September is Library Card Sign up Month! To celebrate (and to encourage you to visit your local library), here are our seven fave books available in the Calgary Public Library system:
1. Mason Dixon: The Curious Knitters Guide by Kaye Gardiner & Anne Meador Shayne
Written by a pair of knitting enthusiasts with a fun approach to knitting, this book features easy, inspiring patterns that can be knit or crocheted up from a variety of yarns. From felted, handled boxes to the scribble scarf, you will be hard pressed not to find a pattern that inspires you to pick up your needles and try something new.
2. All Wound Up: The yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Just about the best darned knitting humourist out there (are there others?) and CANADIAN to boot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has done it again and written a knitting book that is helpful. insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny. ANY book by this author is well worth the read. Her blog, the Yarn Harlot, is a great glimpse into her style, which can best be described as “a real person wrote this who doesn’t mind some self depreciating humour and feels as irritated/guilty/frazzled as we are when the house is messy.” You will want to be her friend and invite her over for wine and a good discussion about Battlestar Galactica.
3. Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson (available as a library e-book)
Written by the owner of Purl Soho (one of STASH’s fave knitting shops in New York City), this book became an instant classic when released. Filled with luscious photography and clever, quick project ideas, the hardest part is deciding which pattern to knit up first. Also worth checking out is More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Both books are available as e-books!
4. Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People – By Amy Sedaris
So funny that it borders on offensive (it has a chapter called Crafting for Jesus – you have been warned) , this book is nothing short of insane. Amy Sedaris, little sister to creative non-fiction genius David Sedaris, likes to take the clean cut mythologies of Martha Stewart craftiness and just mangle them. She does kitsch dead pan, isn’t afraid to look like a lunatic while doing it, and even suggests pre-crafting stretching exercises in 1980′s leotards. This book is AWESOME.
5. Teeny Tiny Moichimoichi by Anna Hrachovec (available as a library e-book)
At STASH we are big fans of anything knit small, so prepare for your mind to be blown away by teeny knit cuteness with this darling primer on wee knit projects. Little mermaid? OMG. Wee hot dog? Shut the front door! The projects have cute, clear, step-by-step photo instructions for you to follow and if you want to add the little beady eyes we can hook you up with them at our shop.
6. Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart (available as a library e-book)
Jenny Hart is the brains behind the Sublime Stitching line of embroidery effects, and her designs are clever, cute, whimsical, inspiring, and “not your gramma’s embroidery”. Her newest book is even available as an e-book! Woot! Shameless plug – STASH carries LOTS of Sublime Stitching supplies.
7. Knits for Nerds by Toni Carr (available as a library e-book)
We are big fans of fan knitting and the nerdier the better! While you can find patterns online for lots of sci-fi inspired knit and crochet wear, this book is a definitive guide to fantasy, sci-fi, and comic knits. From Princess Leia buns to Firefly socks, this book does not disappoint. Three final words: Hobbit Feet Slippers.
Now go get your library card and support your local library! You will not regret it (well, maybe you will, because libraries are awesome and it may take up your time while you go hog-wild in the craft section).
Keep on Craftin’ on, the peeps at STASH