Well, there's nothing to see here except for me, still moping around the house with a nasty cold. I'm spending a lot of my energy being bitter and resentful about it. I went to bed last night at a staggering 10pm, and didn't get up until 8am - and if you know me, you know that I hate sleep. I regard it as a horrid waste of time and engage in it as little as humanly possible. To willingly sleep for ten hours this close to Christmas? Maybe there is something to see here after all. Knitting wise, yesterday was unproductive, at best. One sock finished, the next well started but since the goal was to finish the second sock yesterday?
Sad. Sad attempt. Crappy iphone picture too. Perhaps today will be better. I'm falling behind on the spreadsheet.
Gifts for Knitters 9
You wanted books, you got 'em. Here's a short list of books on my shelves that I use over and over and over again. Love all of them. Your mileage may vary. Think of your knitter before you buy... and check their shelves.
Harmony Guides: Knit & Purl (The Harmony Guides) Not just this one, but all the books in this series.
Vogue Knitting Stitchionary (Again, anything in this series is great.)
The Knitter's Book of Yarn (Or anything else by Clara Parkes)
Knitting Around (Or anything else by Elizabeth Zimmermann)
Knitting on the Edge
50 Baby Bootees to Knit (I love this book. I can't explain why.)
and finally, because somewhere my publisher is smashing their head off a desk screaming "You're an author. Please mention your books. Please mention them. I swear if you recommend another book again and leave yours off like they're no good I'm going to have your next book edited until you cry like a baby. Do it."
Knitting Rules It's the only useful book I've every written, and I know it's useful because I use it all the time.
Gifts for Knitters 10
To be honest, knitting themed tee shirts make up about 80% of my wardrobe. (Your knitter's needs may be more modest, especially if they have one of those "real jobs" that I hear so much about.) Here's some I really like. I'm loath to give you this link, because I love that almost nobody has this shirt, Splityarn's "That Sh*t will block right out" is my current favourite. There's this one, reminding you that we'll be more valuable after the end times. Knitspot's fabulous "I'm only at knit night for the beer" (I can't believe I don't have that one.) Décor Noir has the Knit your heart out shirts. For the slightly scary knitter, Crafy Gear has a Knitter scull and crossbones, for the manly knitter Knitty has your back. How to knit, for the missionary knitter... and finally, for the knitter who's so crafty she's making a person, the Ravelry Work in Progress shirt.