Lets just get to the good stuff, things I found at TNNA and wanted! Lets start with these amazing little Crochet Hook kits from Etimo/Tulip. SO adorable.
One of the biggest surprises about the book has been the popularity of the blanket pattern. I had originally intended for it to be crochet but with the addition of the sewing information it was important for the publishers to keep the book focused on knitting. So I had to quickly change my plan and come up with a knit version. I love a blanket that looks good from both sides, and so I wanted it to be as much garter ridge as possible but be similar to feather and fan.
I’ve had a complete blast visiting yarn shops for various book signings. The best part is bringing along BG (Big Girl – my oldest) and on the trip to GA she learned how to knit! I don’t know about you, but I knew better then to try and teach her myself. It’s just one of those things. Ask someone how they learned to knit and most of them mention a grand parent or aunt/uncle. We don’t have any living relatives who knit (crazy right?) so who stepped in but the wonderful Claudia (the women who tinked all my knitting mistakes the first few years I was knitting, and occasionally still does!)