It is clear that Lloyd is conducting a love affair with Aran designs (those wonderfully cabled knits from Ireland) as well as with the concept of blending the best of classic design with contemporary sensibilities. What does that mean? It means a judicious use of cables and twists with body-skimming shapes. Moreover, she figures out how to fashion each of the 26 patterns in hand-spun and in commercial yarns, presented beautifully in photographs and detailed instructions. For those unfamiliar with sheep breeds and “outputs,” there is a primer on hand spinning, selecting appropriate yarns, and other topics. The patterns present skill level (with clear definitions), measurements, gauge, materials, step-by-step how-to’s, and, of course, photographs and graphs, whenever appropriate. Dream of these names—Espresso, Le Smoking, October Frost, Gaelic Mist—then begin stocking, er, stitching up. --Barbara Jacobs
Lisa Lloyd specializes in traditional knitting and classic looks. She custom-designs yarns, and her knitting patterns have been published by Harrisville Designs, Interweave Knits magazine, and Wild Fibers magazine. Visit her online at www.afinefleece.com.
Beautiful book to own for a knitter ---stunning patternsPublished 8 months ago by Patricia A Matthews
I was surprised by the number and beauty of the Aran cable knit sweater designs included here. I bought this for one in particular mentioned on Ravelry and was thrilled to find... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dangerous when Cooking
If it hadn't been for all of the gorgeous sweaters I had seen on Ravelry, I doubt I'd have bought this book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeanne H
This book was recommended to me by my knitting instructor, and she is right. A wonderful book with both the pattern for handspun and commercial yarns. Good choice for anyone. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Maril T
Lloyd writes of being a beginner spinner and the more advanced "designing" techniques she's begun to use when creating yarn. Read morePublished 16 months ago by mary j bryson