I usually shop in libraries.
Several weeks ago we went into a *huge* bookstore near our house and I went straight to the knitting & gardening area. I've been really interested in growing my own veggies lately (see below) and wanted to get a book that would be basic enough to teach me how not to make them die (I have a black thumb). I found several good ones and will check them out of the library. Next I moved to the craft books and then upstairs. By the time I met up with Dennis I had narrowed my pile of books-to-buy from 15 down to 5. When I saw that I was being greedy--he had only one book in his hand--I further narrowed my pile to 3, still feeling a bit guilty.
- The Free-Range Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
I love it! The essays are short and make me smile or laugh (often out loud). If you like her other books, you'll enjoy this one, too. I somehow forgot it had been released and was thrilled to find it on the shelf.
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
For the past few weeks I've been listening to the audiobook version of this; I love it so much that I went out in search of the paperback. For one year, Barbara Kingsolver and her family documented their attempt to eat only what they could grow themselves or buy from local sources. The result is an informative book about agriculture, Americans' relationship to food, the government's contribution to our current state, and much more. I plan reading AVM (in print) when I'm done listening and think I've convinced my husband to join me--even though he's heard a million highlights already. He said it sounds like Fast Food Nation for farming. If interested, check this out - it's what piqued my interest.
As an aside, we've been trying to be conscience consumers for a while and eat organic when we can and have talked about growing our own vegetables since we bought our house. My grandfather had a *huge* garden (probably bigger than my current city-sized house) and I have fond memories of walking through it and picking tomatoes, beans, zucchini, etc.
- Survival Sewing: emergency fixes for the rips, snags & tears of everyday life by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader & Nathalie Mornu
I've been wanting to learn the basics of sewing for quite a while, mostly in order to hem pants, hem curtains, and line knitted bags. Well! I saw this book and couldn't resist. The other books all seemed to be for sewing projects or learning to use your sewing machine. I gave my grandma's sewing machine back because I just didn't see myself actually using it but that doesn't mean that I don't need some help in this area. I've looked through most of this book and think it has good information. You can tell the authors are trying to grab young, hip readers and that can be annoying at times. Good info overall. So far I like it.
p.s. For Christmas I'm asking for Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard, which has an ugly cover but really nice patterns!