Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I had a nice, knitterly time yesterday.

Helen C.K.S. had the new Sally Melville book, Mother-Daughter Knits. This morning I see that it hasn’t been published yet. How did she manage that? I clearly wasn’t paying attention. It’s got some very good things in it. Helen thought it didn’t quite cut the mustard. I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve had a chance to spend half-an-hour with it. I’m in the queue. I don’t normally add books which are simply collections of patterns to my groaning shelves these days, but I may make an exception here. I've got, I think, all the rest of Melville's oeuvre, and admire her work a lot, although I'm not sure I've ever actually knit anything of it.

Helen is going to be a stop on a blog-tour to be made by Lynne Barr to promote her new book “Reversible Knitting”. Blog-touring is a new concept for me, although come to think of it, I have probably read a few examples. Publishers must love them, for cheap promotion; and authors, for not having to spend dreary afternoons in bookshops.

The Griswold, meanwhile, is within two or three days of completion. And I did order “Flat-Style of the New Sense”, a Japanese knitting magazine.


Moorecat, I found dozens of thing-finders by Googling on “electronic key-finder”. Mine is a “SmartFinder” made, needless to say, in China. I went ahead yesterday and used up all the parts they sent me – I’ve attached one to dangle from the Filofax, and the two slimmer thingys I stuck on my mobile telephone and Palm.

I find that the slim receivers don’t work as well as the slightly chunkier dangly ones. The one on the telephone often doesn’t answer at all, and when it does, its cry is fainter than the one from the key-ring. This doesn’t worry me, since keys are my problem. But someone prone to mislaying telephone or iPod might want to shop around.

Tamar, I don’t think – famous last words – that there’s any real danger of losing the control center. It stands neatly at the back of a kitchen shelf, and there it can remain.

Moorecat, I wish you’d go back to blogging.

I have added a couple of blogs to my Google Reader list lately, since old friends seem to be posting more and more rarely. A new fave is Nerd Knits who inspires me this morning to covet a set of Signature sock needles. Does anyone know anything about them?

Weight loss

V stone 13 ¾ this morning! (As opposed to X stone 12, when my New Life started.) No doubt I’ll be back up there in the low-W’s tomorrow, but for today it feels good. My weight is now in the upper reaches of the range where it was in youth and middle age, although rather differently distributed. I always used to find January-March the difficult months, weight-wise. We shall see. Or maybe I’ll break my arm this afternoon and abandon the whole project. One never knows.


  1. I don't know how I got the Melville book early. I pre-ordered it and they sent it in June. The blog tour is in the ahem, planning stages and may not come off, by the way.

  2. Gerri3:36 PM

    I think Sally and her daughter have a second book coming out, alluded to in Sally's blog and mentioned during their tour talk for the current book. It was supposed to be Christmas knitting.

    This Mother-Daughter Knits was published in March, 2009. I went to her Yarnery-supported talk in March, I believe. I went thinking I wouldn't buy it but did in the end. I have her others; really appreciate Sally's outlook and was interested in the information on considering body and proportions in the book.

    Annie Modesitt has had several blog posts conveying her love of Signature. I also believe Franklin briefly mentioned them in his recent re-appearance post. Somewhere I read or heard about the extreme point on the stiletto. They look lovely!

  3. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Mother-Daughter Knits came out earlier in 2009 here in the USA; I don't know what the publishing schedule might have been elsewhere, tho'.

    I've looked at it in the bookstore, a couple of times, but didn't feel a strong pull to purchase it. Might check it out from the library, when it shows up there, to look at more thoroughly...

  4. Don't speak of armbreaking! Rather a twist of the ankle so that you can at least sit and knit.

    I got the chance to experiment with the Signature needles at Sock Summit. Wonderful needles though I think the stiletto points eventually would make a divot in my finger and make me use my nail to push it (I'm a thrower).