What you need to be reading now is "The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery" by Katherine Shaughnessy. I love, love, love this book. It is cool, modern, funky and so, so easy to understand. I've got at least six projects started using Katherine's incredible designs. Don't be surprised if you receive something lovely from this book (or the book itself) from me for the holidays.
"Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" by Neko Case. Oh, Neko. How you make me long for a lonely night and an unrequited love. If you love songs about rusty knives and John the Baptist, this CD is for you.