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Who does not love a good sale? I happened into my local Michaels today hoping for just that… and I found it! They had LB Fisherman’s Wool for $5.00 / skein. I cleared out their stash (5 skeins in all) and I am planning a great kool-aid dyeing project this weekend. There is a nice tutorial on Craftster and I particularly like her green and blue. After I dye it, I have enough to make something substantial, but I may just make small gifty things too. Perhaps felted bags or slippers… to be decided.

One of the best things about working in the library (specifically the Interlibrary Loan dept.) is that I can order books from all over the country. I have been sampling a great number of books lately. With the new Knitting “Renaissance”, several books have come out, and there are some great ones.
Some of my favorites:

Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick
There are some amazing designs in this book. I picked it up and with just a flip of the pages, I knew that I needed to purchase it. Each design is presented with several pictures. Many different skill levels are represented. I have not knit a pattern from this book yet, however, all the patterns seem to be very well-written and easy to understand. Cannot wait to have my own copy.

Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein
There are 350 designs in this book. The possibilities are endless! Organized by ribs, ruffles, fringes, and other structures these details are laid out on full sized pages with large color photographs. Each is accompanied by a clear pattern. There is a special decorative edge for everyone in this book–beginner to advanced, no one will be disappointed.

Hot Knits by Melissa Leapman
This recently published book (June 2004) has a lot to offer. There is something for all levels of knitters, and some very stylish designs. The usual fare: sweaters, cardigans, tanks… but it is still a fun book that any knitter will enjoy.

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