Recently, Lynn Barr published a lovely book called Reversible Knitting: 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns. Like many yummy new books, it has a blog tour. On that tour was a post from Grumperina, which included a review, and... a pointer over to the place where Melanie Falick was offering up a wee contest. All one had to do was comment (like that's hard for someone as verbally -- well -- effusive -- as I am to do),and vote for a preference for the book cover, and one had the chance to win a copy of the book.
You know what happens next, right? I read, I voted (my choice didn't win) and I commented, I went about my business... and way back at the Winter Solstice, I learned that I WON!! (I was a tad busy at the time, and blogged about other things).
Yesterday, my copy arrived in the mail! I love me some pick-me-ups after hard days. And though I didn't spend too much time whining about it, my hip was giving me fits yesterday.
Today, I have this:
This book has disclosed to me that there is a certain amount of fuddy duddy-ness that has taken over my brain. There's a pattern for a two-tone vest in there that I actually quite like, but which, at least in my no-longer-in-high-school opinion, becomes nothing but trashy when worn backwards (an option that they propose on page 100, and which you can see in the gallery for the book).
However, there are other things in here which I find quite delightful. Particularly the stitch patterns. I will be browsing heavily. It may not hold anything that I wind up knitting, but it has lots of fun ideas that I'm likely to use as springboards.
Meanwhile, I'm helping a friend design a hooded scarf. Yesterday, we fiddled about, chose the cables she wants to use, and charted the tails. She's off swatching/knitting a tail, and when she's done, we'll have a go at implementing my secret plan for the hood itself. (Row gauge is about to be seriously relevant.)