Gift Guide #3: Things to Read

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You may be working away on all of your projects for the holidays (and if not, can we suggest these?), so this week, we wanted to gather up something completely different: inspiration, in the form of books! We have carried crafting books of all kinds in our library since we opened our doors over three years ago. In this era of Ravelry, social media, websites galore, we still find a space for the inspiration that can come from a beautifully curated book. Here’s some of our current favorites, but it is in no way exhaustive! Come browse our library to find your own favorites.

For everyone: Kaffe Fassett’s Dreaming in Color is a coffee table book and memoir of a unique and talented knitwear, fabric, and yarn designer. This book is beautifully illustrated and full of Kaffe’s personal observations and inspiration.  Contemporary Prayers to Whatever Works is a beautifully meditative, empathetic volume of wisdom and wishes from local artist Hannah Burr. Knitting Yarns gathers accounts of knitting from a stable of incredible authors. And I had A Favorite Dress is a picture book for all ages.

For crafters who are just beginning: Taproot is a quarterly magazine of recipes, projects (including a knitted cowl), and profiles. This issue’s theme is bread (yum)! Pom Pom Quarterly is an adorable knitting and crochet magazine, with patterns and plenty of eye candy. Networks contains tutorials, patterns, and essays on street art, basketball nets, and more.

For serious knitters: These books aren’t really serious, but they’re for knitters who have begun to knit, and are ready for something more. Up, Down, All-Around is an unconventional and modern stitch dictionary, perfect for the knitter who wants to start designing their own projects. Yokes by Kate Davies contains yoked sweaters of all sorts, overviews of the yoked sweater in history, culture, and design  (along with gorgeous landscapes). Fair Isle and Nordic Knits features colorwork aplenty! (And stay tuned for a colorwork class in 2015!)

These are just some of our current favorites. We carry many books for the knitter, sewer, or crafter in your life and a book, in our opinion, makes a perfect, timeless gift.

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