Knitting and I go together like peas and candy

April 10, 2006

I have not been starting any other projects. No excuse for this. Well one good excuse depending on the way you look at it. I’m trying to finish all of the scarves that I have on my needles. All of them. Meaning no more new projects until I have finished the scarves…and no more yarn. Yes, I know you have heard that one before. Many times. From many people. I’ll let you know when I fail completely and show you pictures of the new yarn I buy. That being said, notice I said nothing about buying new knitting books.

Not that I have a problem buying new knitting books. I only own a few…I own Stitch and Bitch: A Knitters Handbook and Stitch and Bitch Nation as well as Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. I will be getting Stitch and Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker soon. I have flipped through a few knitting and crochet books and I have to say that Annie Modesitt and Debbie Stroller speak in a language that I can understand. They both have things in their book that no other book has and VERY easy to follow directions. Great for a new knitter.

So I went down to my Aunt’s birthday in Concord, CA for dinner at Benihanas. The food was good, the service was fast and the guys at the other table were drunk and obnoxious, but we tried to ignore them.

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The chef worked so fast, this was the best picture I got of him. Check out the onion volcano.

After the dinner, I asked my mom if she wanted to go to the book store and away we went to look through the knitting and crochet book…mom crochets. But of course we spent the time making fun of a lot of the books and laughing like we were high. We found at least four “knitting for your dog” books. Funny how there were no “knitting for your cat” books. My cats would TOTALLY love a sweater like this. Oh well.

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A dog sweater that any dog would want to tear off their body, but still look damn cute in.

I didn’t buy a dog knitting book, but Knitting for Dogs seems to have a lot of cute patterns in it.

I did find two books to take home. The first one was on sale for five bucks. I did not read through it much before I got it…just saw some of the stitches that I wanted to try. It gave me some ideas at least and it was cheap. Not for the new knitter though. The directions are not very good. I wish I had read through it better at the store. I might not have bought it. It’s called The Knitting Directory.

The one I loved was The Knitting Answer Book and it was worth the buy. You have a question? It’s in here. I can’t rave about this book enough. I had no idea there were more then five ways to cast on…there are. This book is awesome.

I always go to the children’s section to see the children’s books and sometimes get them for my classroom. I don’t go to book stores a lot so I don’t know if this just came out or if it has been out for years, but it was just too cute to ignore.

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Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

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Hey, I don’t like to eat peas…I totally understand why ‘Little Pea’ has the long face.

And yes, it is still raining. I went back to San Francisco anyways and got this cool shot from Fort Point by the Golden Gate.

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Behind me people were surfing and when I say surfing I really mean they were sitting on their boards because the waves were too rough

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