This is going to be a quick post just to say that I picked up a couple of new books. These are _Knitting in Plain English_ and _Crocheting in Plain English_. From what I’ve read of both, there’s some overlap. But I ran across these two, earlier, and was impressed enough with what I read (and saw, in the diagrams), to pick the both of them up.
A full review will have to wait…I’m only on Chapter Five of KPE (and in CPE, I’m only far enough to have learned a new hook position which makes my fabrics softer). I decided to pick up KPE because I want to learn how to knit, and I needed a reference that was better than the free “Idiot’s Guide” lying around the house, which I’ve found not to be trustworthy.
I can name one instance where the diagrams in the latter are obviously wrong (though I only figured that out after going to knittinghelp.com)…I would be on the lookout for more errors, but I really don’t plan on going back to that book if I can help it.
Initially I thought that these two books were just to explain pattern terminology, but I do think now that they’re going to go far beyond that.
I’m continuing on the Flexi Cowl that I began a while ago (crochet). No pictures, yet. I really don’t know how it will turn out. This is the project where I changed hook position basically 1/3 of the way through the project, though having a perfect flat rectangle isn’t necessary for this pattern.
And, I began practicing garter stitch on my bamboo needles. (Which warped.) I’m thinking that when I do begin on the scarf that I want to make to familiarize myself with the knit stitch, that I should probably use an ombre (slow color-change) yarn, as versus a tweed (?). I mean by that, that there is a yarn which has two different colors to the plies, which I’d been planning on using for warmth…the problem is that the colors are both neutrals.
Ah, I don’t know. The tweed is cheap enough that I could easily make a stole. But there are other, prettier yarns out there. It’s not a question of function, so long as I keep to wool, but of economy and style, I suppose. The project could turn out looking pretty good as well as being functional. It would just likely be smaller.
Wow, I’m getting tired. I should get to bed.