I just bought four books, a Niddy Noddy and a yarn ball winder from Knit Picks. On the positive, I didn’t buy yarn. On the negative, I think that site is becoming an addiction.
While I got good things and on sale no less, I should have been stronger and not bought them at all.
A listing of what I got:
Yarn Ball Winder – I got the cheapest one on the site. It had good reviews and came highly recommended as an aid in YouTube videos I like, so I got that one rather than the more expensive model.
Niddy Noddy (large) – I’m dyeing yarn soon and needed something to count my wraps and dry my yarn off on.
The New Knitter’s Template by Barry Klein and Laura Bryant – I have been trying to buy this book for so long. When I originally added it to my Amazon cart, it was $12.95. I don’t know what they made it out of after that but the price skyrocketed and wouldn’t come down. I was almost going to buy it anyway, despite the price until I saw the 40% off price on Knit Picks.
Cast On, Bind Off by Cap Sease – This is another of those “trying hard to get it but couldn’t afford it” books. I never learned more than the knitted bind off as well as the knitted and longtail cast on methods. So, this will be a good compendium of techniques for me to learn. Plus, unlike another book of the same name, it has more than two hundred examples. I call that a win for my knowledge acquisition and my library.
Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing by Barbara Perry – As I stated earlier, I am getting into dyeing yarns. So, I thought it would be good to have reference material on the subject matter. I’m going to use Kool-Aid, Flavor-Aid and whatever is cheaper than that, so I don’t foresee this getting to be too expensive, except maybe in the yarn department. Yikes.
The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes – I’ve been trying to start my collection of Clara Parkes books for a while now. I’ve long wanted to better understand the fibers I work with when knitting and crocheting. Clara Parkes is the key to this. She’s known as The Yarn Whisperer. She’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of all things yarn, wool and knitting. I was hoping to get her other books as well but, unfortunately, I’m on a budget and had to stop myself.
Now, I’ve got to make the most of it and get as much use out of all of these as possible. I’m going to dye yarn; first for my own projects but, eventually, to sell. That pays back the cost of the Niddy Noddy, yarn ball winder, yarn, knitting and dyeing books.
I’m so sleepy right now but I can’t sleep. In the words of Red Nose Day Doctor Who Specials: I’ll explain later.