I had a sweet tooth yesterday…. not for chocolate, but for a knitting book. I went to my favourite book store, and found two books that I might be interested in buying. And that´s just it…. isn´t it? I mean; -might be interested in….?
One was this:
A whole book about the «Marius» sweater, -one of (in my opinion) the three most popular Norwegian knitting patterns. It´s a beautiful book, -filled with both traditional patterns and new and quite inventive ways of using the «Marius» pattern, all presented to suit several levels of knitting skills. I´m guessing this book has contributed to the formidable amounts of «Marius» sweaters currently walking around. I love the fact that knitting is back in fashion in Norway, and I don´t mean just knitted items, because they have, in one form or another always been fashionable. But the fact that knitting, -as in actually buying the yarn, casting on and moving the needles to create a garment, has become «the thing to do».
Old knitters …well ehm, as in «Old»…. like me, are walking around a bit more proud of our skills, and knitters more new to the technique are confidently joining the parade.
But I didn´t buy the book. I would highly recommend it, but I have the pattern archived in my head. I´ve knitted it several times before, and I also have the written pattern in various editions, -the first one from the 60´s….
Sanna Vatanen is Finnish, and the book is translated (to my knowledge) to Swedish and Norwegian. The cover draws my attention, and the content reflects the cover. Love that about a crafts book! It´s filled with great ideas on how to knit and crochet using your scrap yarn, all well presented in a colorful and inventive way. …and when the front page model is wearing yellow John Fluevog shoes…. need I say more:)
But I didn´t buy this book either. I know who to borrow this book from.
So I left the crafts shelves, suddenly thinking about the book I only remember the title of whenever I´m in this particular book store. But they still didn´t have it….. Internet is the murderer of small town commerce. I´m aware that my local store, of whatever trade, can´t carry every little item I ´m currently in the pursue of, and going home to press the buy button on your computer is very easy. So I found a book for my daughter feeling very pleased for being politically correct, -buying locally. And then I saw it! Not a knitting book as such, but very knitting related. A book about knitting UFO´s. I could vaguely remember reading about this art project some years ago. I brought it home and spent a few hours giggling. Apart from really enjoying the pictures and the stories, I felt something that can´t be translated into English. And the only reason for this is that the word and the concept of the word simply doesn´t excist in English. The Germans has it: «schadenfreude», as has the Scandinavian languages. In Norwegian: «skadefryd». It basically means the joy you feel over other people’s misery! Not the proudest word, -I know! The excellent Australian stand-up comedian Adam Hills makes a really enjoyable point of this in one of his shows (either «Characterful» or «Joymonger», -can´t remember which). I brought the book to my knitting-cafè this evening, and the restrained giggles as the book passed around the table made me realize I wasn´t alone in feeling «skadefryd» when seeing other people’s knitting-miseries splashed out for everybody to see. We all have them, on the bottom of the knitting-basket, in the far back of the shelves in the house´ most untidy room or as I once did; -framed the lonely glove, signed it, named it «One of a Kind» and gave it to my father for xmas. It still hangs there on the wall, forever lonely 20 years later…. Remember the sweater only missing 1/3 of an arm, -or the pair of mittens with two right thumbs? Some unfinished projects ends up irritating you so much that you couldn´t even be bothered removing the knitting needles! But that´s the exception, -mostly the needles are left in because you still have a plan……