Sorta bored with Mermaid now, and I’m just about at the halfway mark with it. Perhaps if the weather ever gets actually cold enough so I have a chance of wearing it . . .
But we’ve had some dramatic weather changes today. A — dare I say it? — cold front coming through. I photographed the sky three times, just about an hour apart each time:
(Like the reflection of the ceiling lights in the window?)
But — back to knitting.
Do you all go through these periods of knitting malaise? I usually don’t, but the older I get, the crankier I get (if it is indeed possible for me to get crankier), and some of that crankiness rubs off on my knitting.
Here I am — mid-gusset!
But you never know. I may wake up tomorrow and think: “Oooh, neato! I get to knit miles of garter-stitch! Neato! Neato!”
Though, for the record, I almost never think or say “Neato.”
While mid-gusset, I was drawn inexplicably towards the spinning wheel. Well, actually, there’s a good explanation. This:
This is Australian wool, hand-dyed by Kathy of Holly Spring Homespun. You can see why I was drawn to it, can’t you? What fabulous colors.
So I did a bit of spinning:
And here is the supervisor, sitting where she usually does while I spin:
Yes, that is the chair I sit in while spinning. As soon as I sit down, Lucy jumps up and wedges herself in-between me and the back of the chair. Who needs a heating pad?
So . . . let’s address a comments question, shall we?
Christina asked a good one:
I have a question unrelated to this post but infinately related to your career as a knitter. Could you tell me why Alice Starmore books are so expensive, and why so many of them are out-of-print? I am eager to build my library of knitting books and would enjoy her books warming my shelves, yet I cannot part with $110+ for one book. Any hints? Is is OK to copy patterns from library books for personal use? Thank you!
Ingrid offered an answer:
I think I can answer the question about the AS books. Knitting books, as much as we love them, aren’t generally a mass-market commodity. They tend to have small print runs and therefore cost more to produce per book. Then, as they go out of print, the prices are high because they have a consistent, yet small, fan base that wants them year after year. If I am not mistaken, there is a out-of-print Barbara Walker book that goes for hundreds of dollars.
(Aside: Pretty slick of me using reader comments to write my blog entry, doncha think?)
Ingrid is correct, I believe, in that knitting books for the most part are done in small print runs and go out of print quickly.
Why are the Starmore books so popular? The Fair Isle knitting book and the Aran knitting book both are great technical resources, so they are, in my opinion, rightly in high demand. But some of her earlier out-of-print books that are so expensive are (forgive me, Alice) not fabulous. I’ve got both Knitting From the British Isles and Scandinavian Knitwear and I don’t think they are worth the exhorbitant prices I see them going for as used books on Amazon.com. Just my opinion. Just sayin’.
On to the second part of Christine’s question — Is is OK to copy patterns from library books for personal use?
I did some searching, and found this answer on the Girl From Auntie’s site.
By the way, there’s an excellent article by the same individual on copyright and knitters in the Knitty archives here.
Thank you for all the kind comments about the book cover. I quite like it and I’m glad that you do too!
I had absolutely nothing to do with the design — I was sent a preliminary design a few weeks ago that was very similar to the finished cover. I offered some minor suggestions that the publisher kindly incorporated and voila! Finished design.
I know not what yarns those are, nor from whence they came. But they sure are purty, ain’t they?
There’s a nice review of the Knitter’s Review Retreat here. Kindly note that L-B and I are mentioned and photographed as two separate, distinct people.
Or are we? There’s always Photoshop . . .
Okay. Back to Mermaid. Have a good weekend!