We all know, the only thing I like as much as knitting and reading, is talking about knitting and books. Talking about knitting books is double the fun. (Okay, I might like chocolate as much as books. Maybe.)
Rae came up with this little meme thingie, and it got me thinking, and I'm rather horrified by some of these answers, but I figure my answers are good for some laughs.
1. What is your favorite pattern book?
As always, narrowing it down to one is hard, but probably "Norsk Strikke Design", since I want to knit almost all the sweaters in the book.
2. What is your favorite technique book?
"The Principles of Knitting" by June Hemmons-Hyatt. Unfortunately it's out of print and selling for outragous amounts on line ($200-$500 USD).
3. What classic technique book should every knitter own?
I'd love to suggest "Principles" but that's insane. Vogue Knitting's technique book isn't bad. I'm still looking at technique books, trying to find one I like enough to suggest to other knitters. I need to find the XRX book in a book store so I can leaf through it.
4. How many knitting books do you typically buy in a year?
This was the part that horrified me. I thought, "Well, two a month would be... twenty-four. Shit." and honestly, it's probably more like fifty. Though I've only been buying knitting books like this for the last year or two, when I noticed all these new, GOOD books coming out.
Tag, you're all it. I'm curious to see what everyone else thinks. (And I'm sure Rae is too or she wouldn't have started this.)
I've had a few business ideas I thought I'd run past my Beloved Readers:
First, would anyone be interested in dyed roving? I THINK I've got a way I can do dip-dyed roving or sliver. Would anyone be interested? (This is something that wouldn't happen for a while, but any thoughts are welcome.)
Second, would there be a market for custom knitting patterns? Mail me a swatch you knit in the yarn you want, with the needles you want, with measurements and a drawing of the sweater you want to knit, and for $20 (or something) I'd write up a pattern and mail it back? Would that be cool, or is it a useless service?
Oh, and for those of you leaving comments through the month, and not just on the contest post, you might get entered more than once. I don't plan to do that, but your odds go up, the more comments you leave. Hahaha. Just sayin'.