I've been wanting this knitting book, Omas Strickgeheimnisse, for quite some time and finally got my hands on one. :-) You can see it above with some sock yarn in my favorite colors. You can see the other 11 colors here, also beautiful colors, but the purples are my fave.
This is definitely a fine addition to my stitch dictionary collection. My Barbara Walker Treasuries, Harmony Guides, and other books all shifted to make room and welcomed this newcomer amicably. Flipping through the pages of this book brings me joy. It is mostly filled with lace . It doesn't have a whole lot of what I'm into (cables) or even plain knit/purl stuff. I will face some challenges if I ever attempt to use this book as it is written completely in German and charts only (not that row-by-row instructions in German would help me). One more thing. The chart symbols are unlike the more familiar ones I am accustomed to (viz. BW & HG).
We recently switched from Comcast (cable tv company) to this Direct TV (dish tv company). Besides a roughly 30 USD (not counting "mystery" charges that are always tacked onto the bill) monthly savings, I was really expecting them to be same shishkabob different texture.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I now get BBCA, which I did not get with my "peasant" cable channel lineup before. Yay! So in theory, this means I should finally get a chance to watch this Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood (UK link here) which I've been wanted to watch for a long time. Unfortunately, I didn't see the show coming down the pike in the next couple of weeks so I guess we're off season right now. Boo.
However on the upside, I did discover that I can finally watch this British car show, Top Gear. I love this show, it is such a hoot to watch due to the highly amusing British commentaries that you don't find in American car shows.
Now I need to figure out what other shows I should watch on BBCA... suggestions?
Update: 14Mar2009 post
There's a bit of disappointment about the Knit Picks Options set I got in December. No no, nothing wrong with the needle tips or cords themselves. I'm talking about the zipper bag that came with the set. The zipper broke apart. It wasn't the denticular part or the zipper pull tab. It was the small part that slides back and forth (see photo above).
The breakage came as a surprise to me since I hadn't had the bag very long and it only had very light usage. I've probably opened/closed it less than 10 times. I've never had a zipper break on my this way before -- not in any of my toddler's clothing, or with any of my own bags or clothing, and they've all gotten way more wear and abuse than my new Knit Picks Options plastic bag.
The left part should connect to the right part where the green and blue arrows point.
There was a small piece broken off where the red arrow points that should connect to the left part to complete the "loop" to hold the zipper pull tab. I don't know where that very small piece went, prolly fell on the floor and crawled under the sofa to join the dust bunnies and whatever crumbs my toddler dropped on the floor.
I couldn't leave all the contents in the plastic bag now, with the bag wide open. Let's not tempt fate here. I can already see my toddler inverting all the contents onto the floor! So off I went for a makeshift Knit Picks Options set holder. I fished out an old zippered CD case that had the capacity to hold 20 or so CDs and put all my Knit Picks Options tips & cables into it. It's not exactly the best solution, but it will do. The tips are pretty snug when they lay horizontally and won't slip out.
I am happy with my Knit Picks Options needles. I am using the 8 mm (US11) needles for the red cable bag handle, and the 5 mm (US8) for my SIL's St. Albans Valentine Cable Scarf. The only trick is making sure I screw them on tight, cuz I've had them unscrew/loosen on me while knitting.
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