I know back-to-school is old news in Nashville, but up here in lazy town, we are still milking summer for all it’s worth. The kids go back to school next week. It’s been so long they need a refresher on What Is This “School” Of Which You Speak, And Why Do I Need A Haircut For It?
Good news, Joseph’s Back to School Sweater is done! Yes, I started it for Back to School 2009. Shut up.
Luckily, Cristina Bernardi Shiffman’s wonderful Mr. Boy pullover is knit from the top down, so it was easy to add length to the sleeves and body, and the deep slip-stitch rib expands and contracts to accommodate pretty much any boyish frame. It fits! He promised to let me take pictures of it on him. We’ll see how that goes. The yarn is Rowan All Seasons Cotton, which I love as much as ever. I cannot think of any other yarn with acrylic in it that is truly worth the knitting time, but ASC is a pleasure.
And in other news, beautiful books have been piling up around here. So, it’s time to give some away. Contest! I.e., random drawing!
First up is a charming little book, Sasha’s Sweet 16 Secrets to Long Life.
I have known Tina Ravitz since 1981 (we were infants). Tina is an animal lover and professional pet photographer. In 2009, when Tina’s beloved cat Sasha turned 16, Tina threw her a party. (As you do.) (It was her Cat Mitzvah.) (Sorry.) As a party favor, Tina handed out Sasha’s secrets of longevity, and afterwards people kept asking her for more copies. Sasha, it seems, was the long-lost feline child of Jane Fonda and Dr. Nicholas Perricone. When Tina told me she had turned Sasha’s tips into an illustrated book, I startled everyone in the coffee shop by screaming, “KNITTERS LOVE CATS! YOU HAVE TO LET ME GIVE ONE AWAY!” It’s a sweet, sweet book. If you don’t win a copy, you can get one from Tina.
I’m hoping Tina’s next title is THERE’S SOMEONE AT THE DOOR: Top 10 Seemingly Harmless Things Terriers Must Destroy Before They Kill Us All, by Olive Bergmann as told to Everybody, All the Time.
Next we have two copies of Bead Crochet Jewelry, by Bert Rachel Freed and Dana Elizabeth Freed.
With the help of my enthusiastic and multi-craftual knitting buddy Sara Sprung, I’ve actually tested this one out, and was amazed at how quickly a beautiful rope of crocheted beads can come together, and at all the gorgeous things it is possible to make. When Sara came by to teach me, she brought “a few beads”:
Sara just started with the bead crochet. I’m scared to think about her yarn stash. People reading this who know Sara, can I get a what-what? Sara has converted more nonknitters to knitting, and more non-beaders to beaders, than anybody else on the island of Manhattan. Of this I am certain. If you are dropping your kid off at the camp bus, Sara is the mom whose MadTosh poncho matches her dog Meringue’s coat. At 7:30 in the morning.
Third, our first knitting e-book giveaway, just in time for Scarf Season 2012:
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues, by Audrey Knight.
This is the one that I really have to make: Woven Dots. Doesn’t that look like the perfect unisex scarf for the Red Scarf Project? Or for your own neck?
(This book is a PDF; the winner can opt to receive via Ravelry library or email.)
And finally (for today), a book that is sure to be a cult classic in the rarified world of knitting botanically correct flowers: Noni Flowers, by Nora J. Bellows. The flowers are mind-bogglingly real. If you’re looking for reliable instructions for knitting up a bouquet of asmina triloba (Pawpaw Blossom, duh!), this is your resource. It’s also a stunning book to look at, exquisitely photographed. The knitterly urge to figure out how to knit anything and everything never ceases to surprise and delight me. What next, Noni Fungi? I am not even kidding; it would be cool.
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment to this post, with a tip for longevity. It can be serious, or you can just make it up. I’ll close down the comments at noon (New York Time) on Monday, September 3, crank up ye old random generator to pick winners, and announce them here on Tuesday, September 4.
Happy holiday to those in the Labor Day zone, and happy weekend to all!