Yesterday I promised you I’d be giving away something good today. Here you go:
This is the new book The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. The link takes you to the publisher’s website, where you can read a brief synopsis of this novel. (It’s being made into a movie starring Julia Roberts, as most of you probably already know).
I have four, count ‘em, four, copies to give away. If you’d like a copy, send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday March 4, and I’ll pick four of you at random to receive copies. Anyone with a mailing address on Planet Earth is welcome to enter the drawing.
I started reading this book as my lunchtime reading, and I’m enjoying it very much so far.
My usual lunchtime reading (while I knit on my current sock-in-progress) usually consists of mysteries. My current favorite mystery “series” are the Ian Rutledge mysteries by Charles Todd and the Inspector Banks mysteries by Peter Robinson. I’m also a huge fan of Robert Goddard’s mysteries. I think I’ve read all that Todd and Goddard have written so far, but I still have a few by Peter Robinson that I’ve not read yet. These are great books to read while knitting something mindless. The plots keep me entertained and my mind engaged so I happily knit away on the sock du jour.
Speaking of the sock . . .
Well, it seems to be regretting its tasteless behavior yesterday. In fact, it wouldn’t come out of the knitting bag for the longest time. Finally, I saw a toe peep out of the bag.
But then it just wanted to blend into the background. Can you find the sock-in-progress in this photo?
And speaking further of socks . . .
My local knit shop is having a “learn to knit socks” class that sounds interesting. However, all your commenters seem enthralled by your toe up socks, and this class is just the opposite. I’d like to learn the best way right off the bat. Any suggestions? Which should I start off with, any difference? And would I find your toe up pattern on this site?
I don’t think there is any best way. My advice would be to try both top down and toe up and see which one you like the best.
All my free patterns are linked to from my Knitting Gallery page, which in turn is linked to in the blog sidebar, over to the right.
Books for New Knitters
If you are a new or new-ish knitter, check out the comments to yesterday’s entry for excellent iideas for good books for your knitting library. Thanks to everyone who weighed in with an opinion.
Lately I’ve been getting comments from people who say they can’t find an email link on my blog. It’s in the sidebar — under the “My Knitting and Spinning Galleries” header it’s the last item in the list and it reads “Contact Me.” You do have to look for it, cuz there’s a lot of stuff in the sidebar!
Mojo or Lack Thereof
In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve lost my spinning mojo too. I’ve not touched my wheel since early January.
But I do continue to knit on Cromarty — a little each evening. See?
Someone asked if I turn to any other type of needlework when I lose interest in knitting. I used to — but not anymore. I used to be a fiend at counted cross-stitch, and as recently as 5 or 6 years ago had that as my work lunchtime project. The last cross-stitch project I did was a sampler of maritime signal flags that I had framed and gave to my dad for some Christmas or birthday. It was a pretty large project and I think it finally did me in, as I’ve not done any cross-stitch since then. Next time I’m at my parents’ house, I’ll take a picture of the sample, if I remember. I think my dad has it hanging in his study.
I’ve posted some of my cross-stitch pieces in the past. If you go to my February and March 2004 archives, you can see some of my stuff.
In the meantime, Lucy is nonplussed.
Why is Momma taking pictures of my feet?