I have been wanting for a long time to get my Barbara Walker Treasuries spiral bound. Years, in fact. Finally, Incaknit’s recent experience at a local Kinko’s coincided with the pages really starting to fall out of one of them. I can’t tell you exactly how long I have had these books, but a loooong time. When I was taking little slips and markers out of them in preparation for their outing, I found bookmarks from Coliseum Books when it was on 57th Street and I worked on 57th Street and spent many lunch hours and too much money there. The books followed me to Minnesota, and got more and more dogeared. They are still a bit dogeared, but now the pages aren’t falling out and I don’t have to hold a page open with the butter dish or a stapler. Although I have many other stitch dictionaries, these were among my first and I still just browse thru them for fun. So having to leave them overnight gave me pause. My mother used to tell the little kids who were in page tearing mode, “Books are our friends.” These books are old friends. But here they are, back home, safe and sound, don’t they look great?
So while feeling all inspired and having my books home, I was tempted into a new waste of time, um, I mean a new (to me) online service. I have been fooling around on Ravelry, but didn’t even think about adding my books to the bookshelf. Then Jean started talking about her experience with Library Thing. It is “an easy, library-quality catalog” that is really as addictive as Ravelry. I figured there would be lots of others on there who had already posted my books. That made it so easy to add them. Very easy. So easy that in no time at all I added over 100 knitting books. Really. And I don’t think I got them all. I’m almost embarrassed, but gentle readers, I’ve been at this book collecting thing for a long time. I often buy a knitting book I think I won’t use just in case someone else would. I browse the discarded book bins in libraries and love used books stores. I know I don’t have to justify myself, especially figuring that most people reading this are also knitters with many feet of books. Library Thing is fun. You can look at a catalogue as a list, or by cover images, as though you have spread the books out on a table and are quietly browsing.
And on the book theme, what about this chair?
It is the Bibliochaise, and is, sadly, a bit out of my price range.