Two Books to Help Do-It-Yourselfers

With the holidays just a few months away, those who plan to give homemade gifts need to get started on those projects now. Two books can help. 

Crochet Animal Rugs
Over 20 crochet patterns for fun floor matts and matching accessories
Ira Rotts

Ira Rotts pattern for an elephant rug went viral in June 2016. Now Rotts has produced a book with that pattern and more. Crochet Animal Rugs includes patterns for not only an elephant but many other animals that children love. There are also instructions for accessories – pillows, laundry bags, and book bags. Don’t know how to crochet? Don’t worry. The book has basic lessons to have you hooking before you know it.

The Knitter’s Dictionary
Knitting Know-How from a to Z
Kate Atherley

If you prefer to knit those special gifts but sometimes get stuck with a complicated pattern, then Kate Atherley’s book is for you. Full disclosure: I’m a knitter, an experienced one at that, and have already found myself consulting Kate’s book on several occaions. Her definitions and descriptions are easy to understand and better yet simple to follow. A book that should find a spot on your knitting reference shelf.  

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Charlene Giannetti, editor of Woman Around Town, is the recipient of seven awards from the New York Press Club for articles that have appeared on the website. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Charlene began her career working for a newspaper in Pennsylvania, then wrote for several publications in Washington covering environment and energy policy. In New York, she was an editor at Business Week magazine and her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines including the New York Times. She is the author of 13 non-fiction books, eight for parents of young adolescents written with Margaret Sagarese, including "The Roller-Coaster Years," "Cliques," and "Boy Crazy." She and Margaret have been keynote speakers at many events and have appeared on the Today Show, CBS Morning, FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and many others. Her new book, "The Plantations of Virginia," written with Jai Williams, was published by Globe Pequot Press in February, 2017. Her podcast, WAT-CAST, interviewing men and women making news, is available on Soundcloud and on iTunes. She is one of the producers for the film "1Life After You," focusing on the opioid crisis that will be filmed in 2019. Charlene divides her time between homes in Manhattan and Alexandria, Virginia.