Social media is a great thing. Without it I wouldn't know most of you and my days would be duller. I wouldn't be able to stay in touch with friends from the past as easily and I wouldn't know what's going on in their lives.
The internet has made connecting with people so much easier and it is strange to think that there is a whole generation of people now who never had to do without smartphones and the internet. Networking is easier, too, and last week the internet helped me get my hands on a book I had wanted for some time.
As you know, I blogged about a Japanese stitch library by Hitomi Shida that's on my wishlist. Someone on Instagram saw this and told me there was a copy of it on Etsy. I quickly had a look and, yes, there it was! It was the Chinese version of the Japanese book, sent from Hong Kong. I didn't hesitate, ordered the only copy, and it arrived yesterday.
This is as good a book as I had hoped it would be. 260 intricate stitch patterns fill its pages and there are ideas for scarves, hats and socks. The stitch patterns are charted so you need to be a somewhat confident knitter who is used to reading charts without any further help. There are a few symbols I may need to look into a bit more, but luckily there are photo tutorials for some of the more complex stitches at the back of the book. I can't read a word of it, but the images help a lot and if you have knitted for a while, you will probably have no problems getting on with these patterns.
I heartily recommend this book. Japanese stitches are so very intricate and beautiful. If you like them and easily knit with charts, try and find a copy of this book. I can see why it is so popular and I am very grateful to the person who pointed me in the right direction so I could get my hands on it. Thank you!