Brighten your artistic world! New craft books in October

Enrich the list of your craft projects with ideas and easy to follow designs in this collection of stitching, knitting and crochet newly arrived library books. Find a list of easy to make wonderful gifts for Christmas and happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverBrioche chic : 22 fresh knits for women & men / Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark.
“A modern take on brioche stitch with gorgeous wearable garments and accessories that knitters will love. Author Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark offers a solid introduction to brioche knitting and a collection of 22 garments and accessories for women and men, including hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, pullovers, vests, and cardigans. Striking brioche stitch designs that are not overwhelming or full of complicated techniques will reel in readers to this fun style of knitting. Starting with the basics, Brioche Chic offers mini collections of garments revolving around a specific set of techniques.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit a square, create a cuddly creature : from flat to fabulous : a step-by-step guide / Nicky Epstein.
“Wise owls, feisty fighting fish, and delightful turtles are just a few of the 25 cute critters that knitters will enjoy constructing from this collection of addictive projects. Using Epstein’s fresh approach to crafting stuffed animals, and her simple step-by-step instructions, knitters need only make a square (often with color work or quirky techniques), sew it into the designated shape, and stuff it! The results are adorable, and fun embellishments add rich detail and character to each creature.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRomantic lace knitting : 20 gorgeous designs for every occasion / Monika Eckert, Stephanie van der Linden.
“While away magical hours knitting with delicate yarn and bright colors to create shawls and scarves to take with you wherever you go. There is a range of styles to suit everyone and every occasion – from festive and nostalgic to elegant and modern. With 20 gorgeous designs for shawls, wraps and scarves, this is an essential book for any lace knitter.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCutest ever baby toys to knit : over 20 adorable projects / Val Pierce.
Cutest Ever Baby Toys to Knit includes an introduction to basic knitting skills, techniques, and terminology. Altogether it is the ideal book for beginning knitters, while providing an enjoyable source of inspiration for those with knitting experience. Knitted toys and nursery accessories in soft, cozy yarns make wonderful gifts. Small rattles, cheery mobiles and colorful booties as a bonus. Clear instructions and a delightful photograph accompany every toy in the book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover501 enchanting embroidery designs : irresistible stitchables to brighten up your life / Boutique-Sha.
“This fun embroidery book contains hundreds of creative designs you can use to personalize all sorts of things! From a little hand-sewn gift, to personalized linens and cushions, to a well-worn and well-loved pair of jeans. 501 Enchanting Embroidery Designs offers simple hand-embroidery motifs that highlight life’s small pleasures. These freestyle designs are easy even for novices and will add that special touch to anything–from an apron for your best friend to the neckline of your favorite top.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMini makers : crafty makes to create with your kids / Laura Minter & Tia Williams.
“You don’t need to be an arty creative type to be able to enjoy crafting with your young children. Mini Makers will give you the ideas and the inspiration to experiment with an explore the hugely rewarding world of making and creating together. Paint, draw, print, cut, stick, sew and bake your way through this book with your little makers. Projects include: Pebble dominoes, Clay tea set, Magnetic faces, Cardboard boat and No-sew cape.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet taxidermy : 30 quirky animal projects, from mouse to moose / Taylor Hart.
Crochet Taxidermy puts a new twist on amigurumi , the popular Japanese method of creating considerably cute stuffed animals with oversized heads. In this delightful collection, heads of animals from farm and forest, sea and safari come to life with irresistible details like the drowsy eye (for the shy deer and sleepy octopus) and fuzzy yarn (for the skittery skunk’s stripe and lazy lion’s mane). Step-by-step instructions and adorable photos guide you through these 30 easy crochet patterns. Most require just one skein of yarn, so they’re affordable and quick to crochet!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover100 little christmas gifts to make.
“The projects cover a wide variety of crafts from including papercraft, sewing, knitting, crochet, sugarcraft, felt decorations, jewelry making, cross stitch, mosaic making, decoupage, polymer clay decorations and needlepoint. All projects are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crafters. These charming Christmas items make fabulous gifts for family and friends.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Celebrate the season – New craft books for March

Find inspiration and have fun browsing through this collection of newly arrived craft books we have selected for you. Add excitement to your wardrobe with some adorable new designs of scarves, shawls and wraps, read about how to make eye-catching bunting to spice up your home or check out the delightful crochet flowers made from scraps of yarn.

For those of you who are interested in joining the library knitting group, you are welcome to join us at the Central Library to share your ideas and enthusiasm, with our devoted “Knit and chat” library knitters. A delicious morning tea is provided, and the latest craft books and magazines are offered for inspiration.

The group meets on the last Saturday of every month on the first floor behind the escalator from 10am to 3pm. The next meeting will take place at Easter Saturday, 28th March – contact Sue Dale if you have any questions (phone 801 4146 or email sue.dale@wcc.govt.nz)

Syndetics book coverKnit scarves and shawls now.
“Discover over 40 fresh new designs for scarves, shawls, capelets, wraps and cowls that will add excitement to any wardrobe. Scarves and shawls are extremely versatile and are perfect for adding colour and character to an outfit. These designs range in style and shape and, depending on the yarn you choose, can be light & airy, thick & bulky, or elegantly lacy. There are plenty of projects to suit every knitter’s taste and experience level.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTen adorable teddy bears to knit : plus all their clothes and accessories / Rachel Borello.
“In Ten Adorable Teddy Bears to Knit, knitting enthusiasts will find: 10 bears to handcraft from detailed patterns, with suggested yarn to use, needle size, finished measurements, and more. A collection of 15 accessory patterns to knit for the bears that can be mixed-and-matched, including a hat, scarf, cardigan, and more accessories such as a cable knit sweater and a seed stitch bear-sized backpack introduce new skills to beginners and more challenges to advanced knitters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBanners, buntings, garlands & pennants : 40 creative ideas using paper, fabric & more / Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio.
“Festive and eye-catching, banners, buntings, garlands, and pennants add visual fun to almost any type of celebration or space. These 40 quick and easy projects–made of paper, fabric, felt, and more–make beautiful displays. Use them for special events, for holidays, when entertaining, or even just to spice up a room. A basics section gives beginners a primer on the materials and techniques they need.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures in Pompom Land : 25 cute projects made from handmade pompoms / Myko Diann Bocek.
“Enter the wonderful land of pompoms, where cute critters and creative adventures await you. All the projects in this unique collection begin with handmade, not pre-purchased, pompoms, and every step is beautifully laid out with easy-to-follow instructions and plenty of images. Crafters can then create 25 charming creatures–from a sweet little bluebird to a lop-eared bunny–out of wool yarn, roving, and felt. It’s fun to do and every project is off-the-charts adorable!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe farmer’s wife sampler quilt : letters from 1920s farm wives and the 111 blocks they inspired / Laurie Aaron Hird.
“In 1922, The Farmer’s Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: “If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?” The magazine at the time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to this question are included in this book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired. Laurie Aaron Hird provides everything you need to be inspired and create your own sampler quilt, and 42 letters from the 1922 Farmer’s Wife contest to give you a priceless glimpse into the country’s past.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet flowers step-by-step : 35 delightful blooms for beginners / Tanya Shliazhko.
“Stop and crochet the flowers! Crochet flowers are a favorite with needlecrafters because they can be made from scraps of yarn, they’re small and portable, and they are so versatile. Geared toward beginners, each of the 35 crochet flowers patterns in this book comes with a clear, easy-to-follow photo sequence linked to a chart. Use them to add charm to home decor projects such as pillows, towels, or napkin holders, or gather them into a pretty corsage for a lapel or hat trim. Once the seed is sown, you won’t want to stop making these adorable embellishments.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Beautiful projects to celebrate the New Year – New Craft books for February

Give your creativity a fresh start with inspiration from our latest craft books.

They are packed with ideas and tips to inspire and encourage you to develop your creative skills. From seasonal projects to make and give and pretty patterns for lace knitting to delightful crocheted cushions and smocking stitching for beginners. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverA year in crafts : 52 seasonal projects to make and give / Clare Youngs.
“Here are 52 beautifully simple step-by-step ideas to get you crafting throughout the year. Start in January by making a handmade diary so you can start the year fresh and organized, while in March you can revamp your home for the annual spring clean with a new chair seat or a vintage-inspired embroidered tablecloth. You’ll be inspired with Clare Youngs’ lovely projects, so whether you want to make each project as the year progresses, or dip in and out of the book, you’ll never be bored with A Year in Crafts.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnyone can knit : a step-by-step guide to essential knitting skills / Libby Summers.
“This title sets out to prove its claim with a treasury of know-how and ideas appealing to every skill level. This full colour title is packed with step-by-step instructions in essential knitting skills as well as stylish projects.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAran & Nordic knits for kids : 25 designs for babies and young children / Martin Storey ; photography by Steven Wooster.
“With 25 great knits for little girls and boys, this Scandinavian inspired collection of designs by Martin Storey has a range of delightful projects. Features Aran-style textures and cables and Nordic-inspired colourwork, incorporating traditional patterns with a contemporary twist. The designs include a range of garments, such as coats, jackets, cardigans, sweaters and slipovers, plus accessories. There are also knits for the nursery.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSock-yarn shawls II : 16 patterns for lace knitting / Jen Lucas.
“Following the overwhelming success of Sock-Yarn Shawls , Jen Lucas presents an all-new selection of striking patterns for luscious sock yarns. Discover designs for everyone from confident beginners to advanced knitters. Patterns range from small shawlettes to large circular shawls, and many are made from a single skein.
Pretty new patterns for single-colored and multicolored shawls – enjoy lots of options! Shawl constructions include top down, bottom up, crescent, short row, and circular
Begin with the basics and move on to create designs with attach-as-you-go lace borders” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrocheted cushions / Susie Johns.
“With 26 modern, colourful and creative designs to choose from, this inspiring title is the only crocheted cushion book you’ll ever need. Featuring a vibrant range of designs with bobbles, ruffles, stripes and granny squares, in shapes ranging from circles and rectangles to hearts, owls and chickens, this book also contains wedding ring pillows and pin cushions. Written by longstanding and highly successful author Susie Johns, this book also includes a comprehensive techniques section at the beginning, ensuring that it is accessible to crafters of any ability.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern vintage gifts : over 20 pretty & nostalgic projects to sew & give / Helen Phillipps
“Sew a little love and give the gift of handmade with Vintage Modern Gifts! A bright contemporary collection of over 20 patchwork and sewn projects, designed to make readers smile and have fun with fabric from Helen Philipps – a popular craft designer whose highly desirable style is a cross between Cath Kidston and Tilda. The projects are all simple enough for beginners yet desirable enough for more experienced sewers, exploring different techniques including patchwork, quilting, paper piecing, appliqué, colour play, embroidery and embellishment. Projects include small quilts, dolls, bags, pillows, hearts, puppies, flowers, stars, angels and more – all in a gorgeous coordinating color palette, with charming hand-drawn illustrations and exquisite styled photography.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA-Z of smocking
“This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It is bursting with hints, ideas and inspirational photographs.There is full advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. Interspersed throughout the book there are helpful hints for all the stitches and techniques, and beautiful photographs of smocked garments to inspire the reader to pick up a needle.” (Syndetics summary)

Christmas yarn craft meetup at the Central Library

Join our yarn craft event on Saturday 19 December at the Central Library for inspiration and help making some unique gifts. Monica, our coordinator for the day, will have spare needles and yarn for those who would like to try knitting! You are welcome to bring along your own knitting or crochet project to work on. This is a family-friendly event with a touch of Christmas cheer and we hope to see you there!

Sessions will run 12.00 – 1.30 pm and 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Christmas Crafts small

You are, of course, welcome to knit and crochet in the library outside the hosted session times. Be sure to browse our extensive collection of craft books and magazines on the first floor (you’ll find large and small books on our shelves at the call number 746.43)! We also have a growing collection of ebooks you can check out here not to forget Zinio eMagazines.

Knitting projects to match your style – New Craft books for October

Take inspiration from this fabulous selection of new books featuring delightful knitting projects, offering lots of new ideas and tips how to make handmade gifts for family and friends. Find some bright ideas on how to create gorgeous gifts and bring colourful charm to your holiday season. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverNeck effects : 30 scarves, wraps, and cowls to knit for now.
“Nurture your neck! Neck Effects offers knitters a creative collection of 30 fresh, fashion-forward neckwear designs featuring Cascade Yarns’ Heritage line of luxurious, easy-care superwash merino blends. From cozy cables to delicate lace to stunning Fair Isle, knitters of every skill level will find projects that are destined to become modern classics–and that will make great gifts for anyone with a love of knits and a sense of style!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of slip-stitch knitting : techniques, stitches, projects / Faina Goberstein & Simona Merchant-Dest.
“Slip stitch is one of the simplest and most versatile knitting techniques, but it’s often overlooked. The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting is a modern and thorough take on this technique that delivers beautiful colorwork and gorgeous textures–with minimal effort. A complete overview covers all the basics of slip-stitch knitting. Forty stitch patterns, many of which are reversible, stretch the boundaries of slip stitch. Sixteen original projects for cardigans, pullovers, hats, bags, scarves, and more showcase the versatility of slip stitch by using it as an allover pattern or accent.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit : innovation in fashion, art, design / Samantha Elliott.
“Knit is an exciting and dynamic design area, with new technologies opening up a wealth of creative possibilities for designers, as well as innovative uses of traditional techniques. Witty, hyper-real and luxurious designs are being used by fashion designers, while artists, activists, and community groups are reinterpreting the medium to stunning and surprising effect. This showcase of the best knitted textiles around the world is divided into three key areas: fashion, art, and community, showcasing innovative constructions from designers, architectural sculptures and floating installations, and experimental public work from guerrilla knitting collectives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCustom socks : knit to fit your feet / Kate Atherley.
“Whether you knit them toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit on hand knit socks can be a major challenge! In Custom Socks, Kate Atherley sets out to teach knitters of all levels the skills and tools they need to understand sock fit, and to knit a pair of socks that fit properly. So go ahead and treat yourself to these 15 original sock patterns that are easily customizable and work with any needle configuration. Your feet will thank you!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStitch stories : personal places, spaces and traces in textile art / Cas Holmes.
“Everything, from a walk in the park to an exotic trip, can provide inspiration for textile art. See how to record your experiences in sketchbooks, journals, and photographs to create personal narratives that become beautiful stitched-textile pieces. Acclaimed textile artist Cas Holmes discusses such techniques as creating layered collages, “sketching” in stitches, and working with composition and color. The result will be unique–uniquely you!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLace one-skein wonders / edited by Judith Durant ; photography by Geneve Hoffman.
“Judith Durant has done it again! This all-new collection of 101 original lace knitting projects, each using just a single skein of yarn, will thrill knitters of all levels. From clothes and accessories to pillows, curtains, and tablecloths, these beautiful projects were contributed by designers and knitters around the world. Try your hand at an heirloom-quality lace shawl, a lacy pair of gloves, or a dainty child’s dress with a perfect lace insert – the possibilities are endless!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOne-skein wonders for babies / edited by Judith Durant ; photography by Geneve Hoffman.
“This irresistible collection offers 101 original knitting projects for babies and toddlers — each using just a single skein of yarn! From mittens and hats to tees, sweaters, hoodies, pants, dresses, socks, and bootees, you’ll find the perfect wearable for every child and every occasion. You’ll also discover beautiful bibs, blankets, and sleep sacks, plus adorable stuffed toys, blanket buddies, and more. These beautiful projects were contributed by designers and crafters around the world, and each comes with complete step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished piece.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover‘Tis the season to be felt-y / Kathy Sheldon with Amanda Carestio.
“Christmas is the perfect time of year for a dash of handmade flair and craft felt is one of the easiest and most inexpensive materials to use. Your Christmas holiday will be merry and bright thanks to these 40-plus new, fresh and contemporary projects from two great craft designers. Most of the projects are machine or hand sewn with a few no-sew last-minute designs thrown in. Add festive felt-y flair to your holiday crafting and bring colourful charm to your Christmas.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Home & Garden Newsletter for August

Finding ways to grow all the ingredients for an entire dish in your garden would be the dream of many and this month’s selection of cooking books offer lots of ideas and inspiration. Take a look at the latest in sewing, knitting and crochet and find new ways to maintaining good health and mindfulness, preventing mental disorders and addictions. Check out the newest books at your local Wellington library and enjoy.

Cooking

This month’s selection of cookbooks feature seasonal foods with emphasis on local produce and growing your own food. Other books include ‘how to’ books like Dudefood, The First Foods Book and Cooking for Geeks.

Syndetics book cover DudeFood. Volume # 1 / [by Daniel Churchill].
“Are you a guy who has wanted to cook but doesn’t know where to start? The Dude Food book is here to educate, motivate and inspire men of all ages. With its colloquial dude language and easy to read recipes, dudes no longer have an excuse to avoid the kitchen bench. Dude Food incorporates the many scenarios guys find themselves in each day – what to have around the gym, how to impress a girl, what to feed your mates. This book will turn a standard TV dinner guy into an appealing kitchen master.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The First Foods Book : 130 yummy recipes from weaning to the big table.
“Covering every step of the weaning journey, from six months to a year, The First Foods Book includes more than 130 recipes – from single-veg purees to exciting combinations and full meals. Every one has been rigorously tested to ensure it meets with Ella’s Kitchen nutritional standards. There is also lots of practical advice to give every parent confidence at this key stage of their baby’s development…making weaning easy and stress-free – introducing solids becomes as much of an adventure for parents as it is for the little one whose taste exploration has only just begun.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Cooking for Geeks : Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food / Jeff Potter.
“More than just a cookbook, Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and piques your curiosity about food. Presents recipes ranging in difficulty with the science and technology-minded cook in mind, providing the science behind cooking, the physiology of taste, and the techniques of molecular gastronomy.” (Book Jacket)
Syndetics book cover A Table in the Orchard : my delicious life / Michelle Crawford.
“I dreamed of a rambling old farmhouse where I could grow my own food, learn how to bake cakes and make jam. I wanted to wear gumboots. Every day.” Organizing cocktail parties at the Sydney Opera House sounds perfectly glamorous, and for a while it was for Michelle Crawford. But once she became a mother, the yearning to find her own little slice of heaven in the country could no longer be ignored….A Table in the Orchard is breathtaking proof of how seductive a taste of slow living in one of the most beautiful valleys in Tasmania might be. Like Michelle, you might be tempted to make your own crumpets or run away to the Apple Isle.” (Syndetics summary)

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Crafts

Draw creative energy from this delightful collection of new library books including knitting designs for every season, clever sewing projects and fresh ideas for lace work, including how to make beautiful buttons. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book cover Sew organized for the busy girl : tips to make the most of your time & space : 23 quick and clever sewing projects you’ll love / Heidi Staples.
“Fit sewing into your busy lifestyle with practical tips that will help you put hours back on the clock Heidi Staples, a creative mom of three, will help you organize your sewing space and works-in-progress so they are ready to roll at a moment s notice. Revive your creative life and make the most of your time with easy-to-implement advice. Stitch up 23 projects, ranging from handcrafted quilts to home decor, children’s gifts, and attractive storage cases. With an arsenal of time-savers, you ll finally finish those projects while enjoying a little “you” time at the sewing machine.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Warm days, cool knits : lighter designs for every season / Corrina Ferguson.
“Knitting is not just for cold and snowy climates! For anyone who has ever stopped to wonder what knitters in the South are wearing–and knitting–for the changing seasons, Florida designer Corrina Ferguson has set out to show us in Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season. Cardigans and hoodies stand in for winter coats, knitted tees and short-sleeve cardigans are perfect for spring, tanks and cropped cardis are comfortable on warm summer nights, and pullovers and shawls are just right in fall. Through her choice of lightweight yarns and bold colors, Corrina has set these pieces apart from the crowd of everyday knitted garments and shown them off as a versatile knitted southern wardrobe.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover How to make beautiful buttons / Beate Schmitz.
“Make buttons out of fabric, clay, beads and more! There are 25 designs to make with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs accompanying every project. Buttons are not only practical additions to bags, jackets and other garments but they also make great fashion accessories all on their own. Starting with a detailed explanation for making each button, the projects span an incredible array of crafts including crochet, embroidery, knotting, felt and paint for embellishing yourhandmade beautiful buttons.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Learn to crochet, love to crochet / Anna Wilkinson ; photography by Laura Edwards.
Anna Wilkinson encouraged a new generation of crafters to take up knitting with her debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. Anna is now set to popularise the creative craft of crochet in the same way with the companion book, Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add ‘wow’ to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. While the ten Learn to Crochet projects guide you through the most basic crochet techniques, the ten Love to Crochet garments provide all the inspiration and know-how you need to really master this highly versatile craft. By making your way through the book you’ll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments.” (Syndetics summary)

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Health

This month we take a holistic view of health, from preventative to curative, from yoga to mindfulness. We read about mental disorders, addictions and Alzheimer’s and improve our knowledge of medical terms.

Syndetics book cover Yoga for life : a journey to inner peace and freedom
“From a rebellious young woman with a dangerous heroin habit to a globe-trotting fashion model to ‘First Lady of Yoga’ (The New York Times), Colleen Saidman Yee tells the remarkable story of how she found herself through the healing power of yoga–and then inspired others to do the same.” (Library catalogue)
Syndetics book cover Fight Alzheimer’s with vitamins and antioxidants
“In this practical scientific guide, leading researcher in cancer, heart disease, and diabetes prevention Kedar N. Prasad, Ph.D., reveals the latest revolutionary discoveries on the use of antioxidants to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. He details how the proper combinations of vitamin and antioxidant supplements can greatly increase the effectiveness of standard medical treatments for Alzheimer’s as well as delay or even prevent onset despite a family history of the disease. This guide provides a truly holistic approach to Alzheimer’s prevention, treatment, and care.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The gut balance revolution : boost your metabolism, restore your inner ecology, and lose the weight for good!
“Recent cutting-edge research shows that human intestinal microbiota influences metabolism, appetite, energy, hormones, inflammation, and insulin resistance. Because gut microflora plays a central role in weight management, losing weight is much more than cutting calories, fat, or carbs. When the trillions of live bacteria in our digestive tract-the gut microbiome-are balanced, excess pounds melt away and we feel revitalized. A leading authority on digestive health and the gut microbiome, Dr. Gerard E. Mullin reveals how to stifle the fat-forming, disease-promoting gut bacteria, reseed your gut with good fat-burning ones, and fertilize those friendly flora with just the right foods to reboot, rebalance, and renew your health–and lose weight for good.” (Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The Headspace guide to… a mindful pregnancy
“Mindfulness in Pregnancy is the concise and practical guide to achieving and maintaining mindfulness throughout every stage of having a baby. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. From creating the right conditions for conception and reducing anxiety around pregnancy and birth, to managing pain in labour and promoting well being for mother and baby in the first hours, days and weeks after birth, Andy’s simple and empowering exercises have been created to give both mother and baby a gentle, happy and positive experience.” (Syndetics summary)

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Personal Development

This month’s selection delves into the workings of co-dependent relationships and offers tools to free yourself from them, cultivating intimacy, yet separateness, creativity and inner peace.

Syndetics book cover How to predict the unpredictable : the art of outsmarting almost everyone
“We are hard-wired to believe that the world is more predictable than it is. We chase ‘winning streaks’ that are often just illusions, and we are all too predictable exactly when we try hardest not to be. In the 1970s, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky coined the phrase ‘representativeness’ to describe the psychology of this behaviour. Poundstone makes these techniques fun, easy, and profitable for everyone, in the everyday situations that matter. You’ll learn how to tackle multiple choice tests, what internet passwords to avoid, how to up your odds of winning the office Premier League sweepstakes, and the best ways to invest your money.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Calm : calm the mind, change the world
“Join the Calm revolution. Modern life is hectic and relentless. There has never been a more important time to rediscover your pause button. Calm is the book that will show you how to take back a little bit of peace, space and all-important calm. It is a practical and pleasurable guide to twenty-first century mindfulness. Regular meditation is medically proven to be good for you. Calm is about simple, achievable habits that work with the demands of your busy life instead of pretending those demands don’t exist. Calm does not require specialist training: it uses abilities that every single one of us is born with, like creativity, spontaneity and simply noticing the world around you. Calm demystifies mindfulness and shows you the many simple ways to be mindful while carrying on with your life.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover The upside of stress : why stress is good for you, and how to get good at it
“The author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress. More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier–if we learn how to embrace it. McGonigal combines science, stories, and exercises into an engaging and practical book that is both entertaining and life-changing. McGonigal’s TED talk on the subject has already received more than 7 million views.” (Syndetics)
Syndetics book cover Lessons of lifelong intimacy : building a stronger marriage without losing yourself–the 9 principles of a balanced and happy relationship
“Michael Gurian offers a groundbreaking plan for couples seeking to build a healthy relationship, work through past hurts, and create greater intimacy. Recent university studies show that the most frequent reason relationships dissolve is not abuse, alcoholism, money, or even infidelity, but rather a lack of emotional fulfillment. Most books on love and marriage focus on teaching communication and conflict skills, but neglect to help couples with the “other half” of intimacy–separateness. In this practical yet personal guide to love, Gurian details the benefits of creating a lifelong balance of closeness and separateness. Rich with examples and case studies, this book presents strategies for communication and conflict that build more emotional balance, while showing how intimate separateness can be the key to lifelong happiness.”(Syndetics)

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Creative thoughts to refresh your style – New Craft books for August

Enrich the list of your craft projects with ideas and easy to follow designs from this collection of newly arrived stitching, knitting and crochet books. Discover techniques that guide you through the process, from drawing up an idea to finishing your own mosaic projects. Enjoy the challenge!

Syndetics book coverScarves, shrugs, & shawls : 22 knitted designs with their special techniques / Sarah Hatton ; technical editor, Sharon Brant.
“Scarves and wraps are the perfect canvases for experimenting with new stitches and practicing new techniques. Wraps, Shawls & Scarves to Knit offers over twenty-five easy-to-make and fun-to-wear designs that explore a range of knitting techniques-from gorgeous textured and cabled stitches, to intricate openwork and lace patterns, to interesting and appealing shaping. Step-by-step instructions and close-up photography are given for all the techniques covered-from knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, making edgings, adding beading, and more. Plus, additional ideas and tips for tweaking the designs expands the options for creating your own customized adaptations.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnitting for winter / Val Pierce.
“Being able to knit gives you the freedom to really be an individual and use your creative flair to personalise clothing, accessories and home decor. Author Val Pierce shows you how to create 25 eye-catching items ranging in difficulty, so there is something there for everyone, from the newbies to the knitting extraordinaire. Following a step-by-step guide, and aided by full color images the reader will learn how to understand patterns, yarns, needles and knitting techniques and equipment. Knitting for Winter includes tip and tricks to improve your knitting skills and give you room to have fun, experiment and add your own style to the items.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSimple woven garments : 20+ projects to weave & wear / Sara Goldenberg & Jane Patrick.
Simple Woven Garments is both a pattern book and an idea book for creating simple woven shapes and turning them into everyday, highly wearable fashions. This guide will help weavers create fabric that works for the intended garment, is easy to weave, and is above all beautiful. It also explore techniques such as yarn usage, spaced warps, felting, pick-up weaving patterns, finger-control weaving techniques, and embellishments. Shapes are simple rectangles and sewing requires minimal skill. Weavers will enjoy creating garments including wraps and tops, ranging from easy shawls with a twist to woven sweaters.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCrochet dress-up: over 35 cute and easy pieces to create character costumes / Emma Friedlander-Collins.
“All the dressing-up favourites are here, from a pirate to a mermaid, fairytale characters such as Rapunzel and Red Riding Hood, superheroes and Vikings, and even some furry friends – a cute cat and a floppy-eared bunny. All the items are quick to make – great for those last-minute panics over forgotten party invititations – and will cost you a fraction of the price of shop-bought outfits, as well as being truly unique.”
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Syndetics book coverConnected cloth : creating collaborative textile projects / Cas Holmes & Anne Kelly.
“It’s a growing trend: textile artists eager to stitch together a community as well as a project. Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly, who formed their own productive partnership, explain the art of creative collaboration whether in small groups or large, with a neighbor or someone far away. They provide advice on finding colleagues, choosing venues, and setting ground rules, plus a wealth of ways to work together, swap pieces, develop variations on a theme, and even make joint creations via mail or the Internet. This thought-provoking, inspirational book will help you connect with other textile artists and take your own work beyond the personal.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverClassic stitching : 25 beautiful projects / Anna Elizabeth Draeger.
“Beaders will relish having the best designs from one of the art’s most popular figures – Anna Elizabeth Draeger – all in one handy, timeless volume. Anna offers 25 designs for many classic bead stiches, including herringbone, ladder, peyote, right-angle weave, crossweave, and more. These fashionable cuffs, bangles, necklaces, and earrings incorporate a wide variety of styles and materials. Classic Stitching also includes plenty of tips and advice from the popular “Ask Anna” advice columns, 10 pages of mini stitch workshops, and a gallery showcasing art glass beads. As always, Anna’s elegant designs lend themselves well to variation and experimentation, so beaders at every level will find something to try!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverComplete guide to mosaic techniques / Bonnie Fitzgerald.
“A complete resource of mosaic techniques and design ideas for creating mosaics in the home. Discover the range of materials you can use from stone and marble, to small smalti, glass, recycled crockery and other found objects.” (Syndetics summary)

Brighten the winter days with refreshing ideas – new Craft books for July

Draw creative energy from this delightful collection of new library books including knitting designs for every season, clever sewing projects and fresh ideas for lace work, including how to make beautiful buttons. Read about making and marketing a creative business from home. Happy crafting!

Syndetics book coverSew organized for the busy girl : tips to make the most of your time & space : 23 quick and clever sewing projects you’ll love / Heidi Staples.
“Fit sewing into your busy lifestyle with practical tips that will help you put hours back on the clock Heidi Staples, a creative mom of three, will help you organize your sewing space and works-in-progress so they are ready to roll at a moment s notice. Revive your creative life and make the most of your time with easy-to-implement advice. Stitch up 23 projects, ranging from handcrafted quilts to home decor, children’s gifts, and attractive storage cases. With an arsenal of time-savers, you ll finally finish those projects while enjoying a little “you” time at the sewing machine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWarm days, cool knits : lighter designs for every season / Corrina Ferguson.
“Knitting is not just for cold and snowy climates! For anyone who has ever stopped to wonder what knitters in the South are wearing–and knitting–for the changing seasons, Florida designer Corrina Ferguson has set out to show us in Warm Days, Cool Knits: Lighter Designs for Every Season. Cardigans and hoodies stand in for winter coats, knitted tees and short-sleeve cardigans are perfect for spring, tanks and cropped cardis are comfortable on warm summer nights, and pullovers and shawls are just right in fall. Through her choice of lightweight yarns and bold colors, Corrina has set these pieces apart from the crowd of everyday knitted garments and shown them off as a versatile knitted southern wardrobe.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHome made simple for kids : stylish, crafty projects to make with and for your kids / Joanna Gosling, photography by Rachel Whiting.
“Want some original, stylish and inexpensive projects to make for your children’s rooms? Want to get creative, and a bit messy, with your kids? Help is at hand with Joanna Gosling’s guide to simple, stylish crafting.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to make beautiful buttons / Beate Schmitz.
“Make buttons out of fabric, clay, beads and more! There are 25 designs to make with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs accompanying every project. Buttons are not only practical additions to bags, jackets and other garments but they also make great fashion accessories all on their own. Starting with a detailed explanation for making each button, the projects span an incredible array of crafts including crochet, embroidery, knotting, felt and paint for embellishing yourhandmade beautiful buttons.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearn to crochet, love to crochet / Anna Wilkinson ; photography by Laura Edwards.
Anna Wilkinson encouraged a new generation of crafters to take up knitting with her debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. Anna is now set to popularise the creative craft of crochet in the same way with the companion book, Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add ‘wow’ to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. While the ten Learn to Crochet projects guide you through the most basic crochet techniques, the ten Love to Crochet garments provide all the inspiration and know-how you need to really master this highly versatile craft. By making your way through the book you’ll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLace yarn studio : garments, hats, and fresh ideas for lace yarn / Carol J. Sulcoski.
“Knitters who think lace-weight yarn is difficult to work with or only for old-fashioned shawls are in for a big surprise! These 25 patterns–created by Carol J. Sulcoski and a group of talented designers–break beautifully free from the flowery, heirloom mold. The fresh, contemporary ideas range from an asymmetric tank top and beaded skirt to opera-length gloves and airy infinity scarves. And to make the knitting easy, a comprehensive basics section offers tricks for avoiding yarn tangles, tips on knitting with a lifeline, information about choosing fiber content, and much more. Contributors include : Véronik Avery, Fiona Ellis, Franklin Habit, Brooke Nico, Marlaina Bird, Barbara Brown, and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Inspirational craft ideas for winter – Craft books for June

Winter is a great time for cosying up with craft books and this selection with delightful finds, may be just what you need to lighten up the winter blues. Starting with Baby Brights there are some delightful crochet projects to brighten a nursery and more. Have fun!

Syndetics book coverBaby brights : 30 colorful crochet accessories / Kathleen McCafferty.
“Whether you are looking for perfect baby gifts or have a little one of your own, this beautiful book gives you 30 adorable crochet projects from leading designers, in playful colours that will delight young and old alike. Designed for beginners, seasoned crocheters and even general crafters, the collection in Baby Brights incudes items to wear, to use in the nursery, for play and for travel. Organised by type, there are patterns for rattles and teethers, bath time toys, hats, booties, toys, nursery and blankets, all to make, use and enjoy while your baby is young and to cherish for a lifetime.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHandmade style : 23 must-have basics to stitch, use, and wear / Anna Graham.
Handmade Style showcases blogger Anna Graham’s talent for creating cleverly constructed pieces with simple, clean lines. It’s the first sewing book ever to present a collection of projects specifically designed to complement each other. And, it’s your ticket to creating a cohesive, sophisticated, fresh look from top to bottom for your home. This thoughtful collection will keep any sewist busy for a full year.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLearn to crochet, love to crochet / Anna Wilkinson ; photography by Laura Edwards.
“Anna Wilkinson encouraged a new generation of crafters to take up knitting with her debut book, Learn to Knit, Love to Knit. Anna is now set to popularise the creative craft of crochet in the same way with the companion book, Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet. The book is made up of a collection of twenty garments and accessories that will add ‘wow’ to your wardrobe but also, through making each project, you will learn the fundamentals of crochet. By making your way through the book you’ll have an enviable wardrobe of handmade garments that include a Granny square sweater, a Daisy motif top and a Circular clutch bag. So, if you have ever really wanted to learn to crochet but you have yet to find the right beginner’s projects to tempt you, then Learn to Crochet, Love to Crochet is the book for you.

Syndetics book coverArm and finger knitting : 35 no-needle knits for the home and to wear / Laura Strutt.
“Breaking free from the constraints of normal needle sizes, Laura Strutt demonstrates how to do all the usual stitches and techniques using just your arms and hands, from plain knit stitch to seed stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting with two or more strands of yarn at a time. To make the best use of the unique texture and scale of no-needle knitting, she has designed 25 stylish projects for you to make, for the home and to wear. There are stylish arm-knitted scarves and cowls, and a simple stool cover, but also finger-knitted wall art, and even jewelry. It’s no wonder there is so much interest in arm and finger knitting when you can get spectacular results in such a short time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover60 quick knit baby essentials : sweaters, toys, blankets, & more in Cherub from Cascade Yarns / the editors of Sixth&Spring Books.
“In 60 Quick Knit Baby Essentials, dozens of talented designers have created one of the most original and adorable collections of baby projects ever, inspired by Cascade Yarn’s easy-care Cherub line. From sweaters to blankets to onesies to toys, from simple garter stitch to cables, colourwork and lace, these practical designs are true essentials for every knitter and every baby. All the patterns use both metric and imperial measurements so all 60 designs are easily adapted to our yarns. Everyone loves baby knits, so quick to make with endless potential for fun and creativity, so grab a skein and start knitting for the cherub in your life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA beautiful mess : happy handmade home : painting, crafting, and decorating a cheerful, more inspiring space / Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.
“Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the sisters behind A Beautiful Mess and the ‘Martha Stewarts of the Anthropologie set’, have attracted millions of fans with their happy, creative DIY style. Now, for the first time in book form, they share room-by-room, budget-friendly DIY projects anyone can do to transform their homes into cheerful, more inspiring spaces. Throughout are fun lifestyle extras, such as tips for stocking the perfect bar cart and how to shop for ‘personality pieces’ in thrift and vintage stores. Each chapter ends with party ideas, complete with decoration DIYs and recipes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA modern twist : create quilts with a colorful spin / Natalie Barnes, with Angela Walters.
“What happens when an interior designer with a background in commercial architecture turns her expertise to quilt patterns? Extraordinary designs! Natalie Barnes shows how to use color, contrast, and composition to achieve a one-of-a-kind look. Included is a chapter by the masterful Angela Walters on using the quilting itself to complement these concepts. Twist and turn simple blocks to create impressive, random-looking modern designs Learn to trust unusual color combinations and choose fabrics with confidence 13 enticing patterns: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnit wear love : foolproof instructions for knitting your best-fitting sweaters ever in the styles you love to wear / Amy Herzog ; photography by Karen Pearson.
“In this follow-up to Knit to Flatter, author Amy Herzog is back with more real-talk for knitters. In Knit Wear Love, she guides us through picking a base pattern that not only works for our inherent shape, but also suits our size and style–all with the skill of a top-notch teacher and designer and the honesty and humor of a BFF. Known for her uncanny ability to simplify what might initially seem complex, Herzog masterminded for Knit Wear Love an easy mix-and-match pattern system that allows us to choose among the eight key sweater forms; eight fashion styles ; a trove of customization details; ten sizes; and three gauges of yarn. The result? Sweaters we can knit with confidence, wear with pride, and love for many years to come.” (Syndetics summary)

Knit-in! World Wide Knit in Public Day this Saturday at the Central Library

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What have you got on your needles this week?
Wellington Central Library celebrates World Wide Knit in Public Day this Saturday, 13 June with various knitting groups coming in to be part of a community knit-in event!

Join this knitting extravaganza and connect with other knitters to exchange ideas and inspiration, and enjoy each other’s company, doing something you love.  Anyone can come in to experience knitting or crocheting. There are also lots of books and magazines to browse and get ideas and inspiration from.

A splendid opportunity you can’t miss! Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Syndetics book coverKnitting [sound recording] / Anne Bartlett ; read by Beverley Dunn.
“Longlisted for the 2006 Miles Franklin award. Destined to be a bestseller, already a favourite with book groups. Rave reviews in the US by a local South Australian author. It’s been ten months since Jack died, and Sandra, a tightly wound academic, copes with her grief by immersing herself in the history of textiles. When she and Martha, a gifted knitter, meet over an unconscious body on the footpath, the unlikely threads of their lives tangle into each other. Sandra invites Martha to join her in a professional collaboration, but what begins as a working relationship becomes something deeply personal. Martha seems at ease with herself, in spite of her own experience of grief. But what does she carry around in those three large bags? “This is a deliciously daring and original book. Yes, it has to be said: it’s a jolly good yarn.” – The Advertiser “Knitting maintains a soft level of suspense with the unpredictability of its characters, whose simmering thoughts threaten to burst into action. The believable, well-constructed dialogue captures the tension and tenderness of friendship.” – Sydney Morning Herald” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDress-to-impress knitted scarves / Pam Powers.
“This designer collection contains signature designs for ascots, cowls, and other scarves that will make the perfect fashion statement no matter the occasion One-of-a-kind designs that derive their inspiration from sources as diverse as cowboy bandanas and vintage lace petticoats, worked up in a range of textured and colorwork stitches and fibers Photos include ideas for different ways the scarves can be worn Collection includes a stitch/technique photo tutorial section” (Syndetics summary)

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