… or a small shopping update.
The beginning of June was the time when I decided to treat myself a little with some yarn-related gifts.
I decided that it was high time to get a set of nice knitting stitch markers. So far I’ve been using my good old crochet markers:
but although they do the job, it is very easy to break them, especially with smaller and tighter knitted projects like socks, so I think it’s better to keep them for crochet only. Scrap yarn is fine for small knitting projects of course, but a cute set of stitch markers is always a good thing. I bought mine from KoPoUK on Etsy and decided to choose the snag-free rubber rings and honeycomb bee hexagonal markers and I really love them! The teardrop-shaped markers on the right side of the top photo were a little extra gift from the seller and they’ll be perfect if I ever decide to knit with bulky yarn on large needles 🙂
Another purchase was an addition to my yarny library: two knitting books.
“Sock Knitting – Master Class” by Ann Budd is a follow-up to her awesome beginners sock knitting book. I’m far from being on master level, but I wanted to learn different sock construction techniques, and I like to keep such knowledge handy in a book where I can check it whenever I need to. The book does not disappoint and I already have something from it on my needles 🙂 I can say at this point that I would trust blindly anything that Ann writes (even if the patterns are from many different designers), and she’s an excellent teacher. She’s also so awesome that she comments on all the projects based on her patterns on Ravelry and has a group there, where she keeps in touch with knitters and helps them whenever something is not clear.
Another book, “750 Knitting Stitches – The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible” by Erika Knight is a great stitch reference material. I wanted to have a collection of stitch patterns, especially lace and cables, to add to my knitting and modify my projects in the future. For instance, I have this idea in my mind to knit a hat and a scarf with lacy leaf motif and I already found the stitch I’m going to use in this book 🙂 I have a similar book for crochet and I think it’s something worth keeping on the shelf.
That’s all of my recent selfish shopping and seriously guys, when I look at the things I buy for myself, it’s almost always crochet and knitting related. I’m not sure what stage of addiction is that, but I’m not going to fight it 🙂
Happy week everyone!