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A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarns Hardcover – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 2.07 pounds
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307346838
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307346834
- Publisher : Potter Craft (April 8, 2008)
- Dimensions : 8.92 x 0.62 x 11.21 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I second the comment many people have made about unclear photos - I bought this book because I'd seen photos of the pattern I wanted to make on Ravelry, but if I'd just seen the book, I doubt I'd have made the sweater - you can't even see what it looks like from the photos. Fortunately there are plenty of photos on Ravelry, check that out first if you're thinking of buying this book.
The patterns included are *fabulous*. Beyond fabulous. They're rich and intricate and have a nice mix between smaller things and to-die-for sweaters. The photography is amazing and inspiring, and for a closer look at each garment, there are diagrams and stitch charts provided for every wearable. (One of the previous reviewers commented that the photos weren't clear -- not all of them, no. But the charts make up for that, plus some. And the photos are inspirational, so it's all good with me.)
Each pattern gives you not just the required amount/wpi of the handspun yarn needed, but also gives a commercially-spun equivelent AND shows the knitted item in BOTH variations (hand/commercially-spun), so you can see how the handspun aspect changes the nature of the fabric (if it does)...it's an amazing extra that the author gives us.
Speaking of extras -- the sizing on these patterns ROCK. Being one of the Large Chest Brigade, it's often hard to find books that go beyond the 32 - 34 - 38 sizing for miniature people and get into the sizes more realistic for my...uh...front additions. Not a problem here. I think the smallest size I've seen has been 48", and that RULES. I loved the author just a little bit more than I did before after noticing that little (big?) detail.
I've been paring down my Stuff lately. Getting rid of a lot of the extraneous posessions I've been hoarding. Knitting books are included in that. And I can say, without even a hint of hesitation, that this book would be one of the five I'd keep, no matter what. It's got EVERYTHING I look for in a knitting book, plus one. I'm so glad I picked it up, and I can't wait to start knitting a wardrobe-full of handspun, handknit sweaters just for me.
The beginning section on spinning and wool characteristics is a good intro to new spinners, or wannabe spinners. It was good information to get new spinners thinking about spinning for a big project. I've been spinning for years and it didn't have any new information for me, but reading it got me whipped up to start spinning with one of these projects in mind.
However. The photographs, while beautiful and artsy and fun to look at, leave a lot to the imagination - not a great thing in a knitting pattern book. They're teaser photos - look good in the picture, but if you come to a question in your knitting you won't be able to figure out what you're doing by looking at the picture. I don't think there are more than a couple of patterns with good photos you can really tell what the pattern looks like. I'd expect this would be a struggle for a person who hasn't had a lot of experience knitting cables. I've been knitting them for years and I still need to refer to pictures, it's really a shame they aren't more available. "Harriet" has a diamond lace pattern, but you would never know that the bottom third of the sweater has an entirely different lace pattern. They've pinned sweaters to make them look shaped (a BIG, BIG NO!), but almost all of the sweaters have straight sides. The publisher wants this to be a fashion layout, with fuzzy pictures and beautiful settings, but they don't seem to get that it's an instruction manual and clear pictures of the designs need to be included. And they need to know their audience - spinners like microscopic closeups of yarn!
So overall, I love the book. I am excited to have this collection of Lisa Lloyd's patterns and I expect to wear this book out. A big finger-wagging to the publisher on the photography and thankfully I have the internet available to see some other pictures.
One thing about these patterns is that you need to be careful on their fit, and measure as you go to ensure that it will fit properly.
This copy of the book came at an excellent price and it was shipped overnight, which makes me happy.
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I am not interested in spinning at the moment so can't comment on this side of the book,but I can easily substitute the yarns with other commercially made yarns. The patterns are lovely - really beautiful and complex cabled sweaters, but also simpler ones too. A good variety of sweaters and cardigans as well as socks, scarves and hats. An impressive quantity of timeless patterns. I have yet to knit an item, but the instructions look adequate. I am an experienced knitter so don't need extra help, just the basics, so inexperienced knitters may feel the instructions are a bit lacking for them. Also worth mentioning is that everything is charted - no written instructions.
However if you have taken up spinning and want projects for your new yarn this is not the book for you. Even the smaller projects - socks or a hat are shown in a uniform yarn that looks indistinguishable from shop bought.
If you want a book of patterns for knitting aran jumpers this is brilliant and if you ever meet anyone who has enough handspun yarn to knit one let me know!
Bei fast allen Modellen möchte man sofort mit dem Stricken/Spinnen anfangen. Der Fokus liegt auf traditionellen Zopf- und Strukturmustern. Oft gibt es eine tailliertere Variante dazu, um einen eleganteren Look zu erzielen. Auch von den Schwierigkeitsgraden reicht es vom einfachen Lochmusterschal und der Zopfsocke bis zum komplizierten Aranpulli.
Einziges Manko: Es werden zwar verschiedenste handgesponnene Garne verwendet, aber über den Spinnprozess und die ungefähr benötigte Wollmenge lässt sich das Buch nur wenig aus. Angaben zur Garndicke wie WPI wären schön gewesen.
Aber sonst: unbedingt empfehlenswert