Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let's Get Crafty!

From Susan T:

At the suggestion of a customer who shall remain nameless (thanks, SG!), I went to Beauknits, Ltd in Cohoes to learn how to knit. I recently resumed crocheting after a 30-year break, but I needed some instruction to resume knitting again. Thus, the lessons. Barbara at Beauknits is a wonderful teacher and I am almost done with my first hat; I'll finish it at next Saturday's lesson. In the meantime, I've started hat #2 and purchased yarn for an easy-looking sweater.
(Remember that Florida trip where I said I'd save money by not buying books? I lied.) What does this have to do with books, you ask?

Whenever I have a new enthusiasm (Pilates, local economies, crocheting, slow cooker recipes, the Mitford sisters, whatever), I need books about that subject. I might not read them right away, I might just dip into them now and again, but I need to be surrounded by information. On Monday afternoon, we received a book that covers 2 of my enthusiasms: "Pints & Purls: Portable Projects for the Social Knitter", a knitting book with patterns for the person who knits in a bar. Each pattern is rated according to how much attention it requires; the designated driver patterns are the most difficult and the 4-bottle ones require very little skill. (Although
one simple pattern warns, "Never underestimate the difficulty of counting!") I am now the proud owner of this book. Now I just need to find a knitting group that meets in a local pub.....

There are 2 more knitting books on my must-buy list. Erin recommends "The Knitting Answer Book." Published by Storey Press (one of our favorite publishers; they publish interesting, high quality titles), it answers any possible knitting question you might have. Then there is "The Knitter's Companion", recommended by another bookseller as the best knitting reference book out there, and small enough to stash in your knitting bag.

Knitting and books on knitting--who could ask for anything more? Possibly one more thing--one of those gadgets that holds my novel open so I can read while knitting......


PS--In the next couple of months, Beauknits, Ltd will be offering a class on how to knit 2 socks at the same time on one circular needle. If I am feeling ambitious, I might take that class, and I know just the book to bolster me: "2-at-a-Time Socks" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. It looks scary, but the best thing about knitting is you can always pull it out and start over.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The House in the Night is here!

The new Caldecott award winner, The House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson & illustrated by Beth Krommes has been reprinted & is now here at your very own independent, locally-owned bookstore! This is a really beautiful book with luminous illustrations & a simple, lyrical text that is perfect for a new baby gift or as a read aloud, particularly for bedtime. There is a very classic feel to this book, akin to Virginia Burton's Little House or Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon that is very charming and lovely!

The Book House Book Group!

We used to get many questions here at the Book House about whether we had a store affiliated book group. At the end of last year, we decided to launch one and see how it went. The first meeting of the Book House Book Group happened in January, and it's been going strong since! The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. So far, we've read The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon (January) and Firmin by Sam Savage (February).

This month's book is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, a book that Stanley of Market Block Books called his favorite book of 2008. If you'd like to join us, the next meeting is on Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm at the Book House -- still plenty of time to read! Just stop by the Book House (or Market Block Books) and pick up your copy.

If you have any questions, or if you'd like to RSVP, give us a call at (518) 489-4761. We hope you can join us!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

News from Market Block Books in Troy, NY

This is my first post here and I hope it's not my last. I'm juggling a few blogs at the moment which is why I'm writing this post. We created a blog for the staff and customers at Market Block Books. Click on that name there (it's a link) and it'll take you to it. There you will see postings by some of your favorite Book House staff as well as guest contributors who just happen to be our customers. Have a look, leave a comment and let me know if you want to post your own book recommendation.

Stanley in Troy