Thursday, June 26, 2014

Over the Counter #218

What books caught my eye this week as they passed over the library counter and under my scanner? This week it's all about knitting...

First up was Knit Your Moustache by Vicky Eames.

From the publisher, Collins & Brown:

" Become a punk, a Victorian gent, a gnome, or even a pirate—all it takes is one of these 20 fantastic knitted disguises! The hilarious and fun-to-do projects include beards, moustaches, and different hairstyles (Mohawk, pigtails, even a bald head). Complete the look with an accessory like a bandit mask or a monocle. It's the perfect book for Halloween, costume parties, or whenever you want to turn into someone else for a little while.
Vicky Eames started knitting beards about three years ago, and hasn't stopped since. The original beard was made for a friend, but proved so popular that her shop, Wife of Brian, was born, selling moustaches, eyebrows, and other fuzzy delights. Vicky's proper job is in theater, and some of her beardy creations are currently starring in a Shakespearean production."
 
Next up was The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting by Clara Parkes.
 
From the publisher, Stewart, Tabori  & Chang:
 
"Stockinette, ribbing, cables, even the humble yarn over can instantly evoke places, times, people, conversations, all those poignant moments that we’ve tucked away in our memory banks. Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives.—From the preface

In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things. Put simply, “No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it’s only human to crave another. And another, and another.”
 
(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

1 comment:

Irene McKenna said...

That first title is hilarious!