Go get 'em.
A nice little find
On Saturday morning, after an exciting Little League game, the Indifferent Outfielder and I went to our local library. Unbeknownst to us, it was the day of the semi-annual Book Sale.
Now, sending me to a library book sale is dangerous, certain to necessitate at least one trip to a MAC machine. I tried to exercise great restraint, and looked mostly for the kids. I scored with some princess-themed Little Golden Books and some transportation stuff for the twins. Elvis the Eldest found some back issues of National Geographic Kids (shut up, he is NOT a nerd) at ten cents an issue. My only personal score was this:
Isn't it the coolest? It's from the 1930s, according to the copyright page. The introduction immediately won my heart by stating:
Beauty in construction and originality are equally essential factors, and there is no more adaptable craft than hand-knitting for the introduction and display of these qualities.Peonies courtesy of my yard.
Unfortunately, far too many knitters rely upon stereotyped directions and designs, and copy slavishly these printed directions. As there is so much difference between the work of one knitter and another, two garments knitted to the same instructions seldom come out to the same size. These stereotyped instructions, given in knitting books, do not always work out to the required measurements, and, what is more, leave no scope for originality.
[It is the author's aim to] enabl[e] all hand-knitters to make jumpers, cardigans, babies' woollies, etc., to their own measurements , and to their own designs, thereby converting the monotonous and parrot-wise method of knitting into a really creative art.
[Please don't send me nasty-grams telling me how you knit as a hobby and to relax and so you don't care if you ever design your own patterns. I understand that is true for many people. But even if you never design your own garment, learning about fit and how to tweak garments to the measurements of the individual who is going to wear it is a wonderful skill and will make your knitting less frustrating, and therefore, even more relaxing.]