Thursday, May 26, 2016

Today’s teaser-hap is by Gudrun Johnston, and it’s another good one. I’m clearly going to have to spend the rest of my life knitting haps. I clicked on everything in sight in Jen’s blog entry introducing today’s shawl, and I particularly like, for its colours and simplicity, Gudrun’s “Hansel”. I’d better put that one in the Queue before it gets away. I may even turn out to prefer it to KD’s own hap-book hap, Moder Dy.

I’m going to be rather sorry when the haps book is finally published, and this delicious interval ends – waking up in the morning and spending the first hour and a half of the day in a state of happy anticipation of the forthcoming hap. With the near-certainty that it won’t disappoint.

Poor Susan Crawford! On May 10th, she wrote a message which she said was the first of a series of fortnightly reports about the progress of her book. That was 16 days ago. Never mind the book, I am now somewhat worried about the woman, if even a promise to update us once a fortnight is too much for her to keep.

I have sped on with the Neap Tide shawl. The part is finished, where I decrease a bit more slowly during two repeats of the edging pattern. Now it’s all systems go for the end, and I suddenly realise that I won’t have it to knit for much longer. I’m going to miss it. I’ve got the half-brioche sweater to steady myself by, as I face up to the Sous Sous again.


Wooleidi, I don’t think electronic will do it for me, with knitting books, although I haven’t really tried. I have bought a couple of cookery books that way, and it didn’t work. But I do think I can prune my absurdly large stash of knitting books quite a bit, when the time comes, by adhering to the principle of taking reference books along with me, and leaving books of patterns behind.

But even that won’t entirely work – I’ve got Madeline Weston’s “Traditional Sweater Book” here on the table beside me, and Rae Compton’s “Complete Book of Traditional Knitting”. The former because it contains the pattern of the first hap I ever knit, the latter because Susan Crawford referred to it in her first (and so far, only) fortnightly message. Both are essentially books of patterns, especially so Weston; both I would want with me for the final move.

And what about my few 19th century knitting books? Unlike Franklin, I don’t think I’m ever going to knit from them – but could I leave them behind? This is going to be very difficult.

Sue, (comment yesterday), whatever is speeding towards you from Susan Crawford, it couldn’t possibly be the Vintage Shetland book. Publication is now scheduled for August 15. Let us know!


  1. I have used the ipad for recipes - it's ok. I've started getting ebooks for knitting books I'm unsure about, or thinking I only want to browse. You can print out a page or two to knit from, I figure. Very few reference books seem to be available as e-books, so far at least. Those I prefer in printed form, anyway. Glad Neap Tide is nearing the end. I look forward to seeing it blocked and modeled. (Whenever that may be. )

  2. I have started using my iPad more and more for knitting books and magazines. Quite honestly, my magazines were starting to take over the world. When I do knit something from them, however, I do prefer to print out the pattern- much easier for marking where I am and making notes for what I have changed out. It actually works pretty well-and carrying just the one pattern in my project bag is less distracting for me!

  3. I'm torn on the ebooks thing. So so much easier to get a pattern out of one than a physical book (I'm always worried about damaging the book), but I find physical knitting books to be much more enjoyable to flip through. Of course, I know exactly where all my pdfs of knitting books and magazines are, not so much the actual book/magazine, so that's a nice plus.
    I felt the same way about roleplaying books (Dungeons and Dragons, that sort of thing) for a long time, but since most of the time you're opening a book to check a rule, make sure you have a spell right, that sort of thing, I've converted to pdfs and the online database the publishers made which is easier to search! Plus, much lighter to carry and since I game at a friend's house I don't really want to have to deal with pounds of books.

  4. Patience2:41 AM

    I got an email today about Vintage Shetland. It seems each email details holdups to accomplishing aspects of the book. Today's, the tribulations of the Rose Cardigan, including creating a yarn line with 25 authentic colors and the test knitter having an injury that kept her from test-knitting.

    Drama, drama.

  5. I too got the email about Vintage Shetland. I'm not sure that I would have developed a line of yarn specifically for one cardigan! Surely the original would have been the 2ply Shetland? I can see colours changing though.

  6. I love that Hansel pattern! I don't know that I'd have the courage to knit it though...