As some of you may have noticed yesterday, there's a new link on the blog: Fire Lizard's Yarn Books. It's basically a collection of all the best yarn books I've read or wanted (with a few classics thrown in like Alden Amos.) As I was setting it up, aside from wishing for loads of cash so I could buy it all, I was struck by how many authors I have a connection with. Some, like the Yarn Harlot and Franklin Habit, I've only read their blogs, although they've become a daily part of my life in that way. But a few I've actually met or exchanged electronic comments with. I met Robyn Chachula at a very interesting seminar that she gave on becoming a yarn industry insider, so I'm happy to include her forthcoming book Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter. Of course, I loved The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook even before I met Lynne Vogel and attended her class on spinning with color. And I've exchanged comments with Kathleen Taylor since I won Yarns to Dye For from her blog contest. As I was picking books, it was exciting to offer some that I have a connection to. I guess Ialways thought authors were these mysterious deity-type beings or something, but now I sort of know a bunch of them.
Anyway, I worked some more on the bamboo swatch last night, and I'm really liking every stitch I try. In fact, the swatch is starting to look like the beginnings of a very cute sleeve.
I want the actual sleeves to be a bit longer than this and floopier, but it's a start. Also, I found my little bitty (normal to everyone else) crochet hooks. I can't wait to see what they produce with this yarn.