November 2010

Joan Tapper, "Shear Spirit"

Subtitled "Ten Fiber Farms, Twenty Patterns, and Miles of Yarn," this book pairs gorgeous photography with in-depth profiles of small, owner operated fiber farms across the country.  In a world where all too often we have no idea where our yarn is coming from, Joan Tapper's book is a change for the better.

Shear Spirit deserves particular praise for the photography.  Did I mention the photography?  The photography is awesome.  Gale Zucker (of She Shoots Sheep Shots) is on deck as the photographer for this book.  Every knitting book should use Zucker.  I'm totally serious about that.

Zucker is well known in the online knitting world, and rightfully so.  Her sheep pictures alone are worth the price of admission.  Somehow, Zucker manages to make sheep look even more wonderful than they really are.  These candid photos of bemused sheep faces are so vivid and spontaneous, you feel like you could reach out and pet them.

Adrienne Martini, "Sweater Quest"

I'm excited about Sweater Quest, not least by what it represents.  I have been waiting for the market to produce more books ABOUT knitting.  Clearly, there is a demand for this sort of thing.  If you like knitting, and you like reading, then there are only so many knitting pattern books that you can buy.

After Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's most recent book hit the New York Times Bestseller List (the regular one, not one of the sub-lists) I expected the publishing industry to step up and start providing us more books about knitting.  And lo, there was Sweater Quest!

Adrienne Martini begins the book as a busy mother, freelance writer, and a less-than-expert knitter.  Which makes it all the more impressive that she chooses to tackle Mary Tudor, a classic Alice Starmore pattern.