The Other Shawl Series I’ve Been Subscribing to…

… besides those by Anna Dalvi is Rosemary (Romi) Hill’s 7 Small Shawls. She’s publishing these as an e-book that gets updated on a regular basis to include additional patterns. I have not, I confess, knit any of these shawls yet, but I have a fantasy of working my way through all seven of them come summer.

When e-books first started coming out, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic. I’m an old school bibliophile—I love the feel of a book in my hands, the weight of it on my lap (though I don’t go so far as breathing in the fresh ink smell like the bouquet of a fine wine the way Melissa does). E-books take away most of that. Even when the book is printed out it’s not really a book: it’s a bunch of laser printed pages stacked on top of one another.

But I’ve become a convert in the past year, thanks to 7 Small Shawls and to Ysolda Teague’s Whimsical Little Knits, volumes one and two. At a time when individual pattern downloads can cost seven or eight dollars, paying two or three times more than that but getting six to eight times more patterns seems like a real deal. They’re also easy to print out, so I can get a clean copy of any pattern whenever I need one—and it is nice not to have the weight of a full book dragging about in my knitting bag.

So I’ve surprised my curmudgeonly self by embracing this technological advance in the knitting world. In fact, I fantasize about writing my own—themes, variety of patterns, ranges of yarn weights, so much to think about.

2 Replies to “The Other Shawl Series I’ve Been Subscribing to…”

  1. Hey, I subscribed to 7 Small Shawls too! And, like you, I have dreams of working my way through a few of them in 2011. Maybe we can do a wee KAL? 🙂

  2. I’d probably have to print them out or something. The problem is my eyes are having trouble with computer screens so it limits the time to use them. Even cranked down to 12% they are very bright to my eyes.

    I save my computer time to read blogs, and knitting sites. hehe

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