Thursday, January 12, 2006

Borders is evil.

No, no, not because of the whole megasuperstore-gobbling-up-the-tiny-mom-and-pop-independents (although there is THAT, too, but that's another post entirely), but because they keep sending me COUPONS, y'all, and every time I see one in my email account, my eyes glaze over and I begin to mumble...must go to Borders. Must go to Borders.

I will confess that I am a complete sucker for advertising (every time a Burger King commercial comes on at 11:30 at night, my stomach starts to grumble), but Borders is really hitting me in my vulnerable spot. This morning, I woke up and found a 25% off coupon, and decided to ask you guys a question.

I've really wanted Vintage Knits for a long time (the pretty Sarah Dallas book), but I also really want Weekend Knitting. The last time I was at Borders trying to make this decision, it felt like Sophie's Choice and I just had to walk away.

Which do you all recommend? I have a feeling it might be Weekend Knitting--it just has so many different kinds of projects, that I think it might be a better all around book--but the Vintage Knits projects are so beautiful!

I am a wuss and can't make decisions by myself. Help!

15 Comments:

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I probably shouldn't admit this, but I own them both!! (See, I just couldn't pick) They are both really wonderful books. I guess I would say it depends what you are looking for. Vintage Knits is mostly sweaters, while Weekend Knitting has a larger variety of projects (I know, that's basically what you already said). If I could only buy one, I would probably lean toward Weekend Knitting for the variety. But both are really nice.

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Nancy said...

When you go to Borders do you feel like you're at the Animal Shelter and you have to adopt all the books? Or is it just me? I have Weekend Knitting and I like it. But, if I had VIntage Knits I'd like that one, too. Does that help? ;-)

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger Lolly said...

I have Weekend Knitting and love it! I have heard review both ways about Vintage Knits - maybe eeny meeny miney mo? ;) Good luck choosing. I am sure you would be happy with either!

 
At 12:55 AM, Blogger candsmom said...

This is a tough one....not that I own either of the books, being ghetto and all. ;-) I will admit to having leafed through both at Barnes and Noble...and coveting, always coveting. My first instinct is to say Vintage Knits, only because the sweaters are so beautiful. But Karen is right that Weekend Knitting has a broader selection. And neither of them is at the library, either, (Not even the mythical Hawaii library!) so there goes Plan B. Then again, you could always just go with what your gut tells you for now....because you know they'll send you yet another 30% off coupon for next time! And you know you'll succumb...Evil Matrix empire!!

 
At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Leigh said...

I have Weekend Knits and it is LOVE! It was one of my first knit pattern book purchases and it's still one of my faves. But, I also want to get Vintage Knits as well. It's a toss-up, I'd say. If you've got enough coupons, get both!

 
At 12:06 PM, Blogger keohinani said...

er... i have both. i believe if you want both badly enough, you'll eventually get both of them. so i think the dilemma is more like "which would gratify my more immediate knitting needs until i get the other one?"
of course, you could always flip a coin. ;P
damn those borders coupons! damn them to hell! i still don't understand that stupid rewards program. it requires you to spend money to earn credit toward saving money when you spend more money!? and that personal shopping day hooha is totally bogus. what's a measley 10%?! psh. i have a bone to pick with them. i'd rather order from amazon...

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

I have both and I recommend Weekend Knitting. I've knit a lot more patterns from that one. Vintage Knits is nice, but the gauge for all the patterns tends to be really tiny, so I've just used it less.

 
At 5:33 AM, Blogger crazycatladymel said...

I get the coupons too, and have to FORCE myself to not print them out every time. It is very difficult.

I have Weekend Knitting, and can recommend it highly. Not just for the projects (which are great), but the whole "attitude" of the book. It's about living with your fiber. Sections on movies & books that feature knitting, directions for gentle hand massages, ways to "decorate" with yarn, etc. Great, great book!

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

If you really want both books, I say get one now, and when your next coupon arrives get the other one! (No, I don't work for Borders. heh)

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger Ashley said...

I'm with elizabeth. Vintage Knits has beautiful sweaters, but the gauge is TEENY for all of them. Which is fine once in a while but I'm sure as hell not going to make a whole book's worh of sweaters like that. WK has project variety, gauge variety, and a cookie recipe! What more do you want? :)

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Weekend Knitting, for sure! I love love love love it. Of course, I haven't really looked closely at Vintage Knits, so maybe I'm not the best person to take advice from. But if I could keep only two of my pattern books, I would keep Weekend Knitting and Handknit Holidays. Seriously.

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Lolly said...

Hey girl - you won my contest!! You were the first to guess Addi - and you were right ;) (she actually spells it with an -e at the end, but it is pronounced the same way!)

Please send me your address - and let me know your favorite colors! I will get the gift to you asap ;) Congrats!

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger Marisa said...

Can't help you decide which book but I do have some Burger King advice -- go for the Whopper Jr. Get your taste fix and move on without as much damage.

Heh, who am I kidding?

thanks for the birthday wishes!

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Karen said...

So, are you going to let us know which book you ended up buying?? Oh yeah, and I'm tagging you with a quick fun meme. Questions are on my blog! :)

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Talitha said...

I don't have either book, but all the patterns I've seen from Vintage knits are sooo beautiful!

 

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