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When growing up did your family share your love of books? If so, did one person get you into reading? And, do you have any family-oriented memories with books and reading? (Family trips to bookstore, reading the same book as a sibling or parent, etc.)

Actually, my family didn’t and still doesn’t share my love of books. My sister read some, but she didn’t ever encourage me to read much. My biggest encouragement came from my teachers. I used to save up my extra lunch money just so I could order books from the little fliers we’d get ever-so-often. When my daughter was born (she’s now a teen), I made sure she was surrounded by books and a love of reading. Neither of us read as much as we should, but books are part of our existence. I even passed on a couple of my childhood favorites to her.


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One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?

Usually more than one at a time but rarely more than two. And almost always different genres, although they may be similiar in tone.

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Slow to WIP

My WIPs are slow moving lately. I haven’t picked up my hook since right before I left for Texas, and all of my works are still in progress. I’m still working on my two crib blankets, my butterfly shawl, and my daughter’s spirit blanket. I’ve yet to make a single stitch in the felted slippers, and now there’s two other projects I want to start. Once is crocheted socks for a CAL in Ravelry, and the other is a pair of high top baby booties for the new baby boy in our family (found in Crochet Today, Sept/Oct issue). I’m going to try to get the yarn for both in the next couple of weeks and see what I can do. In the meantime, I’m still going to work on my other projects and hopefully make a dent in them.

In other news, I picked up two more books while I was in Texas. One is Treasury of Crochet Techniques and Patterns, published in 1984. It has a decent technique library but the patterns themselves are mostly things that I’d never make. The other book is Vintage to Vogue: The Best of Workbasket. It has some really nice patterns in it for both knit and crochet, rewritten to suit today’s styles. I have some of the old copies of Workbasket that I got at an estate sale, so I thought this would be a good addition to my pattern books.

Now I just need to get that hook moving again since I have so many more patterns than I seem to have time!

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Back in the Day

Back In The Day: 101 Things Everyone Used To Know How To Do  – I picked up this lil’ book at Barnes & Noble yesterday because of its content. Inside is 101 different things that people used to know how to do–things like Operate a Telegraph Machine, Behave at a Medieval Banquet, Cure People With Leeches & Maggots, and Defend a Castle. We all need to know how to do those things, right? Maybe not in the modern world as we know it, but there really was a time all of these were needed.

The book also touches on a few crafts. There’s instructions for making a corn husk doll, how to make a Roman mosaic, blowing glass, weaving a basket, and making soap. There’s also instructions for shearing a sheep, and several pages before it tells how to tease, card, and spin wool. Yep. One of my personal favorites is How to Make Bread, since I’ve been trying to perfect that whole wheat loaf for some time now.

There’s also games. Ever wanted to know how to play hopscotch? It’s in there. How to play Jacks or Tennis? Both are in there. How about how to use a Hula Hoop? Yes, you can find the instructions in this neat guide. It tells what directions to move your hips and how, but it doesn’t say what to do if your hips just do not move the way they should in order to get that ring going.

It talks about growing your own herbs, keeping bees, and making your own honey. You can also learn to brew mead. Ever wanted to be a nurse on the battlefield? Well, thanks to this book, you can learn to set a broken bone and treat a battle wound. If you’re not a poet but want to be, you can learn the steps to writing a sonnet. A world of information in such a small place–the list goes on.

There’s also a few items I hope I never have to know how to do–like embalm a body or tie a hangman’s noose–but I’m glad I have this handy little reference nearby, just in case.

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I’m a little late on this one since I was out of town, but here goes:

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books?
If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read?
If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish?

I don’t have multiple copies of any of my books. Usually one copy is all I need, although if I ever came across an older version of a classic I already have, I’d buy it for the nostalgic value of it.

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Crocheted Socks

I’m such a book whore. I just took it upon myself to purchase a copy of Crocheted Socks: 16 Fun-To-Stitch Patterns from Amazon for just $6.95. Publisher’s price is $18.95, and I can never pass up a bargain on a crochet book or novel I like. I’ve borrowed this book half-a-dozen times from the library, and I’ve yet to make any of the socks; however, I plan to when I find a yarn I like for the project(s). Maybe if I’d quit spending all of my crochet money on books and start buying some yarn instead I’d get more projects done and do less browsing. 😀

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