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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936096188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936096183
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A graduate of RISD, Tanis Gray lives in Washington, DC. Having worked at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, in the art department in the film and television industries, and after a 4-year career as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting and co-editor of Knit.1, she has been working in the creative field for many years. Tanis has over 150 published knitting designs, and her work has been featured in many major publications and books. Her website is tanisknits.com.

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A graduate of RISD, Tanis Gray lives in Alexandria, VA with her green Mechanical Engineer husband, toddler son and lazy pug. Having worked at Martha Stewart, HBO, Focus Features, in the art department in the film and television industries, and a 4-year career as the Yarn Editor at Vogue Knitting and co-editor of Knit.1, she has been working in the creative field for many years.

Tanis has over 350 published knitting designs, and her work has been featured in many major publications and books worldwide, including 11 covers. She also edits other knitting books, manages the social media for numerous yarn companies and teaches often in and around DC.

Check out her books Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns (Sixth & Spring), Capitol Knits, (self-published), Knitting Architecture (Interweave), Cozy Knits (Interweave) and 3 Skeins or Less - Fresh Knitted Accessories (Interweave).

Follow her at www.tanisknits.com.

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It helps to capture the story behind the yarn - where it comes from, how it is produced, whose vision it was to create that yarn.
DR
And it would be easy to find 5 patterns you like, since the patterns on the whole are really great and represent a variety of techniques and styles.
Underground Crafter
I also enjoyed learning about new Indy Dyers that use base yarns from the U.S. and Canada to produce their lovely dyed yarns and fibers.
Tina M. Sanders

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book through Sixth & Spring to review on my blog.

I was very excited about reviewing Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns, and for the most part, my high expectations were met.

The concept of Tanis's book is great. The target audience is confident knitters in the United States who are environmentally conscious and/or interested in knowing more about how the yarns they love are produced. Tanis encourages you to learn about where your yarn comes from, and introduces the reader to U.S. based companies who produce yarn in an eco-friendly manner. By promoting these companies, Tanis aims to encourage us to be more environmentally conscious consumers, who buy products locally to reduce the carbon impact from transportation. To this end, the book is arranged regionally, and includes a profile of twenty-eight yarn companies. Each company's profile is followed by a pattern using one or more of its yarns.

What I like about this book:
As someone who has always lived in an inner-city, and who occasionally fantasizes about living on farm, producing my own super awesome yarn, I was thrilled to read about people who've actually lived this dream.

The stories of the different companies are really interesting. (Full disclosure: I find entrepreneurs and their stories interesting - if you don't, this could bore you to tears.)

It was helpful to read the business philosophies of the different companies and to know more about their products. I learned a lot about the philosophy behind some of my favorite yearns.

I enjoyed learning about new yarns, and especially about those produced by small, independent yarn companies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
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Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns provides profiles of 28 U.S. yarn companies, has 30+ patterns for women, men, children and the home, and provides a list of fiber events and festivals around the country. It is an homage to what we have at home, in our own backyards and to the sustainability of knitting as an American craft.

The book is divided up geographically beginning with the Northeast, proceeding to the Midwest and the West. The introduction speaks to the benefits of buying locally, in other words, supporting the knitting companies we have in the United States. "Many of the companies found in this book hold their animals and the environment paramount". In this day and age where 'green' takes on a very important meaning, this type of devotion to environment and animals is a real plus.

The book proceeds with histories and vignettes about the different knitting companies found across the country. The photographs of the working farms, animals, and people are excellent. Most of the descriptions also include a pattern from the company/farm. The patterns range from sweaters to shawlettes, to hats and mittens. They are for adults and children.

I enjoyed reading about each of the entrepreneurial endeavors and the love and labor that went into each of the farms. Each is unique in its own way and I am convinvced - there is a benefit to buying local.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Allen on October 22, 2011
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This is a beautiful book featuring regional yarn companies. The photographs are beautiful and it's interesting to read about the owners and philosophies of some of my favorite yarn companies. There are some lovely patterns which I plan to knit. I also love that the books lays flat when you open it, making it easy to read the patterns.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JC on October 18, 2011
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Knit Local is a beautifully shot and written book, with amazing projects made with fibers from suppliers all over the United States. It's inspiring to read about the communities that are featured in the book. There's a great diversity of projects to suit knitters with a wide range of skill levels. This is a great resource for knitters looking for new fibers to work with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader, knitter on November 12, 2011
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I like this book for two reasons. First, as I have heard and read about, and knit with many yarns in this book, I love the fact that now I have some idea of where in the country they come from, who the people are that produce them, a little history of how they got started, and best of all, what some of the animals look like that gave the fleece that produced the yarn. (There are also some in here I didn't know of, and I will be on the lookout for future projects!) Second, the patterns. Several of them I already plan on knitting, in fact, there are only a couple I wouldn't knit. And having recognized some names of the pattern authors in this book, I know for a fact I'm in good hands. Great reference book, beautiful pictures and styling, what can I say, it made me happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DR on November 10, 2011
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For the price, this book has a wonderful variety of patterns at many levels. (27 total!!) I love the photography with each pattern and yarn. It helps to capture the story behind the yarn - where it comes from, how it is produced, whose vision it was to create that yarn. For yarn and fiber lovers, the people behind the yarn are almost as important as the yarn itself. The author did a great job of scoping out US produced fibers and pairing them with solid well-designed patterns. Wonderful addition to the many many knitting pattern books. This one will be a classic.
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