Discoveries

ARE YOU ON KNITTING DAILY?

Well by golly you should be darnit! Today in the newsletter there is a great post on knitting tools in your closet. I find tons of daily help topics interesting comments and the best part.. I see the projects from Interweave Knits on REAL people. People with all sorts of figure and bewbies. I have issues doing cardis tops and sweaters. My bewbs are HUGE. KD – problem solved!

As I mentioned in my previous book review (that apparentl I left in draft stage and never committed to blog much like this post) I have discovered some really great basic starter knitting knowledge and education materials.

I also discovered my library is a sad sad place and has such little to offer. There are no books for gothlet and none to be found for my craft needs. I asked the librarian if they accept donations. She said actually yes they do.  I am going to see if some local merchants would be willing to participate in a local book drive. All sorts of books really. Not just for my greedy craft needs 🙂 I was just really surprised to see such a large space void of books. Granted there are plenty of comfy chairs to sit in and lots of space to read research and move about – but thats it!
The back wall of shelved has from left to right X amount of shelves and thats the main bookline and media display. I would say no more than 15 ( I didnt actually count) and you figure front and back shelves – about 5 shelves in unit and only about 4 units per row. Yea… That could be my basement of books…  In the knitting section there were on shelf maybe 10 books. In the search on site – there were only about 22 results yeilded most checked out and some even fiction not craft how to’s.
This library needs help!

Fulton county which is just down the road in Alpharetta – words or phrase “knitting” search found 467 titles.
uh… 467 compared to my 20.. wow. SAD !!!

I did learn the dewi decimal for knitting – usually falls in 746.432 most every knitting crochet and threadwork book  can be found starting in 746 : )

WEBs –
Who knew it existed. I buy ALOT of yarn on KnitPicks. I mean ALOT. WEBS has stuff I have never seen and you know its not expensive! Yea I would travel downtown to KNITCH – Yea I would visit the Roswell LYS but I sometimes have found yarn on the web – that is significantly cheaper even with shipping. I just ordered a ton from KnitPicks case in point – 1.99 a skein free shipping. Thats a deal to me and when your broke as a joke getting those kinds of deals is a big deal. Jitterbug.. 21$ LYS = found on webs 11$ See my point?
Loopy Ewe – Knit Picks and now Webs have a very strong appreciation from me. Its impossible  sometimes to get great yarn at good prices at some local lovelies.
The Yarn and Fiber Company –
Still even better – has NORO and Rowan for under 10$ Not to mention Marisol Products. Plus it doesnt take forever to deliver!
Do you know about the Mirasol Project? It took me this long to find somebody that would sell the yarn!!!

Book Review – Sweater Workshop

Sweater Workshop – Jacqueline Fee – Second Edition
Available now also in spiral bound for flat open desk top reference !

Love IT !

So what started out as a trip the library (which is a sad sad sad non crafting place) did result in one or two ok a few treasure finds.
One was this book that I believe I am going to have to buy and add to the personal home library. It starts out with the introduction and basic delivery of “Where did my knitting experience begin” as all good bios do for us. The difference – her defining moment came meeting Elizabeth Zimmerman and discovering there was someone else who shared similar view points on sweater creation and purling. Not only that but basic construction values and principles.

I have read Knitting without Tears and of course love it and am in the process of putting practice to application. This is why my knitting has failed so miserably. I really jump in and don’t READ ! lol. That’s changed now. Reading I am – with focus on gauge and of course practicality.

Moving on to Sweaters – This book combined with EZ’s is offering a host of practicum and making everything click. I think before all the stitch-n-bitch and glory that be to beautiful books such as that and the countless others on the market.. every NEW knitter needs to have these two books in their personal library. That being said they are such a quick easy read and just as quick to begin and apply use that it makes it impossible to not be interested in moving on to all the hip trendy wonderful resources out there.

This books has one other stand out feature.
The Sampler.sampler0002.jpg go ahead.. click it to see bigger!
This little ditty of design genius is the brain child of this book and really defines all the basic technique needed to create your own sweater. For that matter ANY knitted wearable. Well.. coat jacket shirt type wearable. Not sure how skirts etc would measure up to principles since this is a seamless sweater instruction course 🙂
Point being – the sampler really is the base on which you build.