This Is the Season for Knitting

The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Simple Knits by Julie Carles and Jordana Jacobs

Novice knitters, rejoice! This book lives up to the promise of its title: its projects are simple. And they’re darn cute. I made myself the “Summer in the City” tank, which is one of my favorite shirts. In the category of “I just can’t stop knitting these!”—I’ve become addicted to knitting the little “Hole-in-One” scarves, which make wonderful gifts and are also a fine way to use up a random ball of yarn. The authors are the co-owners of The Yarn Co. in NYC, which is a great shop even when you’re shopping from across the continent. I called them to order some yarn for a project that involved mixing/matching some yarns, and the staff person was tremendously helpful. (And their web site always sucks me in for way too long. Witness the 20 minutes that just elapsed while I cavorted among the online yarn and patterns.) One additional note: On their web site, they have also posted corrections to some of the patterns, which is useful. (Hey, nobody’s perfect!)