Tuesday, August 19, 2008

More Knitting Books (And Another Contest!)

Egads, two blog posts in a row! Here are my thoughts on the other knitting books that I purchased from Knitpicks recently.

A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi is a bit of a liberating book. I’ve spent all this time trying not to get a twist in my yarn when joining and working in the round. This book is all about Moebius magic – that twist that you usually try and avoid. It is also all about fulling which I am becoming more and more interested in. There are some pretty cool projects in this book. If you like cats (are there any knitting bloggers that don’t like cats? I guess some people may be allergic…), there are cat beds and some fine cat beds they are. Some of the projects I’m most interested in are her felted bowls – there’s a Tri-fold Knitters Bowl that I’m dying to make. She has also added a chapter or two on some really pretty sling bags. I’m really pleased with this purchase too.

Now, before the rumours start flying, let’s talk about Expectant Little Knits: Chic Designs for Moms to Be by Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott. I am not pregnant therefore it is a bit of a mystery as to how this particular book made it to my book shelf. However, like I remember maternity clothes from the 1970s (aka the tents my mother wore), I was keen to see the types of maternity knitting that is available. This is a great book if you knit faster than, say, a nine month (yes, I know, it’s actually ten months) gestation period. The styles range from clingy and sexy to lovely, draped fabric. I particularly like the Goddess Tank (it's the first one on the right pages 1 - 4 if you click the 'view more images' tab from the book link above), the Cowl-Neck Nursing Sweater (aha! That could be one of the reasons I bought this book!), and Anne’s Tunic (top right pages 9 - 12 if you click the 'view more images' tab from the book link above). Any of these could be knit for the not-s0-pregnant knitter.

Check out Darcy's blog over at Darcy's Knotty Knitter. She has a gorgeous cable knitting necklace up for a contest prize (and they are also for sale if you don't win) and the deadline isn't until August 28th so you still have plenty of time to enter! And, please, send her some 'get well' thoughts. Darcy is feeling a little under the weather.

Today was another giant leap in my motherhood journey. Today was the first day that I had to fish a ‘what the hell is making that noise?’ out of the washing machine. My darling boy had added a plastic bowl to the mix…


Lydee said...

lol! yes, some of the things I've accidentally washed....!

Jen Taylor said...

Those sound like great books. I'll have to see if I can get copies from my local library.

Darcy said...

Awww thankyou so much for the healing words The virus I have is one of those you feel worse every day you have it and one of those lingering for a month ones from what I have heard and now my youngest daughter Athena age 2 is sick also.I had to force myself to go to work.It was nice to have a giggle about your washer my son put a whole brand new bar of soap down the tiolet when he was little had to get the toilet rotto rootered brings back memories.Hugs Darcy