{amazon id='0966828976' align='LEFT'} Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska's Native Knitters by Donna Druchunas: 

With all of the hubbaloo about quivet, I was very pleased to read Arctic Lace, which is devoted to this lovely luxury fiber.  There is a lot of history and information about the area the animals live in, the culture and also the beautiful lace that is knitted there.

The pictures are exquisite, and the first part of the book is very informative about all aspects of the fiber, the musk ox, and the people who use this fiber to stay warm in the bitter cold.  The later parts of the book are dedicated to lace knitting techniques, and is packed full of information and useful techniques for mastering lace.  The patterns are breathlessly beautiful, and this book is an excellent value!

{amazon id='1933064072' align='LEFT'} Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby and Alexis Xenakis: 

Victorian Lace Today also focuses on lace, but instead of lace of the artic, it features patterns and historical information about the Victorian era.  With interesting excepts from pattern books published in the Victorian period.  The patterns from that time were practically indecipherable to me, but those smart ladies figured them out.

It has lots of good lace techniques as well as patterns that are good for beginner to expert.  The range of patterns and scope of the projects was impressive, and were beautiful enough to make any woman drool.  The lace projects drip off the models in beautiful and luxurious folds of lacy yummy-ness.  This book is an absolute steal at the cover price, and anyone who wants to make lace should get this one right away.

{amazon id='0756622891' align='LEFT'} Knitting With Balls: A Hands-On Guide to Knitting for the Modern Man by Michael del Vecchio:

Have you ever wondered why more men don’t knit? Perhaps if there were more books like this there would be. Ok, the title is a little off color. Actually, it’s probably my imagination that’s a little off color, but all-in-all I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

Knitting With Balls starts off with a brief introduction by the author followed by a brief history of men and their involvement in the art of knitting. After that are several pages introducing terminology, and the basics of knitting – I found these to be great sections, they inspire interest and then immediately give you the terminology you need to understand what the rest of the book is saying.

After that, it’s all patterns. Whether you are a man knitting for yourself or a woman knitting for a man (or yourself – there are several unisex patterns) the patterns are appealing. They are also conveniently rated for beginning, intermediate, or advanced knitters.

Well worth the read!