“What!” Sydelle Pulaski cried.
I repeat: Wrong! All answers are wrong! Partnerships are canceled; you are on your own. Alone.
Erm . . . wait, this isn’t The Westing Game (the best book ever written–and if you’re a fan, as all those who’ve read it are, you must click on that link). But that’s what I always think when something is wrong. Amazingly, despite 75 entries, no one hit on the number of knitting books I own exactly. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
The average was 40.5.
The median (middle) number was 42.
The mode (most common) were 27, 33, 42, and 44 (three each).
The highest offered, by Robin, was 112 (egads!).
How many books do I have? I’m practically embarrassed to reveal it now. Let’s take a look at my bookshelf.
That’s it. I swear. 16 books. See, what you guys don’t seem to know about me is that I am cheap. My stash is rather small too, though the way I talk about it you might not realize it. I mean, what all do I knit? Hats that I make up myself, mittens that I modify for myself, sweaters from magazines, and socks. Small things. Free Internet pattern things.
The bookshelf is not usually this “organized,” but for the photo I moved the Interweaves and other magazines to one side. My most-used books are, of course, the Barbara Walkers–both stolen from my mom. Some were gifts, but as I’ve said before, no one really gives me knitting stuff as gifts. It’s not as if I don’t love knitting books, and not that I don’t find inspiration from them. The collection is growing–I’ve added a bit in the last few months–and I expect to see it grow. There is, however, one more book that I could put on this shelf, but it’s not a reference so I don’t, but I can’t deny that it’s got knitting content. It’s also the most hysterical book I own, and I’m proud to say I worked on it.
That brings the total up to 17, so I’m going to award the contest to both MeBeth and Elinor. (How could I pick just one or the other?) I meant to get to a knitting shop this weekend to see what I could get for the prizes, but I was crazy busy and didn’t get around to it. Both of you guys email me your mailing addresses, and I promise to come through soon. MeBeth, maybe we meet at The Point and I send you on a (small) shopping spree! We’ll get another of whatever you get (or something of equal value) for Elinor.
Now for the other winner. My 2000th comment came from Liz K. from Crossroad Knits! And I couldn’t be more thrilled that she hit the number exactly, because she’s such a delightful and loving person, who I’m so happy to count as one of my friends. A long while back we discovered a shared love of great cheese, and we would email with Philly restaurant recommendations and reviews. Since I moved to New York, she’s been an enormous source of support, sharing her own stories and just being there for me if I needed someone. Her blog (which she shares with two other amazing women) is a great read, too! So Liz, please email me your mailing address, and I’ll get something (again, a mystery–bad contest runner, Minty! [slaps hand]) to you soon.
Thanks to everyone for playing! I have a lot more blogs to add to my out-of-control blogroll, and I hope to see you more often in the comments section! And since I’ve revealed my pathetic knitting book collection: What’s the book I should own that I don’t? Recommendations?