I just received my copy of this book by Judith Durant today and I'm very pleased with it. I know that someone on MWK mentioned it already but I can't find the posting.
Judith has done a great job with this book. The subtitle says, "22 Handsome Projects for Every Level of Commitment", and the projects in this book range from easy (coasters)to an Aran jumper. The directions are clear and easy to follow. And, the best part is that all of these projects are guy-friendly and I would think be accepted by just about any bloke. I think the adjective "handsome" fits perfectly.
I like her sense of humour and the clever way she equates the difficulty and cost of the project to the phase of the relationship. Her philosophy: "Only when you're very sure your man is 'the One' should you begin knitting body-sized garments." I remember a discussion here on MWK about the relationship between knitting a gift for the guy and then losing him.
This book is sure to please anyone looking for some good projects for the man in their life.
Started: 23rd December 2006
Finished: 20th January 2007
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Worsted Merino-Lambwool in the colourway "Rhabarber" ("Rhubarb")
Needles: 6 mm/US #10 Inox circs
Pattern: My So Called Scarf from Sheep in the City
Modifications: Instead of a 30-stitch pattern, I reduced it to 28 stitches and add the chain edge (4 stitches in total, so that adds up to 32 stitchs), because I have only one hank of the wool and the scarf's going to be short anyway.
Yup, that's the second My So-Called Scarf I'd made. I'm not so comfortable wearing it though...the colours aren't really me. Although I still have to admit that I love looking at the thing....and that I can't imagine just parting with it. Alhough if I don't wear it, I think I know to whom I could give it. ;-) (More to read --> Click on "Read More" below)
I did some painting this weekend at my LYS - there are notes and a few pics on my blog
check it out if you have been following along. She has had a major increase in sales since we did the remodel. the knitting table seems to be filling up also!
it's not done by FAR - but it's looking good - any suggestions you have would be appreciated - feel free to comment on the site.
The owner (Florence) is doing much better - we took her to the hospital and she has recovered fully - kidney infection and bladder infection - she's OK now - lost 15 pounds - she's more docile right now - I think she's thankful that we're paying attention to her! :) I love her - she's grumpy and honest and one of the best people I have met in CA.
My fiancée finally got me into knitting. She has tried twice before but this time she put some huge effort into and bought me a crap load of stuff for my birthday. Once I started it wasn't so bad. Figured I might as well spread my wings and visit the sites suggested in my book i got, knitting with balls. This should be fun, I hope my first scarf doesn't come out looking like crap.
I never noticed how much work it actually is though. Before I wouldn't think twice when she would mention knitting 200 rows and now I'm just like, damn thats rough.
Ok....Weekend is over and I've done 3 hats each day: two bulky (4 st/in) and one worsted (5st/in) each day. I am almost caught up with X-mas gifts. Someone say amen.