I ripped the cable back and am reworking the part I did wrong. I didn’t have to pull the whole thing out, thank heavens. I think that really truly I am on my way with it now. And yes, Debbie, for the time being, I have re-dedicated myself to reading this, and all patterns, more carefully (eyes rolling). Will ya stop with the comments now? Sheesh.
I have been reading Yarn Harlot’s book here and there. I think this would be a good book for teachers to recommend to students.
It is full of helpful tips that one picks up over a lifetime of knitting, that you might never find in a knitting “how-to” book. This book is more akin to one of those handy household hints books, that tell you how to mend things on the fly, make fifty cents stretch to a dollar, and serve it all up with style. Sometimes a purely technical book is not enough for new knitters; they need reassurance and encouragement to solve problems on their own, go with their instincts, and try new things.
I also like the recipes; often one finds oneself between projects with one or two balls of yarn and no inspiration. That’s a good time to cast on socks, a scarf, or a hat to get ahead on the end-of-year gift stash. With this book, you will not have to look for a pattern to fit a particular yarn; the recipes are very general and can be changed to suit what you have around the house. This is a very practical (and of course funny!) book for anyone to have.
Elsewhere, I have been spinning and plying. look at this scrumptious plumbrown yarn:
I like. Some of it is sock weight and some is closer to DK. And I still have some more of this fiber to spin. BTW, spin-off magazine has a good article in the new issue about spinning sock yarn. Also some really nice scarves.
I took a break from the plum and went to the Irish wool:
Now, Hollie’s wool is usually coarse, but this one is very soft and fine; must be lamb. I know the color is a little garish, but being green dyed over brown wool, I think it will wash up nice; maybe losing some of that color. Though, once it’s spun, it really doesn’t look so . . . green. Make that greeny.
Originally posted by Anne Hanson on March 31, 2006