PotterCraft is a relatively new imprint, with its first crop of books having appeared earlier this year. Editor Rosy Ngo has been trying to create a strong rival to Interweave and Stewart Tabori & Chang, with high production values and a strong sense of style. (See, Rosy? Even though you totally blew me off, I don't hold a grudge. So feel free to email me and we'll talk about a handpainted yarns book.) Here's what you can look forward to this fall:
Cables Untangled, by Melissa Leapman: Subtitled "An Exploration of Cable Knitting," this book promises 30 patterns for sweaters and accessories, plus a collection of 100 cable patterns.
[I apologize for the slightly lopsided photos.] The book also states that it features many clear photographs, charts for the cables, and tips for designing your own cabled patterns. (Regular readers will recall that this is the book I waited in a long line for at TNNA, only to be told that they ran out. But if Melissa Leapman is reading, feel free to email me and I'll send you my address.)
Home Knits, by Suss Cousins: The ubiquitous Suss releases her third book, containing 30 projects for the home.
This book is aimed to be "a home design book" as well as a "knitting guide," looking to help the knitter "create a beautiful, relaxed environment in the home." The palette is subdued and the focus is on texture.
NatureBabies, by Tara Jon Manning: The knitter who brought you "mindful knitting" offers a collection of knitting, sewing and felting projects, all featuring organic and natural fibers and yarns.
Projects are designed to be both environmentally sound and safe for young children.
Amazing Crochet Lace, by Doris Chan: Chan provides 20 designs, which "update traditional lace patterns into wearable art by applying favorite motifs to create chic crocheted attire." Chunkier yarns are used instead of fine ones (sorry, Kath) and patterns are designed from the top down, to minimize finishing and piecing together.
The Natural Knitter: How to Choose, Use and Knit Natural Fibers from Alpaca to Yak, by Barbara Albright: The late Barbara Albright's last book contains designs showcasing natural fibers, including cashmere, alpaca, yak (!) and others.
The book promises to provide an explanation of types of fibers, explores plant-based dyeing and focuses on products which are "nontoxic and earthfriendly."
Naughty Needles: Sexy, Saucy Knits for the Bedroom and Beyond, by Nikol Lohr:
This book is described as "half instruction book, half peep show." 'Nuff said.
Look for them this fall at a LYS or bookshop near you.
Or not, as the case may be.