I am embarrassingly interested in holidays. Even though I’m not religious, even though they’re made up or co-opted or just plain ridiculous. I like Valentine’s Day, even though it is probably a rip off of Lupercalia. I love it for all of the sappy romance, the beauty and sentimentality of antique Valentine’s Day cards, love it for the rows of pink and red in every department store. This year I am planning to bake some beautiful heart shaped confections and deliver packages of them to the local businesses I frequent. I am also going to have special sales on Etsy! The first week will feature the pinkest colorway I make, Cotton Candy, at 20% off….get a skein for a paltry $16! The next week I think I’ll feature Bronte, which I absolutely love.
Because, of course, I had to order that Interweave magazine special “Jane Austen Knits.” It’s a visual feast. Speaking of visual feasts, I have been indulging in a ton of fiber and knitting porn lately. I want this:
A four yard motorized skein winder from Nancy’s KnitKnacks. Only a wee bit over a grand, I’ll have to try Santa next year. I also watched this lady:
Fastest knitter in the world. She holds her yarn in a much different manner than I do, doesn’t pop her left index finger upwards at all. I can see how it would make pick knitting even faster….
Also, I watched the fastest crocheter in the world. There’s no way to be subtle here, so I’m just going to toot my own horn and say that I am very very fast at crochet. Quite. When I saw the video with Lisa Gentry, I was surprised to find that it didn’t seem that fast to me. I took her “challenge” and I did worse than I thought I would! She uses triple crochet which is the stitch I use least often (of the common stitches that is). I just found a site for crochet competition that gives a certain number of points per stitch type (4 for dbl crochet, 3 for turning stitch) and I think I’m going to give it another whirl.
So…yeah…fiber porn. Must be the winter.