For those of you that have been following this blog you now that I am writing a knitting book.
Now before I reveal the name I want to explain the book. First there is a famous quote from the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth.
William Booth entering the Royal Albert Hall - 09 May 1912 to give his last public address - accompanied by Colonel Theo H Kitching.
While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight-I'll fight to the very end!
Anyway that has basically been my attitude about the Army since I joined it several years ago. The bottom line is that The Salvation Army is fighting against every kind of suffering. Now as a clown there is an extra imperative to fight against things that are not funny. That is one the principal reason clowns hate mimes, but I digress.
Besides you did not really want me to make a list of things that I do not think are funny. I am looking at you Carrot Top. Moving along, moving along.
Now what might this important quote have to do with naming a knitting book. Firstly I would like to state that this title came to me and someone else pointed out the irony.
I have decided to name the book KNITTING FOR WAR.
Once again I would like to state that is not a dig at the book knitting for peace. Although I am certain that I will not have a pink cover on the book.
I do have a list of the types of patterns that will be in this book. They are as follows:
Knitting for the Troops : Wolly Bully and Heavy Socks
Knitting for Primeies: Primy Cap, Booties, Small Baby Blanket
Knitting for the Homeless: Watch Cap, ribbed scarf hat combo, scarf, gloves, unisex sweater
Knitting for Cancer: Chemo Cap Basic, Chemo Cap Fancy, lay blanket
Prayer Shawls: Heinz 57 Shawl, Steel City Clown Brigade Shawl, Brigadier's Personal Shawl, Steel Valley Corps Shawl
Knitting for Clowns: The Judy Scarf, Tandem Sweater, Really Sleepy Hat
By the way as always I am looking for suggestions. And if anyone has a really cool pattern that matches in this section I would like to use it. It must be available to be published.
I do have to have samples knit for many of these things And I have to write eight of the patterns. The clown stuff and the shawls are done. As you can tell many of the projects are fairly simple.
I do hope to have most of the text typed in in a couple weeks. I will be harassing local people to read it and check the patterns. By the first of the year I hope to have the book completely finished.
Be safe out there and keep your stick on the ice.