Caroline was nice enough to send me a copy of Saturday night Hat by Eugenia Kim, and I *really* like it.
First of all, and I know this is the kind of thing only an editor would notice or appreciate, but one Joanne Paek is given credit, right on the cover, for technical writing. That’s awesome, because, well, technical pattern writing is HARD. and no matter how good you are at the doing, the writing of the doing is a completely different skill. I really admire Kim (and her publisher, Potter Craft) for not only hiring a technical writer, but giving her prominent credit. That’s a sign of a generous spirit and consideration for the readers.
And that generous spirit continues through the book. Kim outlines half-a-dozen classic hats with as many variations each. I’m not especially a hat person (okay, I love hats, but that thing you do when you look in the mirror and take one thing off before you leave the house? What usually comes off, in my case, is the hat) but I’m definitely going to make her beret, and probably the cloche and the fedora as well, if I can figure out a way to keep the latter two from fighting with my glasses. some of her hats are worth wearing contact lenses for, and that’s saying something.
One last thing: isn’t that bib dress on the cover adorable! I love it with the fedora (although I also believe that cowboy boots are fashion-victimy nine times out of ten. Of course, every time I see that tenth woman on whom cowboy boots are *perfect*, I change my mind …)
Thank you, Caroline! What a terrific book!
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