After meeting Gale Zucker, an award winning photographer, a couple of week ago at my LYS, I decided to order her book. It arrived yesterday just in time for the Valentine's Day weekend. I highly recommend this book. The pictures which were taken at various fiber farms around the U.S. are wonderful. The stories are captivating. I was up till after midnight last night reading through the book. As if that isn't enough to get your attention, there are wonderful patterns included in the book as well.
I casted on for the above-pictured scarf during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. I've knitted about 30 inches and though the pattern calls for 52", I will bind off at 60". The yarn is Berocco Ultra Alpaca. The scarf will be donated to the "The Red Scarf Project" which is a charity for orphaned and/or foster kids attending college. The scarves are sent as a "Valentine's Day" care package. If you read my friend Norma's,s blog regularly, she is a supporter extraordinaire for this charity.
Of course, when ordering from KnitPicks one must purchase $50 to earn free shipping. To add to the total I also purchased the above book, "Stranded Colorwork". It's gorgeous and I hope to eventually knit one of the patterns. Selecting which pattern will be difficult. So, still not having spent $50 I purchased the 4" double point Harmony needles.
It's a nice addition to the Harmony circular interchangeable needles my daughter gifted me at Christmastime. Shortly thereafter I purchased the 6" dp's and now I am content with my collection of needles now that I've added the "shorties". I also have the "Denise Needles" which I love but have taken 2nd place to these.
Yippeeeeee!!!! I have Monday off.