New Year, New You? Hobbies To Try in 2022

January is National Hobby Month! What better way to start the new year then by trying a new hobby? Give something new a go with these recommendations from the Chester Fritz Library.

Fiber Crafts

Knitting in Circles: 100 Circular Patterns for Sweaters, Bags, Hats, Afghans, and MoreKnitting in Circles: 100 Circular Patterns for Sweaters, Bags, Hats, Afghans, and More by Nicky Epstein

You won’t believe what you can make with knitted circles!

One circle can become a stylish hat or an adorable shrug. Two, and you have a unique handbag or cover-up. Knit more circles, and you can make show-stopping scarves, capes, sweaters, afghans—even a stunning lace dress.

Only Nicky Epstein, always on the cutting edge of knitwear design, could dream up these innovative garments and accessories that all start with a simple shape. In her bestselling book Knitting Block by Block, Nicky elevated the humble block to outstanding fashion, but that was just the beginning. Now she takes on a new challenge and shows you how to make a statement with circles.

Mix and match to your heart’s content with 100 circles and 20 inspiring projects that feature everything from cables to rich colorwork, delicate lace, and over-the-top embellishments in Nicky’s signature style. You’ll find step-by-step techniques on how to knit circles, both in the round and flat, plus expert guidance on customizing the projects, with unique cut-and-paste circle templates to design your own styles.

With this groundbreaking book, you’ll never look at circles the same way. Once again, Nicky Epstein has outdone herself, opening up a world of creative possibilities with a gorgeous knitting reference that will have you knitting in the best of circles over and over.

cover of The Essential Color Knitting TechniquesThe Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe

Multicolor knitting techniques are explained with step-by-step illustrations and photographs accompanied by instructive text. Complete chapters on stripes, stitch effects, knitting with multicolor yarns, stranded knitting, and intarsia cover the theory and how-to behind each method as well as offering creative solutions for handling tangled yarn, estimating yarn quantities of each color, tips on how to handle all those ends, and stunning finishing techniques.

 

 

Mastering the art of embroidery : tutorials, techniques and modern applicationsMastering the art of embroidery : tutorials, techniques and modern applications by Sophie Long

Embroidery is back in a big way! This comprehensive guide covers everything readers need to know with 30 illustrated, step-by-step tutorials for all the essential techniques, plus a section on digital and free-motion machine embroidery. More than 500 color images showcase a range of contemporary applications alongside inspiring artist profiles, a dictionary of embroidery stitches, and sections on other needlecrafts such as crewel, appliqué, and cross-stitch. Mastering the Art of Embroidery is the new go-to resource for crafters of all skill levels to keep on their bookshelf.

 

Music

Practical percussion: a guide to the instruments and their sourcesPractical percussion: a guide to the instruments and their sources by James Holland.

Annotation Holland, formerly principal percussion with the London Symphony Orchestra, summarizes developments in all aspects of his art over the second half of the 20th century and provides an illustrated encyclopedia of more than two hundred percussion instruments. He describes each instrument’s physical, musical, and historical attributes, and provides specific details on usability and reliability that only could come from a seasoned performer familiar with the instruments. Additional sections focus on writing and publishing music for percussion instruments, percussion education, the Percussive Arts Society, the percussion soloist, and manufacturers and distributors of percussion instruments. A list of works for percussion is included, with required players and instruments. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

 

Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Skills for Music Leaders: 15 totally hip techniques for therapy, education, recreation and leisureContemporary Acoustic Guitar Skills for Music Leaders: 15 totally hip techniques for therapy, education, recreation and leisure by Robert Krout

Developed to advance the playing of those who want to learn contemporary guitar skills. Authentic and motivating for those in educational, healthcare, and leisure facilities, the book begins with an overview and introduces an exciting array of beginning contemporary guitar techniques. Skills are broken down into small, easy-to-learn units.

 

 

Through the eyes and ears of top music writers, this book brings you closer to 43 of the best players in popular music. Drawn from the rich archives of Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard and Drums & Drumming, these classic interviews and photos reveal the skill, artistry and personality of world-class musicians in rock, blues, jazz and other styles. Provocative, often controversial, and always insightful, these interviews get to the heart of each player’s creative process: their musical ideas and innovations, playing styles and techniques, equipment, influences and more.

 

 

 

Visual Arts

Why photography? by Bare, Farazollahi, B., Tunge, C., Sæther, S. Ø., & Sholis, B.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter has been groundbreaking for almost 50 years in presenting new and experimental art, and is a historical place for photography in Norway. Edited by MELK together with Susanne Østby Sæther (HOK) Why Photography? highlights and go into depth on the current generation of photographers and functions as a reference publication for the years to come. They ask artists to state, with words and images, how they see and relate to photography as a technical apparatus, and why they have chosen photography as well as the potential future of the medium. Rather than being a classic scholarly publication, the goal is to release a visual manifesto that outlines many and varied viewpoints from every corner of the globe. In 2017 Henie Onstad launched an ambitious photo program, which aims to increase the engagement with and knowledge of modern and contemporary photography as an art form. As part of the photo program, they develop a new and extensive exhibition format in the form of a triennial that will showcase recent developments in photography and camera based art more generally. The exhibition recurs every third year, bringing together recent work of around 35 international artists. Henie Onstad will be working with a new collaborative partner as co-curators for each edition. For the first edition they are collaborating with the artist-run Oslo-based gallery MELK (Behzad Farazollahi, Christian Tunge and Bjarne Bare), who have been pivotal for promoting new practices within Scandinavian photography nationally and internationally.

Women street photographers by Gulnara Samoilova, Ami Vitale, & Melissa Breyer

“Traditionally a male-dominated field, street photography is increasingly becoming the domain of women. This fantastic collection of images reflects that shift, showcasing 100 contemporary women street photographers working around the world today, accompanied by personal statements about their work. The volume is curated by Gulnara Samoilova, founder of the Women Street Photographers project. Also included in the book is an essay by photographer and writer Melissa Breyer on the history of photography and women’s rights around the world, and a foreword by renowned photographer Ami Vitale”– Provided by publisher.

How to Draw Manga Characters: A Beginner's GuideHow to Draw Manga Characters: A Beginner’s Guide by J.C. Amberlyn

In her second manga book, best-selling author J.C. Amberlyn focuses on favorite manga archetype characters, with a fun and lively how-to-draw book aimed at beginners. Every genre of manga has its typical characters—plucky hero and heroine; school boys and girls; funny friend/sidekick; serious warrior; young innocent; bishounen; genki girls; chibis; chibi animals; cat girls/cat boys; magical girls; adorable animals; strong/scary animals; gothic characters; fantasy characters—and they are all here along with the step-by-step drawing instructions needed to give even beginners the direction they need to create the favorite characters they can’t get enough of. A final chapter on backgrounds, scenery, and the environment will further give readers the information they need to pull everything together and create their own manga characters and the worlds they live in. Includes 23 step-by-step demonstrations and exercises.

J.C. Amberlyn takes you through everything you need to know to create your favorite manga characters from Japanese comics or design your own.

cover of Set the Action! by Elvin Hernandez Set the Action!: creating backgrounds for compelling storytelling in animation, comics, and games by Elvin Hernandez

Create the Gotham for your Batman, the African savannah for your Simba, or the bustling newsroom for your Clark Kent. Background, setting, environment.whatever you call it, it is the silent character in the visual story, and a dynamic and compelling setting can define and hone the action and drama of your story. If you’re in the habit of creating disembodied characters or adding backgrounds as an afterthought, Set the Action! will help you understand and utilize the importance of the setting in your narrative. Understand perspective, blocking, and color-and focus your narrative by establishing and designing your setting to interact with characters and story.

Games

Video Games Around the World by Mark J. P Wolf

Thirty-nine essays explore the vast diversity of video game history and culture across all the world’s continents. Video games have become a global industry, and their history spans dozens of national industries where foreign imports compete with domestic productions, legitimate industry contends with piracy, and national identity faces the global marketplace. This volume describes video game history and culture across every continent, with essays covering areas as disparate and far-flung as Argentina and Thailand, Hungary and Indonesia, Iran and Ireland. Most of the essays are written by natives of the countries they discuss, many of them game designers and founders of game companies, offering distinctively firsthand perspectives. Some of these national histories appear for the first time in English, and some for the first time in any language.

Readers will learn, for example, about the rapid growth of mobile games in Africa; how a meat-packing company held the rights to import the Atari VCS 2600 into Mexico; and how the Indonesian MMORPG Nusantara Online reflects that country’s cultural history and folklore. Every country or region’s unique conditions provide the context that shapes its national industry; for example, the long history of computer science in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, the problems of piracy in China, the PC Bangs of South Korea, or the Dutch industry’s emphasis on serious games. As these essays demonstrate, local innovation and diversification thrive alongside productions and corporations with global aspirations.

cover of The Art of Stone Skipping by JJ Ferrer The Art of Stone Skipping and Other Fun Old-Time Games: stoopball, jacks, string games, coin flipping, line baseball, jump rope, and more by J.J. Ferrer

A collection of timeless games that guarantees kids a good time- by themselves, with a group of friends, or with family. Includes ball games such as Horse and Old Old Cat, card games (Crazy Eights and Rummy), sack races, and old favorites such as Duck, Duck, Goose and Red Rover. There is also a chapter for car games. Simple instructions explain the rules, how many people can play, the object of the game, and what you need. There are also fun facts about the history of the games sprinkled throughout.

*Book descriptions taken from Amazon or Goodreads.