First of all, apropos to the subject of this post but before I get to the "lit" part, look at the new yarn I bought on my recent trip through Albuquerque NM from Scout's Hand-painted Swag! The colorway is called Biblioteque and it's a stunner. The yarn is fingering weight washable merino. My current plan is to pair it with a brand new deep green color (#45) of Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool in a Maureen Jamison Shadow Shawl. Be sure to check out Scout's online shop and her blog. She's got some fabulous things going on in there!
Now for the Lit:
I'm so pleased and excited to announce that my friend Traci Jones just published her first book! Standing Against the Wind is in book stores this week and is getting a lot of buzz in the young adult/children's category. Look for it at your local independent (or one of those other great big book stores - you know who they are) near you. And here's the link to Amazon:
I just finished reading The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant and highly recommend it. The prose and the characters are so engaging. The story is set near Cape Ann and accounts the demise of an early 19th century New England community. It stayed with me for days after I finished the book.
And in the Knit Lit category, here's a new acquisition I'm excited about adding to my library:
Helen Hamann's designs in Andean Inspired Knits feature alpaca yarns. The silhouettes of the designs are very interesting and the color work is absolutely beautiful in classic Andean traditions. The history lessons are wonderful too. I'm very excited that the trunk show for this collection will be coming to one of my LYS's in December. It's a lovely addition to a knitting library even if you don't knit a thing from the book - but there are several wonderful designs that I can't wait to knit, I just have to decide which one to do first.
Knitting update: I've added a few more blocks to Rambling Rows - it's about 3/5's done. My Noro Blossom jacket just needs one more sleeve - I'll have it up here to show you soon.