Just because I'm destashing yarn doesn't mean the weaving room and library are stagnant. Heavens no! My list of things to add to the knitting and weaving books is constantly being lengthened. A day of rest quite often means perusing my titles and dragging many books from my library out and day dreaming about doing this and that.
Anyway, during my trip back east I looked high and low for some toy knitting books. I have so much "scrap" yarn left over from both knitting and weaving projects I thought it a good way to use some of it up. The whole of New England must have given toy knitting books for the holidays and not a SINGLE one on my list of two could be found. It wasn't until I got back and tucked into my own LYS that I found them both. Oh click my heels there really is no place like home! Titles added are:
itty-bitty toys by Susan Anderson
Toy Knits by Debbie Bliss
and a new Charlene Schurch sock book jumped into the recent pile too: Sock Club.
Some really nice challenging sock patterns in this one.
Of course I also found a weaving book last summer at Loom With A View in Newburyport that I kicked myself for not picking up at the time. My Dad had some yarn on order that came in while I was visiting and he felt good enough one day for a quick drive out there. Betsy didn't have the book in stock but could order it and have it shipped to OR. So that's what we did. It is:
Zati The Art of Weaving a Life by Susan Barrett Merrill
Now Leigh over at 5 Acres & a Dream is 100% responsible for the next purchase. I have whined for years that finding a suitable book for our funky little mountain micro climate is impossible, but not any more. Her blog and suggestions of places to look sent me on a thorough scan at Amazon which yielded:
A book that covers our short growing seasons and higher elevations. Now I know we aren't in CA but we share the end of our mountain range and we are only 20 miles from the CA border, if that. Our climate is MUCH more like Yreka than it is Portland or Bend. I am doing a happy dance over this book. It is a self published book, spiral bound and with laminated covers and good readable print and drawings. It addresses just about all our problems.
Finally, I would like to direct you to the cart all the books are on.
Hannah ( Louet Hollandia) loom has no shelf, nor a very big bench. (The bench BTW is an AVL . Thanks to Dawn for that information!) So, I am without a place to put my shuttles and bobbins and the usual necessary debris that collects in a castle shelf. I was on the lookout for some kind of cheapy plastic thing but walked into our local Bi-Mart and there, assembled, with a big sign saying last one, hugely marked down to $19.97 was this lovely little reasonably well made rolling wood cart. Score!
The bonus is when it's not in use, it rolls nicely under my little work table and doesn't take up floor space.
I hope everyone is having a delightful Valentines Day, spent with the one you love doing just what you want to be doing!