It's been a rough couple of days, re-entering the work world after a two week break. DH has been sick and woke up with no voice this morning, all the while trying to insist that my malaise, congestion and sore throat I came home with last night was totally unrelated, probably a completely different virus out of the thousands out there, etc... of course most of those other viruses haven't been hanging around MY house the past week or so.
I was just about to say that today was a better day, upon returning home after dark from a hectic workday that included a new class I need to take one afternoon a month down in the 'big town', when I realized while unloading my groceries that DH's scrinch (those who use chainsaws will know what that is) had punctured the top of my brand new, giant bottle of liquid laundry soap on the twisty, turny drive home (Seventh Generation, I will be talking to you about why you would use a rugged plastic for the jug and a different, flimsy one for the cap, while promoting your environmental consciousness). Not only had over half of the soap seeped out on the 25+ mile trip home, but now the front passenger side of the truck will always smell like blue eucalyptus and lavender.... and on top of it, the washer load of towels I used in my attempts to mop up some of the suds created a sort of suds monster! At the end of the first cycle, I ran a second rinse without even bothering to look inside, then when I went to check just now, I found nothing but bubbles, though I think there are towels flattened against the walls of the washer somewhere in there... my washie may never be the same!
Since the days are so short and the time for a good post just hasn't arrived, I wanted to share a bit about two new knitting books I checked out of the library to peruse....
The first one is Inspired Fair Isle Knits: 20 Creative Designs Inspired by the Elements, by Fiona Ellis.
This book is very beautiful, and the designs are organized by the four seasons, with colorways to match... there is a strong element of the artistic in them and some may not seem of general interest, but there is also a wealth of information about stranded knitting, and several projects that only employ small bits of fair isle, for a yoke or sleeves, so that a beginning stranded knitter can start small. I like the ways that Ellis combined fair isle with cables, lace and felting (not in the same projects!)
I do really love the Glowing Women's Raglan Sweater, with a background of garnet, a zip front and a nice hoodie look... though I won't buy the whole book just to make that one sweater. However, if you have been wanting to give fair isle a try, peruse this book! It may be just what you need. I have some other general references, so will return this to the library....
The other book is The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters: A Knit-to-Fit Workshop by Lynne Vogel.
This book, by the same famous sisters who took on socks a few years back, is equally valuable, and also comes from the group's deep wealth of experience in making sweaters from their handspuns, where the yarn you produce yourself may not easily suit a pre-made pattern, which may also not suit your own body so well. I am enjoying the book, and may well add it to my collection, though I have done a lot of sweater designing in the past (from the time I discovered The Book of Progressive Knitting, written in the 1950s, at my local library back when I was a teen). I still rely on that book and on EZ's books for help when I want to design or alter a pattern, but I am really pleased to see this book in print and encouraging fledgling sweater designers!
I hope to be back in rare form again over the next few days, with a REAL post, including photos.... in the meantime, Happy Knitting!