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CLARA PARKES Talk & Book Signing at A GOOD READ | Abrams Books

On October 29th, 2013 join A GOOD READ as they host knitter extraordinaire Clara Parkes for a talk and book signing. A Good Read Yarn Whisperer Clara Parkes EventIn The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting (9781617690020 | Abrams Books), Parkes ponders the role knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things. Put simply, “No matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it’s only human to crave another. And another, and another.” Read more at: http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/The_Yarn_Whisperer-9781617690020.html.

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Praise for The Yarn Whisperer:

“In this charming series of linked essays, Parkes metaphorically puts the fast whorl on her wheel and spins something entirely new, showing that she’s not just a good writer but a great one. Funny, sweet, and trenchant and offered in twenty-two digestible bits, this book is not only the quintessential sampler afghan of knit lit, it is also the ‘It’ gift of the season. Buy a stack to stuff inside the handmade stockings of your knitting-circle friends.” —Vogue Knitting

“If you are a knitter, or even if you are not, read this book for the sheer joy of her writing, for the way she strings ideas together and brings you into her world . . . I would compare her to Mark Twain because of her dry humor. Honestly, she’s that good.” —New Jersey Courier News’ In Sticthes blog

“It is seriously the best book about knitting experiences ever. I absolutely LOVED it!” ­ —Sweetly Made

I'm Flipping for Flip Dolls & Other Toys

Remember those old-timey Little Red Riding Hood dolls that revealed the Wolf/Grandma when you flipped the skirt over? Well, author Laura Wilson has taken that concept to a whole new level in Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go. Fresh off the press, I dashed home with this gem and whipped up a Superhero Flip Doll in the likeness of my four-year-old. Mild-mannered girl on one side, fantastic SuperGirl! on the other, ready to save helpless stuffies everywhere. IMG00570-20130716-0816                                                                      Next up: Vampire and Bat Flip Doll. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! This book is just too much fun.

Cover Reveal for LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED | Abrams Books

Let'sGetThisPartyStarted

Let'sGetThisPartyStarted - Cake PopsEarlier this week Abrams Books revealed the cover for Soleil Moon Frye's new fall book, LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED (9781617690341 | $25.50). This gorgeous book is jam packed with colourful photos and features more than 15 parties you can throw for kids that are inexpensive, wildly inventive, and, most important, mind-blowing fun! Each party includes two crafts, one game, and one recipe—all of which can be assembled with the help of a mini. A few of our favourites from the book included the movie-on-the-lawn party, the ’80s party, and the rainbow party.

Soleil Moon Frye is widely known for playing the fun, enthusiastic and loveable "Punky" character on the ’80s TV show Punky Brewster. Nowadays, she is a regular contributor on NBC’s TODAY show, and a momtrepreneur who parlayed her successful kids’ clothing line into a partnership with Target. All in all, a pret-ty phenomenal lady.Outdoor Party

LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED will be available in bookstores October 15th, 2013!

Let's Get This Party Started DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together

Lets Get This Party StartedAuthors: By Soleil Moon Frye, photographs by Meeno Imprint:Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN: 1-61769-034-1 EAN:9781617690341 Availability:Prepublication Publishing Date: 10/15/2013 Trim Size: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4 Page Count:176 Cover: Paperback with flaps Illustrations: 250 color illustrations

Mad for Mel!

Swoon! Mel Clark's newest knitting book, Knitting Gifts for Baby (9781570765544), is just as gorgeous as her first two (Knitting Everyday Finery and Knit 2 Together), as my well-worn copies can attest. Mel's designs are wonderfully modern and vintage at the same time, and even though I don't have a baby to knit for, her clever twists on classic techniques are inspiring me to apply them to my own projects. I'm drooling over the Butterfly Cardi, an apricot alpaca/silk two-button sweater with fluttering butterflies slipped through eyelet holes around the entire yoke. And, I happen to know a sweet 4-year-old girl who would love this as much as I do!9781570765544

Stocking Stuffer Guide!

It's that time of year again: making merry at holiday parties, trimming the tree, wearing the ugly Christmas sweater, listening to the dulcet crooning of Nat King Cole or the upbeat melodies of the Boney M Christmas album. Whether your an uber organizer with all the presents bought and wrapped, sitting snugly under the tree (give the rest of us a break, will you?), still scrambling to buy everyone presents (that's more like it), or the person who hasn't even started shopping yet (eeeek), chances are stocking stuffers are the last thing on the list and the last thing on your mind. So, to keep you a) stress free and b) from re-gifting last years sundry trinkets and hotel soaps, we here at Manda have created a rockin' Christmas guide to soothe your stocking stuffer blues. We have something for everyone!

The Hipster

Too cool for traditional stuffers? For even the TRENDIEST hipster: the Great Moustache Magnet Set (The Unemployed Philosophers Guild) is for anyone missing the funny facial hair that was rampant in 'Movember.'

The adorable Little Book of Vintage series carries horror, crime, combat, romance, love, sci-fi, and sauciness titles (Ilex). These authentic vintage comics and old print advertisements are hilarious, awesome, and come in miniature with a rockin' retro fridge magnet in the back!

And for good measure, why not throw in the small format book by Ryan Mecum, Dawn of Zombie Haiku (How Books, 1440312869). It's a short fiction narrative haiku that is ugly-cry in public funny. "Shall I compare thee to a luscious frontal lobe? If so, thou shall LOSE." Good to know zombie. Inspiring. Really.

The Sweet Grandma (Or Gran, Nonna, Oma, etc)

I don't know about your grandma, but mine really likes to knit. I'm planning on rolling up some of D&C's Simple Knits pattern booklets to put in the stocking opening. Cushions & Pillows has some really nice patterns.

Christmas Joy by Susan Branch (Little Brown, 0316106828) is a small book brimming with holiday spirit. It is everything Christmas, and a perfect reminder of what makes the season so special (there might also be a few delicious cookies that my Grandma is sure to want to add to her repertoire.)

A beautiful deck of cards always comes in handy, especially if your grandmother likes to invite friends over for bridge and Bellini nights! Pomegranate makes some beautiful decks, and these ones, modeled after Charley Harpers Under the Sweetgum Tree (9780764960277) are particularly delectable.

Throw in a beautiful art cube puzzle by Made in Museum and you are good to go. The Splendors of Portuguese Ceramics puzzle is really beautiful.

The Adorkable Darling

(aka nerd, gamer, pop-culture fanatic, perpetual child, 0r actual child)

Oh Doctor Who mug. What else can I say?

Oh wait... The tardis will dissappear and transport into deep space when this ingenious Unemployed Philosophers Guild mug has hot liquid in it? NO WAY. All it takes is a cup of coffee for you to become the next time traveling Doctor Who. Now the question is are you a Matt Smith or a David Tennant kind of Doctor?

If your stocking owner hasn't quite reached THAT level of nerd yet, then a great alternative is the Game of Thrones coffee mug that Dark Horse produces. Whether the dork in your family is a fan of the television show, the George R.R. Martin books it is adapted from, or both, the mug will be a big hit.

 MiniMates are another fail proof option. Little kids, big kids, and kids at heart all love to play with these Lego-like figurines. Cult favourites include Spider man, Iron man, Thor, Captain America, the X-men, and even some feature characters from the video game Halo. Diamonds got both comic book aficionados and gamers covered.

 And an adorkable stocking would not be complete without the Marvel Star Wars Millennium Falcon bottle opener produced by Diamond Select Toys.

The Alcohol Enthusiast

Start the stocking off right with Jiggle Shots, a little book by Abrams Image that helps get the party started with delicious and hazardous recipes.

And for the connoisseur?

A 2013 Wine Calendar in extra small by Andrews McMeel Publishing that has a years worth of tips and facts about wine. 

 If you want to top your drinks off with the perfect garnish, try DC's Darth Vader, Batman, or Superman shaped ice cubes. Nothing says your drinking a Darth Vader cocktail like his ice cube likeness floating in your glass.

Last but not least, the hilarious pocket book 50 ways to Cure a Hangover (Octopus Publishing Group, 9781846014055) is the perfect stocking stuffer for the morning after the party is over. Written by Cara Frost-Sharatt and illustrated by Jason Ford this cute little book proves that a little laughter is always the best cure.

 

Laughing Elephant now sold here!

Laughing Elephant gift & stationery items are now available through Ingram Publisher Services! Their products feature classic illustrations from sources such as antique postcards, late 19th and early 20th century children's books and vintage advertising. These images feature in gorgeous postcard books, greeting cards, stickers, and other stationery. You can browse the collection on their website, but we wanted to call attention to a few items that might peak your interest:

Decorative tape Why use boring clear tape or tacky matte tape to wrap up gifts when there's decorative tape available? The rolls come in different themes for the seasons or in generic designs like the image shown.

Original greeting cards

These greeting cards are unique enough to frame. With antique images and interesting greetings, your card is sure to be a standout.

Unique Stickers Stickers are not only for scrapbookers, although scrapbookers would definitely love these! Inspired by vintage labels evocative of far places and times past.

STITCH LONDON

The 2012 Summer Olympics are quickly approaching and in celebration of the upcoming games, I wanted to bring to your attention this quirky little book by Lauren O'Farrell.  O'Farrell is the founder and leader of Stitch London; a feisty knitting group, now the largest in the UK, which has won awards and acclaim for its fresh, contemporary approach to knitting.

Looking to bring a bit of majesty to your décor by whipping up your own royal couple?  How about some worldly sophistication with some little knitted London landmarks? Whether you’ve visited or not, you’ll see London in a whole new purly light as O’Farrell guides you through a city of pigeons, puddles and loopy Kings and Queens. Filled with glorious patterns that will inspire, delight and occasionally challenge, the book will feed the imagination and tickle the soul.

Stitch London by Lisa O’Farrell, $23.99 CAN / 9780715338674, Published by F&W Media