You can find many good books at great discounts from Amazon,com. Because of my budget, I generally place them on holds at the local library. The savings on book costs helps to fund my yarn supply.
And, I love to look at all the beautiful yarns that are produced for the Winter knitting frenzy that the weather and holidays seem to require. Whether or not to purchase any more yarn is always a number game for me, after essentials are taken care of. Recently, in my email I received an interesting decision-making aid from Amusing Yarns, that helps take the guesswork out of such decision-making processes. It seems there is a scientific way to determine whether or not one should make a yarn purchase, based on specific criteria. Interestingly, I believe that no matter how you answer a question, it will always lead to buying yarn. Isn't that clever? For a larger view of the chart, go to their website at www.amusingyarns.com.
A few of the knitting projects I have been working on over the past month are Christmas gifts for my daughter and my mother. Boot toppers for my daughter are finished and have been warmly received.
Back in October, in honor of Pink October's Cancer Awareness month, I began a pink shawl for my mother. The shawl is in remembrance of her mother, my grandmother and my daughter's great grandmother, who died from cancer. My mother is 95 years young and gets a chill when watching TV or reading in bed, so I think this may help to keep her warm. The project turned out well and I managed to watch all 5 episodes of Downton Abbey, Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise, North & South and Cranford as I knit for hours on end on a project consisting of many YOs and ktbl patterning. I "unknit" many rows, over and over, in order to keep the stitch count correct.
I love the finished shawl and the versatility of the many many in which it can be worn, all 61.5" of it. The pattern is by Jennifer L. Jones, called, "Glitzy Cat's Paw Lace Wrap". And, here's the finished project that I started in Pink October's Cancer Awareness month, in memory of my grandmother who passed from cancer in the 70s.
For myself, I have been working on other knitting projects that include a long sweater in an open lace knit, the beginning of a cabled sweater and, if I can locate more of a discontinued yarn, a lovely dark grey tweed Aran knit vest with many cables and seed stitch patterning. So far, the cabled sweater (back) is progressing nicely with a lovely cream yarn by Caron.