I applied and got a library card in a neighbouring library system. Why? Because their collection has some fibre arts books my system doesn't. I feel silly for going to these lengths but I feel sharp for getting what I want.
Also on the topic of libraries and opportunities, my system used to have Alice Starmore and Anne Matheson's Knitting from the British Islands. Now the catalogue no longer lists it. Someone, somewhere got to buy the discarded book for fifty cents and it wasn't me. A Starmore!* That Starmore!
I like one of the pattens in the book, despite two aspects that concern me. I don't know if I have the high level of understanding and stern degree of determination I would need in order to alter it to suit my taste. Cullercoats is written in a way that does not mesh with the way I like to read and understand patterns. Moreover, it is shaped in such a way as to make a person look lumpish and to bruit to the world that the wearer stopped paying attention to the fit of her clothes decades ago when dropped shoulders were cool. The book was published in 1983, so that's understandable.
The look of Cullercoats is a wee bit like Susie's Reading Mitts with thin lines of purl stitches at the cuffs. I am back to knitting on those mitts after revising my ideas about modifying the pattern. Good to be moving forward with a project.
*Her books, used, can sell for huge amounts of money. Fortunately I got a copy of this one for $20.