Value of a Book

Having watched a number of my friends publish books, it was amazing to note how much work went into the project of getting a book into print.  Content, designs, photos, proofreading, etc, etc., etc.

P.C. – Pre-Computers

Can you imagine what it took to get a book published prior to the days of computers and digital images and e-mail?  That’s what went through my mind when I found this little historical gem at my local flea market.

Chats on Old Lace 1

In addition to all the historical information Mrs. Lowes must have gathered, she would have also needed to gather a number of photographs or objects that could be photographed.

Chats on Old Lace 2

The display above shows that each illustration/photograph is covered with a tissue.  This one even has words printed on the tissue, but most others don’t.  But you’ll also note (if you look closely) that this book was printed in 1908…over a hundred years ago.  The printing, binding and finishing process must have been a lot of work as well.  You’ll note below that some of the pages hadn’t been completely cut during the finishing process, and not ONE of the readers of this book in the last 100 years found it important enough to cut this page open.

Chats on Old Lace 3

Given the importance of this book, I can fully understand why the author and publisher and all the contributors would have gone to such great lengths to get it to the readers.  I’ll leave you with the first page of Mrs. Lowes’ conclusions on Old Lace and Needlework.

Chats on Old Lace 4


Current Knitting

I did another few inches of work on Cascade Scarf #4 over the weekend.

Cascade Scarf 12-15-2014

I only have about 12 more inches to work on this scarf/wrap, so I anticipate I should finish it by the end of the week.  In fact, I might have finished it already, had I not started on a new test-hat project for my niece.

Westward Hat 12-15-2014

This is the headband section of a hat by Stephen West called Westward.  Both the Latvian braids at the top and bottom and the chevrons both pint Westward.  I’ll hope to finish the top of the hat sometime this week as well.

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