The local big box bookstore is having it’s end of January clearance sale right now, which is always a good opportunity to pick up books. We went Saturday evening, and here’s my haul:
My own copy of The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, so that I can stop paying to rent it from the library, two books by Jim Harrison ( they didn’t have the one I wanted though, Farmer), a nice hardback copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie to replace my tattered paperback, and Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman. That last one wasn’t on sale — but I ran into some friends from my Monday knit night by the knitting section, and and and….. how could it have ended otherwise?
Oh, and that one on the bottom? Not a book – chocolate. I thought it was filled chocolates, but it turned out to be a presentation box of little individually wrapped solid chocolate wafers. Very yummy – and definitely moderation friendly.
Here is my Dublin Bay sock (opens the PDF) in progress:
This is being knit in that gorgeous Tea & Cream yarn that I got from the Loopy Ewe, on size 1 needles. Melanie and I are knitting this together, and I am quite enjoying it – the lace pattern is simple and charming, and vaguely familiar. It’s almost identical to the turkish stitch that I make my string bags with. I’m pretty happy with how fast it knits – and how easy it is to pick up the pattern when I’ve had to rip it back. Some lace you just can’t rip back, but this one is easy to read.