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10/2/2013: Books, Books, Books!

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I love books, particularly knitting ones. I was looking through my bookcase today, contemplating having a bit of an early spring clean but I just can't bear to part with any of them - so there they stay!

A couple of the books are copies of books that I originally got when I learned to knit when I was 9 years old (and that wasn't yesterday!).  I love flicking through the pictures - makes me feel quite nostalgic!

I remember thinking that ball was amazing.  Imagine being able to knit a BALL!

I got this book when I was in primary 5 at school.  I remember how excited I was to get it.  I knitted the yellow scarf that is on the front cover and was so pleased with myself at the accomplishment.  That was the start of my love affair with knitting.  I'm so grateful to my Gran for taking the time to teach me to knit in the first place.

I have a couple of vintage knitting books and I just adore them.  I love the fashion from that time - so elegant.

Look - the model is smoking - you wouldn't see that nowadays! There's another picture a little bit further down and the model is holding a cigarette.  How times have changed!

I don't think I'd be able to wear knitted vests, underwear or swimwear.  I imagine it would be so itchy.  I do love the style of clothes though.  How long would those knitted dresses take to complete?  I can't imagine.  My favourite is the close fitting hat in the last picture.  I don't know what the attraction is with it but I think it's my favourite pattern in the book.

I'm a huge fan of Alice Starmore and am lucky enough to have some of her books.  That's another set of books I enjoy flicking through.  She's a genius.

I like to get the latest 'how to' manuals when a new one comes out.  There's usually a technique or something new I've never seen before.

I received the latest issue of 'cast on' magazine.  I quite like a few of the patterns in it.

I think that jumper above is beautiful - everything about it is lovely.

I have been learning how to crochet a granny square for my 'learn 12 crafts in 12 months' challenge and will post a picture when I've managed to make it look more presentable. I'd be too embarrassed to show it in its current state!

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