thanks for your great and informative comments on the last post! i agree with all of you that i now only buy books when i know i’ll use several patterns in them, or when they have information on techniques i want to learn, inspiration or, for me, historical information. there seems to be no shortage of books that provide one or several of those for me, so i continue to buy books. i also subscribe to interweave knits and spin off, although mostly for the articles. my brain is slowly reconfiguring to imagine a world where individual patterns may be a big part of my library. i think i most appreciate that by buying individual patterns i am 1) giving money to the actual person who wrote the pattern and 2) i have so much more control over what we get for our $20-25 and if i don’t have that much? i can spend $5 and start my project immediately.
while we’re still discussing the format/medium of patterns – my friend flo, who used to own a bookstore and has been knitting for a loooong time, has tons of knitting books. as she finds ones with good history sections and whatnot, she’s bringing them to knitting group for me to read. very exciting. this week she brought in these two. i’ll share if i come across anything interesting. i may pick up the swedish sweater book my friend pam sent me too, to stay in theme :)
p.s. remember the pattern i found on the floor in my yarn room? well, sarah apparently could not resist the lure of pattern minus picture and worked up the little christmas stocking while in a waiting room! you can see it here. she also corrected a couple of lines that were wrong. thanks sarah! you’re awesome.