Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Knitting and Books. Non-Canine Content Ahead.

Knitting for Baby has arrived, and I like it very much. Don't let the "instructional" tone of the cover put you off it; it's not full of "OMG, I'm SCARED of that technique!" patterns. (And WTF is up with that anyway? It's KNITTING, not surgery - the patient doesn't die if you fuck it up and you get infinite do-overs.)

And as somebody who does something involving intarsia every ten years, I don't mind the efficient technique tutorials to refresh my memory. Cute patterns, though this child will not be wearing cashmere, because I love my son and future daughter-in-law too much. Help me out here - Future Daughter In Law - FDIL - sounds like a particularly obscure and boring federal agency. I'm tempted to call her Babymama, but I'm afraid it sounds too flippant and casual about their relationship. I knew Boy had found the one who made him happy two years ago when I met her and heard in his voice and saw how happy he was with her. This lovely girl needs a blog nickname, but I haven't come up with it yet. ANYWAY...I digress.

Knitting for Baby looks great, and full of the sort of basic, classic baby gear I had in mind, and yay for Crazy Aunt Purl for turning me on to it. The cashmere baby blanket is gorgeous, but I will find a way to re-create it in something machine washable, because cashmere and baby emissions should never mix.

And, though I had Vowed to Not Buy More Books, yes, I am weak. Celia Rivenbark's latest threw itself into my online cart. And don't bother telling me I could get it from the library, because our county library system serves almost half a million people (not counting loans to other systems) and will probably buy 2 copies of this book. I'd like to read it before next summer, and Girlchild is also a big Celia Rivenbark fan, so we will get mileage out of it. (If you've never read her and enjoy snarky Southern humor, she's awesome.) If you have an awesome library, go hug a librarian. My county system drives me to Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Murphy is still fine, but would like the world to know that his new diet sucks, because he's not allowed to indulge in bites of rich cheeses and Mommy's leftovers anymore.

10 comments:

k said...

I thought you were going to say, "Caution! actual knitting content!"

Could you call her your new kinfolk? Sorta southern, and pretty much true.

Catherine said...

Well, we're all from Florida to one degree or another, and City Floridians don't say Kinfolk. I believe her people came from...Boca? I'll have to confirm, but it wasn't anyplace where anybody says "kinfolk." And hey, I did produce an actual baby afghan photo the other day! What the hell do you expect around here at this point? ;-) A mention of a book about knitting is as close as it gets for months on end!

Enjay said...

Boy's Girl? My Other Daughter? Daughter By Another Mother?
Hmm...perhaps I shouldn't comment when I've had caffeine this late at night. :)

Bess said...

Yes. Come hug me. because not only do we have 2 copies of Celia Rivenbar's newest book - but ALSO she will be the guest speaker at our spring Friends of the Library function. Smirk. smirk. And you should see our knitting collection. Yea! baby knitting and murphy's good health.

dragon knitter said...

thank you! i'm always on the hunt for new books, and while thel ibrary doesn't have her latest, they did have two others, so they're in my queue. i love my library!

and if you haven't tried it yet, give the sweet potato queens a shot. they're great!

nurseknitsalot said...

I like the toothbrush in the drink..what a great cover idea. I might have to go out and buy this book....our library also has massive waiting lists. Good luck with finding a new nickname for FDIL..although FDIL is short and to the point.

Yes...Cashmere and baby goo do not mix

Anonymous said...

Aww, poor Murphy. But it is better that he is happy. Dee fm KS

Anonymous said...

Woohoo, at least somebody's library buys knitting books. Ours is from the 70s........LOL. Dee fm KS

Anonymous said...

DIL "Daughter In Love"

k said...

http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/kin

cognate? ally?

I think this is a sign I should get off-line for a while...