This weekend, I made another Monkey Bones Super Slouch (I think I'll have to definitely trademark that, hah!) for Girlfriend. I made the mistake of asking her to choose her colors. I told the same thing to my friend yesterday, that I had made the mistake of asking her to choose her own colors, and she asked me if Girlfriend had bad taste in color, or something. And then I thought about it for a moment and said, "Nah, I don't think she has lousy taste in color; I'm afraid that I'm the one with the lousy taste in color and wouldn't even recognize what a good color combo is."
Oh well. The pattern should be ready this week. I'm waiting for her version to dry, and then we'll photograph them. I'm no Fair Isle expert, so don't expect miracles along the lines of the expert of all experts. In fact, if she spotted this wonder she'd probably make plans to roll over in her grave a few times in my honor. Yeah, I know she's still with us and loving life. I'm just sayin' she'll probably make a mental note of it for when the time comes.
It's a fun pattern and easy to work.
ETA and BTW: Seems like Fall is the time when book publishers release a lot of knitting books. I do receive review copies and although I don't do online reviews religiously, I DO love to mention when I get some good ones and I like to pass on recommendations.
I have two books that I'll quickly tell you about and from the comments to this post, I will do a random drawing like I usually do, and give them away. There's one here that is especially wonderful that I'd hate to pass on (and I won't tell you which one), but I have far too many pattern books at this point and really don't have the time to work patterns other than knitting up my own or maybe participating in KAL's and such.
The first book I want to tell you about is Warm Knits, Cool Gifts. This is a co-authored book by Sally Melville and her daughter, Caddy Melville Ledbetter. Maybe it's the mother-daughter component that draws me in, but this is a charming pattern book with loads of patterns, many of which you could give away as gifts. Not every pattern is small and would lend itself for a quick-knitted-gift, like a couple of afghans, some large, comfy sweaters, etc., but there are also some little knits that you could probably whip up in a week or so if you can focus on knitting for a few hours a day.
The second book is Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller. This is another charming one and if you have teenage friends, acquaintances, daughters or sons, you'll find projects here that you could make and give away. Shoot, if you're anything like me: Someone who actually really likes those vampire novels, you'll love it, even if you just want to look through it. Some of the stand outs are the Tourniquet Scarf, the Werewolf Hat and a nifty diary cover that is darling. I'm usually not all that into "cozy's" but this one is a standout.
EDITED TO ADD: Comments have been closed and two winners have been randomly chosen. Congratulations to Renna and Amy!