We’ve had so much going on around here, what with this and that and that other thing, that I haven’t had a second to put in a word for a few new books of excitement in our world. Saturday seems like a fine time.
So here’s my short list: four new books, three about knitting and one out of left field.
If there are new books for knitters that you like, shout them out! I’m always happy to spread the word on new books.
The Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, Vermont has been a source of good things for knitters for as long as most of us have been knitting.
They’ve got a new book out, At the Spinnery, produced by the team at One More Row Press. It’s full of talented friends that you and I have met through knitting: designers Kathleen Dames, Angela Tong, and Amy Herzog, photographer Gale Zucker, and model Ariana McLean, who was assistant photographer on one of our own books a few years back.
Thaw Hat by Kathleen Dames. Photo by Gale Zucker.
It’s a great collection of casual garments using the Spinnery’s distinctive, authentic yarns.
Mizuna Shawl by Angela Tong. Photo by Gale Zucker.
But wait, there’s more!
For the Ravelry ebook edition, One More Row Press is offering a $5.00 discount to MDK readers: just enter the code MDKSPINNERY at checkout, now through March 31, 2019.
Just in time for knitters who thought banging out a sweater in 28 days was too slow a pace. Marie Greene, aka Olive Knits, has a brand-new collection of 20 sweaters, all using seamless construction, that a monogamous knitter can whip out in a matter of days. The style: breezy basics, with lots of variation in the details. The vibe: nautical and natural. A fantastic book for a first-time sweater knitter.
So glad I didn’t miss this gem in the holiday rush. Melissa Leapman creates books to delight and sustain the knitter who loves to customize. This one explores modular construction of shawls, wraps, and stoles, just like it says on the cover. An incredible trove of 185 stitch patterns, presented in the form of wedges, borders (lower and perpendicular), and mysterious “insertions,” plus tutorials that turn the book into a master class on shawls.
I’m proud to say that my copy doesn’t say “New York Times Bestseller” on the cover, because it’s a first edition. I’ve been following Benjamin Dreyer on Twitter for years, and #CopyEditorProTip has been a source of clarity, guidance and laughs for me. I’m thrilled to be able to repay a little of that free help by buying and recommending the book. He’s fun to read, so the medicine goes down easily. I think this book will be around forever. It’s already in its third printing.
And because this is Saturday, and you might be looking for a Knit to This, here’s the New York Times Book Review podcast episode featuring Benjamin Dreyer talking about the book.