Not 600 hexagons, no... I still have not started making them again... I just thought I should say hello.
I have meant to to show you all my gorgeous new yarn I recently got but I am not sure if I can do that. It feels so weird to show off all that stuff. You don't do that, do you?! Maybe later.
I guess it just feels so forbidden because I normally wouldn't have had access to it, it's so unreal my husband brought it all back in his suitcase while usually he only presents me a Martha Stewart LIVING when coming back from the US... I should not really have this... oh too cute, Dagny just came to me and wanted to wind two skeins of yarn with that wool winder I recently bought! Seriously. That's so fabulous.
I suppose once my stash has grown I'll give in, and just put it all out so you can see. I have went through the various stages of fabric addiction and know there will be times I won't feel guilty when having bought something like 22 skeins of Koigu. But now I do.
So here instead I tell you how rationally I have become regarding buying new craft books. I almost completely have sworn off Japanese craft magazines some time ago. I feel totally alright when I am missing a new issue of those I bought routinely and am much more drawn to pattern books. I guess in your countries are similar books like I bought a while ago, but if you happen to have the opportunity to get books from Japan (traveling friends or husbands) you should consider buying these.
I think both are worth purchasing, not too expensive (around 2.000 Yen) and brimful with all kinds of patterns. In CROCHET PATTERNS BOOK 300 (ISBN 4-529-04175-1) there are patterns for nets, shells, pineapples, flowers, mixing colours, you name it. There are patterns which look kind of knitted, very interesting.KNITTING PATTERNS 3oo (ISBN 978-4-529-02071-8) is all about lacy patterns, literally patterns you can see through, lovely leaves, lots of zigzag, herringbone, diamonds, bobbles, flowers... I'd love to try knitting sampler scarves to get to know some of the beautiful patterns shown in this book.
After the next Chevron, that is. I have just casted on something absolutely not-neon and already love it to pieces. This yarn...!
Off to wind those skeins now...
Edit: The patterns are charted, of course, easy to understand due to the visual instructions in the back of both books. No Japanese needed.
EDIT#2: ISBNs for both books added to the text. Sorry for having been hiding them in the little text boxes that appear when you move the cursor over the images.