Saturday, September 15, 2012

I thought, yesterday, I had succeeded in writing indented comments-on-comments, the way grown-up bloggers like Kristie and the Sock Lady do. But I see that all I have achieved is to add my own comment to the list, which just looks silly. Onwards! As EZ would say.

Again, little to report. There is much excitement to come, but for now there isn’t much to say about knitting a garter stitch strip. I’m not quite half-way around. Finish tomorrow?

The new VK has turned up. While I was flailing about trying to hit upon something to knit with my Dried Rose yarn, I cheated and had an advance look at the issue on-line. So I knew already that there was nothing for me. In real life, it’s better than I expected, with lots to read and some good cables if I ever decide to go there after all.

The one thing I really sort of like is No. 9, an A-line tunic which comes pretty close to qualifying for the late, much-lamented “You Knit What??” website and yet has a wild appeal. But it will never be.

More seriously, the Bergere de France ad on the page facing the table of contents speaks to my yearning for droopy asymmetry and also has an interesting front edging. It looks like perhaps as many as 12 stitches of a k2p2 rib, softly cabled. If “cachemire” means “cashmere” in French, it also looks like a good use of that droopy yarn. It’s grey – I like grey – which is a sensible approach to cashmere inasmuch as it doesn’t take dye anything like as enthusiastically as wool.

I learned that when I bought some cashmere Koigu.

Am I talking myself into it?


We have already agreed that Kindle-reading reduces the clutter of paperbacks around the house. I have recently branched out a bit, and bought a couple of cookery books for mine.

I tend to buy too many, most of which fust unused in the spare room cupboard. Delia and Jamie and Nigel and Nigella get used and re-used and spattered with fat. And I wouldn’t want  Madhur Jaffrey or Ken Hom or Gino d’Acampo to be far away. But after that…

So I recently bought two for the Kindle app on my iPad, both of which turn out to be rather good: Lorraine Pascale’s “Fast, Fresh and Easy Food” and Bill Granger’s “Easy”.  The trouble with cooking from an iPad, however, is the way it keeps turning itself off.

I also acquired Nigella’s new “Nigellissima” the other day as a physical book. I got it out of love of her, thinking I really had enough Italian cook books to be going on with. It turns out to be fresh and interesting and full of good things.

Knitting books are another category of which I buy too many, but I would never get one for the Kindle. Even the ones I’ll never use – “Knit Your Own Royal Wedding” – are treasured members of the family.


  1. Anonymous12:37 PM

    I have so many loved but unused knitting books, which I look at and think 'one day'.We also have way too many cookery books. I look at the pictures, Mr P does the cooking. I've never downloaded a knitting book to my Kindle either-it just doesnt seem the right thing to do.
    Liz Phillips

  2. It is possible to extend the time on your iPad. Tap on Settings, tap on General, tap the arrow on Auto-Lock and choose a new 'shut-off' time.

  3. Maureen In Fargo1:56 PM

    You can even turn the auto-lock off, you just have to remember to either turn your iPad off or close the cover when you're done with it or it will totally drain the battery.

  4. I tried a knitting book on the iPad and just don't like it. Many others do, however. I've been getting books for my kindle for travel, which lightens the load considerably. The biggest drawback is having to turn it off for take, landing, and sitting on the runway for an extra hour. Good thing I had some new Yorkers and my knitting. Re. the commenting on comments, they ability to do that would take away the pleasure of seeing my name. A log post, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that.

  5. I have also over the years bought more than a few knitting books that I won't ever be making anything from, best reason I can give is just because I wanted them. Especially 'Knit the Royal Wedding' but may someday make the darling little Corgi's.

  6. Janis in Lyme2:25 AM

    Hi Jean. I have been reading on a Kindle Fire since April of this year. An author I enjoy came out with a book that was not available though my library's Overdrive service, so I stopped by the library to pick up a copy. I do most of my reading at night before I go to sleep, and found reading a paper book difficult. First there was the question of light, and then shifting from the left side to the right page. With my Kindle, should I fall asleep, it turns itself off and I sleep through the night. There is that embarrassing moment when I wake up with a e-reader in my bed, however. In the future, I'll go for the digital version when it is available and reserve paper books for day-time reading.