Last week I picked up a copy of Lace Style and IK's Favorite Socks from Julie at Knit and Pearl, my very local yarn store. It seems, upon reading various blogs, that everyone loves Favorite Socks, but have differing opinions on how they liked Lace Style in particular. I have to say, I absolutely love both books. I usually won't buy a pattern book unless there's at least two or three items I would knit out of it. These, for me, are each full of ample patterns in differing degrees of difficulty, and I've been poring over them, trying to soak up as much visual and technical stimulation as time will allow.
Also, big kudos go out to Eunny Jang on her appointment as editor of IK. This little item of news also seems to be on the radar of knitting blogland and quite controversial. She's young, yes, but that doesn't mean she's incompetent. I think IK was very forward thinking in realizing that a large part of their consumers are surfing and blogging on the World Wide Web and that they recognize that ever-growing group as a large segment of their sales. For them to reach out to that segment with one of our very own is validating the knit blog community as a whole. If not for blogging, I never would have come across Eunny Jang at all, and I'm all for giving her an opportunity to show her mettle. Hopefully, she'll return the format to the way it was formerly.
Knit Picks Heading: "Legwarmers Are Back in Fashion." Really? My very first knitting project in the mid 1980s was a pair of ribbed Classic Elite mohair leggings in pale blue. I don't care what IK Lace Stye says, I don't care what Knit Picks says, I'm NOT going back. One reason is it intimates that I'd have to wear leggings, and if that's where fashion is going, I'll just have to jump off that bandwagon. I'll leave them for the younger, hipper knitsters who can pull off the look. After all, I'm just barely getting used to fingerless mittens.
Oh, update on the stash. I finished my inventory, and while I do have a lot of sock yarn that I purchased last year, the rest of my stash isn't as overwhelmingly, panic-stricken, what-have-I-done huge as I thought it was. I reorganized, pulled out some orphans that I know I will never use, and I actually have an empty drawer! I'm still assembling it for sale or give-away, and my LYS is going to be having a swap/give-away Sunday coming soon, so I'm hoping I can make it to that.
On an ending note, this is Ms. Kitty, one of three wild cats we feed on our back deck. We thought we had one to feed, and then she brought her two young cats with her one day. She's slowly warming up to us and letting us get closer, but not too close yet. She was abandoned by a family that moved, (which don't even start me up on that!) so she's somewhat tame, but her babies,I think,are wild.