“An inviting introduction to the world of fibers whose origins come not from hairy four-legged beasts but from the earth itself--things like soybeans, legumes, milkweed, agave, corn, and the humble cotton plant.”
--Clara Parkes, publisher of Knitter’s Review and author of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn
“Alt Fiber is a book that takes after my own eco-friendly heart! During a time when we as a society are searching for environmentally responsible ways to live, books like this one help spread the word that we can do the same when we craft. Come for the soy, stay for the sweaters!”
--Vickie Howell, designer, author, and host of Knitty Gritty
“Shannon is on the leading edge. Alt Fiber is a gift to all of us who love new and earth-friendly fiber. This book is informative, interesting, and stuffed full of fabulous patterns that make eco-luxury knitting ultra hip!”
--Jonelle Raffino, co-founder of South West Trading Company, Inc.
“If No Sheep for You had a sister book, it would definitely be Shannon Okey’s Alt Fiber. Shannon has brought an ecological focus to my favorite topic: non-wool yarns. The section on natural dyes covers everything from ingredients to process (fabulous!) and the pattern selection is fresh and vibrant.”
--Amy R. Singer, editor at Knitty.com and author of No Sheep for You
Winner of the PETA 6th annual Proggy Award for Most Animal-Friendly Craft Book - "What do you get when you cross a love of animals with a love of knitting? You get Shannon Okey’s new cruelty-free craft book! Packed with fun and unique knitting projects suitable for newbie knitters and pro purlers alike, Alt Fiber focuses on alternative animal- and eco-friendly fibers, including seaweed, hemp, and soy-based yarn (a tofu byproduct). Tailor-made for people who want to knit but don’t want to hurt sheep, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in joining the cruelty-free craft community." —PETA
From the Publisher
Twenty-five projects to knit and crochet using environmentally friendly plant fibers from a popular craft author, teacher, blogger, and shop owner. * Tips for working with fibers made from wood pulp, pineapple, ramie, kenaf, flax, milk proteins, linen, corn, and more. * An innovative collection of projects contributed by such renowned designers as Knitbrit's Andi Moon Smith, Acme Knitting Company's Jillian Moreno, Julie Armstrong Holetz, Sivia Harding, Laura Chau, Kate Jackson, Keri Williams, and others.
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