Monday, April 30, 2007

Book List

I haven't posted a book list in a long time, have I? Oops. Well, here it is. This is a partial list, because I've read some things and took them back to the library already.
  • No One Noticed the Cat, Anne McCaffrey
  • Innocent in Death, J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
  • Maelstrom, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
  • Nimisha's Ship, Anne McCaffrey
  • Killashandra, Ann McCaffrey
  • The Redemption of Althalus, David & Leigh Eddings (I think this might be the best of all their books, all the series included)
  • One Good Knight, Mercedes Lackey
  • A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold (Yes, I've read this already. Several times this year in fact. It's one of my very favorite books, and I read it whenever I miss Miles Vorkosigan)
  • The Alchemist's Apprentice, Dave Duncan (VERY good book. It's the first I've read by Mr. Duncan, and I think I'll have to track down his others.)
  • The Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning, Kathleen Huggins and Linda Ziedrich

I'm going to put the knitting books next, with....PICTURES!

Homespun Handknit, edited by Linda Ligon. This has some really lovely hat and glove/mitten patterns. The socks aren't to my taste (mostly knee-high) but it does include Elizabeth Zimmerman's Wearable Art Sock, that is a sampling of EZ's amazing talent for seeing patterns in unusual ways.

Simple SocksSimple Socks - Plain and Fancy, Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts. This gives a basic pattern, and lets you add embelishments. The author(the wonderful person who did Knitting the Old Way) shows how to do topdown and toeup socks. The only heel in the book is a short-row heel. The author admits it's her favorite. :D There's lots of tips and tricks in this book to make your socks better.

Knitting in the Old Way, expanded ed, Priscilla A Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson. A loverly, loverly book that examines 15 basic sweater shapes, explains how to create them, and gives examples of how to customize it to fit your ideas. I may need to buy a copy of this one! It's coming out in paperback...

Inspired Cable KnitsInspired Cable Knits, Fiona Ellis. This book is divided into 4 sections, each "Inspired By..." change, nature, energy and time. Change has projects (4 tops, 1 hat and scarf set) that has cables that move in unusual ways. Nature (4 sweaters and a wrap) are projects in earth tones (except for the violet wrap) and textures that mimic natural substances. Inspired by Energy is a more ecletic selection, with a yoga bag, a pillow, a child's sweater, and two adult tops. Inspired by Time has patterns that are more traditional, or at least, inspired by traditional patterns. Nothing in the book jumped out and grabbed me, but it's got lots of pretty pictures.



Thanks for those book reviews - I'm on the lookout for some good knitting books right now. That sock book looks really good!

grace said...

I love love LOVE Anne McCaffrey, but I've never read Maelstrom. What's your thought on it?