Book review: Lace one-skein wonders

Judith Durant has written an awesome book for the intermediate knitter who wants to learn lace or bust some stash.

The projects start simply, with lace embellishments to simple hats, and increase in difficulty to include yummy lacy fingerless gloves.  I must confess a strong partiality to both the Trellis Mitts and the Travel-worthy Mitts.  Also, the I Heart You  Dress almost makes me want to have a kid.  Almost.  As for the scarves & the cowls, there’s not a bad one in the bunch.  None of them looks terribly difficult, but you won’t die of boredom, either.

The variety of projects means that you will have an appropriate gift for yourself or for anyone who has the exceptionally good taste to like handknits.

Projects include both written and charted instructions, which is particularly nice for those of us who are chart-phobic.  There are also projects that use thicker yarn, so you can practice lace-knitting skills while simultaneously making visible progress on your project.

I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on a real copy of this book.  Highly recommended.


Thing 4

Well, I already use My Yahoo! as a blog reader/feeder, but I went ahead and set up a bloglines account anyway.  I think the comparison of Netflix to the video store was apt.

I loved how the guy compared Netflix to the video store.  I also liked the google blog search.  I used knitting as my search term and found some really cute blogs that I wasn’t familiar with.  I even entered a contest for a cute knitting bird pendant.  I also found a cool blog entry where these two women had programmed a knitting machine to translate their voice wavelengths into a scarf.

I personally will probably not use RSS feeds in my work (unless it was to follow legislation of some sort), but I could suggest their use to patrons.  And librarians who do programs or book reviews or ebranches will find them a handy tool for communicating with patrons and colleagues.  I do love them in my personal life and spend way too much time reading my subscriptions.    {I’m noticing a theme here in my blog posts – I think I just spend way too much time reading! Nah…}

Thing 3

I tried Technorati and Bloglines and I used the search term “knitting on a budget”.

Techorati gave me 319 hits; Bloglines gave me 3,490.

Technorati gave me blog posts about budgets or knitting, but nothing really that I was looking for on the 1st 2 pages.

Bloglines gave me 2 relevant hits on the 2nd page.

When I did an advanced search for the exact phrase “knitting on a budget”, Technorati gave me 1 hit that was not at all what I was looking for (it kind of made me think that the site author had thrown that phrase in just to get more hits).  When I performed the same search on Bloglines, it gave me 6 really good hits.

I liked that Technorati made most of their features available to non-subscribers.  I also liked that they had a directory.  To tell the truth, I am afraid to get a Technorati account because I would never walk away from my computer.  Well, on second thought…

While I didn’t want to subscribe to Bloglines, which would have been necessary to explore all of their functions, I did look at their job opening.  One of the responsibilities of the job was “Addressing scaling issues arising from storing large amounts of data and serving a lot of web pages”.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a job for a librarian.  Of course, there are the requirements for knowing lots of programming languages, but conceptually, it sounds like something any one of us would be capable of doing.