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The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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Clara has no favorites among the nine wools that she describes in this book - - she loves them all equally. Each has their own hand, purpose, and texture for knitting. Beaverslide Dry Goods produces a wool that smells like flowers. Made in Canada, Clara says this wool is a joy to wear and work with. The Elsa Wool Company produces yarns from Cormo sheep. Originating in Colorado, the fibers in the yarn are "soft and vibrant". One of the patterns in this book, the Sweet Fern Fingerless Mittes, uses this yarn. Foxfire Fiber and Designs produces beautiful alpaca. The Nara Scarf in the book is made from this wool. Green Mountain Spinnery is one of Ms. Parkes' favorite yarn sources. I second that, having loved Green Mountain Spinnery yarns from my first encounter with them. Their new book, 99 Yarns and Counting: More Designs from the Green Mountain Spinnery was recently published and it is full of wonderful patterns and information about their cooperative. Clara loves Nature's Palette Green Sheep Columbia Worsted Yarn. She describes the yarn as "plump, pure and colorful". It is durable yet also soft to the touch.Read more ›
Just when you think you've gotten every dime you spent out of this book, you discover more - patterns that, as Clara says, "...let you experience everything wool has to offer..." And folks, she's not just saying that! The pattern section begins with a Shakespeare quote: "Joy's soul lies in the doing". I agree, and the range of projects is both expansive and joyful! There are enough patterns in this book to keep any knitter happily busy for a very long time.
In closing, let me say that this book is well worth the investment, as was it's predecessor. Let's hope Clara continues to bring us the best of the best of useful knowledge about the animals and fibers that grace our lives and bring us that joy the Bard talks about above.
But why stop at detailed discussions of many knitter's most cherrished fiber? Let's get to the patterns! Oh the patterns! A beautiful assortment of classic patterns. While when I write "includes: socks, sweaters, a shawl, baby knits, hats, and fingerless mitts, and mittens," you might not get too excited --- but these are beautiful patterns. Classics! Wonderful addition to any knitting library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is amazing, it's so well-researched and the information is presented in such a rich and engaging way, you just want to sink your hands deep into a skein. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Wutzke
This book is an excellent text to learn about different breeds of sheep and the wool produced from those breeds. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S-DKS
Very interesting book. Good reference for a beginner or experienced knitterPublished 10 months ago by Cassandra Wong
This book has a great deal of very detailed, well organized information. Unfortunately many of the photographs are truly awful and the designs and patterns are as well. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ginny
The description of sheep breeds, explanation of why some wools are softer and more likely to felt than others was useful. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sophy0075
Gives you everything and anything you want to know about yarn you use everyday, and the more "exotic" yarnsPublished on July 30, 2014 by littleeeone
Clara Parkes is a stellar writer whose work is a pleasure to read. This book is no different in that regard! Of course, it is also an excellent reference!Published on January 17, 2014 by Ladianne Henderson