My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Knitting the Threads of Time

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I received a review copy of Knitting the Threads of Time by Nora Murphy a few weeks ago, and just found time to read it this week.

This was a very enjoyable read. The author, a mom to two sons who lives in Minnesota, is asked by her younger son to knit him a sweater. The book chronicles in detail the creation of that sweater, from going to the yarn shop to pick out yarn and pattern, to the completion and wearing of the sweater.

Along the way, Murphy talks about cultures and traditions associated with textile creation throughout the ages and draws parallels between her knitting experience and the experiences of women throughout time. It was quite a pleasant little history lesson for me, without being dry or pedantic.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the play-by-play commentary on the sweater that the author is knitting. She was new to sweater knitting, and it was fun for me to guess what pitfalls she would find in the process, particularly because her son chose a rather challenging pattern.

It was a good read, very well-written. Who’d like to read it next?

Leave a comment to this entry if you’d like to receive my copy and the random number generator will select a winner tomorrow (that’s February 26) afternoon.

Needles!

Thanks for weighing in with your experiences with the Kollage square needles. Based on your comments, I think I’ll wait until I have the opportunity to see them in person (in person? in needle?) before I plunk down the bucks for some.

I did, however, order a couple of Addi Turbos in the 20″ length, based on Annette’s comment that the 20-inchers have a shorter needle than the 24-inchers, and are easier to manipulate. I’ll be sure to report back when I get them. I’ve got scads of 24-inchers but nary a 20-incher.

I ordered them, by the way, from Angelika’s Yarn Store. Just wanted to tell you thatย  because I always get great service and super speedy shipping from Angelika’s. The store is located in Oregon, so it always surprises me how quickly my order gets to me here on the East Coast via priority mail. Now watch — I bet I’ve shot myself in the foot on that one. The postal service will probably lose my package. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And that was a nice segue into my postal rant. What the heck is going on with the postal service? I have had priority mail packages (with tracking and delivery confirmation) sent to me in the past few months that have taken ages to reach me.ย  One from New York to me that took five days. One from Mississippi that took 9 days. (And the person who sent that one sent me something later first class that took 2 days.) And one from North Carolina that was mailed February 2 that still has not reached me.

There. I feel better. But I still want my package that was mailed on February 2.

The Perfume Quest

This week I have tested some Boucheron perfumes (Jaipur Saphire, Trouble, Miss Boucheron) and Amouage Dia. They are all nice, but none of them make me go “Wow!” so I’ll keep looking and testing.

Want to know a great site for buying perfume samples? The Perfumed Court.

It can be addictive. Be afraid.

Lucy Sez:

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“My favorite scent is eau de poulet.

Comments

  1. I’d love the chance to read the book–thanks!

    caths last blog post..Lace

  2. ps–my current purfume of choice is Lovely (Sarah Jessica Parker)

    caths last blog post..Lace

  3. You are so good with the giving away of stuff!! Count me in! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Danieles last blog post..New Babies and Baby Knitting….

  4. Am I too late?? I’d love to have the random number generator pick me!
    On a postal note, at work we receive packages from USPS, FedEx and UPS– lots of packages on a regular basis. I noticed that somebody sent their package by Parcel Post and it took one day to get here from clear across the state!! The priority mail packages took longer. Go figure!

  5. Dr. Jackie says:

    Of course…I would love a new book to read! Thanks for the offer…

  6. Ohhh….. would love to read that book. Please sign me up for drawing. *cross fingers*

    Susans last blog post..My Kimbo

  7. I’d be interested in reading that book, sign me up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kates last blog post..Marie

  8. Having not yet knit a sweater, that does sound like a good thing to read before embarking on that journey ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll have to put it on my (ever so long) “to read” list ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  9. Linda Johnson says:

    Would love to win your latest book offer – since I am a Minnesotan! Thanks for sharing!

  10. There’s nothing like a good book…count me in, please.

    Barbara-Kays last blog post..And the nominations areโ€ฆ

  11. Joan in WA says:

    Sounds like a book I’d enjoy… please toss in my lucky number.

  12. Put my name into the pot, please!

  13. I like the perfume selection at Sephora. If you ask they will give or make you a sample. Thinking of trying the new Calvin Klien Euphoria.

  14. I’d love to receive a copy of the book! I just bought some of the Hiya needles – I think they are great!

  15. I would love to win the book! I am looking for a good read!

  16. Oh, I hope I’m not too late for the book drawing.

  17. I’d also love the book! We’re in temporary housing right now and all that seems to be handy are science fiction! Mind you, I enjoy sci-fi, but not a full time diet of it. And of course, we’re having to budget the extras right now – temporary housing is a more expensive way to live!

    Good luck with the perfume hunt. I agree with you about too much perfume – someone has to be standing close to get a whiff and I like it that way!

    I’m currently using the Kollage square knittings – they are double points (size 1) and they are metal. I love them! Wonderfully sharp, greate stitches come off I have one pair of circulars (size 5) to try out soon.

  18. I would love to win the book…would you send it all the way up to the Maritimes?

    Shelleys last blog post..My eco-green-organic Children

  19. I would love to have this book, esp since today is my birthday!!!

  20. Sounds like a good book. I’m going to look for it at the library (if I don’t win that is…).

  21. I’d love to read this book! I promise to keep my kitty, Miss Madeline, by my side while I do!!

  22. I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’d love to read it!

  23. Jane in PA says:

    Yes, I’d like the book. I need to practice my knitting while reading skills (or is it reading while knitting?)

  24. Sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for offering it up!

    Marjis last blog post..Weekend Update

  25. That sounds like a very interesting read

  26. oooh, book!

  27. Am I too late? I would love to read this. Thanks, Debbie

  28. I would love a chance to win the book. I love books about knitting and history.

    BreannaSs last blog post..Inspiration in Winter

  29. That would be such a great book to read. Knitting is such a great connection! Books, yarn and cats – all have large places in our home!!
    Please put my name in as well.

  30. Maybe it’s too late, but I’d love a shot at the book. Thanks for constantly updating your site. – Kathy