oooh—i’m pretty excited. some new books came today.
i’ve been hoping that one on the right would arrive in enough time to bring it to the book signing this weekend. i love overstock.com—they are fast and efficient. the book launch was thursday and i have my book today. i had hoped to go to the NYC launch, but last week we’d just gotten back from new york and i had a mountain of stuff here still to get through. but stephanie’s coming out our way this weekend and i am SO gonna go. yay!
i’m also very pleased to have here the sequel to sensational socks by charlene schurch. another good sock reference book. these two went right up to the end of the sofa, where they wait for me to flop later on for a read-through. i also have a vogue knitting magazine that came while i was gone which i still have not gotten a chance to crack open.
there was a time when that would have been an impossibility, when i wouldn’t have been able to get my coat off before needing to flip through vogue, having waited for months just to get the next one in my mailbox. well, it WAS my only magazine for years, til interweave got started. i guess i’ve just gotten spoiled by the plethora of print material available now . . . but i’m not cutting back any time soon. i can do without buying yarn, but not without some good knitting books.
speaking of not buying yarn, i’m doing extremely well on knitting from my stash. i haven’t even thought about getting yarn. fiber, i’m not so good at resisting apparently (see last month’s crown mountain farms acquisitions, and the booty from my trip to SPA . . .).
however, i am in need of some black mission falls 1824 wool. my nephew wants a hat specifically in that yarn, in black. my LYS is out of black. i was thinking that if any of you had some you would like to trade, that would make sense. i need a little more than one ball, so one whole one and one partial one, or two whole ones would work. heck, i’d settle for just one. let me know.
oh, and hey everyone, my friend laura, is having a little drawing to give away an adorable baby sweater. go to her blog, Fiber Dreams, and check it out! laura is also the mastermind behind the Red Sweater KAL—it only exists because of her hard work!
debbieKnitter is also having a contest and she’s giving away cashmere, so get thee to her blog.
so sunday evening i worked on a swatch for a new shawl using some briar rose DK yarn that is luscious. it’s a merino/alpaca/silk blend. can you say i’mayarnwhoreforagoodreason?
anyway, i settled on an old favorite stitch, one that i have used in a couple of things for myself, but never in a published pattern. and i think this yarn deserves a really beautiful stitch.
it would be a gorgeous rectangle shawl, but i’m gonna still see if i can easily work out the triangular shaping; i just have a feeling i’d love it as a triangle, but this pattern is a doozy—it has no center and that spells trouble for triangle designs . . .
late at night i worked on these
ah, glow of the algae.
now, i know that there is a large contigent out there which is lobbying for renaming the socks something besides “tree scum”. however, i noticed that the i’m-for-tree-scum crowd gained momentum later in the day. and i’m thinking that this is a chance to elevate tree scum, you know?? erase the stigma.
yes, dear, i really DO spend time thinking up these arguments.