So, picture this: Last week, armed with a moment alone and a gift card (thank you, Katie!), I headed on over to my local independent bookstore. I had a list of 6 books, because more often than not in this tiny bookstore, they don't have just what I'm looking for. So I had my list of backups-- books that have been sitting at the top of my wishlist for a while now*. And wouldn't you know it....they had ALL six. All Six! And my gift card was for ONE. (Must not spend beyond the budget. Must not spend beyond the budget!!). I was a mess....I picked one up, put another down, held on to two, put those down and picked up another, walked up to the counter, then turned around, and on and on and on until I had all six books in my hand and sat down with a near nervous breakdown. Trying to breathe, I closed my eyes and shuffled them around and picked Handkit Holidays. And I slowly released my grip on the others and walked out of the store (after I paid for it, of course). I think I made the right decision. This book rocks. (I do think it's a poorly chosen title that might deter people, though...there are sooo many things in the book beyond the 'holidays'.) And like the other Melanie Falick books I have, I just can't decide what to knit first.
And so, this was the second project that struck me. A knit dog, and I just happened to have enough Patagonia Nature Cotton yarn in my stash to make it. Yes, a blue dog (c'mon, haven't you read Go, Dog, Go?). It's coming along nicely, and such a treat to knit on size 6 needles for a change (I have three projects on hold right now--all on size twos. Oy.)
(*In case you were wondering, the other five that didn't make the cut were: The New Crewel, Julie and Julia, Nikon D50 Field Guide , Loop-D-Loop, and Living Out Loud. I hope I made the right choice! Ah, book buyer's remorse!)