sweater

Verity's Sweater - I preferred this Bestway 1963 vintage knitting pattern

(originally posted 20 September 2011)This was Knitting Project No. 2.  Its namesake sweater has a personality in its own right in CNV, but mine did not exist in reality until several months after the book was finished. There was some debate over…

Maddie’s mittens

1940s knitted mitten pattern from the Victoria and Albert Museum

 (originally posted 20 September 2011)I’d not done any knitting for about 14 years when a friend pointed me to this pattern.  I worked on these mittens while writing the last half of CNV and came to associate them with Maddie Brodatt…