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Dyeing to Knit Hardcover – January 1, 2005
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.72 pounds
- Hardcover : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0892726679
- ISBN-13 : 978-0892726677
- Product Dimensions : 8.96 x 0.66 x 10.18 inches
- Publisher : Down East Books; First Printing Edition (January 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I felt the writing style was odd. And whether or not it was style, simplicity or bad research, much of the information felt simplified or dumbed down. I thought that many of the example pictures were classic examples of what not to do with busy yarn and textured patterns. Even though the book is called Dyeing to Knit, I felt that there was very little discussion about designing yarn colors and patterns for a goal finished project.
I was also very disappointed in the patterns, I thought that many of them were pretty awful, and the only one that I would knit at all was so basic that one hardly needed a pattern to knit it.
In the opening chapter Elaine shares her love of color and the sources of her inspiration for the colors she chooses. She then takes her readers through an easy to follow understanding of color, their relationships and provides knitted samples to show the interaction between colors when knitted together. Elaine's style is so charming that she may lure even the most reluctant knitter to try creating their own color scheme.
If you do decide to try your hand at dyeing you will be pleased to find clear instructions, recommended tools and dyes that are easily accessible and fun ideas for mixing colors to produce unique effects.
In the chapter on design Elaine tells us how she thinks about designing the pieces she knits and reveals that she doesn't "do complicated knitting" but rather projects that she can "pick up at any moment". In addition six knitting designers share their inspiration and Elaine talks about specific artist and how they have influenced some of her designs.
Patterns for items that easily incorporate color and texture are included but by the time you reach the last chapter you may already be putting together an idea for your own design.
The patterns for hand dyed yarn knits are at the end of the book and are interesting. I've knit for two years and the patterns run the gamut from easy to advanced.
If you can't take a dyeing class, the next best thing is to buy this book.