Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Some of the Best Things in Life

are Books!

Earlier this, I was talking to some one about an unpleasant experience I had with an on-line bookstore—some 3 or 4 years ago.  It’s wasn’t horrid—just annoying.

I ordered a book—The Vogue Knitting Book—(along with some other books) –but the other books were go alongs.

The book I wanted was the Vogue book--24 hours or so later, I got email feed back… my books were on the way, here is the shipping information...

Oh, and by the way, the Vogue book is temporally out of stock-- It will be shipped (at NO additional charge) in a few days.

A week passes (the other books arrived) and I get a second email.. there is still no Vogue in stock. Do I want to continue to wait or a refund?

I opted to continue to wait—again, and again.  Until finally they sent me a notice, about being unable to fulfill my order, and sent me a refund.

I was happy that I didn’t lose my money, but I really wanted the book.

Soon after that, my finances changed (for the worse) and while I wasn’t living in poverty, I was more conscious of spending money-- and well, I wanted the Vogue book, but with 45 + years of knitting, and over 50 knitting books on the shelf, I hardly needed it.

In the past few years, I received some Barnes & Noble gift cards (usually a $25 one)--and when I had some extra money (to pay for the $40 book) they didn't have it stock. So I've bought other books.

What a surprise then—to unwrap an unexpected Christmas present—and find Vogue Knitting!

I am a bit tired today—I stayed up long past my bed time, looking at the detail.

It’s a wonderful book—and as much as I know about knitting, I know it still has things to teach me. 

(and while I know she doesn’t read this blog, Thank You, Joan!)


Robyn said...

That was the very first book about knitting that I ever received as a gift (from my mom, who also gave me the gift of teaching me to knit). It is still my favourite - as you say, there is so much to learn and it is all in there! Enjoy your wonderful new book!

Melissa said...

What a lovely surprise!