Wednesday, April 26, 2006

In Which I Reveal My True Nature as a Project Sl*t


Lolly, it's all your fault. She posted a little preview of this book, which I had heard and then forgotten about. After seeing a little glimpse, I had to have it. Yesterday, off to the bookstore I went. Hey, I'm there so J can play with the train set, right?

This book is gorgeous. I haven't read through it closely, only flipped through and drooled at the pages, exactly like a teenage boy with a girlie magazine. (For shame!) Just as some such periodicals are reputed to contain some serious writing/journalism, Ms. Gaughan has included some actual scientific content in this book -- she explains the different natural structures, such as fractals (!!) and phyllotaxis (!!), and how they inspired her designing. I really swear I will read that stuff. Really.

But, the patterns. Literally, turning the pages of the book results in involuntary gasping. The projects are just so beautiful. So beautiful, that upon seeing one of them, I absolutely had to check my stash for appropriate yarn and start swatching. (Audrey Who?) The yarn I had in mind wouldn't work, so naturally, because I am a Bad Girl, I had to go to Knit Picks and find something that would. And because I am fortunate enough to live in the same state with the Knit Picks distribution center, I received my yarn today. That's right -- I ordered it yesterday afternoon and I cast on today. No chance for that project lust to cool.

Another note on the 80s nostalgia songs... The versions of the songs that I have: Save It For Later by the English Beat, Something About You by Level 42, Da Da Da by Trio, Blue Monday by New Order, and Bring on the Dancing Horses by Echo and the Bunnymen. One thing I learned from doing this -- there apparently was a period in the mid to late 1990s in which I was under a rock from a popular music perspective. (Hmm, what was I doing then? Oh yes, law school.) So, for example, the fact that someone had covered Blue Monday was news to me. Sorry, Erin, but no one will ever do Blue Monday like New Order. And who's this Harvey Danger? I feel old.

29 Comments:

Blogger Olga said...

Yeah, love em and leave em, Laura, that's you! LOL! Yet, here is where I help you to rationalize this latest infidelity. If you come across a project that makes you excited, and want to start knitting right away, how can that be bad? Aren't we knitting for the love/lust of it, anyway? What's the point if it gets boring?

Of course, this applies to knitting, ONLY. My boyfriend better never, EVER say that about me. ;-)

6:13 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

hey no problem, I'm one of those upstart youngins anyway *wink*
That pattern looks like it's going to be beautiful, what color yarn did you pick out? You're making me want to buy that book... hmmm mother's day is coming up, isn't it? My mom is the knitting book queen... I bet she'd like another one (then I can read it! heh, heh)

7:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I picked the Silver Sage color. It's a tiny bit greener and less gray than it looks on my monitor. A really good color for this project, I think!

7:52 AM  
Blogger KSD said...

Feeling old? Have one of your students tell you that they think George Clooney is sexy, even though "He's SO old"!!! George Clooney is an old guy?!?! I wanted to hang myself that day.

And as for being a love 'em and leave 'em type --- hey, getting reacquainted with an old friend can be lovely. . .

8:35 AM  
Blogger Brianne said...

Wow. That is going to be amazing! How can anything that stunning be bad? Kick Audrey to the side with no shame and knit on, girly!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I too got the bug after seeing Lolly's post about this book and immediately went and added it to my amazon wishlist. Bookstores around here just aren't that good, and I just went to a few LYS this weekend and didn't see it. I did however do SO much damage with the yarn accumulation that I think I've blown my knitting budget for the next several months. *sigh* I'll just have to lust vicariously for a while. Maybe Christmas will come early this year, right?

12:20 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Embrace your inner sluttiness! :) It's driving me crazy not to cast on for a new project, just because I said (on the blog) that I shouldn't. Crazy I tell you!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

I drooled over that book at Barnes and Nobles a few weeks ago - such gorgeous stuff. I'm still holding out for Inspired Cables, though.... hinting heavily for Mother's Day!!

(No more trusting bloglines... I've missed your two lasts posts because they didn't update you! - at least to me)

5:13 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Oh jeez. Why did you have to go and give that book such a great review? I already had it in mind after Lolly's post. I've been on quite a book binge lately so I'm trying to hold off, but I'm weak...

7:20 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I already had this on my wishlist but seeing Lolly's pre-view bumped it up to the top for sure. There were summer knits I actually liked! Can't wait to see what you are doing. :)

8:51 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Have I totally missed this book? Yes, yes I have! I must see one in person! Now, when can I arrange to get away...

9:45 PM  
Blogger knitannie said...

Knitting polygamy is completely acceptable around here. That books looks amazing!

2:32 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Isn't it AMAZING!? I think it is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. I love that leaf tank - and the construction of it is so cool. Definitely one to knit!

Can't believe you got your yarn so quickly - mine took 11 days to get to me one time. They must like you!

I want to cast on for one of the projects too - I am thinking of putting one of the projects on my shopping list for the MDS&W festival next weekend...

Can't wait to see, Laura!!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I'm pretty sure your post was about a book or something but I can't remember because my entire brain is CONSUMED WITH JEALOUSY about the speed with which you receive your KnitPicks orders. Where do you live? And will you consider a generous offer on your house?

12:50 PM  
Blogger Persnickety Knitter said...

Yeah, I saw this book in person and was quite intrigued. It's definitely going on my wishlist. And lucky you with the next day yarn delivery -- wow!
I'll be interested to see what you think of that Main Line yarn.

1:13 PM  
Blogger dee said...

Poor Audrey!

Mind you I do have knitters envy at that pattern

1:14 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

oooohhhh I want that book...

10:29 PM  
Anonymous jillian said...

I have been lusting after this book...I can't wait to page through it. Oh the anticipation!

I think you should knit whatever makes you happy. How often does a project come along that you have to drop what you are doing and Cast On Now?? That's what we knit for!!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Acornbud said...

Now you got me obsessing on that book...oh you cruel woman;) That is mightly dangerous for you to live so near to KnitPicks. Here is Hawaii pickins are so slim and it can take an eternity for anything to get here and sometimes the color is way off.
Good thing May is Project Spectrum Green as that is the color of my envy, heh.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

WOW! thats all i have to say about the recently purchased periodical! now i must have it ;) the pattern you show there is absolutely beautiful!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I asked that my self -who is Harvey Danger? Never heard about that bloke!

I WANT THAT BOOK!!!

3:05 AM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Should I admit that I do know Harvey Danger? I think I even bought their CD. While you were in law school, I was sitting at a computer with streaming radio in my headphones all day.

And I am agog at your quick Knit Picks service. It takes almost 3 weeks to get out here to OR! Lucky!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Not only are you a hussy, but a pusher! I had told myself that I'd stop buying knitting books, and yet, here you are, flashing something utterly gorgeous and breaking my resolve. Shame on you, Laura. SHAME.

10:21 PM  
Blogger gray la gran said...

yep, thanks to lolly's sneak peek, that book is on its way to me via amazon! so many nice things to knit .... i love that tank too, oh! and the long cardigan knitted with lite lopi! this book is the ultimate in yarn porn.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya, your Sock Pal here!

Just wanted to let you know that I have just this moment finished off the socks. They will go in the mail tomorrow so you should expect them in 5-7 business days according to the Post Office.

Hope you like them! :o)

3:13 PM  
Blogger Glaistig said...

Thanks to you (and Lolly) I went a-looking for that book last weekend at Borders. Luckily, it wasn't there. The last thing I need is to get sidetracked by yummy knitting porn!

:)

5:12 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Hi Laura! Sorry to have been mia for a while... just catching up on blogs...er...while I'm kinda stretching lunch hour a bit...

Anyway - your sock pal socks look wonderful, and I must admit, I have also seen that book and it definitely invokes involuntary gasping. Beautiful.

3:24 PM  
Blogger CrissyPo said...

This book is amazing. Lilikoi has set up a knit-along. Check it out: http://knittingnature.blogspot.com/

4:50 PM  
Blogger yarnmaniac said...

So jealous you live near Knit Picks. drool, drool.

Wendy

9:55 PM  

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