Thursday, March 29, 2007

Watch out for Spellcheck

Something wacky happened with my post. So I'm going to try again and see if I can remember what I wrote. Maybe later today.

2 comments:

Jason said...

Hi Larry. If you are talking about your book review, it is still on the RSS feed. Let me know if you want me to email the content of that post to you. :-)

Lizz said...

I don't know if this helps but my bloglines came up with an incomplete post on your blog. So if this is your missing post maybe you won't have to rewrite all of it.

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Book review

By Larry

I've had these two books for a few weeks now andjust haven't taken the time to write about them. One of my erstwhile students sent me a gift certificate for Christmas and I held off using it until something came along that I really wanted.

I saw The Natural Knitter one night at our Thursday knitting group and knew right away that I wanted it. The other book, No Sheep for You I saw one day at Unraveled and kinda debated with myself if I wanted it. Since I had a little left over from the gift certificate after buying The Natural Knitter I decided to add a little money and get the second book. I'm glad I did.

Both books are chock-full of information about fibers, perhaps more than lots of folks want to know. But if you want to know where your fiber comes from, how its made and how to care for it, then these books are for you. And there are plenty of patterns in both books.

The Natural Knitter by the late Barbara Albright is probably the more serious, the patterns a bit more challenging, and it's more studious in its writing style, but still very readable. (I'm still working my way through all the chapters.) The designers are
pretty high profile. If I ever get around to it, I'll probably make the "Back Home in Vermont" man's sweater, designed by Marjorie Moureau, using yarn from stash rather than the Green Mountain Vermont Organic called for in the pattern. Not that I wouldn't like the Vermont Organic but I do have a lot of similar yarn that's already bought and paid for. I'd like to make NorahGaughan's "Architectural Rib Pullover" but that's probably not going to happen. I think it's probably too bulky for Southern California and may not be flattering if you're not a rail.

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