Cozy Up with these Crafty Reads for Inspired Winter Knitting!

When it’s too cold to frolic outside, it’s a great time to exercise your mind! Check out these crafty books featured in knitscene Winter 2018.

THE CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun
1. THE CURSE OF THE BOYFRIEND SWEATER: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is an important read celebrating our mutual love for craft. Alanna Okun is hilarious (we’ve never been so excited to read footnotes) and relatable. Her writing is so open and personal that reading these essays feels like reading letters from a dear friend. This is a perfect bedside or knitting-nook-adjacent book for those much needed inspiration breaks. www.flatironbooks.com

HOW TO BE A CRAFTIVIST: The Art of Gentle Protest
 by Sarah Corbett
2. HOW TO BE A CRAFTIVIST: The Art of Gentle Protest
 by Sarah Corbett

Sometimes, quiet action and speech can be just as powerful as the loudest voice. Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, gives us a book to inspire critical thinking and gives crafters the tools to speak out in a beautiful and loving way. How to Be a Craftivist highlights a unique style of activism—one that is focused on respect, conversation, and collaboration. And the Craftivist’s Manifesto is a heartfelt guide to follow, not just for crafting but also for how we treat one another. www.ipgbook.com

CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME: Painting, Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room by Kristin Nicholas
3. CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME: Painting, Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room by Kristin Nicholas

Crafting a Patterned Home has lessons, tips, and endless amounts of inspiration for projects that will personalize your living spaces. This book is perfect for crafters who want their surroundings to reflect their true selves. We’re not saying you need to start hand-painting your walls (even though we bet you’d do so beautifully), but smaller objects like napkins and plates can add that personal, crafted touch to your space. www.roostbooks.com

BY HAND: The Art of Modern Lettering 
by Nicole Miyuki Santo
4. BY HAND: The Art of Modern Lettering 
by Nicole Miyuki Santo

Offering detailed lessons and approachable projects, By Hand is the perfect guide for anyone who wants prettier handwriting without going back to first grade to practice cursive letters. You can work directly out of this book, which features a lay-flat spine—just bring some tracing paper. Nicole is there along the way with lessons and words of encouragement. www.barnesandnoble.com

What are you currently reading to inspire your crafting? Let us know in the comments!


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