In celebration of Black History Month, we’ll be highlighting a diverse range of books – poetry, novels, memoirs and more – all written by Black American authors. Each of these works moved, engaged, delighted, enraged, and excited Island Free Library readers’ this past year, and we’ll be featuring one title every day through the month of February.
Today’s work is Brandi Cheyenne Harper’s Knitting for Radical Self-Care, and on Valentine’s Day, the first person we should be loving and caring for is ourselves! Harper’s book walks the knitter (of any level) through original, structural knitting patterns inspired by Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, the natural places dear to her and more. With an emphasis on self-nurturing and joy, this volume is full of beautiful photos and step-by-step instructions. For Harper, the goal is not just the finished product, it is to enjoy and relish the journey of creating.
Brandi Cheyenne Harper is a knitting designer, pattern writer, and potter – she designs and writes book on how to knit, and also creates clay knitting bowls and notions. While she has collaborated widely, Knitting for Radical Self-Care is her first book. Harper lives and knits and writes in Brooklyn, NY. Stay tuned for a new book tomorrow!