Handpaint Country: A Knitter's Journey Hardcover – Jan 28 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Patterns follow each dyers review, and they are varied and beautiful. Top name designers such as Lily Chin, Sally Melville, Rick Mondragon, and Cheryl Oberle offer a wide range of garments and other items; sweaters, vests, afghans, shawls, hats, etc. Some are deceptively simple; Valentina Devine's Garter Blocks afghan is simplicity itself to make, but it's just beautful in the colors she chose.
Of course, the photography is incredible. Alexis Xenakis has outdone himself yet again. Yarns are photographed in natural light, often using the landscape as a backdrop.
The book is printed on high quality glossy paper, so the colors really shine. The body text is in a sans serif font, in a size that is quite comfortable to read. There is plenty of white space for your eye to rest after the excitement of texture and color.
I would also recommend this book to people who handpaint their own yarn as I do - seeing the excellent photographs of many different styles of handpainted yarn was a real eye opener to me.
That said, I regret that it's hard to find out where to buy many of the yarns so tantalizingly presented here. I have been knitting for over thirty years and never follow a pattern exactly; I wouldn't recommend this book to neophytes.
This book has lovely, creative designs and they are readily adaptable to substitution yarns, as most of the yarns featured are MUEY EXPENSIVO! (I don't know about you but I consider spending 3 - 500 dollars on yarn for a sweater I may not finish a bit steep!) I still buy the handpaints, but where a solid is shown, i will substitute a more basic yarn.
In any case, the patterns are beautiful and inventive - showcasing Top designers best work. The yarns are drool material, and the photography is exceptional, displaying these incredible handyed yarns in all their sensual beauty! This book goes far beyond a "coffee table" book, although it has the same size AND you really want to pick it up and look through it whether you knit or not. You will want to photocopy the patterns before you make them.
I love this book.
Most recent customer reviews
Sometimes I just want to pick up a knitting book just to drool over the designs, colors, textures rather than attempt something. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Dena R. Sigman
As a handspinner, I'm always curious about what other spinners and dyers are doing. Handpaint Country was impossible to put down. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2002
This book was worth the...time waiting. I used handpainted yarns for a while, but these ideas ..... Wow!!! Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by U. Mesnaric
Though I am weaver, I find the ideas and the color-ways extraordinary ! The photos are eye candy for the soul ! Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002 by weavrdan