Friday, February 2, 2007

Cranky Pants

Yes, I'm wearing my cranky pants today.

1. Wait for Metrotransit bus that never showed: 30 minutes. Winter freeze warning wind-chill factor: -10 degrees. Feeling my toes again: priceless. [I take the bus to work]

2. Purchased Favorite Socks last night at the Yarnery. The Austrian Sock pattern notes read: "Uberlieferte Strickmuster aus dem Steirischen Ennstal (Traditional Knitting Patterns from the Enns Valley of Styria) by Maria Ehlbacher is available from Schoolhouse Press."

LIARS!!! I've been trying to find these books (series of three) for the past 9 months! As far as I can tell, the last copies in North America were sold in Canada early last July... one week before I began my quest for the books. Meg Swanson (EZ's daughter, Schoolhouse Press) kindly responded to a few emails over the past year. She met with Maria in Austria last August. The books are out of print, and original plates have been destroyed. At this point Maria is not interested in reprinting them-- and Meg has not received a thumb's up for creating opti-copies of the text. I did find a few copies on Germany's Amazon site in October, but thought I'd perservere and eventually find copies somewhere on this continent. Thus far, it hasn't happened.

If any of you in blogland know of copies for sale-- or run across them on Ebay, Amazon (etc.) please let me know.

[During the holidays I was given Liesl Fanderl's Bauerliches Stricken series to quell my Austrian/Bavarian twisted stitch obsession. They're lovely, and the books are still widely available.]

3. (Related to #2) the Minnesota Knitter's Guild is holding their Yarnover drawing today and tomorrow. I've thought about joining, but never have. I truly regretted it when I saw that Meg Swanson is teaching a class called, yes, "Bavarian Twisted Stitches" this April. (Guild members have first pick of the classes.) I've talked to the Yarnover organizer, and she feels that there will be space in the class for non-members. I've never taken a knitting class before, but am truly hoping to take this one. My registration is in the mail. Here's hoping! *fingers crossed*

1 comment:

limedragon :-: Harriet said...

About these Erlbacher books, it looks like there's a used copy (vol 1) at now, and I tried to buy it, but the seller wouldn't ship to the US or to the UK (I tried my cousin's address too!)... I'm hoping other sellers will ship internationally.

I hope you get to take that class, it does look interesting, and I was very tempted myself.