My office closet still isn’t ready but otherwise I’m mostly set up and getting work done. I’m also running back and forth a good deal and traffic has allowed me to finish a fine gauge knit and today’s post will be short as I have several trillion stitches to bind off. ;)
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Long before Japanese craft books were cool, I discovered how inspiring they can be. This floral embroidery book does not disappoint in the least. It includes both stylized inspiration ideas and very useful photo tutorials which makes my very limited Japanese a moot point.
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
by Cory Doctorow
I listened to this as a podcast read by the author over the past few weeks. At times while listening I hated it because of randomness to characters names but as I mull over the work as a whole I find it unique and highly fascinating. The intertwined plot layers and random nomenclature add to the fun. Be warned that this is not a G-rated YA novel! There is sex, violence, and blood.
Custom Knits: Unleash Your Inner Designer with Top-Down and Improvisational Techniques
by Wendy Bernard
I was all set to purchase Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top when I decided to take one last pass through various forums (such as Ravelry) to make sure I was making the absolute best purchase. I was surprised to see lots of positive reviews for a book I kept passing by for its unfortunate cover image. I figured all the designs would be super trendy and I didn’t realize there was a wealth of reference material inside.
I still hope someday soon to add Walker’s essential reference to my collection, but for instant gratification, colour photos, clear diagrams, and lots of starting points, ideas for modifications, and inspiration in general, Bernard’s book delivers.
While I’m a little disappointed in a few projects which I feel don’t fit well with the book (scarf and hat patterns), overall I am pleased to give this book a coveted spot on my shelf.