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Yarnitecture: A Knitter's Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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— Amy Singer, founder and editor, Knitty.com
“Jillian Moreno is fun, colorful, and richly textured, with a strong backbone of spinning skills and a gift for explaining them. Yarnitecture captures the best qualities of a terrific spinner.”
— Anne Merrow, editor, Spin-Off magazine
“Every knitting spinner and every spinning knitter will want this book. Jillian provides all of the steps necessary to give them the courage to move forward with determination and use their handspun yarns with confidence.”
— Beth Smith, author of Spinner’s Guide to Fleece and How to Spin
“Jillian doesn’t tell you how yarn should be spun, she gives you information on how it can be spun. With clear and thoughtful text, tons of samples, skeins and swatches, she gives you the knowledge to design the best yarn for your projects.”
— Maggie Casey, author of Start Spinning and co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins
“This book gives spinners the tools they need to become architects of their own yarns and make true design choices.”
— Esther Rodgers, JazzTurtle Creations
“It’s a happy day when a book appears and we can’t stifle the ‘wows.’ As in wow, that’s some righteous handspun. Wow, look at that cool cardigan. Or wow, that Jillian Moreno knows her merino.”
From the Back Cover
You love to spin, and you love to knit. Now discover how to plan and build the ideal handspun yarn for each of your projects!
Popular teacher and author Jillian Moreno keeps your vision on track by exploring different fleeces and inventive ways of working with pre-dyed batts and braids. She then guides your spinning with in-depth instructions on drafting, plying, and finishing methods to ensure the perfect yarn.
Showcase your handspun yarn with 12 original patterns for mittens, socks, shawls, sweaters, and even a necklace, from Moreno and other leading knitwear designers, including Kate Atherley, Adrian Bizilia, Julia Farwell-Clay, Rosemary (Romi) Hill, Bristol Ivy, Kirsten Kapur, Amy King, Laura Nelkin, and Lynne Vogel.
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After that brief look through, I started reading it front to back and wow! Jillian Moreno has hit a home run with Yarn-i-tec-ture. I am VERY glad I ordered this in hard copy and not the Kindle version. The production value of this book is beautiful. Definitely reference-material quality. She covers selecting fiber, spinning techniques, drafting techniques and plying techniques to create the yarn you want to knit with. The bonus, with this book, are the 12 patterns included specifically for knitting with hand-spun. Every spinner in my monthly circle has purchased this book and not a single one had anything but raves for it. These rave reviews include newbie spinners and those spinning for 10+ years. BUY THIS BOOK!
*If my review has helped you make a decision, please give me a 'thumbs up' and select Yes, this review was helpful, thanks!*
So, it was a very rare leap of faith that caused me to pre-order this book. I'm not disappointed! So often I whiz through a new book and realize that only a fraction of the information really needs to be in my library, and I return or sell it.
I'm keeping this one because:
1. The premise really is fresh and fills a niche. Hand spinning has taken off fairly recently, with Ravelers, Etsy shops and YouTube cross-pollinating all of us.
2. The patterns really are carefully chosen. It's rare to like every single pattern in one book, but this time I do. Accessories are the best gifts and what I make most of the time, so I'll probably make everything here.
3. There is a unique system of coding the patterns, which the author explains clearly in the first half of the book. The shorthand she employs is concise and helpful.
4. Your fiberista nerdiness will rejoice over the many helpful factoids sprinkled about in the book.
So, kudos! I'm keeping it!