spherey, knitting books galore!

I had one other holiday knitting project, Spherey from Jess Hutchison's unusual knitted toys booklet. I added the hair on top because he looked a bit turnip-y to me and Lisa agreed and suggested hair. Good suggestion, Lisa! I made him for Stefan's stocking. When Niels saw him, he said, "you made this!" and I said that Santa asked me to make it. I don't know if he bought it. So far Stefan is completely and utterly not interested in poor Spherey.

In other knitting news, my family practically cleared out my Amazon wishlist of knitting books, and Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers which is a wonderful book. I loved the giant board book format also.

I have several projects in mind already from these books. When I get back to working on it, the wrap sweater from last spring's Interweave Knits will get top down set-in sleeves, thanks to Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top. So many plans! So little yarn time!

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cat bordhi

I dropped by Purlescence today and picked up a copy of Cat Bordhi's new book. The only reason I am not knitting one of the tiny test socks right now is that the needles I need all seem to be in other projects. I really like the way this book is laid out, with notes in yellow boxes so they are easy to find. I also like that she gives you a couple of patterns following the same "sockitecture," as she calls it, but then gives you the master pattern as well so you can easily modify them to your liking. I am looking forward to the other books in this series (I believe there will be three) and I haven't even knit anything from this one yet! I may be displacing my desire to buy yarn into a desire to buy knitting books.

Anyway, I have at least three socks picked out that I want to make once the needles are available, as well as a jar full of sock yarn that needs some attention.

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