1. The keeper: A Fine Fleece by Lisa Lloyd
Every time I look at this book I love it more. My first impression was that it is beautifully designed and includes lots of nice cabled sweaters; after spending a little more time between its covers, I'm now ready to queue at least four projects the minute they show up on Ravelry.
I don't spin, and I almost passed on this book because of its subtitle -- "Knitting with Handspun Yarns" -- but for each pattern (and there are 26 in total), there are photos of and instructions for that project in both a handspun yarn and a commercial yarn. Most of the projects are intricately cabled sweaters (pullovers, cardigans, and vests), but there are also socks, scarves, and a hat. This book will be available April 8; by April 9, I hope, I'll be queueing the Portland pullover, the Harriet cardigan, the Twilight scarf, and the Narragansett Bay socks. (No photos because I seriously am on my way to the library, but trust me: it's a beautiful book filled with some beautiful stuff.)
2. The give-away: Tweed by Nancy J. Thomas
Some knitters have a thing for tweed yarns, but I don't have any particular feelings about them one way or the other. The 20-odd projects in this book are perfectly fine (in fact, there's a Central Park Hoodie-type jacket that I think will tempt more than a few knitters), but nothing really jumps out at me as something I'm going to knit, so I'm going to send this book to a good home. Of course, you don't have to knit these projects in tweed yarns, but for the knitter who is interested, there's lots of info about the history of these yarns and how they are made, so I'd prefer to send the book to someone who really appreciates tweediness. If you want this book, please leave a comment about why I should care more about tweed yarns, or about your favourite tweed, or about something tweedy you've knit or someone else's tweedy knits that you've admired. I'll pick a winner sometime next week.