The holidays are looming and we are all looking forward to the perfect gift for that certain someone. The Peter White Public Library can help inspire you with the following new books which can be found on the main floor of the library in our New Nonfiction collection.
If you love to cook, Savory Sweet by Beth Dooley and Mette Nielsen has some wonderful suggestions for culinary gifts you can make in your own kitchen. Detailed recipes accompanied by mouthwatering full color photographs will help you prepare just the right preserves, pickles and chutneys sure to please the most discriminating palate. 641.5977 DO
Woodworkers looking for a new project that will make someone happy should check out Heirloom Wood by Max Bainbridge. Using only an electric jigsaw and drill plus some low-tech hand tools, the author describes the process of carving wooden spoons, bowls, cutting boards and other useful household items that will surely become family heirlooms. Many color photographs accompany Bainbridge’s instructions which also detail how to create unique but simple finishes. 736.4 BA
Knitters will have a field day with two of the library’s new books. The Knitted Hat Book features 20 different patterns and styles of hats that you can make to keep your loved ones warm and stylish. Cloches, tams, beanies and slouch hats are included for all genders and ages along with color photos and all the directions you need to make a variety of fancy toppers. 746.432 KN
Also on the new nonfiction shelf is You Can Knit That by Amy Herzog. This how-to book features directions for 24 different fabulous sweaters for all body shapes and sizes accompanied by, according to the author, foolproof instructions. Herzog is also the author of Knit to Flatter and Knit Wear Love both of which can be requested through the library’s online catalog. 746.432 HE
Switching to a different medium, do-it-yourselfers will be inspired by Folded Book Art by Clare Youngs which recycles used hardcover books to create unique home décor. The author showcases various techniques of folding and carving pages to create three dimensional sculptures of paper and the printed word. Other projects utilize individual book pages to create animals, villages, dolls, wall hangings and lampshades, and much more, to dress up your own personal space. There is even a project that involves knitting with paper yarn-the possibilities are endless! 745.54 YO
If there doesn’t seem to be enough time left this season to make holiday gifts, keep these books in mind for fun winter projects during the short, dark days as we move into 2018.
Happy crafting and happy holidays!
--Margaret Boyle, Circulation Services