Arts and Crafts
The yarn garden : 30+ knits using plant-based fibers by J. Marsha Michler — Many of us like to keep our lives filled with natural things as much as possible, and this book offers some perhaps not-as-well-known options for knitting with natural fibers. You'll find that just because it's natural, it's not limited to frumpy styles or subdued tones. You can also check out a few free patterns that didn't make it into the book.
Amy Butler's style stitches : 12 easy ways to 26 wonderful bags! by photographs by David Butler — Amy Butler is back with another great book of stylish items you can make yourself. This time it's handbags, and the variety of styles here means you're sure to find something that suits your needs. Because you can completely change the look of a bag by choosing a unique fabric, you could go with the bold prints Butler is known for, or select something different that makes the statement you're looking for.
Little knitted creatures : 26 amigurumi designs by Amy Gaines — Of all the books I've seen on knitting cute little creations, this one is the most friendly to beginning knitters and would be ideal for tweens and kids who want to make their own critters. The instructions are clear, the techniques are not complicated, and the results are adorable.
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 : 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 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 : 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.
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 : 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.
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 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.
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: 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 : 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 : 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.
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! 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?