There are three new books on Amazon that sound really good!
Unfortunately, I can't use this, because I can't use circular needles, but you can bet I would have it on my shelf if I could: The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes and Gauges, by Ann Budd. Her other 'Handy Books' are wonderful, and I've used them several times, so I know that this one will be good, too. Anyone who likes knitting seamless sweaters that require little finishing will love this book. She offers five different styles: circular yoke, raglan, modified-drop shoulder, set-in sleeve, and saddle shoulder, and they are available in different sizes and gauges. I think it's a good springboard for designing your own sweaters! It's available now!
I was intrigued by Knitting Hats and Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques, edited by Kari Cornell. The designs feature well-known names such as Beth Brown-Riensel, Donna Druchunas and Lily Chin, and they're from all over the world: Scandinavia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, China, Peru, and the United States. It has found its way onto my wish list! It's available to buy now.
I know I haven't done much reading lately, but I do like to read, so this book is my kind of book: Literary Knits: 30 Patterns Inspired by Favorite Books by N. Lohr. The designs are inspired by characters in books such as The Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Gatsby, and Moby Dick. These types of things fascinate me. I can picture a dress from Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's, or a cloche from Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, but I marvel at what N. Lohr has come up with for Moby Dick, or the Chronicles of Narnia. A guernsey swweater for Ishmael in Moby Dick? A scarf for Mr. Tumnus in The Chronicles of Narnia? You'll have to guess for now, because this book won't be out til November 27!