by Jillian Moreno, Amy R Singer, Carla
Kohoyda-Inglis, Katherine Ganzel
SR [Finished chest
measurement for sweaters] =
the smallest chest measurement to the largest
chest measurement we could find in
the book. There may be only one pattern
with the smallest or largest size, but it's in there. Books
are softcover unless noted otherwise. All prices USD unless
I nearly swooned when I saw this book and
then again when it was placed in my hands
for review. Is there a knitter alive who
hasn’t seen one of Kaffe Fassett’s
numerous designs and not had itchy fingers
to cast on RIGHT NOW? The color, the intricate
intarsia, the bold patterning – admit
it, you want at least one. What stopped me?
The commitment, an entire sweater with all
those stitches and all that concentration – I
couldn’t handle it.
Knitting with the Color Guys has
no garments. Yes, I can have the color, the
intricate intarsia, and the bold patterning
and I don’t have to commit to a giant
sweater that may or may not fit me when I’m
finished. There are 13 patterns for stoles/scarves.
That’s plenty to make me happy during
my current obsession with making things that
wrap around my neck. Are you ready to make
a commitment, just not to sleeves and collars?
There are eight different blankets/throws
for you to choose from. Color palettes are
divided into four different areas: soft tones,
singing color, moody hues, and rich shades,
but there’s no rule that says you can’t
mix and match the colors and the patterns
to make something entirely your own.
This book fills a big hole in the knitting
world. It takes beginning knitters
just past knit and purl and intermediate
beginner knitters wanting to take the next
step deeper into the world of knitting.
Kate Atherley (who is the technical editor
for Knitty.com) has taught knitting for more
than 10 years and it shows in every sentence
in this book and in every project.
The instruction is just enough; there is
a temptation to over-explain to newish knitters
about how to do things, which ends up confusing
them more. This book hits it right on the
head with the amount of information. There
is a lot to teach new knitters and Kate tackles
it with aplomb. From choosing a pattern to
first steps in lace, cables, socks, shaping,
working in the round and colorwork, she gives
just the right information to encourage knitters
and not overwhelm them.
The patterns, too, are the right amount of
difficulty and allow a knitter to step up
at their own pace. Each section has a mini
pattern to try a technique and two or three
patterns escalating in complexity to give
a knitter confidence to keep knitting.
The photography, particularly the step-by-step
photography, is so clear and well framed
I never had to hunt for what I was supposed
to look at.
A big part of the success of this book is
that it is published by Cooperative Press,
an independent publisher. A bigger publisher
would have pushed for many more patterns
and a lot less teaching. For example, a bigger
publisher publishing a similar book would
want "how to choose yarn" or
have gauge explained in a couple paragraphs
or maybe a page. Cooperative Press better
understood what Kate is trying to teach,
using 6 pages for yarn and gauge information,
allowing her to teach rather than just explain.
If you are a knitter wanting to move on
to new things, you need this book. If you
are a knitting shop owner, your beginning
knitters will want this. If you teach knitting,
reading this book will make you a better
Ysolda has gleefully done it again. Her
glee or ours? Both!
Ysolda's glee is evident in every stich
of her new designs. A twisted stitch
hat showing off the best characteristics
of natural indigo-dyed yarn. Mittens featuring
a narwhal [!] with lovely extra-long cuffs.
The mary-jane slippers we all coveted when
she published the baby-sized versions are
now big enough for us
to wear! The cutest, cleverest,
feature-rich robot softie to knit
for a baby [or maybe someone older]. And
there's lots more. The gleeful delights
just keep pouring out of the pages of this
lovely, worthy sequel to Ysolda's two other
Whimsical Little Knits books.
Our glee? So much to read, knit, enjoy.
I loved the photos of the garments
modelled on the Ravelry babies. As always
with Ysolda's books, it's well
designed and easy to read, and the items
are photographed clearly and attractively.
If you prefer to buy a pattern at a time,
she's also offered that option, with the
patterns formatted specifically for printing.
After buying a wool recycling mill in 1983
Annemor Sundbø has nearly single handedly
revived the popularity of Norwegian knitting
Her latest book, Norwegian Mittens and Glove,s
is as wonderful as all of her other books.
The love and respect she has for Norwegian
knitting permeates every page of this book.
It is also filled with her unquenchable curiosity
about the history and lore of Norwegian knitting
This book is half history and technique
and half patterns. The basic technique
section covering needles, yarn, cuffs, gussets,
shaping thumbs and mitten tops and turning
mittens into gloves was written by Terri
Shea, author of Selbuvotter:
Biography of a Knitting Tradition.
The 25 glove and (mostly) mittens patterns
for women, men and children are straight
forward and almost make me wish winter was
The patterns are for mittens and gloves are
2, 3, and 4-color, though most are 2 color.
There are charts for both left and right
hands. The books ends with a chapter on using
the motifs found in this book in other knitting
as sweater borders, all over repeated motifs
or as hats and socks.
Moose and raven motifs are tapping on my
knitting brain asking to be used in something
and I’m going to knit the Lilies mittens
as is because they are simply beautiful.
Aran sweaters make me swoon. I’m
not just talking about the rugged men typically
pictured wearing Aran sweaters, I mean
the actual sweaters. When I see a
pattern for a beautiful Aran sweater, men
or women’s, I fall in instant deep
love and imagine myself wearing it. There’s
something about the beauty of the intricate
cable designs that draws me in. The
one actual Aran sweater I owned, a hand-me-down
at least 30 years old, was one of my favorite
sweaters and so warm and comforting when
I wore it. Unfortunately, the best
part of an Aran sweater is also the part
that makes me hesitate to knit it. The
designs are not conducive to mindless knitting;
you have to pay attention to what you are
The designs in this book made me swoon
and then swoon again every time I turned
the page. Rowan Yarn designer Martin
Storey uses traditional Aran stitch patterns
in some nontraditional and traditional
ways creating really lovely items for men
and women. There are shrugs, cardigans,
sweaters, socks, hats, and more. I
was so happy to see several patterns that
I felt I could sit right down to knit and
have a beautiful item to wear before too
long. There are small items with
intricate stitch patterns, like the Berry
headband with open cables and bobbles,
or Hamish, a men’s cap with a gorgeous
25 stitch medallion cable repeat. There
are cardigans with pretty Aran stitch details
to accent the stockinette body like Cora,
a boxy sweater that is slightly cropped
and has a wide 5-inch border of lattice
cable. Then there are the sweaters
and vests in traditional his and her patterns
which looked beautiful but doable like
Inisheer with its elaborate nautical
cable rope design used as the center panel
of the sweater surrounded by seed stitch.
I also loved the gorgeous photographs that
show lots of details. All the sweaters
have a lot of ease so the sizes listed
could easily work for wider range.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Balzer & Bray
I am unashamedly in love with this children’s
The story is a magical one where the star
isn’t a princess but a knitter bestowing
her craft and love of knitting on those
around her. A girl who’s world is
black and white, middle of winter, finds
a box of yarn. The box is full of magic
and colorful yarn that never disappears.
She spends her days knitting for everyone
and everything she meets. Of course, there’s
a bump in her road when a greedy and evil
man wants the box for his own, but I’m
not going to give away the whole story.
The illustrations are wonderfully spare
and textural. The colors of the yarn seems
to be washed on over the black and white,
like the knitting is washed over the girl’s
Boardwalk Bag by Namaste
shown in red; also comes in eggplant, espresso,
I never thought I would be so captivated by
a backpack, but I love the new Boardwalk bag
Not too big, but still holds my laptop, knitting
gear and a medium-sized project, or a whole
sweater and my knitting gear. The exterior
fabric may be the same as what Namaste has
used on their recent bags, but it seems thicker
to me, sturdier.
The outside has two zippered pockets one on
the front and a small one on the side on the
back, perfect for phone or wallet. The bottom
is stiff with little metal feet. When it’s
full of knitting, it will stand up. If I put
a book or laptop in, it leans nicely.
The inside is knitters dream – no Velcro
in sight and the only zipper is a small zippered
pocket (there are two small open pockets, too).
The top closes with a drawstring then a flap
that clicks shut. There is gorgeously soft
interior fabric – no snagging and it's
made from recycled plastic bottles.
Some of my other knitting bags are feeling
a little big, so the Boardwalk Bag is the one
I’ve been reaching for lately.
Carol Feller has a modern-yet-classic
aesthetic in her design that I like a
lot. These patterns are no exception.
All of them were designed to showcase
Fyberspates' Scrumptious line of yarns,
and they do that very well. Included
in the collection are a cowl, hat with
matching gloves, lacey shrug and three
really pretty, wearable, and very different
Feller plays with texture in more than
the traditional cabled way you might
expect from an Irish designer. Her Bakersville
Hoodie uses simple knit and purl stitches
to make light bounce off the knitted
fabric in a most appealing way.
This book is a collection of Kim Hargreaves’ greatest
sweater hits for men and women from Rowan
pattern books reaching back to 1987.
The book is filled with lots of every day
type of sweaters and a few for special
occasions. Kim Hargreaves sweater
design style has the feel of 50’s
and early 60’s fashion and still
feels very wearable. She uses a fine gauge
and shaping to add drape and a feminine
feel. There are 25 patterns, 3 sweaters
for men and 1 for fingerless gloves. Some
of the yarns are no longer available, but
CYCA descriptions are given to make substitutions.
Interchangeable Knitting Needles by Hiya Hiya options:
- small size set has US #2-8 sized tips
- large size set has US #9-15 sized tips
- either set above available with 4 or
5" long tips
- includes 4 cables to make needles that
are 16", 24" 32" and 40" long,
brocade case, set of rubber needle grips
for tightening tips onto cables
Before we begin, full disclosure.
As per our standard review policy, Jillian
tested and reviewed a set of needles
provided by the Hiya Hiya company for
this purpose. At the same time, coincidentally,
Amy [see 3rd paragraph below] found a
hole in her needle stash that sent her
to her LYS for a solution, where the
answer was to buy this same set of needles
The latest siblings in the Hiya Hiya needle
family are the sharps. They're pointier needles
that lots of knitters use for lace, but we
like for almost all of our knitting. Like
all of the other Hiya Hiya interchangables,
these are super smooth all the way to the
cord. You twist the needle tips on and tighten
them with a small rubber pad [two are included
in each set]. Says Jillian, "With each
new set of Hiya interchangeables I get to
review the cord swivel seems to be better,
looser, but not so loose that it catches
only are the needles imprinted with the size
of the tip [something not all needle companies
do, but should], but the cables are
even marked, so you know what length needle
you'll be making when you choose any specific
cable. No more picking blindly, hoping it
will be the right length. Amy especially
These Sharp needles are pointy but not splitty.
Jillian has been using a US #3 with superwash
merino, knitting a variety of stitches with
no splitting. Amy found that no other needle
she had in her collection was slippery enough
to work with the laceweight camel/silk lace
shawl she's currently knitting on US #4s.
She was pleased to see these needles at her
LYS, and discover that, though they are slippery,
they're not so slick that stitches fall off.
And the join is the best she's encountered...with
double-stranded laceweight, there's almost
no fussing to get the work past the join.
One last significant bonus: Amy is yet to
find a set of interchangeables that don't
need periodic tightening to keep the tips
attached to the cords. Until now. These Sharps,
when tightened very securely with the provided
rubber grip, have not budged at all and are
as secure now, after countless rows of often-tight
lace knitting, as when she started. She is
very impressed. After fighting
every other circular in her stash with this
specific project, these Sharp needles have
earned favorite needle set status.
Jillian's used these Sharps on stockinette
and cables, and finds they work as well as
other needles, but with lace stitches they
are fantastic. The extra pointiness gives
her just a little less needle to slip under
stitches to manipulate them. They make her
lace knitting faster.
Another well thought out, well designed and
reasonably priced product from Hiya Hiya.
I've been reading Rachael Herron's blog, Yarn-a-go-go,
for a long time, so I wasn't sure what I'd
see when I got a copy of her newest book for
review. Would this be a collection of blog
Not at all. If you know Rachael-from-the-blog,
this book will give you a deeper insight
into who she is. If you don't know her, you'll
If personal stories captivate you, these
are some of the best I've read. If there's
a way to bear your soul to a reader without
overdoing it, Herron has done that. Sharing
without oversharing, inspiring without preaching,
breaking your heart honestly. Herron's writing
is welcoming and truthful.
Beth Moriarty from Planet Purl has put
together a book that is an homage to the
south; its food, culture, and natural beauty. Each
chapter focuses on a different state in
the south including its history, tourist
destinations and natural wonders. Each
state has knitting patterns inspired by
the state and sometimes recipes. I
had recently been thinking about taking
a trip to the south and I got a lot of
really good ideas of places to go and things
The patterns are for women, men, babies
and home accessories. The patterns
for women include cardigans; tops and accessories
with shout outs to famous fictional characters
like Scarlett O’Hara and Sookie Stackhouse
from True Blood. They range from
ultra-feminine southern lady gear like
the Magnolia Wristlets, knit with kid mohair
with ruffle trim (to keep your wrists warm
in frigid indoor spaces) to simple contemporary
designs like the Lighthouse Tunic inspired
by the Tybee Island Lighthouse in Georgia,
a body skimming sleeveless top knit in
cotton that looks as great with capris
as over a bathing suit. I was especially
taken by the Wrought Iron Gate Pillows
that resemble stained glass and were inspired
by the scrollwork on iron gates in Charleston,
Then there are the mouth-watering recipes,
which include many southern favorites like
red velvet cake, mint juleps, pecan divinity,
peach cobbler and more. A bonus is
the detailed sizing information for every
garment and for novice knitters, PlanetPurl.com’s
exhaustive online resource of how-to videos
for nearly every technique used to make
I am a skeptic. When someone wants to tell
me about how great they feel after they meditate
or how in tune they are after yoga class,
I change the subject quickly. And yet…I
firmly believe that the universe has given
me many gifts over the years just because
I asked. From friends, to jobs, to desperately
needed help – somehow I have been rescued
when I most needed it. I approached Love
is the Thread with that mindset, “I’ll
listen, but you can’t make me believe”.
As it turned out, just by listening, I became
a believer. Moïse’s story of friendships
that appear just when she needed them most
struck a very deep chord with me and I was
hooked by this lovely little book almost
from the first page. She tells of her own
healing through building friendships, practicing
Reiki, and learning to knit and weaves the
stories of other people’s healing throughout.
The anecdotes can be read piecemeal or devoured
in one big clump – either way I was
left with an appreciation of my own knitting/fiber
friends as well as comforted by the thought
that there are other groups out there that
support each other in the same way.
This is one of the easiest and effective
pill removers I’ve ever used.
knitting with barely twisted and super
soft yarns, but they pill like crazy. I’ve
tried eclectic shaver type of de-pillers
and straight up pumice stone –type
of de-pillers. Both of those tend
to leave my knitwear flat and looking over
scraped. I’ve worried that de-pilling
with some products starts to compromise
the integrity of my yarn.
The Gleener is light and shaped like a
big two sided lady-razor. One side holds
the de-fuzzer blade the other a super strong
There are three different densities of
blades that feel like a strip of pumice – two
are good for wool and wool blends, the
last is for silk, silk blends and synthetics.
I used it on my Colonnade shawl [see photo
at left] that I wear nearly every day fall
through winter. It’s knit from barely
twisted merino, so it’s wicked pilly.
I used the Gleener and it whipped the pills
right off. I was surprised how much muscle
I could put into it and it still seemed
the Gleener was just scraping the pills
not the yarn.
After using any kind of de-piller I hate
the part when you’ve got to pick,
shake or use tape to get the scraped
off nubbies off of your knitwear. This
is another spot where the Gleener is brilliant.
Use the lint brush on the other side to
pick up all of the nubbies and freshen
This is a great tool to have in your knitting
kit. It removes pills in a fairly gentle
way and the lint brush is a smart accompaniment.
This book is a delightful follow-up to
the popular Knit Your Own Dog pattern
book. I can’t believe how realistic
she manages to make these cats look. She
even manages to knit in some cattitude.
Most of the cats are around six inches
tall and less than 10 inches long and knit
at a tight gauge (actual gauge is not given)
on US #2/2.75mm needles.
There are 16 different cats to choose,
from exotic breeds to a group that’s
my favorite having owned several shelter
cats, listed under the heading Street described
by their coloring alone.
A Handknit Romance is
an inspirational knitting book with designs
inspired by women’s fashion from
the 1900’s – 1930’s.
There are jackets, skirts, camisoles, stockings,
day gloves, sachets, jewelry, lots of lace
and beaded knitting it’s a dream
of frothy girly goodness.
Jennie Atkinson shows her vintage inspirations
in drawings, photographs and vintage ads.
She also stay fairly true to the original
patterns in execution, some beaded patterns
have more than 2,000 beads and many pattern
are knit at a gauge of 9 to 10 stitches
to the inch, but that attention and willingness
to original detail is what gets the feeling
right for this book.
My particular favorites are the Cotton
Camisole and the Sailor-collar Blouse.
The book has nice, but short, introduction
on embellishing and adapting vintage styles
to your own style.
Jean Moss uses the term Shawlette very
loosely – there are shawls, ponchos,
infinity scarves, even necklaces. There
is a huge variety of items to keep the
top half of your body warm and stylish
with out having to knit sleeves.
If there are a big variety of items the
variety of styles is even bigger. The designs
in this book are divided into four sections
Country, Couture, Folk and Vintage.
There are traditional patterns and
wild shapings, lots of lace, more colorwork
than most North American designers use,
even knitted animal print.
I love that there is a project index at
the back of the book to help quickly locate
a patterns that you want to knit.
This is a fun and unusual book full of
quick-ish to knit patterns that would be
How could we at Knitty not be proud of Judy
Becker? She invented a cast-on proclaimed by
many of the knitterati like Cat Bordhi and
Ann Budd [as well as many regular ole knitters]
to be the best for toe-up socks, and we were
lucky enough to
publish it first.
It's so ubiquitous, it only needs to go
by its intials now: JMCO.
But Judy wasn't content to leave it there.
Sure, a pretty, seamless toe-up cast on
is a great thing, but what else can it
do? This book shows us: lots! And
it reminds us what JMCO really is: an invisible
This book is packed full of patterns for
hats, scarves, wraps, sweaters, bags and
even -- yes! -- socks. Featuring designs
by Sivia Harding, Cat Bordhi, Jeny Staiman,
Janel Laidman, Samantha Roshak, JC Briar,
Stephen Houghton and many more, the patterns
are practical and fun, easy to wear and
interesting to knit. Take a peek at Lorilee
Beltman's fun Bobsled mittens, for example!
I'm thinking about using JMCO for mirrored
shawl designs you'd normally graft at the
end, thanks to this book.
The book also shows us some new variations
and elaborations on the JMCO technique,
tips to make it easier to perform for those
who haven't yet mastered it, and much more.
Clear photos and layout, big charts and
an attention to detail make this book a
A book full of colorful, fun and reasonably
easy sock patterns for feet that belong
to babies, children, women and men.
There are sizing instructions for many of
the patterns, so you can adapt a women's pattern
to fit a child. Both top-down and toe-up designs
are included, and the designs feature texture,
lace or colorwork. The text is extra large
for easy reading, and the charts are very
clear. At the back of the book, you'll find
illustrations of the key techniques used
in the patterns.
This is an interesting
tool! The laminated, 4-fold card [think
of it like a big brochure, except this
is one you'll want to read]
helps you choose colors for just about
anything: knitting, spinning, dyeing,
quilting, even wrapping presents! Based
on the traditional color wheel, this is a
new and easy way to look at color.
Detach the first
panel and the 9 cut out circles and open
rectangular bar are the key to the system.
Inside the remaining 3 panels are squares
of color specifically arranged. Put the
main color of your project in the largest
circle, and the relatives of that color
are visible around it. In the horizontal
bar, you'll find the "spark"
- the color range that makes your base
color come alive.
It's a handy way
to apply color theory without having
to remember what complementary, analagous
and other multisyllabic terms mean.
I have two words for you: pompom blanket.
Don't tell me you don't want to make that
for the next adorable baby that crawls
in your path.
There is also a blanket with bobbles
[bobbles, which I normally abhor, make
total sense on a blanket for a baby! Think
of the tactile fun! Though I'd probably
only put them on one side of the blanket.]
And finallly, the blanket with the fuzzy
sheep all over it. Fuzzy sheep. I can't
stand the cuteness.
The rest of the collection is pretty and
functional, but these three patterns make
the book standout for me.
Not the usual sort of book
that gets me excited, but this book -- on
mending, of all things --
is an inspiration. Because our handknits
can wear out in spots, plus the rest of
any wardrobe eventually benefits from a little
careful attention, agreed?
This book is full of absolutely
brilliant ideas. Patches, sure. Tidy seams,
okay. But what about a perfect little cross-stitch
rose over a hole? Adding pockets
where there were none before [including pockets
hidden in seams!]. And the dreaded "how
to add a zipper" is covered here, too.
So much good, interesting information
-- with awesome photographs to illustrate
the techniques -- is included in this small
hardback volume, I can't even begin to list
all the contents. This book will help you
fix things that were broken, and reinvent
things that are too boring to exist in their
current form but too good to give away.
You want this for your
library, I promise. It's going directly into
I gather the "pocket posh tips" titles
are a series for crafters of all sorts,
and now it's our turn as knitters to have
This is a small book, full of [as the
title suggests] tips of all sorts for knitters.
Things you wish you knew when you started,
and maybe things you don't yet know even
though you've been knitting for years,
shared from knitters all over the world
-- some quite famous!
Some of the instructional sections are
handy, but as the index is frustratingly
vague, looking up something when you need
to find it isn't a quick matter. For example,
in the "A Good Stitch" section, instructions
for casting on extra stitches at the end
of a row is followed by the p2tog decrease,
which is followed by the M1 increase.
I think of
this as a book I might give to a new knitter
to get him or her familiar with our language
and techiques and intrigued to learn more.
A better index with more organized subsections
would make this more useful to knitters
of all levels of experience.
Unless you are a very experienced circular
knitter, this is the book you want to buy.
There are several books out there that tackle
circular knitting from a project point of
view, but this book teaches you the techniques
you need to go from being a flat knitter
to a circular knitter. There are projects
in this book that are useful and pretty,
but they are used to teach or reinforce the
stellar technique instruction.
A knitter can jump in to any section that
they feel comfortable. Done hats? Move onto
socks, shawls, mittens or sweaters.
If you are a ‘love learning’ type
of knitter (as opposed to a ‘just projects
please’ knitter) you will love this
book. The Getting Started section discusses
15 cast ons that can be used in circular
knitting (15!). There is a chapter on Working
Circularly where you can learn about using
markers in circular knitting, using two circular
needles, magic loop and knitting two tubes
at once (two socks or two sleeves). There
are also chapters on Finishing Techniques
and Converting Flat to Circular. One of the
many things I like about this book is that
the author spends time in every chapter on
troubleshooting with tips and hints for
potential problems, and solutions to common
problems in circular knitting.
The workshop section of the book is based
around projects. Along with very clear directions
for the projects, there is a myriad of extra
information broken into boxes and sidebars.
There is basic instruction on knitting the
project in the opposite direction than the
original patterns gives top - down vs. bottom
up, information on using Any Yarn, Any Gauge
for each project, and designing your own variation
of the projects.
This book is packed with a huge amount of
information on circular knitting -- a great
book for a learning knitters library!
Looking for a knitting bag that can hold
just a little more? Going away for a knitting
weekend or do you have a huge project to
carry? This gorgeous little duffle may be
what you are looking for.
I recently used mine as a knitting bag/carry-on
for a plane trip and it held a lot for its
size. I stuffed in my laptop, ipad and camera,
plus all of my electrical cords. On the knitting
side, it held 2 sweater sleeves, 2 shawls
and two knitting books, plus all of the knitting
do-dads I need. All of that I there was still
room to put my light fleece jacket
in too. Although it has one main compartment
there are 6 pockets inside and 3 pockets
outside of the bag to keep things organized.
The outside pocket flaps close with strong
magnets...strong enough to hold a pence piece
in place from when Amy tested this bag months
ago on her trip to the UK.
When I put it in the overhead it looked tiny,
smaller than some coats that were stuffed
up there. When I put it under the middle
seat in front of me, I could still fit my
regular sized Tom Bihn Swift next to it.
It comes in a variety of fantastic prints
(I may have done a small excited wiggling
dance when I saw this print) and the plastic
material is durable and wipes clean of any
spills. The only disappointing thing I found
about this bag is that, when the piping is
treated very roughly (pulled across metal,
when pulling it out from under a seat), as
a travel bag is likely to have happen, the
orange color wore off leaving white showing
Susan Cropper has a personal aesthetic that
I can see all over this book, and I like it,
a lot. Layers, vintage inspiration, romance
without being oversweet. It's like the best
of the best flea market finds, put together
just perfectly. She and designer Juju Vail
have created something quite lovely with this
is full of such yumminess, all knittable by
us. Layers with just the right amount
of lace, vintage-inspired colorways. In fact,
many of the projects are shown in two colorways,
so you can get an idea of how something might
look one way or the other.
I love the Brown-Eyed Susan cover shawl,
the twisted-stitch Oak Knot hat, and I think
I need to make myself a Swoon -- a very airy-but-boxy
layering sweater. Would love to see that
sweater and a few others shown a ltitle more
clearly [a few of the book pics are a bit
too dark to see enough detail],
but most are well lit and shown in a variety
of angles and poses.
I love the paper the book is printed
on. It's linen-textured and durable enough
to stand up to the knitting-bag abuse it's
likely to suffer on my account.
The Complete Guide to Spinning
hardest to be just that, complete.
It’s a beginning spinning book that
touches on most aspects of spinning from
fibers, fiber prep, spindles and wheels
to drafting, plying and finishing – and
that’s just in the first 75 pages!
There are things that I find wonderful
in this book; a fantastic chapter on Yarn
Recipes that shows a finished yarn, the
fibers used and a knitted swatch and discusses
how to make and use the yarn. There is
also a good chapter on going professional,
selling your yarn on-line and at fiber
shows. There are patterns to use your handspun
yarn and a nice gallery of finished yarns
and items made from handspun yarn. There
are things taught in this book that I don’t
agree with as a spinner, and a spinner
teacher: for example, stripping fiber to
the size you want your finished yarn to
be, then just adding twist; and blocking
handspun yarn under weighted tension.
I would recommend this book as a reminder
for basic skills and a good book for yarn
inspiration and for ideas in taking your
first professional yarn selling steps.
for fiber reviews?
They're on their
own page, right
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back in the day, Inspector Stamps are tiny
rubber stamps for people who work away from
a desk. We did not invent the things but
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