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Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book Hardcover – Oct 28 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The Countryman Press; 1 edition (Oct. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088150579X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881505795
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I know I can count on ... beautiful patterns and gorgeous yarns for a product that's satisfying beyond belief."

About the Author

The Green Mountain Spinnery, a worker/owner cooperative, was founded with a distinctly Vermont mission: to produce the highest quality all-natural yarns, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers. Since then the Spinnery has grown and thrived, designing and producing all-natural yarns in alpaca, mohair, wool, and organic cotton that are known and loved by knitters and weavers across the country. Unlike most commercial mills, the yarns they produce with vintage equipment are untouched by bleach or chemicals. New members, new ideas, new product lines, and more continue to spin out from this talented, knowledgeable, devoted collective.

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I have WAITED for this book for a long time. I used to drive to Putney to visit Green Mountain, back when I lived in neighboring New Hampshire. It was fun to sniff the machine oil used on the spinners, while watching them churning out the most lovely yarns imaginable, and look at all the great original patterns in the outlet shop there.
The famous Green Mountain patterns that previous were only available in pamplet form are assembled here in this attractive book, showing off the hazy beauty of the mohair mix yarns. The patterns are not only for this yarn--there are some others as well but the mohair mix is my personal favorite, and you can always substitute another yarn with the right gauge.
The famous Artisans Vest, with its appealing simple beaded rib, two versions of Rosemary's Sweater and the Toasty IBH Socks are here, and much more. If you know these yarns, you will want to have this on your shelf. If you don't know Green Mountain Spinnery, these are basic, nicely-designed and simple-to-knit patterns that deliver a lot of design for not a lot of knitting effort. A big thumbs-up here to the folks in Vermont.
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In a world of super-bulky scarves, knitted cell phone cozies, and make-it-in-a-weekend sweaters (all of which have their place, don't get me wront), this book is a beacon for those looking for a little more meat.
Many of these patterns have been available through GMS for years. On the one hand, this means you don't get hip, trendy, up-to-the-minute innovation. But on the other hand, this means you get tried and tested patterns that are as close to perfection as you can get. The instructions are clearly written, the layout is easy to navigate, and I couldn't find a single confusing element in any pattern.
Stylistically speaking, I'd consider these patterns "nouveau New England." They use Green Mountain Spinnery yarns exclusively, eschewing fringe, fluff, and bouclé for the beauty of a well-turned cable and balanced intarsia.
And the pictures! Don't get me started. Lush and gorgeous from start to finish.
That's why I give this book five stars. It is a fixture on my bedside table. Any time I need sweet knitterly dreams, I just pop it open and start reading.
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I purchased the book based on the (few) previous reviews, and primarily for patterns, but was disappointed. There is nothing that my teenage daughter would ever wear; no sweaters that my husband cared for; and only one sweater I might even want for myself. What may seem classic to some people is old-fashioned to others. The patterns are "stodgy"-looking -- boxy with little fit. And as is unfortunately typical of many knitting patterns, the yardage for the projects is not given. Instead it gives the number of skeins of their brand of yarn. There are also several pages devoted to descriptions of the Green Mountain store and their yarns, but I didn't want to pay for advertisements and basic patterns that are found elsewhere. I have found more appealing patterns free on the internet, so check this out at your library first to see if these patterns suit you.
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A production of knitting expert Margaret Klein Wilson and the Green Mountain Spinnery, The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book: Contemporary And Classic Patterns collects under one cover thirty of the most popular knitting designs drawn from the famous Green Mountain Spinnery of Vermont. Color photographs and meticulous instructions teach the aspiring knitter how to pour her (or his!) all into a snug, warm, and eye-catching creations. The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book is a superb addition to any personal or community library needlecraft instructional reference collection.
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