Folk Vests: 25 Knitting Patterns and Tales from Around the World by Cheryl Oberle is a nicely done book with lots of ideas. Much like Oberle’s Knitted Shawls, most of the patterns aren’t actually patterns for Japanese or African, etc. knitted vests but are rather patterns for knitted vests inspired by international textiles.
By Anna Zilboorg. Quirky and idiosyncratic manifesto on independent, creative knitting. Great photos of her recommended techniques.
By Philip Gulley. Sentimental and moralistic, but all the same warm, loving, and generous. Phil’s Christianity isn’t willing to leave anyone behind. Harmony is a well-drawn portrait of small-town life with affectionate pokes at most everyone.
The chapter on apples confirmed my impulses to buy locally-grown, heirloom varieties (of anything, not just apples). The second chapter was really more about people than tulips, and made me hope never to get caught up in financial speculation. The pot chapter made me want to fly off to Amsterdam. . . . The final chapter, on potatoes, made a trip to McDonald’s sound scary. Makes me want to buy only organic produce.
What a fabulous book! I’m nearing the end of the marijuana chapter, and what a delight it is.
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan. I started this today on the train back from Philadelphia. Easy, pleasant writing.
Can you imagine how many knittng blogs there are? I had no idea.
Currently reading number 7 of Robert Jordan’s series, and Time Management for Creative People.
The book I’m reading today: The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan, book three of a huge, trashy fantasy series.
By June Sprigg. This is a charming book: Sprigg herself, reflecting on her younger self, is interesting both as an author and as a young adult; the Shaker women and their neighbors are delightful; and the simple line drawings add a special note now and again.