Last Friday evening, Greta emailed me to report that she bought my book at Borders that day. Imagine my excitement at hearing that! My publisher had told me that stores will often put the books out on the shelf as soon as they receive them (Harry Potter this ain’t) but having solid evidence of this left me feeling giddy.
L-B found my book in her local Borders on Saturday, and Keiko left a comment yesterday, reporting buying it as well.
Then today, Jun Miyamoto in Tokyo (the same wonderful knitter who sent me lovely gifts from Japan a while back — documented in this blog entry, where I incorrectly identified the cone of cashmere yarn as wool — it’s cashmere, baby!) emailed me to tell me that the copy she had ordered has arrived! In Japan. Now I really feel woozy! Even though I’ve had my advance copies in my hot little hands for a couple of weeks now, I don’t think it really hit me that it’s a real book until now.
I might need to lie down.
Lucy, on the other hand, is busy reading her copy.
I have actually made some good progress on Kerry — see?
That’s the second sleeve in progress. Woo-hoo!
I am thinking about doing an aran sweater in 75% cotton/25% acrylic. I have always thought that cotton would be too heavy for this kind of sweater, so I’m wondering what, in your vast experience, you think of cotton for Arans. (thinking about Kerry and all)
Cotton can make for a pretty heavy sweater, if it is heavier than fingering weight! Kerry is not a lightweight sweater, but I don’t think it will be unbearably heavy, either. The yarn is 60-40 cotton/microfiber, so while it is heavy worsted weight, it’s not an extremely heavy yarn.
A couple of you commented about snapping rosewood dpns. I did forget to mention that I snapped one of my size 0 rosewood needles last week. But, I had bought a second set of them to use as spares.
Yep, you have to be really careful with these needles — they are pretty fragile. Though I think the snapping of my needle was totally my fault — it happened while I was picking up a stitch and I was careless and bent the needle a little. These needles have been stuffed in my purse every day for the trip to and from work and have survived that with no problem. But I do stuff them in my purse carefully!
I made a little more progress on the alpaca sock.
Are you worried about the new alpaca/nylon yarn having enough memory/elasticity for socks?
Well, we’ll see.
I plan to do the leg in feather and fan because I think that’ll add some stability. Stay tuned. Film at eleven!