It's almost as good as knitting itself, I've discovered. A blog I read the other day put it very nicely....
I'm convinced that half the knitting thing is in the dreaming and if you don't do a bit of dreaming and aching or whatever it is that you do when you spot a pattern or a skein, a hank, or a ball, then all you have on your hands is a bit of wool and a couple of needles.
Click here to read more. I completely agree. While she was talking about going through her stash and thinking of what she had origianlly planned with certain yarns, I love the dreaming that comes with looking through books and at patterns. This is mostly because I am not very yarn-saavy yet. I cannot look at a yarn and think "Oh, sweater!" yet. Yet. Hopefully I will get there.
But I think a large part of my dreaming comes from the desire to do bigger and better things. Baby hats and felted bags are fun, but when I flipped through Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits, I almost cried from the beauty of it all (granted, a lot of my dreaming about those patterns also involves my dreams for a pre-baby body).
I want to knit everything in this book. Everything.
I also see a lot of things coming from One Skein Wonders, since I have a propensity to pick up a skein of yarn and go, not really realizing you need more than one skein to knit a sweater or a bag.
So those are 2 of my new knitting books. I also purchased Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook and The Knitting Answer Book. The latter will stay in my knitting bag as a reference. I've already looked into it a couple of times.
THEN, when I was running into Ben Franklin's to pick up some new circs to work on the Booga Bag again, I was lured by their 50% off table (I mean, who isn't?). I thought that even if I found some little scrapbooking things it would be cool (I did - I found some stickers). Well, guess what else I found for 50% off? 3 different issues of knit.1!!! I got the Summer 2006 Art issue, the Winter 2006/2007 Love Issue, and the Spring 2007 Sport Issue, all for under $3 each. Fun fun fun! I'm not sure how many items I'll knit out of them, but now I know what they're about, and they have some cool things in there, besides patterns. For instance, did you know that knitting burns 103 calories an hour?!? YAY!