Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Hi Knitters,

How lucky am I to get to look at this beautiful baby photography all day long? Can you guess what this project is all about? It's so fun. The photography makes this book come alive and my beautiful photographer, Liz Banfield, knows just how to capture the spirit of the projects. She is wonderful. I appreciate her to no end. Plus she has 2 babies of her own, one born during the creation of itty-bitty hats (her son is wearing the little chick hat) and one during the creation of itty-bitty nursery. Phew! That's a lot of work. She is fantastically talented and she sends the most beautiful baby announcements on earth, ever. Lucky babies.
I know I already talked about this great book. I can't stop thinking about The Friday Night Knitting Club. When I was little I used to re-read my favorite books all of the time. It was kind of a standing joke in my family. A couple of my all-time favorites were Mandy by Julie (Andrews) Edwards and Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of Nimh (I know, sad). I read those two books more than I will ever admit to anyone. I am still crazy over books to this day. This Kate Jacobs book may have to be a re-read for me. I loved it that much.
Here's the other thing, I just listened to Kate Jacobs on Ready Set Knit (a podcast available on itunes with the owners of Webs, one of my favorite online shops). Kate sounds like the friendliest down-to-earth author. She sounds as astounded by all of her good fortune as anyone. I mean to have a first novel come out, be on the New York Times bestsellers list for weeks and to have Julia Roberts wanting to star in and produce a movie version of your book is just beyond the wildest dreams imaginable. And she sounds like she is appreciative and loving it all. And she's a knitter. Good work, Kate, and someday I hope to meet you.

Okay, here are a couple of quick facts for you. Do you know how to pronounce Kureyon? Well, apparently it is pronounced like the word crayon. Faith asked someone who spoke Japanese and it translates into this crayola-like word. I don't know if I will get used to it, but it is fun to think about.
Next, I can't remember where I heard this but did you know that 80% of knitters make their knitting projects in the same exact color that it is photographed in on the pattern? I found this pretty interesting. That is a high percentage. I admit to doing this myself on occasion, but not always. I found this to be true when working in a yarn shop. If you didn't carry or have the color from the picture, it was a no go, no question.
Oh yeah, that Rowan Scottish Tweed DK I thought I snagged, back ordered. You can't win them all.
best, susie