Thursday, June 07, 2007

Books, Glorious Books, Hardcover and Softbound!

Not only did Woolbearers go all out for yarn at TNNA, we ordered books galore. I can't remember when there have been so many exciting new titles to look forward to. I'll start with Interweave Press.
First, The Best of Interweave Knits, Edited by Ann Budd and due out in September, includes designs from the first ten years of the magazine. Showcasing 26 designs of more than twenty designers, this looks like it will be a favorite for years to come. At $24.95, it is a bargain with more than 100 photographs.
The Harmony Guides are updated versions of reference books of thirty years standing. Edited by Erica Knight, author of the Simple Knits series. Included are Knit & Purl, Lace & Eyelets, and Cables & Arans. Due in October, they retail for $22.95 per guide.
Folk Style edited by Mags Kandis, designer for Mission Falls Yarns is packed with global designs interpreted by designers which include Annie Modesitt, Pam Allen, Leigh Radford and Kate Gilbert.
Bag Style, yet another book in the Style series, is packed with twenty two exciting bag designs.
Lynne Vogel of Twisted Sisters fame has outdone herself with The Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters, A Knit-to-Fit Workshop. The sisters illustrate how to adapt the same basic pattern. Myra and I are discussing the possibility of using the book as a guide for a sweater fitting knit along. Let us know if this has interest for you. The book will be out in August.
Getting Started Knitting Socks is another wonderful sock book by Ann Budd. With basic instructions for socks, the novice knitter will find step by step fundamentals of sock knitting with clear illustrations.
Knitting Little Luxuries Beautiful Accessories to Knit by Louisa Harding is filled with quick and easy projects that are beautiful and use a small amount of yarn. If you are familiar with Rowan Magazine, you know Louisa Harding's designs. Wonderful. November release.
Several felting books include How We Felt by Carol Cypher, and Felt Forward by Maggie Pace. Cypher documents the felted works of more than twenty artists. Pace' designs for her company, Pick up Sticks, are fun, knitted felt and this book contains twenty projects to inspire you.
Crocheters will be inspired by Crochet Jewelry and Crochet Me. Chock full of techniques and projects that are trendy, stylish and beautiful, these books will excite even confirmed knitters to try their hand at crochet.
All time favorites new to Woolbearers include Fleece Dog, one of the cutest books I have ever seen. I bought it when it was only available in Japanese, but loved the little felted critters so much that I got the book just for the pictures. We also got one of the companion kits to try.
Fast Fun and Easy Needle Felting, and Indygo Junction's Needle Felting both give clear directions and great projects for needle felting.
Martingale, Potter and Sterling also have exciting new titles that I will list at another time. This is enough to meditate on now!

1 comment:

knitsince9 said...

Suzie, I can't wait! I'll have to have the little luxuries book, it sounds purrfect! see my knitting books in my library at; ccrown is my ID, they are not all listed yet and it is an impressive list... Love the pix from TNNA, and can't wait to see the Cherry Tree Hill yarns, always yummy stuff... love, cate