Friday, December 10, 2010

Books, books and more books

In non-knitting related books, Heather over at Implausible Yarn had a great giveaway featuring chocolate (one piece of which, um, was a chocolate orange. Which Georgia was completely entranced by. We ate it. Sorry for no pix), lovely tea and the book Soulless by Gail Carriger. Which I read yesterday. Yes, the whole thing. I am a fast reader, and it was fantastic. I immediately handed it off to Bruce to read, as I think he will enjoy it, and I am currently scheming on ways to acquire the other three.

So yes, Heather, I do find this book as charming as you did. No worries at all on that count.

Anyway, Heather has lovely giveaways, and you should enter one. Just because if you do happen to win said give away, your life will be better. Much better. (No pressure, Heather. Heh)

And speaking of soullessness, why yes, that is an Amazon link in my post.

I recently also picked up two books at the Strand, for cheap. Which I keep forgetting to mention, and I really shouldn't, because the Strand currently has a bunch of copies of a Kaffe Fasset knitting book for $20, and I believe it is out of print. Yes, you can order from them over the phone. No, I am not shilling for the Strand.

Anyway, the books that I picked up are Kristin Nicholas' Color By Kristin and Nicky Epstein's Knitting Over the Edge. They are both extremely good reference books. I will definitely make a few of the projects from Nicholas' book, as I love her sense of playfulness with color. Nicky Epstein, while I don't particularly care for her style, is a great technical knitter, and I've learned a ton from her other books. She's got some good stitch patterns and great edging ideas in this book. Can't wait to delve into it further.

And, I'm really looking forward to picking up a copy of Gudrun Johnston's The Shetland Trader Book I as I really do love her aesthetic. Plus the photos are by Jared Flood, and who can beat that.

Anyway, here are some Amazon links to the other two books:


  1. Looks like you will enjoy reading for a while, with all these books. Hope you will have time for some knitting inbetween :-)
    And I love people telling me about good books - and yarn - and pattern -and...
    Happy weekend!

  2. I have both those books and LOVE them. Can't explain why haven't actually knit anything from either one!

  3. While reading Soulless, one must hum Paul Simon's "Homeless." Kind of creates the total experience.