I'm back from vacation! I only have cell phone pictures and frankly, I don't even know where my phone is in the huge tangle of luggage and crap that is strewn across my living room floor.
As I promised myself I went to Fine Yarns at Kimbeemba while in the Outer Banks. I was in there, having a look around and was kind of wondering why both stores were so light in the wool selection and so heavy in the baby yarns selection. And then I thought of the sweltering, mind-melting walk from my car to the store in 110F heat. There is little use for wool where there is 1 inch of snow per year, if that. So I contented myself with some crochet thread, a wee bit of sock yarn and two awesomely awesome books. These books are fantabulous!
First we have Color By Kristi and I'm just going to use the Amazon.com photo:
This book is by a woman, Kristin Nicholas of Nashua Yarns, whose head must be full of Skittles. The color just comes crashing out of this book. She takes color work, beautiful color work and embroiders and duplicate-stitches all over it to add texture and more color. You can judge this book by it's cover, it's fantastic. The best part is the author includes pages and pages of motifs (along with 2 dozen project patterns) to get you creating your own designs. It's gorgeous and technical, two qualities I like in a book.
The next book, HatHeads: 1 Man + 2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs by Trond Anfinnsen is a super fun book. Trond knit over 200 hats in 20 months, each a unique design and almost all custom for a particular person. In this book are 50 hat designs and a photo and a story about each recipient. The patterns are simple, almost all have some color work in them. But the best part is the narrative of the book, how he got started knitting, why he knits hats and how this hobby turned into a large project. There is a great section where he explains how to create new designs and to incorporate them into a pattern.
If there is a theme noticeable in these two purchases its that I really want to get my head into designing. I have an urge to leave my mark in this knitting community I'm so enamored with. This whole knitting thing I got myself into over 4 years ago has been has been a top ten life changing event for me. It's changed my whole life and honestly, my whole outlook. It's become easier for me to make friends, to soothe myself, to discover creativity and I have such an appreciation for color now that I never want to lose. My life is warmer, fuller and more vibrant since I became a knitter (and crocheter!) and I want to become a stronger voice in the knitting community. I have Ravelry to inspire me and leading me off in new directions but I think blogging and designing is going to be what elevates me from a hobbyist to an enthusiast (what's beyond enthusiast?)
I still have a crap load of unpacking to do. I have a whack load of new yarn that has to be squeezed in somewhere (and tallied on rav!). My camera bit the dust and I have to haul out the old Kodak back up to document the new stash. Right now I'm hot and need to head back downstairs to the AC. I may just crack open a wine cooler and play with graph paper and colored pencils instead of unpacking though. Hubs can take care of it tomorrow!