September 13, 2011
First order of business is to announce the winners of our drawing for copies of Wendy Knits Lace:
But guess what? Last week I received two giveaway copies of another new book, Ten Secrets of the Laid Back Knitters: A Guide to Holistic Knitting, Yarn and Life by Vicki Steifel and Lisa Souza. So, with thanks to Vicki and Lisa, I’m adding those to the giveaway fiesta.
I think of myself as a pretty laid back knitter. Much of the time, I’m actually reclining. Anxiety may get its bony grasp on other aspects of life, but never the knitting. I cast it on, I rip it out, I leave it in a plastic bag until chanterelles sprout and babies get learner’s permits–without a care. So, I wondered, what is my secret? I spent Sunday morning with this fun book, and found out. Now, there are 10 secrets in this book. I don’t think the authors would appreciate it if I gave them all away. I will just highlight my personal favorite, Secret #4: Take the Color Leap of Faith. Every time I’m in a knitting store, I see somebody who is actually stressed out about choosing the color for their project, and needs a leap of faith. This book can help.
SO, I drew six names instead of four:
1. Joanne F. (artsy-knit)
2. Vicki (skywark)
3. Wool Free and Lovin’ Knit
5. Joyce (joyceetta)
I’ve emailed the winners, so if you see your name here, check your email.
Knitting as Housecleaning
Laid back as I am, I have my limits. Lately I’ve been tripping over the WIPs. I can’t sit all the way back in the bedroom chair because it has so many needle-trailing blankets hanging over the back. A one-armed pullover on the windowsill has actual dust on it; I had to vacuum it. (Heloise hint: when vacuuming old knitting, turn down the suction. You knew that, right?) So, I’m embarking on a bunch of finishing up, NOT because I’m not laid back–I’m laid back, I tell you! SO LAID BACK!–but because the time has come.
I’m adapting a method that is prescribed for getting out of debt: tackle the smaller ones first, to get some momentum going early. So, first up is the boy’s sweater, which has been one sleeve short of wearable for a year or more. Next up, 5 big blankets (one of which I’m calling a “shawl” because it sounds smaller than a blanket). Not kidding. Five. That is a level of garter stitch debt that could paralyze the Government. Stay tuned. If I cast on anything new, smack me with a copy of 10 Secrets of the Laid Back Knitters.
P.S. Scroll down to Ann’s post from earlier today for BREAKING NEWS.