Two books have recently been delivered to me courtesy of the publishers; Teeny-Tiny MochiMochi by Anna Hrachovec, Knitting beyond the edge by Nicky Epstein.
First, Teeny-Tiny MochiMochi by Anna Hrachovec, if you are interested in projects that are small, quickly finished, fun to make and are not items you see frequently, this book may for you. Most of the projects are an inch long or shorter, and quite clever, for babies you may want to use thicker yarn and larger needles to make the toys larger. You can make charms for a bracelet, gift toppers, toys, and decorations. The techniques to master are working with tiny double pointed needles, a bit of embroidery, seaming, starting with a very small number of stitches and using a crochet hook (not necessarily crochet). If you like making novelty items the projects in this book will captivate you. The instructions are clear and set out any special techniques you will need to complete the project.
Second, Knitting beyond the edge by Nicky Epstein. Ms. Epstein is the master of the knitted embellishments and edges. This book a paperback release of the already published hardcover. It is one more of the series she has published about finishing your edges in decorative ways. The edges in this book can be used on projects you already have your eye on, and they will make your project unique (in a good way!) You can also add these edges to plain store bought sweaters. Included with the edges are ways to add them to your knitting, either knitting them into, or sewing them on after the fact. You may need to be more of an advanced beginner or intermediate knitting to use them, but if you are willing to accept the challenge these will open up your knitting in countless ways.
Knitting beyond the Edge