July 01, 2006

PLAYING WITH YARN

On Wednesday, my dining room table looked like this:

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Lizabeth came over and she and I spread out our books, yarns, swatches, and binders. We strategized about tackling Level II of the Master Knitter program. The white piece of knitting you see at the top right of the photo is Lizabeth's vest-in-progress; you can see my vest-in-progress at the bottom left of the photo, and somewhere in between is the dreaded argyle sock that I have not been working on. Knit Great Basics has useful charts for figuring out stuff like how many stitches to bind off at an underarm, given your gauge and the size of the garment you're working on; Stitchionary Volume 2 comes in handy when you're deciding on cables to knit for the three required cable swatches for Level II.

Thursday evening, Jennie and I went to a reading by Lewis Buzbee for his book, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. In the past I've read books in this genre of books about books, and books about reading, and I've yet to find one that I didn't like. Lewis Buzbee's thesis in Yellow-Lighted Bookshop is that the bookstore is a retail establishment unlike any other -- you are welcome there to browse, sit and "try on" a book for as long as you like, undisturbed; and that the bookstore serves as a kind of social gathering place for discussing current events and the like.

This description reminds me of a yarn store. After his reading was over, I told him so while he signed the copy of his book that I was buying. In the retail establishment that is a yarn store, you can go in with your knitting project, even if it's one you've bought somewhere else, and sit and knit, undisturbed, for as long as you like. (Probably you can't sample the yarns the way you can read a book while in the bookstore, though.) Lewis Buzbee is from the Bay Area, and he said, "You know, we have yarn shops springing up all over the place down there. I even had a student who had to knit through class because it calmed her down."

I know I'm going to enjoy reading The Yellow-Lighted Bookstore next week while I'm on vacation. As usual, we'll have a pet- and house-sitter . . . if only I could train him to ship yarn while I'm away . . . .

Playing with yarn:

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Posted by Karen at July 1, 2006 06:59 AM
Comments

you're lucky you have someone to work with on level 2! Keep posting about it, I'm working along too!

Posted by: karen at July 2, 2006 07:42 AM

Hi Karen,
I love the flag that you made with yarn!
Have a great time on your vacation. I know that you will find yarn while traveling. Heck you may come home with more than you left with.
Happy July 4th!!

Posted by: Sheila E at July 3, 2006 08:42 AM

That's so lucky to have someone to work with and keep you going. I stalled on my Level 1 and still haven't sent it in, all I need to do is the blocking report, I think!

Posted by: nod at July 3, 2006 09:46 PM

Tag! You're it!

Posted by: terri at July 24, 2006 08:56 AM