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Ginger

Did you know that ginger is not only fun to bake with, but a healthy spice as well? Ginger is good for digestion, used to treat nausea and motion sickness, and has anti-inflammatory properties. And of course, it's a great time of year to make some creative gingerbread houses, and yummy cookies. There's also ginger tea, ginger ale and lots of recipes you can use ginger in. Some may even remember this name on Gilligan's Island.

Northern Knits

Northern knits : designs inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles by Lucinda Guy — Is the cold weather starting to get to you? Look no further than this book, which offers a variety of cozy knitted items to warm you up. Sweaters, socks, mittens, and hats are just some of the things you can make, all with a Nordic style.

Knitwit

Knitwit : 20 fun projects for beginners and seasoned knitters by Katie Boyette — Looking for something cute but with a little edge? The sarcastic and slightly ostentatious creatures in this book might be up your alley. They've got some attitude but they won't take a lot of training to create. You can also read up on Boyette's other creations and get some free patterns (right sidebar) at her blog, Caffaknitted, or check out her Etsy shop for pre-made goodies.

The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book

The Ohio Knitting Mills knitting book by Steven Tatar with Denise Grollmus ; fashion photography by Anna Wolf — Have you heard of the Ohio Knitting Mills? Even if you haven't, you've probably seen or even worn their products (Mr. Rogers often wore one!). This book takes inspiration from original OKM designs of the forties through the seventies and offers patterns for sweaters, dresses, and bags that are retro-inspired but appropriate for everyday wear now.

Warm Knits, Cool Gifts

Warm knits, cool gifts : celebrate the love of knitting & family with more than 35 charming designs by Sally Melville & Caddy Melville Ledbetter — It's December, which means that many of us are busy making gifts for holiday giving. This book has many options, including several that are quick projects like a glasses case, a bookmark, or an ornament. You'd even have time to make a few of each, if you have a long gift list.

U.S. News & World Report

The Dec/2010 issue of U.S. News contains 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011. Articles concerning your health, money, career, mind and the world are included. Please note this will be the last issue of U.S. News & World Report. This magazine will no longer be published as a print or digital replica magazine. The U.S. Media group will continue to publish the usnews.com website.

Vintage Knits

Vintage knits : 30 knitting designs from Rowan for women and men by Kaffe Fassett ... [et al.] — Rowan is known for its fine yarn and carefully crafted knitting patterns, and this book includes thirty patterns inspired by classic designs, but adapted for contemporary sizing. As usual for Rowan, the excellent styling makes the photographs into windows to other worlds and times, sure to provide you with some inspiration.

Vampire Knits

Vampire knits : projects to keep you knitting from twilight to dawn by Genevieve Miller — Fans of the Twilight saga will feel right at home with the projects featured here, from Pulse Protectors (wrist and neck warmers) to the Countess Bathory Scarf. Bella and Edward are well represented in these knitted objects and there's even a chapter of wolf-inspired goods, so members of Team Jacob are included, too. Check out the Vampire Knits Blog for even more.

Coming Up…in the Hatcher Library Gallery

Wednesday, December 1, 5:30-7:00PM. Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100 (use Diag entrance) 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Being in Pictures: A Conversation with Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith

Are you interested in art? Photography? The lives of women? Join us for a conversation with author Joanne Leonard and Sidonie Smith, U-M Professor of Women's Studies and English. In Joanne Leonard’s book, Being in Pictures: An Intimate Photo Memoir, she uses her personal experiences as a feminist artist, academic, single mom, identical twin, and daughter of an Alzheimer's patient to create evocative art and heartfelt writing. The conversation will explore the creative process and the ideas the work inspires. Followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of the Michigan Union Barnes & Noble. Sponsored by The Author's Forum.

Wool Toys & Friends

Wool toys & friends by Laurie Sharp ; photography by Kevin Sharp — If you've never needle felted before, you might think it's difficult, but it is so easy to pick up, and the projects you can create are so cute! You can learn more about the author and see even more needle felted items at her blog, WoolPets, and see loads of her creations in her galleries.

Fairy Tale Fun Family Storytime

This family storytime is for princes and princesses of all ages. Bring your queen or king (mom or dad) to a royal storytime of fanciful fairytales on Saturday, December 4 from 2:00-3:00PM. We will read stories and make a fancy magical craft. Dress in royal regalia and enjoy being noble for a day!

This Sunday: Fall Harvest Market in Canton

A virtual cornucopia of foods and other items for your Thanksgiving feast will be available to buy at Canton's Fall Harvest Market this Sunday, November 21, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Cady-Boyer Barn, in Preservation Park at 500 N. Ridge Rd. (approx. 1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Nearly two dozen local Michigan farmers and vendors will offer market favorites, including: turkeys, pie pumpkins, farm eggs, apples, spices, cider, natural meats, stuffing, artisan breads, salad greens, winter squash, sausage, pasta, honey, pies and other baked goods, pierogi, flower arrangements, dog treats and much more. Some vendors are taking pre-orders for your convenience.

Embroidery Companion

Embroidery companion: classic designs for modern living: 30 projects in decorative embroidery, counted cross stitch, and crewelwork by Alicia Paulson — Paulson has a real knack for taking simple, classic techniques and giving them a contemporary edge. Her style is folksy but not dated. Keep up with her latest projects at her blog, Posie Gets Cozy.

Knitting 24/7

Knitting 24/7 : 30 stylish projects for busy knitters ; hats, scarves, socks, bags, mitts, and more for busy, passionate knitters by Veronik Avery ; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy ; styling by Karen Schaupeter — These projects are not only handy accessories that you'll want to have at hand in your wardrobe, they're also, for the most part, portable so you can take them with you while you're making them. Check out a photo gallery online, and then pick up the book from CPL.

Bags in Bloom

Bags in bloom : create 20 unique flower purses with simple embroidery stitches and easy-to-sew patterns by Susan Cariello — For anyone starting out with embroidery, this book has a superb stitch gallery, illustrating a number of techniques in large color photographs. Also included are instructions for constructing a number of types of handbags, and for finishing an embroidered handbag neatly.

Jill Eaton's Knitting School

Jil Eaton's knitting school : the complete guide to becoming a confident knitter by Jil Eaton ; photographs by Nina Fuller — This book has everything the beginning knitter needs to know, and illustrates it all with clear color photographs and drawings. There are also some neat beginner projects, way more interesting than the typical scarf, though that's included, too. Who thought their first project could be a hand puppet? It can be!

Stitched So Cute

Stitched so cute! by Mary Engelbreit — Parents or grandparents looking for cute projects to decorate their children's rooms, look no further. Everyone else, there are also a lot of adorable projects here for you, too! Complete with patterns and instructions, this book offers the tools to make the projects pictured and then expand to your own original ideas. The toadstool pincushion is my favorite, what's yours?

Dare to Be Square Quilting

Dare to be square quilting : a block-by-block guide to making patchwork and quilts by Boo Davis — This guide to quilt-making lays out the basics for the beginner and offers some really cool project ideas and patterns. Watch a trailer for the book to see some of the neat designs.

Seniors Share Your Creativity

Do you love to paint, sculpt, write, carve, dance, bead, play an instrument, sing, embroider, metalwork, or anything in between?

The Institute of Gerontology (IOG) at Wayne State University wants to showcase the creativity of Michigan’s older adults (55 or older) at the Twelfth Annual Art of Aging Successfully to be held on March 24, 2011. For an entry form click here or for more information contact: Donna MacDonald — Institute of Gerontology — Wayne State University — 87 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202. Phone: (313) 577-2297 or Email: ba8841@wayne.edu

[Logo: Wayne State University/Institute of Gerontology. 2010]

Brave New Knits

Brave new knits : 26 projects and personalities from the knitting blogosphere by Julie Turjoman ; foreword by Jessica Marshall Forbes ; photography by Jared Flood — If you follow knitting blogs, many of the names here will sound familiar: Stefanie Japel, Shannon Okey, Hilary Smith Callis, and more. Included here are many sweaters (lots of them cardigans), hats, scarves, socks, and more.