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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I really wanted to evoke a monolith in this photo. I'm not sure I entirely nailed it, but I certainly tried.

Lara's Library (Finally!): The Principles of Knitting

Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
This just doesn't capture the incredible awesomeness.
Cathie Rowand - The Journal Gazette
I had to ask Cathie to shoot these for me, because I was too excited to put the book down long enough to photograph it.

This is going to make me seem hopelessly naive.

I had no idea that a book like The Principles of Knitting even existed before I managed to get a copy from the library.

I now have no idea how I didn't really know about it and how I got a copy from my library so darn fast.

I requested the book some time ago. I must have seen the title in a bibliography somewhere. My library has an awesome system where you electronically request books, and they deliver them to the library of your choice for pickup.

Anyway, I picked up my copy on February 21, which is really remarkable, since I was third in line (the online system tells you that), and it was only published on February 14. So, either my library system is actually run by magical elves or they bought more than one copy at once.

I think I can be forgiven for not realizing the enormity of this book, since the original version was published in 1988, about 10 years before I decided I needed to re-learn how to knit.

This is all to say that I don't think I can do the book justice in this format.

Instead, as I'm reading, I'm tweeting my reactions. Then, I'm gathering up my tweets, other people's tweets, and anything else I find online that I think is relevant using an online storytelling tool called Storify.

You don't need a Storify, twitter, facebook, or any other account to read what I've been doing.

I'm having a lot of fun making it, and I'm not even halfway though.

I hope you like it, too.