29 April 2008

Get Thee to a Bookstore!

... or to your LYS, but you really, really need to buy this book, which is now available:

In the interest of full disclosure, I must say that the three people involved in this book - Lisa, Carol, and Laura - are friends of mine (Lisa taught me to knit, as a matter of fact). They are great, funny, smart women, who happen to be amazing knitters and designers as well.

So maybe I am prejudiced. Though not necessarily.

You see, I would be likely to buy their book no matter what, since I know and like each of them.

BUT - about two weeks ago, I stopped at Rosie's for something, and Lisa had her advance copy sitting on one of the tables. So I browsed through it while I was there, and I can truthfully say that even if I never had known that the three people involved had ever existed, I would be buying the book.

The designs are both interesting and modern-looking; there are different types of things, not only sweaters, or scarves, etc.; Interweave Press has made it a visually appealing book; the designs are ones that will not look weird or dated in five years or more, so though modern interpretations, they are classic ideas; and, I think the patterns will appeal to a broad range of knitters.

At this time, I don't know if there will be any parties or book signings in the Philadelphia area or anyplace to celebrate the book's publication, but whether or not there are, get thee to a book/yarn store, and treat yourself to a copy! I really think you'll be happy with it.

And speaking of books ...

I found out over the weekend that the Yarn Harlot will be at the Philadelphia Book Fair on Sunday, May 18! How cool is that? Sadly, I have already made a commitment to volunteer at another event on that day that doesn't end until 12 noon, right when her program begins. So I may not have the chance to see her, which is disappointing.

I was mentioning this to a knitting acquaintance, and she nearly had a coronary that I was not going to drop everything to go - "How can you put anything else ahead of such an opportunity?? Are you crazy??"

Now, let me say that I do enjoy Stephanie's blog, and I think it would be fun to go and hear her, and maybe even get to say hi in person. (Here I will also confess to never having read any of her books. Just have never gotten around to it. Oh the knitterly shame.) However, I made my other commitment a couple of months ago, and I'm not going to back out now. Like I said, I'm disappointed, but in the grand scheme of things I am likely to survive. And I sincerely doubt that no one else will show up ...

Also, speaking of that wacky Samuel Pepys ...

Oh, except I wasn't, was I? No matter, I saw a link in Paper Cuts to Pepys diary, now online. Take a look, it's really interesting. I don't know as much about Pepys as I probably should, but it is somehow reassuring to know that on April 29, 1665, he was hoping to get a better night's sleep, since he had "committed forty blotts and blurrs in my letter..." Some things never change, do they?


Carol said...

You are so sweet. In fact, I am so touched by your kind words that I will only charge you $25 instead of my usual $100 for an autograph.

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

You know, I was just saying to myself the other day, "Wonder what's up with that nut, Samuel Pepys?"

Thanks for helping me out.

Knitterary said...

I read parts of Pepys years ago. It is oddly soothing, but I still don't think I could've made it through the entire set.

If you only have time to read one of Stephanie's books, read the first one. It's funniest. The others are by turns funny and thoughtful, and are worth reading, but there's something very special about that first one (Yarn Harlot: Confessions of an Addict -- or something close to that title).

teabird said...

I can't read Pepys because his diary is so damned DULL compared to mine.

(The knitting book, on the other hand, looks very purchase-able.)

Lorette said...

The knitting book looks great! And I never made it through Pepys' diary either, but reading it as a daily blog is somehow very funny.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

The new knitting book looks very enticing. I am amused by your opinion that none of the designs are weird or will look dated. I don't know but is a poncho considered weird and/or dated now? I still like mine and am embarassed to say I still wear it! Steve surprised me with a Yarn Harlot book. I wouldn't have probably bought it for myself but I really enjoyed reading it.

mary said...

I intend to purchase Knit So Fine as I enjoy knitting with smaller needles and yarn so thanks for the good recommendation!

Carol said...

Already on order!

Lezlie said...

Knitting is so beautiful! Unfortunately, I only ever had the skills for crocheting. Knitting was too much for me! :-)


Donna said...

Thanks for the great knitting referenece. Some of the newish stuff now looks like a knitting nightmare. It's good to have an insight from someone who knows the authors.

I remember reading Pepys diary as an undergrad. I was too young to appreciate it at the time. Thanks for the reference there too.


Brigitte said...

Well, I'm sold! I will definitely be looking this book up - me and fine knits go well together.

You should be selling us on knitting stuff more often. Good for the economy.