Saturday, May 20, 2006

The $80 Circular Needle

Like going to the store for "just milk and bread," and coming out with three bags full, I went to Joann for a simple 29" size 8 Clover circular needle, and came home with this.

Yup. I got way-laid into going into Borders and the books just jumped on me. I had no recourse! The Handknit Holidays is just too luscious--I had to get it just for inspiration. I don't think I have to explain the Nancy Bush book. Wonderful. The sock queen, she is. Also, her explanation of kitchener stitch in the glossary is what finally made the process click in my head--after consulting a pile of others, even Knitting Help. The Knitting Answer Book is good for anyone, no matter the skill level. Love it.

But then I went back just recently to get yet another 16" size 8 Clover circular (I am sure I already had at least one), and the book rack at Joann tackled me and wrestled me to the cash register with these.
I am designing some rugs for the site and the rug book has good ideas for backing, finishings, etc. I checked the Knitting School book out of the library not too long ago and just had to have it. I love the illustrations and the simple, straightforward instructions for everything from the most basic skills to the very advanced. I am highly visually-dependent, so a book that is almost all pictures works for me!

Just an example:
Voila! Square neck construction. The book has direction for all kinds of increases, decreases, necks, shoulders, wristbands, collars, hems, an entire Aran from the neck down (like the FLAK), socks, gloves, mittens, you name it. It would be a great gift for any knitter. Have I plugged it enough?

And then look what my oldest daughter gave me for Mother's Day!
She works at Borders (lucky duck) and got Knitting Rules for free! Then while we were visiting last weekend, she took me to the store and let me pick out anything I wanted. I was so glad they had Montse Stanley's Knitter's Handbook. I don't know why I didn't already own this one--a must for any serious knitter, I say!
In my house, we firmly believe you can never have too many books. Combine that with knitting, and, well, you see the result in this post.

Speaking of Emily, I have to brag a bit more. She's back in school studying Psychology/Sociology as a double major and clicking off the A's. You rock, Em! We had another marvelous time staying with Emily and Randall while in Athens. We miss you guys! Stop being so much fun or you're in danger of having us move in with ya. We're packing now--make room!

I'll sign off now. I hope you are having a good day, wherever you are, dear reader. Again, say hello (thanks Minka--my only commenter for weeks now). No pouting here; I just like to hear from ya!

Figheadh Sona Dhut
(you know, happy knitting?)


Lorraine The Knitting Hammy said...

Looks like you got a great haul of books there. The only thing better than knitting is knitting books! The Yarn Harlot is good, and I was considering that knitting answer book.....

twig said...

Are there any books left at the bookstore? *laugh* Nice haul!

Lavendersheep said...

Nice book haul. I am as much of a book-a-holic as I am a yarn-a-holic. Don't even get me started on accessories like scissors and stitch markers.

Knittinreed said...

Ooooooooooh! Great books! Did you ever get the needle you were after?

Kassandra said...

Of course you get books that have been on my wish list for a while. Excellent choices! :-)