Monday, October 15, 2007

When I'm Not Knitting... and Towels

I love knitting! As a matter of fact, I love everything about knitting. Love it so much in fact, that I even love reading about it, finding new patterns, checking for yarn sales, filling internet baskets with yarn I won't buy, blogging about knitting, and especially... I love Ravelry. I love standing in the middle of a yarn store and touching all the yarn. Actually I have amazing stamina for this particular activity. Oh, and books. I love knitting books and feel compelled to own them all. Then I can enjoy gazing at the patterns and virtually shopping for yarn for my favorite patterns that I'll probably never knit.

So armed with an Amazon gift certificate, I just received these...

The sock book is a given because you know how hard it is to find good sock patterns and new ideas! And Inspired Fair Isle Knits was obviously a must considering what a big fair isle knitter I am! I mean, I have yarn in my stash for both fair isle socks and mittens. I'm just a bit too intimidated to get started.

On a more serious note though, I have to give a thumbs up to both of these books.

I knew I really didn't need another sock book as I already have a list of patterns I want to knit as long as my arm, but I'm not at all sorry that I ordered Vogue Knitting's The Ultimate Sock Book. In addition to some great patterns, it has pages of stitch options and a great history of sock knitting.

I ordered Inspired Fair Isle Knits because I had noticed that it contained some less-intimidating looking patterns as well. Again, I was not disappointed. The book is gorgeous and does offer a great selection of patterns knit with a variety of fibers including cotton (which is good news for those of us in warmer climates). Included with the more traditional wool sweaters, are a cotton tee with some fair isle touches to the trim, a full-on fair isle tank and more.

I particularly liked this sweater with it's flared sleeves. So classy. (Now I just need to hit the sale bins at the LYS where they are still clearing out a ton of dk merino.)

And wouldn't you just adore snuggling up in a ski lodge in this? (See... when it comes to knitting, I even have an imagination. Some day I'll tell you about the 2 whole times in my life I've been skiing.)

And this wrap. Talk about being wrapped in luxory. I'm not a big mohair fan, but this is just stunning!

And yeah... I know they're lousy pictures. But in my defense (1) I took photography in both high school and college and, despite my greatest efforts, never got higher than a C. (2) It was very gray and overcast when I went out at what I have found to be the best time of day to take pictures. We call this phenomena "weather" and are always most surprised by it. And (3) I would've waited until tomorrow but, well, I felt like doing it now.

Anyway, back in the real world, I've even managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of actual knitting. I love this Backyard Leaves pattern. (And see, I also got a one of those trendy little box bag things off Etsy. Love it!)

Now I'm going to go wash more towels. We never have clean towels. Ever. Although I wash towels all the time, this morning I had to dry off with a hand towel. Not a good way to start the day. The only upside is that I rarely have to fold them and put them away. I've found if I bring a load or two in and drop them on the recliner, they are all gone within 24 hours. Not that I make a habit of this... no, that wouldn't be right. At the very least, I am nagging my children to fold them and put them away during said 24 hours.


Donna Boucher said...

My sister Janet says this about towels too. She has over twenty towels. They are in ariz. and have a this adds to it.

So, do you only use a towel once?
Do you want solutions?

We use them more than once. Is that gross?

Marti said...

I'm with Donna on this one. Reuse the towels. I wash towels every other day and we reuse...
You are such a brave knitter! Can't wait to see your fair isle!

uberstrickenfrau said...

I have that battle with towels too, I always have a HUGE pile to wash and never a clean one to use. It makes me pretty crazy when I see clean towels on the floor in the girls room and I ask then to hang it back up in the bathroom and I see it in the dirty laundry basket. ARRG. I can feel my blood pressure raising just thinking about it.....

Laura said...

Okay, this explains Donna's "towels" comment to you at her blog. But what about House? I still don't know why it's pre-empted. Or is that only on the West Coast?

Towels. We have more than 20. And we use them more than once. I still have to do two or three laundry loads of them each day. Blech!

Yarn Addict said...

Tammy, a couple things. First off, I GOT MY INVITE TO RAVELRY TODAY! WOOHOO! All I have to say is, it's about time! I went in and signed up right away, but haven't really had a chance to explore it yet. Plus, it sounds like I need to get registered with a photo site. But I'm so excited!

Secondly, I got the Vogue sock book last week and I love it. I'm actually designing my first pair of socks using their worksheets and some Tofootsies I had in my stash. I think it's an awesome book.

Yarnhog said...

It never occurred to me NOT to use a towel more than once. I don't put them into the wash until they can stand up on there own. Okay, now that is gross. The upside is, we always have clean towels in the cabinet.

Marylu said...

I wash the towels once a week and put out new ones then. Otherwise, I would never, ever, ever get any knitting time!!
You should try the fair isle. I had been eyeing it for a long time and finally decided to take the leap. It's not as hard as it looks. I'm making a pair of mittens from KnitPicks called "Northern Lights" and they are really fun and challenging. Just make sure to try it on a day you don't have a headache. Goodluck!!!

Michelle said...

This is my estimation for your household: 7 bath towels x 2 per week + 7 face cloths x 3 per week + 2 bath mats x 2 per week + 2 hand towels per week = 41 towels to wash each week! Yikes! Am I close? And this doesn't include kitchen towels too!

Tammy said...

Oh... I'm all for reusing towels! It's my boys that act like they are disposable which is why they get to do all the towel laundry. Pesky little critters they are.