Saturday, January 03, 2009


This is kind of a cheat to #5 on my restrictions. I did not buy a knitting book, but I bought lots of knitting and crochet magazines. I also pre-ordered the reprint of Alice Starmore's Fair Isle Knitting book, even though I own a copy of the original hardcover book. This cute little 2009 Knitting Diary was the gift included with Simply Knitting from the UK. I stopped calling them "free" gifts because we have to pay $9.99 for the magazine in the US. There are some really great articles and patterns in all of these magazines. Color and/or stranded work is definitely the wave of the future in knitting and crochet. I have already put several stranded and mosaic color work projects in my queue for 2009. The Jade Starmore sweater kit and the three Knit Picks bags are first and foremost on my mind.

In the background I will be working on Heere Be Dragone - I intend to devote 2 years, or however long it takes to complete that shawl. I know it is going to take a very long time to complete because I plan to go very, very slowly. I want to avoid ripping back as much as possible, and I abhore working with lifelines. I plan to use a dark yarn, indigo or black and I bought an Ott Lite to help me see the stitches better. This is an extremely expensive project for me, the original pattern cost $12.00 and I had the charts enlarged at Kinkos for an outrageous sum - I won't even put it in writing, but it was per foot pricing for 10 pages of charts. Then I bought the Ott Lite, luckily it was half price at Barnes & Noble - $20 instead of $39.99. The least expensive component so far is the yarn, which is Zephyr wool silk cones which I bought from Sarah's Yarns before Jaggerspun increased their per cone prices.

The other background projects will be the Mystic Series of shawls: Mystic Waters, Mystic Meadows, Mystic Ice, Mystic Star, Mystic Fire, Mystic Earth by Anna Dalvi aka Knit And Knag. My resting projects will be socks of course. I have lots of sock yarn that needs to be knit up. I had toyed with the idea of selling some of my stash - sheesh, what silliness. I love my stash, I may add to it but I won't be parting with any of it!!!

I will eventually finish my Jacket and Vest projects that are currently in hybernation - they are both mostly stockinette and can be considered resting projects as well.

This is my third post today and I am trying to figure out what order to put them in.

1 comment:

cici said...

That's an impressive list of books!. I am a book person also. You never can have to many. I can't live without my Ott Lite