This book contains patterns for pretty fitted sweaters with a lot of texture and interesting detail. There are pullovers, cardigans, and a twinset, with cables, lace, texture stitches, and lots of special things going on with collars and cuffs and hems. Pretty well all the patterns have waist shaping, set-in sleeves, and what my grandmother would have called “dressmaker” details.

Not, probably, a book for the beginning knitter. However, if you have made a few drop-sleeve or raglan things and are ready for a really pretty sweater, this could be a very good choice.

Most of the patterns have finished measurements from 34″ to 42″. None requires novelty yarn. And when they say “feminine,” they could even have said “ladylike.” If you need a summer top that will cover your bra straps, you can find one in this book.

This was a “free” book from my crafts book club. I say “free” because there is no such thing, really, but I am still glad to have it. In some far-off distant future, I will enjoy making some of these.

It will have to be the far-distant future, though, because this is all the further I got yesterday with the Regal Orchid Jasmine sweater.

There was work, and class, and errands, and the gym — things like that really cut into your knitting time.

I am still in the playing-around-with-the-new-equipment stage at the gym. Today I have plenty of sore muscles, which is good. What is not so good is that I also have livid bruises on my shoulders. I will have to figure out which machine was the culprit there and find out how to use it properly. Evan the trainer was there yestersday, and I can always ask him how to use the machines, but he was helping a serious grunter. You know, the guys who make painful bellowing noises whenever they lift. I couldn’t interrupt.

Do you notice the needles in the picture of that little frill of ribbing? These are the famed Addi Turbos, beloved of knitting bloggers all over. I had never tried them before, but now have used them for a couple of weeks. They do not seem to make me knit faster, but they do get bent out of shape — literally. They are all crooked now. I have never had this happen before with a needle, and some of my needles are antiques.

Today there is work and choir practice and the gym, errands (including the taking to the cleaners of a beautiful fairy princess dress which #2 daughter needs for her recital on Friday), and housework. I may get the ribbing finished, though.