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99 Yarns and Counting: More Designs from the Green Mountain Spinnery Paperback – October 5, 2009
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The book starts off with a neat description of the Green Mountain Cooperative Spinnery in Vermont. It discusses how raw fleece is spun to yarn, and the whole process in between. It even talks about the individual people in the cooperative who are responsible for this process.
I literally don't know where to start with my praise for the patterns in this book. The very first hat called the Ascutney Mountain Hat and Earwarmer in a burnt umber color and cabled is lovely, something to warm my head as I wait for the worst chill of winter to come. Grandma's delight sweater is a lace cardigan in a lovely rose that any little girl will cherish. The pattern is clearly written out and looks like fun to knit. I just love the cabled, Guernsey Islander's Vest in aran off-white. It even comes in REAL sizes. The Lightweight Pullover is a classic for man, woman and child. It's knit in cotton so that it will work in spring or fall, maybe even some summer days. It comes in sizes from a toddler's 2 to an adult XL (50"). The Great Meadows Cardigan is a Fair Isle treasure in shades of rose, wine and green. It's in a V-neck pattern and comes with a matching hat. The Great Meadows Hat is in glorious shades of the brightest blues and I know I'll be knitting it soon.
I can't begin to say how much I love this book. I've been waiting to receive it and have read it twice already. Green Mountain Spinnery is a knitter's dream, a REAL knitter's dream and has never disappointed either with its books or its yarns. If you knit, GET THIS BOOK!
There are some things I like about the book and others I don't like.
- Classic styles, not faddish
- Designs with fair isle have very nice colors (but most sweaters are for children)
- Designs are very wearable; you'll get a lot of mileage out of them
- Very nice hats
- several attractive sock patterns
I don't like:
- The limited size range. The largest size for most adult garments is about a 48" and some are less than that. There is one 49 " vest and a 50", 51" and a 52" sweater.
- There are too many sweaters for babies and children. About 9 of the 39 patterns are for younger people.
-The nicest and most interesting sweaters are those for children. I wish they had included patterns for adults in those sweater like the Great Meadows Cardigan, the Grandmother's Delight Sweater and East Putney Sweater.
I am thinking of knitting some hats and mittens from this book and perhaps looking to see if I can make the beautiful Islander's vest larger. The vest measures 49" and you need to allow 3-6" for ease when making a garment.
In summary this would be a good book if you are knitting for little ones or if you are a smaller-sized adult. It would also be good if you want very classic, sometimes plain sweaters. If you are a plus sized person or like more colorful designs this might not be the book for you.
I am so glad I discovered another little treasure on earth, the Green Mountain Spinnery.
I started reading the book and the information about their green company is really wonderful. I warms my heart. I hope others will be inspired by this company, the gorgeous yarns, and the wonderful patterns.
I just looked again the book this morning (for the 3rd time), and I was all excited. I am hoping to start the hat this evening. I can't wait. The book is gorgeous.
It is the first time I got the yarns recommended by the patterns as well. I never do it. I always get the yarn I am in the mood for... But this time...we couldn't resist it.
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Beautiful photos, great stories. The patterns are very well written. I highly recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Amelia
Looks like a great pattern books from Green Mountain Spinnery. Can't wait to try some of the patterns.Published 10 months ago by Pamela G.
This is one of the most exquisitely lovely knitting books I have seen. Not one detail has been ignored or slurred. It is a beautiful book to begin with. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anne J. Ryan
There are so many patterns I want to knit from this book I hardly know where to start (just kidding). The Islander's vest is going to be my first project from the book. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Cynthia L. Gray
Green Mountain Spinnery is a cooperative, but more importantly, they are a wonderful group of individuals who are producing lovely yarn to go with their patterns. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by librarylady
This is a wonderful addition to the other book of patterns from Green Mountain Spinnery. The yarns used are gorgeous, and the patterns are stylish.Published on April 24, 2013 by So Many Books...