pile to the sky

i left some at the libraryI did leave some books at the various libraries I frequent, I promise! This pile represents just a few of the books I’ve been reading and in many cases rereading.

I finished “reading” and learning Shoftim (Judges) yesterday. I have a few passages marked which I need to reread to better understand, but I am proud that I’ve “learnt” both Joshua and Judges. For publications, I do like some of what Artscroll does, especially since they include various maps (which really help with the battles in Joshua), but I prefer Judaica Press for layout.

I read several fibrey books, the new 101 Designer one-skein Wonders which is nice but I guess I’m jaded that many of the patterns start to look the same to me and it doesn’t help me figure out what to do with my one-skeins… though I bet if I looked through the patterns in Ravelry my inspiration level would be completely different. Andean Inspired Knits by Helen Hamann is beautiful and colourful, even though few of the patterns appeal to me (I do like the two circular cardigans). The pages of textile history were the most interesting.

[I must confess that I’m writing this while we are “watching” (it’s background noise) the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.. it’s pathetic but quite cute.]

I wish to understand more about textile design and fit, and thus borrowed Lily Chin’s Couture Crochet workshop. She doesn’t disappoint in the book, but I have found I learned more about fit with my Threads magazines. I found the obviousness of the various techniques discussed quickly were lost in the provided designs. While I was flipping through, E had a few comments that “that’s not bad” and I agree! Maybe come May…

I don’t feel I’ve read through enough of any of the other items in the piles to comment more.

Writing is going slow, but I have a better idea where I want to go and some sort of semblance of a plan of how to get there, so we’ll see what happens. Also, the kitchen floor is completed (as are my fingerless mitts) E is cutting moulding while I attempt to complete some work.

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One Reply to “pile to the sky”

  1. I know what you mean about the one-skein suggestions in the books. They do all look the same! I just bought two mitten books because not only do I want to knit them, but I want to know their history and feel the connection… especially to the Latvians, since part of my family was Latvian.

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