As far as the actual designs go, this book contains 7 sock patterns, 2 fingerless glove/cuff patterns, 2 shawl patterns, 2 hat patterns, 1 scarf/cowl pattern, and 1 slipper pattern. The designs feature a variety of lace, cable, and textured stitches; however there are no color-work patterns. Most of the knits are made with high-end luxury yarns from companies such as Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Phydeaux Designs, and SweetGeorgia.
As far as the instructions go, I haven't actually knit any of the designs yet, so I can't really say anything. I do want to point out, though, that every pattern has a least one chart (with no alternative written-out instructions). Though I approve of charts, I know not everyone does.
A few of my favorite patterns from Fine Things for Plain Occasions are By Naughty Design, Just Which is in Vogue, Distinct Moral Support, and Women are Usually Obstinate. You can see all the designs (and read their quotes) on Ravelry or at Pantsville Press.
I think this is a beautiful, high-quality, and inspired book; I can't wait to start knitting from it. Fine Things for Plain Occasions is available for purchase from Pantsville Press and Amazon, as well as some local yarn shops.
Photos in this post copyright Hunter Hammersen.