The next time you pick up a skein, you won't have to wonder what to create with it. In this complete guide to wool - the most popular yarn around - passionate wool expert Clara Parkes translates the vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting. What is wool? clara starts with the fundamentals: what wool is made of, how it gets off the sheep, and how it is transformed from a jumbled mass of dirty fluff into a gorgeous yarn that so tempts us at our local yarn stores.
Who makes it? parkes conducts an inspiring tour of sheep breeds from around the world - introducing us to the animals who give us their wool - and explains how to best knit with yarns made from their fibers. Which yarn do i use? if only there were a way to read a skein to know how it would behave and what it wanted to become.
Now there is! parkes demystifies the generic non-breed-specific wool yarn you'll find at your local yarn shop, showing you how to best determine what every yarn longs to be. What do i knit? parkes went to some of the most creative and inquisitive design minds of the kniting world to provide more than 20 patterns that highlight the qualities of specific types of wool.
The knitter's book of wool teaches you everything you need to know about wool - and its journey from pasture to pullover. You'll just know.
The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn
The delicate baby sweater that started pilling before it even came off the needles. The stunning colorwork scarf that you can’t wear because the yarn feels like sandpaper against your neck. Not all yarns are alike. Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, spins, preparations, and ply combinations.
Some make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment. If only there were a way to read a skein and know how it would behave and what it wanted to become before you invested your time, energy, and money in it. And, because we learn best by doing, parkes went to some of the most creative and inquisitive design minds of the knitting world to provide a wide assortment of patterns created to highlight the qualities and minimize the drawbacks of specific types of yarns.
The knitter’s book of yarn will teach you everything you need to know about yarn: How it’s made, who makes it, how it gets to you, and what it longs to become. The gorgeous pair of socks that emerged from their first bath twice as long as when they went in. The next time you pick up a skein, you won’t have to wonder what to do with it.
You’ll just know–the way any yarn whisperer would. Now there is! with the knitter’s Book of Yarn, you’ll learn how to unleash your inner yarn whisperer. In these pages, spins, boutique dye shops, medium-sized companies, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, preparations, community spinneries, and ply combinations used by large-scale manufacturers and importers, and old-fashioned sheep farms.
Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool
A fast-paced account of the year clara parkes spent transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, our mills idle, dyers, and the people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of characters that includes the shepherds, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, and our feet woefully cold.
Travel the country with her as she meets a flock of saxon merino sheep in upstate New York, baled, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a working farm, shipped, and learns how wool fleece is measured, tours a scouring plant in Texas, and turned into skeins. In pursuit of the perfect yarn, and her adventures from maine to wisconsin “the most knitterly state” and back again; along the way, Parkes describes a brush with the dangers of opening a bale they can explode, she presents a behind-the-scenes look at the spinners, scourers, genius inventors, and crazy-complex mill machines that populate the yarn-making industry.
. Simply put, no other book exists that explores American culture through the lens of wool. Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations. By the end of the book, you’ll be ready to set aside the backyard chickens and add a flock of sheep instead.
The Knitter's Book of Socks: The Yarn Lover's Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks That Fit Well, Feel Great, and Last a Lifetime
A sock is a work of wonder. By understanding a sock's basic needs—elasticity, twist, pattern, and moisture management—you’ll learn how to play with these tools like building blocks, ply, strength, confidently combining fiber, and clever stitch tricks to construct your perfect pair of socks. No other knitted garment has as many structural demands or endures as much wear and tear.
With this book as your guide, you’ll learn how to make any sock yarn shine and love every pair of socks you knit. To help put these principles into practice, the knitter’s book of socks also offers 20 fresh, original patterns from today’s sock-design luminaries, Cat Bordhi, Anne Hanson, Ann Budd, including Cookie A, Nancy Bush, and Melissa Morgan-Oakes.
The socks presented here run the gamut from simple knit-and-purl combinations suitable for beginners to innovative designs with lush colorwork, swirling cables, and delicate lace. Understanding the elements of yarn is the first step on every successful sock knitting journey. In the knitter’s book of socks, clara parkes shows you how to knit socks from yarn up, following the sock yarn life cycle from its foundations to its final moments on a proud foot.
The humble sock must defy gravity, suffer the confines of our shoes, and endure being trampled on all day long. All too often, the root cause of a sock's triumph or failure is the yarn itself. Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations.
Yarn Substitution Made Easy: Matching the Right Yarn to Any Knitting Pattern
Sulcoski provides solutions to this common conundrum, offering a wealth of information. Now, trusted knitwear designer and teacher Carol J. Sometimes the recommended brand is unavailable or too expensive—or you’d rather use extra yarn from your stash. But even similar products might yield different results, altering structure, size, and texture.
Ten projects offer case studies of yarn substitution in action; each finished project shows suitable alternatives and reveals how yarn choice affects every aspect of the item. She explains what characteristics to consider when substituting yarn, and gives guidance on calculating the quantity of yarn you'll need and how to evaluate your swatches.
Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, preparations, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, spins, and ply combinations. Potter Craft. An in-depth guide to choosing the right yarn for your project—including 10 patterns that explore how different yarns affect the outcome of your final product.
When beginning a project, every knitter confronts the question: “What yarn should I use?” The answer can be complicated.
The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting
I absolutely loved it!” ―sweetly made “If you haven’t read The Yarn Whisperer yet, you should. Used book in Good Condition. Over time, those stitches form a map of our lives. I would compare her to Mark Twain because of her dry humor. This book will be dear to your heart. Knit the hell out “it’s my favorite new knitting book of the year.
DallasNews. Com explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations. Potter Craft. Put simply, “no matter how perfect any one sweater may be, it’s only human to crave another. Honestly, she’s that good.
New jersey courier news’ in sticthes blog “Read this book to be reminded of how special it is to be a part of this warm and fuzzy community. About. Com “i see a lot of yarn books in this gig, and Whisperer is not only the best I’ve seen this year, it’s one of my all-time faves. Buy a stack to stuff inside the handmade stockings of your knitting-circle friends.
Vogue® Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book: Completely Revised & Updated
Comprehensive chapters cover lace and cabling, embellishing, correcting errors, finishing, and provide even more Information than before on knitters' tools, and garment care to give you a masterly understanding of every stage of knitting. With updated, and more than 1, revised, 65 additional pages, and fresh material throughout, 600 photos and hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations, Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book is surprisingly easy to navigate with thorough indexing and footnote cross-referencing.
The second edition, released in 2002, further cemented its place as the most trusted knitting resource. Lots of great projects packed into one little book. Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, preparations, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, spins, and ply combinations.
Potter Craft. It features an expanded library of cast-ons, decreases, entrelac, increases, socks, gloves, double knitting, mittens, and bind-offs; in-depth sections on newly favorite techniques such as brioche, and mosaic knitting; and design and construction chapters that go beyond just sweaters to encompass dozens of options for hats, and more than 25 shawl shapes.
The past 15 years have seen many exciting advances in knitting, and this update encompasses them all. An essential addition to the knitter's bookshelf. Library journal starred reviewthe ultimate knitting reference, 600 color images and brand-new sections with techniques and designs! First published in 1989, from the world’s most recognized knitting magazine, gets a thorough update—including 1, Vogue Knitting The Ultimate Knitting Book instantly became a beloved resource for knitters.
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The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
The fleece & fiber sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one. Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, spins, preparations, and ply combinations.
Potter Craft. Used book in Good Condition. Lots of great projects packed into one little book. This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Storey Publishing. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, and the Tasmanian merino, spun, the Navajo churro, and woven.
Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy
In fibershed readers will learn how natural plant dyes and fibers such as wool, and flax can be grown and processed as part of a scalable, hemp, cotton, restorative agricultural system. Burgess saw that we could create viable supply chains of clothing that could become the new standard in a world looking to solve the climate crisis.
While humans are 100 percent reliant on their second skin, it’s common to think little about the biological and human cultural context from which our clothing derives. Fibershed is a resource for fiber farmers, knitters, contract grazers, ranchers, soil activists, weavers, slow-fashion entrepreneurs, and conscious consumers who want to join or create their own fibershed and topple outdated and toxic systems of exploitation.
. They will also learn about milling and other technical systems needed to make regional textile production possible. Even those who value access to safe, dyes, local, nutritious food have largely overlooked the production of fiber, and the chemistry that forms the backbone of modern textile production. Used book in Good Condition.
. A vision for the future came into focus, combining right livelihoods and a textile system based on economic justice and soil carbon enhancing practices. Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, preparations, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, spins, and ply combinations.
Amy Herzog's Ultimate Sweater Book: The Essential Guide for Adventurous Knitters
Yarn and fiber enthusiasts everywhere will celebrate the latest addition to Amy Herzog's beloved knitting series which includes You Can Knit That, Knit to Flatter, and Knit Wear Love. Following the basics for each of the four sweater types are a diverse range of customizing options, cowl neck, pockets, including how to add a hood, and zip or cardigan front, turtleneck, just to name a few.
Used book in Good Condition. Amy's clear instruction and expert tips expand the many knitting possibilities, creating the essential knitting resource for knitters everywhere"-- Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, spins, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, and ply combinations.
Potter Craft. Patterns are offered in multiple sizes and yarn gauges for broad appeal. This essential guide details every aspect of sweater knitting, drop shoulder, raglan, starting with instructions for four basic sweater types: yoke, and set-in sleeve. Storey Publishing. Lots of great projects packed into one little book.
The Principles of Knitting
In addition, the book has been reorganized to make it easier to use and has a gorgeous new design. Storey Publishing. Reading the principles of knitting is like having a knitting mentor by your side who can answer any knitting question you have in an honest, intelligent, informed manner. Used book in Good Condition.
Explore an in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, preparations, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, spins, and ply combinations. Potter Craft. This is the definitive book on knitting techniques, with valuable information for everyone from beginners to experienced knitters.
Touchstone Books. While the basics of knitting have not changed much, June’s understanding of the material has deepened over the last twenty-five years, and she’s eager to share what she has learned with the knitting world. She has repeatedly tested the various techniques and presents them with clear, easy-to-follow instructions—as well as an explanation of what each one can contribute to your knitting.
. The principles of knitting has been totally rewritten—new instructions, new illustrations, and new information. Now featuring new instructions, and new information, the principles of knitting—beloved by knitters everywhere and one of the most requested out-of-print books for years—finally gets the revision that fans have been clamoring for!A treasured guide beloved by knitters everywhere, new illustrations, the classic book The Principles of Knitting is finally available again in a fully revised and updated edition.
Informed by decades of experience and thousands of hours of practice, this comprehensive resource offers a variety of ways to approach every skill and technique and offers solutions that can help solve the most challenging aspects of any knitting project.