(Bust With Ice picture from The National Ice Carving Association)
From Booking Through Thursday:
What kind of care do you take of your books? Let's review, shall we? (Uh oh. Some of you who are faint of heart may not want to read the answers to this one.)
1. Are you careful with the spines? Or do you crack your books open to make them lay flat?
Crack them open, eventually.
2. Do you use bookmarks? Or do you dog-ear the corners? If you do use bookmarks, do you use those fashionable metal ones? Or paper?
I do dog ear. Sometimes. I would've said I never dog ear the corners, but the copy of Jane Eyre I picked up is in such terrible condition anyway, and I'm reading it so slowly, that I'm finishing off the book as I go.
I use paper or material bookmarks, metal slides out too easily.
3. Do you write in your books? Ever? If you do, do you make small marks, or write in as much blank space as you can find? Pen or pencil? Highlighter? Your name on the front page?
I really don't write in my books, but I'm always intrigued by annotated copies. I'm just not convinced that my annotations are the least bit helpful. I usually don't write my name on them either.
4. Do you toss your books on the floor? Into bookbags? Or do you treat them tenderly, with respect?
Toss my books on the floor? I treat them nicely. Other than the cracking spine and dog earing the occasional corner.
5. Do you ever lay your book face-down, to save your place?
6. Um--water? Do you bathe with your books? Hold them with wet hands? Read out in the rain? Anything of that sort? I've been known to read books in the tub and while sunbathing. But not my brother's books. Not anymore. Not after that time.
7. Are your books lined up on a bookshelf? Or crammed in any which way? Stacked on the floor?
Lined up, by category (mostly), but also on my wardrobe chest, in and on my rolltop, on the coffee table.....
8. Do you make a distinction--as regards book care--between hardcovers and paperbacks?
I'm usually nicer to the spines of paperbacks because they're more fragile, but honestly, I want to keep all my books in reasonably good condition.
9. And, to recap? Naturally, you love all of your books, but how, exactly? Are your books loved in the battered way of a well-loved teddy bear, or like a cherished photo album or item of clothing that's used, appreciated, but carefully cared for?
Probably more along the lines of a beloved teddy bear, but they're not missing limbs or their stuffing.
10. Any additional comments? Nope.
In Knitting news - there isn't any on an existing project, which I threw over for a pair of Log Cabin socks. Finished! - all but the kitchener stitch of the 2nd sock - but I didn't have time to snap a pic of it this morning. Mind you, I finished it on Monday, but I knit the 2nd sock foot with a much, much looser gauge and oddly enough, it was HUGE. Naturally I didn't try it on - the first sock fit, right? until after I'd done the kitchener stitch (uh, sideways) and had wove in all the ends in. Whoops. So I unwove the ends and frogged it back to the 2nd skein join around the gusset. It took a little less than a skein and a half of Cascade 220. They're so cute!