The Naming Of Octavius
Edguy – “Return to the Tribe”
I received a knitting book in the mail today. I ordered it from Amazon.com Marketplace because it came highly recommended and I managed to find it for $1.60. It’s called Knitting Without Tears, and I think it’s wonderful. The author (Elizabeth Zimmerman, I believe) has this wonderful, light-hearted, informal tone that makes the book easy to read and there’s a lot of great tips. She has a bunch of patterns for basic sweaters, hats, mittens, and socks and gives examples of how you should determine your stitch count based on your gauge and the size of the object you’re knitting. It was totally worth $1.60.
On a related note, I have decided to name my knitted pig Octavius, as he has eight sides. I crack myself up sometimes.
I wish I had more time to be crafty. I learned to embroider once – my grandmother taught me how – and I’ve recently found some adorable fat-headed birds I desperately want to embroider onto a pillowcase but I DON’T HAVE TIME and it depresses me. I long for the day when I can just hang out and embroider fat-headed birds onto pillowcases at my leisure and have time to finish a knitted scarf before the next millenium.
Meggan, you’ll really enjoy the book. I’m glad to see, read that you’re still knitting – love the stats of the scarf and slippers. KNitting is such a different mental process and of course tactile – you can feel it at the end of a couple of hours the progress – unlike sitting at the computer doing wonderful things, but can’t hold it. Enjoy!!!