Yarniverse and Loopville: I always seem to go to Yarniverse when I need more of that great yarn I bought 3 years ago. She's bailed me out more than once. Yarniverse had the marble colorway I needed in the Colinette Tao silk to finish the Hanami-inspired Shrug. Well, Yarniverse had it in stock online until I got a call from their owner the next day saying that whoops-a-daisy, that darned virtual inventory was all wrong. I started to get all sweaty--what, NO more marble...ANYWHERE? This wonderful woman assured me that she knew Loopville had it and it would get to me asap. It did, I finished the shrug(round of applause) and one of these days I'm going to fly to Memphis just so I can do a yarn crawl from Yarniverse to Loopville in Knoxville. In my rented 1972 convertible Cadillac towing an Airstream camper with a cooler full of Moon Pies and RC Colas.
One Planet Yarn and Fiber: I had a bought a skein of Hand Maiden Sea Silk in the peridot colorway locally, but I needed at least one more to knit Hanami as more of a shawl and not a scarf. One Planet not only had it, but the color matched my solo skein perfectly when it arrived. I then popped this into my cart because I have a near addiction to pink and yarn from Wales and this wasn't even Colinette. I've already knitted it up--the wonder of huge needles--and I am mulling over a funky crochet edging. And that peridot? It was to counteract the Malabrigo laceweight in Pagoda that I've already slotted for Hanami. Pagoda would be the uber-pink girly girl/Audrey Tautou cherry blossom shawl versus the cool rains of April/Faye Dunaway peridot shawl. Oh yeah, like y'all never contemplate the many moods of the rainbow, your knitting mojo and movie stars.
Speaking of funky crochet edgings, I bought "Crochet On the Edge" because it seemed like a more user friendly book than Nicky Epstein's. Kinda like the difference between the Moro Cookbook and Paula Wolfert on couscous. You can get one page or twenty, take your pick. I have this theory that if I read enough books on crochet that by some kind of late night wine-induced osmosis I will actually absorb the lingo and the logic. This thinking has led me to check out Amazing Crochet Lace more than once from the library. Well, I finally bought it so the librarian wouldn't chide me for cracking the binding. What I love about this book is taking those clever spiral crochet motifs and blowing them up. Really, really big. I mean circles for knitters are like the Holy Grail. Hookers can just blithely chain 6 and whale on it. Eat my dust, dpn. I will say that the hookers have nothing on ribbing compared to the knitters. Ah, but those big wide open spaces!
Doris Chan has a lovely forward about being raised in Japan by her ethnically Chinese parents. This fact further convinces me that the future of really complicated and elegant crochet and knit patterns lies with Nihon Vogue and other Japanese craft mags.
I absolutely dare you not to be intrigued by these titles and the few photographs that you see. Double dog dare you.
Finally, I've jumped back into baking(gasp!) after fooling around with the master recipe from "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day." I like this recipe so much that I bought a baking stone and a pizza peel to play with at home. Don't believe me? Try the modified recipe that ran in the New York Times. My family is already making various requests, but the pumpernickel is MINE, ALL MINE....ha-ha-ha-haaaa-haaiieeeee!
One Last Finally--Watch Tracey Ullman's State of the Union. I've loved her ever since since her first show when The Simpsons were just a little diversion and she wore this great PINK chenille bedspread of a bathrobe at the end of her show. She's a knitter, people---"Knit2Together"--the slouchy cardigan is a UFO and I have the doctor's bag on the brain.