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With essays on travel, family, good food, and (of course) knitting, Clara Parkes’s second collection of essays, Knitlandia, proved to be a wonderfully entertaining ride around the world of knitting. In A Stash of One’s Own, Parkes uses her love of knitting and her writer’s sensibility to compile her next installment of essays by new and old crafters, from favorites like Amy Christoffers and Kristine Vejar to fine newer voices. - Megan

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A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living With, and Letting Go of Yarn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419727047
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Published: Abrams Press - September 12th, 2017

Carve modernizes a mindful hobby that people have turned to for generations to help them slow down, relax, and connect with the outdoors. Using just a tool or two (a pocketknife and a gouge), readers will learn how to whittle 12 small objects, from a coffee spoon to a pair of dice, that take just a few hours to finish—and in the process carve out a little peace and quiet for themselves. A super stylish, irresistible gift for DIY enthusiasts!

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Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451498960
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - August 22nd, 2017

Slow Knitting is beautiful enough to leave out on your coffee table to pick up, whether you have ten minutes to read a few pages or a few hours to get started on your new sweater. It has everything a good knitting book should: dreamy photography, detailed yarn profiles, thoughts on building a cohesive wardrobe using slow fashion, and terrific patterns. - Megan

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Slow Knitting: A Journey from Sheep to Skein to Stitch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419726682
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Published: ABRAMS - October 10th, 2017

Seeing the slow fashion movement gain momentum and popularity over the last several years has been a source of joy in my life. Few crafters out there embody the lifestyle of slow fashion better than Natalie Chanin of Alabama Stitch Book. Her new book is peppered with detailed shots of gorgeous garments and samples of a variety of hand-embroidered stitches, from the beautifully basic to the incredibly complex. - Megan

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The Geometry of Hand-Sewing: A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and the School of Making Cover Image
By Natalie Chanin, Sun Young Park (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419726637
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Published: ABRAMS - November 7th, 2017

Love fashion but feel guilty about contributing to dye-polluted rivers and sweatshop labor? This book is a cute and concise guide to conscious fashion—how and when to buy, how to properly care for clothing, and ideas for renting, swapping, recycling. It’s your pathway to out of the fast fashion trap that values quantity over quality. - Natalie

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Dress [With] Sense: The Practical Guide to a Conscious Closet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780500292778
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 11th, 2017

There is no book I am more excited about this season than You Can Knit That. Amy Herzog is my IKBFF (Internet-knitter best friend forever) and she never ceases to amaze me with her ability to use new details to bring interest to the simplest designs. This book is perfect for an ambitious beginner, a first-time sweater knitter, or an advanced knitter who just wants a book full of perfect patterns.  —Megan

 

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You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419722479
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Published: ABRAMS - September 6th, 2016

Amy isn’t the only one in the Butler family with quilting chops! You’ll love these projects, made from large swathes of fabric big enough for a little instant gratification (as much as a quilt can lend itself to instant gratification) but interesting enough to keep you thinking. Just playing with color and fabric choices will multiply your quilting possibilities. Try Project 14 (Bullseye Quilt) in neutrals or monochrome for a modern feel, or go with rainbow for a fun color wheel! This is sure to be a new favorite on your bookshelf.  —Megan

 

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Parson Gray Trade Quilts: 20 Rough-Hewn Projects Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452134482
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 22nd, 2016

Learning to knit isn’t easy as Stoller warns, “so be prepared to do a lot more bitching than stitching.” But luckily, this classic book (and great reference) is funny enough to help you through those moments of frustration! But hang in there, you’ll get it! And if the illustrations throw you off, a short online video might do just the trick to unweaving you from any confusion, helping you keep your *stitch* together.  –Ash

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Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761128182
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 3rd, 2004

Tired of picking up digs at Sears? Get started on your custom wardrobe with the mix-and-match style of this cool pattern book. With basic overviews of different design elements, this book is the perfect intro for the budding dress designer. My first project will be the Zigzag Shirt Dress on page 125, no alterations needed. So cute!

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Megan
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Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780770434946
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Published: Potter Craft - June 16th, 2015

This book is a compendium of beautiful quilt squares complete with written instructions, diagrams, and alternate color suggestions. Start one of the six sampler projects or enjoy the freedom to mix & match and quilt your way to a more colorful life. I SUPER ULTRA love this book!

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Megan
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Patchwork City: 75 Innovative Blocks for the Modern Quilter - 6 Sampler Quilts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607059516
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Published: C&T Publishing - November 7th, 2014

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