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Old 07-25-2006, 10:33 PM   #11
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Oh, Trudy, I'd die without my cheesy mysteries! I read in one every night before bed. Sometimes I only get 3 pages read before I zonk out, but at least it's something! I can't read the Patricia Cornwell stuff before bed, though...far far too creepy and disturbing! I love English cozies--they're by far my favorites. This Mary Kruger novel is the first knitting mystery I've read. (Unless I were to count Miss Silver and Miss Marple, though they really just knit while solving mysteries... :rofling: )
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Old 07-25-2006, 10:56 PM   #12
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The book "a good yarn" is actually her second knitting book. The first is about how the store owner, a cancer survivor, used the money her dad left her to open a yarn store. There's a whole other set of first-time knitters that get to know each other in that book.
I think the neatest thing about those books (I think the first is titled "The shop on Blossom Street" but I'm not sure) is that many of the chapters either begin with a quote about knitting or a resource that is real life (internet page, pattern directions, etc.). I was impressed that it was that real-life.
This may be an embarassing admission, but those books were the reason I decided to learn to knit. Now I just wish I lived somewhere big enough to have a yarn store where I could go in with what's on my needles and my problem and say "Help!" I don't know anyone in my town that knits, so I am learning from a book and reading the advice on this site.
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There's only one LYS within reasonable driving distance from me (25 minutes!) and I don't really like it. It's hard to explain the vibe--they're not rude by any means, but they're not really friendly, either. There is one really nice woman who works there, but I've only seen her there twice. The LYS I love is about 45 minutes away. The owner is wonderful and very helpful. I just can't drive that far. So I understand exactly what you mean about not being able to run in and say "help!", and not being able to be part of a real-life community of knitters.
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Old 07-26-2006, 08:46 AM   #14
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Angelia, do you know other knitters who live near you? You could start your own knitting group and can set up days to meet in a coffee shop or library or something. Then you can run to them and say "help!"
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There is a group that meets at one of the local bookstores. The time they meet isn't so good for me, but I'm sure there are others. And you're right; I could start my own group!
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Knit One, Kill Two and Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton are great knitting mysteries. They're actually based on a real yarn store in Ft. Collins, Colorado. I actually met the author on a trip to Denver and got to go to the store- Lambspun of Colorado- and spent way too much money!! It was my first exposure to a LYS rather than Michaels. Now, I have three LYS in driving distance, when I used to have one, and I'm in heaven.
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I didn't know that was a real store. I read the first book, haven't gotten to the second yet. It made me wish there were a place like that here, where I could go in and knit with a group of friends.

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