some reading

Only two books were completed despite the very long weekend. I slept a good deal which was nice. I’ve made progress through many in the current reading stack.

Simple Knits with a Twist: Unique Projects for Creative Knitters by Erika Knight
I’ve probably already taken this one out several times and keep forgetting. It is an interesting look at using different materials. I see trends in the same materials and concepts over and over in all the knitting books. Each book is unique and that makes it useful but there are definitely trends across the publishers. I think anyway. What do I know? I don’t really care for much of it, but it was nice to see different uses for string to go with my sticks. I have a ball (or three) of kitchen twine which I’ll probably mix with an old pair of E’s jeans and see if I can make a kitchen mat. I’m going to have to go google rag balls. I know they are briefly discussed in MDK but I am ignorant if jeans can make a ragball or if they’d fray too much. I think it would look nice. [that said, E’s donating a blue cotton sweater which is just too big (always has been) i wish that there was a big stain on it so i could harvest the yarn but as it is in good condition so off it goes.]

Working Knowledge by Thomas H. Davenport
A recommended book for one of my courses. I enjoyed it more than the required one (Knowledge Unplugged: The McKinsey by Jurgen Kluge). This book discusses knowledge management and the culture that assists in nurturing it in organizations. Perhaps it’s the way the book was presented. Knowledge Unplugged is a small expensive ($50 retail) case study by McKinsey printed on glossy, thick, heavy paper with lots of semi-colorful diagrams and the text is formated in a largish sans-serifed font. My copy of Working Knowledge by contrast is more to the design of “regular books” fewer (if any) graphics and an easy to read serif font. The cost of the book fell in the “expected range” for a book of that size and pedigree.