"Sleep is good and books are better"Tyrion Lannister. Game of Thrones.
Monday: I can't believe you persuaded me into getting out of bed. Or maybe I just couldn't do it any more. Sleep, that is. On Friday night - for no particular reason, I wasn't ill, I hadn't been out - I fell into bed and slept til midday, Saturday. That's a record for me. I don't believe I've ever done it before. I guess I must have needed it. But now that it's Monday I feel like I have lost half of my weekend and I'm wondering what to tell you.
Ah, but there are always books. Last week I decided I needed a back to school (still can't break the habit of that thought) treat, so I ordered two books I'd had my eye on for a while. The Knitter's Knowledge by Debbie Bliss (may we say exhaustive? or is that risking a return to the oversleeping? This book collects together everything anyone has ever wanted to know about knitting, plus even more things I didn't know I didn't know. Highly recommended as a reference book. Don't pay full price. Wordery has it for £16) and a stitch dictionary, Up, Down, All-Around by Wendy Bernard.
The stitch dictionary arrived in a seriously shabby state. It looked as if the packer had wiped his (or her, though she would have needed pretty big feet) shoes on it. I've never had a book come to me in this condition before (personally, I mean. I've stood behind a library desk and accepted returns which looked like they'd been used as dinner plates). It made me stop and think about what's important about a book. It's the words, of course, not the frontispiece; and I had almost persuaded myself to leave it, when I realised that I wouldn't have bought from a bookshop a book crumpled and dirtied in such a way. So I emailed. And they're sending me another, which means that I have more post to look forward to this week and a book to take to the charity shop (the bookseller's suggestion) and that's a win. Sleep is good. Books are better.
And craft fairs rock. Also pictured is a new skein of sock wool called "leather and jeans" - I'm thinking it might make a nice hat for the girl here who loves her jeans and leather jacket - and some stitch markers, both from Ewe Momma. Did you spot Hogwarts? Knitting, books, both at once, yes.
And that's my mail for this week. How about you? It's Monday: time to make a memo! Anything special in the post? Anything new happe at the weekend? We'd love to know..
Melissa, Deb, Ruth, Helena, Jane, Barbara, Mary-Lou, Maggie, Karen, Mitra, Barbara and Krafty Karen all joined in last week. Go on: give 'em a wave! And have a good week!