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Knit Local: Celebrating America's Homegrown Yarns Paperback – November 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
Even as a non-knitter, I enjoyed the sections on the various small yarn manufactures. The book described the unique aspects of the product, the owner's philosophy on yarn, and provided information on the history and technique behind how the yarn is made. Interestingly I looked up a few of the yarns on the web, and all seemed readily available, despite the handmade nature of most of them. It was nice to see what seemed like a boutique/luxury product that was actually available, accessible, and priced within the grasp of mere mortals. I never knew anything about the lifespan of yarn, but this book explained it in an understandable manner, and how it might impact ones' knitting.
While it will probably take a substantial bribe of loss of a large bet to get me to pick up a pair of knitting needles, the details behind yarn, variety of craftspeople behind the products, and the interesting patterns would have me reaching for this book should I ever decide to do so!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms. Gray compiled a great collection. Well written patterns, beautiful photographs.
I use it to source yarn for my designs.
Great book for the knitters who want that little something extra. Support the small entrepreneurs who make our craft what it is.
Buy locally produced and try out new yarns
A very fun book, great photos and interesting facts about the fiber world across America!Published 22 months ago by Mvillanti
Has a lot of wonderful patterns and great stories of small yarn producers.
A book that i will read over and over
I got this book because a friend has one and I enjoyed it . The price was right and the book in good shape. Love the patterns and stories about the local farms.Published on March 12, 2013 by Farrell Hobbs
GREAT BOOK, GREAT PATTERNS, GREAT ARTICLES. I PURCHASED THIS BOOK BECAUSE A FRIEND WAS MAKING A PATTERN FROM IT AND LOVE HAVING NEW KNIT BOOKS. ALSO VERY INTERSTING ARTICLES.Published on November 6, 2012 by KLICKER
A potpourri of great patterns and introductions to all the innovative yarn producers in the US. Very readable with interesting information on some of the great local businesses... Read morePublished on December 30, 2011 by knitdr
I bought 2 of these books, one for me and one for my sister on her Birthday. We both love the book, there are a lot of wonderful patterns in it and it is nice to see other farmers... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Sonia