I tied off and finished my second crochet project of 2011 this evening. I probably could have made the moebius scarf just a bit bigger, but it will do. When I drape it over my head and then double it around my neck, it snuggle covers my ears and keeps my throat toasty.
After taking a few final photographs of my new scarf, I immediately began a second scarf as a Valentine’s Day gift for my hubby. Using Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool-Ease (worsted weight in black), I started crocheting an extremely simple ribbed scarf pattern. I should easily be able to finish the scarf before next Monday.
I crocheted during WolfGuard‘s regularly scheduled Wednesday evening rehearsal, approximately three hours, and by my estimate crocheted over one thousand five hundred stitches on the third project of 2011. While they worked on some new cover songs during the first session(Aerials by System of a Down and Cumbersome by Seven Mary Three), the last half of practice included such classics as Rush’s Finding My Way; BOC’s Godzilla; Metallica’s For Whom the Bell Tolls; and, the show-stopping, heart-pounding, easy-to-lose-count-of-your-stitch-in-time Iron Maiden’s The Trooper. If that doesn’t tangle your skein, nothing will.
No, I’m not talking about the content composed by the author (in this case Robert V.S. Redick) but rather the publisher or the publishing industry (in this case Del Rey Ballantine Books an imprint of Random House) lack of polish or finish on this first edition hardcover of The Ruling Sea:
Do you see the unevenness of the pages? This is one of the final steps when you bind a book. You trim the edges of the book signatures so they are flush and even (makes for easy fanning of a book with your thumb). I’ve even done this process myself (with my dad’s help as he had the razor sharp chisel and vice in his basement workshop). I’m appalled when I see a first edition hardcover in this state.
Is this becoming more common from the publishing industry? When I see a book like the one displayed above, I think it’s a reprint by a low-budget or discount publisher, not a first edition! Sheesh!
Perhaps I’m just overly sensitive. I would have hesitated to buy this book for this very reason. As it stands, I’m only borrowing it from a library, but still. Come on!