Anticipation.

I’m not at all confident that I can go any significant amount of time without acquiring some knitting-related item. Last month, I bought sock yarn at the Fifth Stitch, and when Crafter’s Choice had just what I wanted, I joined and bought a stack of knitting books, including Knitting in the Old Way, Simple Socks Plain and Fancy, the Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, the Big Book of Knitting and The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques.

Even though I haven’t had time to digest all of that again (careful readers will remember that I’ve seen them all because I looked at them first through Interlibrary Loan), I just bought a copy of Knitting on the Road (it was on sale!)…and I recently got a copy of Vogue Knitting as a gift.

What can I say? I read a lot before I started knitting, and I’m still a big reader. I just have to be careful that reading about knitting doesn’t cut into my actual knitting time too much. Apparently, I’m still managing to make some progress: here is the first half of my first short-row heel using the Magic Loop and Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ technique from Priscilla’s Dream Socks (IK, summer 2000) plus some well-timed help from Michelle (thank you!). Also? The Cabled Rib sweater first sighted in the last entry is several twists longer. I’m sorry for the poor photo quality – we’re having technical difficulty here at Knit One, Purl Too, caused in part by Daylight Savings Time (I cannot be the only person who considers “fall back” day my personal holiday – I get to sleep an extra hour!).

As far as acquiring things, can I just say right now that I’m a little afraid of the KnitFest marketplace? It looks like it’s going to be a bigger deal than I thought; more vendors, more stuff. I’m a little worried that I won’t be able to resist something really cool and I’ll become one of those knitters who has to sneak things into the house. I’m looking around every day for things I can sell to fund potential purchases. Who knows what I’ll find? I have to be prepared!

I’m also tempted to take my copy of Knitting on the Road to ask Nancy Bush to autograph it after my steeking class Friday morning. Yes, I’m getting up before dawn so I can take a class with Nancy Bush – and I’m prepared to behave like a groupie too. (I love your work, Nancy! Call me!). Friday is going to be ten kinds of fun.

5 thoughts on “Anticipation.

  1. Jaimi

    I’m blaming you for the fact that I’m perusing the Crafter’s Choice website YET AGAIN and actually adding things to my cart.

    I’ve been toying with the idea of Knitting On The Road…where did you find it on sale? Chain store or somewhere local?

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  2. Lorie

    Donna,
    Where are you at? I’m in Defiance, 5 whole blocks from the Fifth Stitch; have I met you?
    Sounds like Knitfest was great, even though I wasn’t feeling upp to it at the time; I won’t miss the next one!!!
    Lorie

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  3. Sharon

    It sounds like you took full advantage of the Knitfest shopping opportunity. So is this yarn diet you’re talking about purely hypothetical, or are you really going to go cold turkey for a few months? It always sounds so sensible when you explain the advantages…but the reality is sooooooo painful to contemplate. 🙂

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  4. Donna

    Oh, it’s real, Sharon! I decided to go cold turkey (bye, Elann Peruvian Highland Wool – sniff!) because even a cursory examination of my buying habits revealed that I was accumulating faster than I could use, *and* I was not really using my current knitting projects to further develop my technique, just rushing through them. Mistakes are okay (after all, there is the “galloping horse” rule), but when they keep you from becoming a better knitter, it’s time to YNBA. Besides, I really, really want to finish a sweater.

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  5. Tsan

    Hi:
    I love the Priscilla’s Dream Socks pattern. I loaned it to someone and they never gave it back to me. I’m heartbroken, because I tried to order a back -issue from IK and they don’t have it. Do you think you might find it in your heart to fax it to me. It’s the best sock pattern I’ve ever had. 510-295-2401. I’m happy to pay you. (nice blog).,

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