The mail brought me two books today: Inspired Cable Knits and Knitting Rules. I'm really excited to dig into the them over the weekend (provided I get that dreaded paper done).
I've never attempted cables before, except for a little swatch that did turn out pretty well for a first try (if I do say so myself). There are some amazing patterns in here, and I can't wait to graduate so I can get some knitting time back in the schedule. I especially like the yoga bag (so very clever), the ripples in time baby sweater (now that's an heirloom), and the celtic icon (i'll have to be on a sabbatical to ever attempt it). It does have some of the knitting book photography that I hate: the soft focus on most of the garment, and only a little portion that's clearly in focus. Now, I like art and art photography probably more than the next person; but if I'm thinking of spending days of my life making one garment... yo: I want to see the whole thing in a clear focus. (This is not the only book that does this, and it's better than some that are obsessive about their new "style". I just don't like it.)
I also got Knitting Rules by the Yarn Harlot. (No photos, so there won't be a repeat of the rant above.) The first thing I flipped to in the book was the "Ten Reasons Not to Knit Socks" and it really tickled my fancy. Frankly, I think of those quite a bit myself. There's a lot more reading in here, so I haven't gotten to delve in as of yet. I'm certain that I'll enjoy it as much as I have Stephanie's previous two books.
I sent my mom to her reading in my hometown, because I was concerned that the turnout would be fairly paltry compared to her triumphs in the knitting hubs. Happily, Canton did pretty well. Was it the first time that an international book tour made a stop there? I imagine so.
Knitting this weekend? Probably not much. I messed up the Retro Rib heel already, so ripping will be next up.