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Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not
Things I Learned From Knitting: ...whether I wanted to or not
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 11.43
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Knitter's Validation, refreshing and funny, March 9 2009
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All knitters will easily identify with this little book of humorous stories built around familiar adages like "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" and "The Truth Will Out". Stephanie Perl-McPhee shares her knitting wisdom, experiences, adventures and misadventures.

Anyone who has every knit will identify with her unique stories told from a knitter's perspective.

At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.25
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud with this Knitters' Book, March 9 2009
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Are you guilty of this? "You know when you knit too much when... Your knitting children have accused you (openly, and more than once) of giving them only your "crap wool" for their projects."

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's books are a delight to read. If you're a knitter or you know a knitter, this is the book to get. Knitters will identify with all Stephanie's foibles as she reflects on her adventures, lessons and misadventures as an obsessive knitter.

This book is a great way to unwind and have a chuckle. If you knit you'll see yourself in every page [..]

Folk Shawls
Folk Shawls
by Cheryl Oberle
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Remakes of Traditional Shawls, March 9 2009
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I agree very much with the "beautiful if not traditional" review. I too thought this book would be giving me the original patterns for folk shawls from around the world - but the emphasis should be placed on "derived from folk traditions".

The book covers some knitting basics such as different cast-ons/off, joining yarn, how to read patterns & charts, yarnovers, grafting, borders, etc., as well as a chart of symbols and abbreviations.

There are 25 patterns that in my opinion have an old-fashioned flair (so they're not a super modern twist on an old idea). The patterns are the traditional triangular, rectangular and square shawls that are accompanied by charts to show the stitches along with instructions.

The countries represented are: Scotland, Russian, Japan, Ireland, American Heartland, England, Mexico & South America, Norway, Native America, the Himalayas, Spain and the Faroe Islands.

Most of the shawls have some lace stitches. I would classify them as practical or serviceable shawls - something that would keep you warm (not too lacey, or using a lace pattern that's really open) but most of the shawls have some lace work for its visual appeal. That's not to say there's not lots of pattern - the Irish Diamond Shawl (done in a square) as an example is a very lacey pattern.

If you are interested in traditional style shawls, some with lacework, and lots with patterns, this book is an excellent purchase.

Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.67
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Rate Laughs for All Knitters, March 9 2009
This book is entertaining, fun and encouraging as Stephanie reveals her knitting triumphs, mistakes and misadventures. Anyone who knits or has ever had to rip back a few rows will enjoy this book immensely.

Not only do you laugh along with Stephanie's quips, knitting adventures, and stories, she also gives great advice to knitters on how to deal with knitting problems, patterns, tips and tricks, etc. as well as knitting recipes, and my favourite - suggestions on how to deal with the stash.

I laughed along with this book and I have bought her other books too. You can follow along by reading her highly entertaining blog at [...]

Here are some of her other books: At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much, Free-range knitter: The yarn harlot writes again, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting, Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a KnitterThings I Learned From Knitting (Whether I Wanted To or Not)

Creative Spinning
Creative Spinning
by Alison Daykin
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice if you're looking for a Coffee Table Book, March 7 2009
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I was really disappointed with this book. I was hoping for a lot more information on designing yarn than what I thought was supplied.

The descriptions to make the yarn are incredibly brief, and there are no instructions of any kind on how to get the wool the colours needed, only that you need to obtain a certain amount of dyed wool in the recommended colour. I guess I was expecting more of an explanation such as what the roving looked like before and after, how it was dyed, how much of one colour was used, etc. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the title: Creative Spinning?

To be totally honest, I felt like the book was making fun of me with such stupidly simple directions such as obtain "pink and green wool". If the yarn is pink and green I know that I need pink and green roving. But what I wanted to know was did you spin the colours separately and ply or were the rovings mixed up, how much of a colour was used at a time? The photos, although lovely, don't really show what the roving looked like before it was spun so I'd have a better idea how to get the final product.

On the positive side, the book does cover how to set up a spinning wheel, how to use a spindle, how to spin, card, ply and add beads to yarn. These are all hand drawings, not photos so I glossed over them too quickly at first, not realizing that this is the actual main information given in the book. But the way this content is displayed makes it seem less important than the large glossy photos. The content also covers how to make designer yarns: Slub, spiral, knot and marl, tuft, snarl, crepe, diamond and core spun yarns but the explanations are brief.

The photography is lovely and is the definitely the focus of the book. I was disappointed that so much photography is shown of trees, clouds and sunsets next to beautiful yarns instead of photos of the actual techniques to create that yarn. This gave me the impression that this is more of a coffee table book than an actual learning book. I'd like my money back on this one.

KNITTED LACE OF ESTONIA
KNITTED LACE OF ESTONIA
by Nancy Bush
Edition: Paperback
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book! Lots of Lovely Patterns, March 5 2009
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I've had this book on my wish list for a while and I'm very glad I got it!

I truly do love all the shawls and scarves in this book. They are similar to the front cover so if you like that pattern, you'll be happy with the patterns inside.

There's a little bit of the history of shawls from Haapsalu, Estonia along with photos which was very interesting.

Many shawl patterns from the region are used such as leaf, twig, birch, lily of the valley (absolutely lovely!), blueberry, ladybug, peacock, etc, etc).

The shawls are either triangular, rectangular, or square - the book cover shawl is square and called Crown Prince Square Shawl.

I was very pleased with this book and the lacey shawls offered--I'd like to start on about 4 of them right now.

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook: Dyeing, Painting, Spinning, Designing, Knitting
The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook: Dyeing, Painting, Spinning, Designing, Knitting
by Lynne Vogel
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive book - beautiful, colouful socks, March 4 2009
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I'm very happy to have this book.

Reviews mention that it has a great section on dyeing roving using different techniques - and it does (mixing colours, using the colour wheel, developing a thematic colour scheme, etc.) Different methods of dyeing are covered such as hot and cold pour, spot dyeing, Kool Aid dyeing.

FYI - This isn't a how to spin book so there is an assumption that you know how to spin. Spindles are mentioned but the methods aren't explained--the focus is on how to dye roving and then make socks with it. What is covered though is how to choose colour selections that once spun will be pleasing and how to prepare and draft the roving colours together prior to spinning.

There are various sock patterns and methods (cuff down, toe up, the sock as a tube, afterthought heels, basic sock toes, fancy toes, various cast on and off methods, etc). How to measure your feet, gauges and swatches are covered too.

The photos in the book are its best feature, a real pleasure to the eyes and the sock examples are fulfilling enough that you'll want to get knitting immediately.

For the dollar value compared to the info offered, this book is an excellent purchase.

Color in Spinning
Color in Spinning
by Deb Menz
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from CDN$ 63.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Information on Dyeing Fibre, March 1 2009
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I bought this book after reading the reviews and I must say that it is a good book. I very much agree with the review that mentions that the photos of the dyed yarns aren't close-up enough that you can see the colour variations. Also I agree that the author doesn't show much of a repretoire of finished yarns--the examples are all spun so that they all look the same.

On the positive side, the information in the book is invaluable. It has chapters that cover: Colour Principles, Immersion dyeing, painting rovings, blending colours for a drum carder, drum carding multi-coloured yarns, creating multi-coloured yarns with comb techniques, spinning and plying multi-coloured yarns and finishes with a gallery of finished pieces.

The information on techniques is excellent and overall, the book is a worthwhile addition to the knitting/spinning/dyeing library.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Handspinning
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Handspinning
by Judith MacKenzie McCuin
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.79
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for all spinners!, Feb. 27 2009
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I am so grateful to have this book. Now things are making so much more sense! I learned to spin but there were lots of details and things which I didn't know. For instance, words like Worsted and Woolen. I'd heard these terms many times before but I was clueless what they meant. This book explains it all!

All the steps are included to set up a spinning wheel (single drive wheel and double). As well, how to use a drop spindle to create fibre is covered. All the steps for both drop spindle and wheel are fully covered.

Tools and gadgets like swifts and distaffs are covered and a tool called a Diz which I'd never heard of before.

There's a chapter on the different kinds of fibres, how to wash fibre and all the different ways to prepare it - from combing, brushing or drum carding.

The sections on how to spin, body position at the wheel, how to draft, how to use a spindle, how to ply your fibre on both the spindle and wheel are all fully illustrated.

How to spin fibre with the woolen and worsted method is covered as well as how to make a slub yarn. There's a really good section on troubleshooting which showed me very quickly what I was doing wrong.

That's just the first half of the book - There are chapters on creating cables, novelty yarns, boucle and textured yarns.

The section on preparing exotic fibres - from washing to spinning to after care (fulling) are invaluable (alpaca, angora, plant fibres such as flax and hemp, etc., camel and dog hair, silk, bison and quiviut).

There's a large section on dyeing and even a section on how to create your own loom for weaving.

I'm just loving this book and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a treasure trove of information. (If you can only get one book on handspinning, this is the one to get!)

The INTENTIONAL SPINNER
The INTENTIONAL SPINNER
by Judith McCuin
Edition: Paperback
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern, informative, practical and beautiful book, Feb. 17 2009
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I am very pleased with this book! At first I hesitated to buy another spinning book because I already know how to spin but I was hoping to learn more--I'm learning lots more now! I decided to buy it because I've been reading the author's very helpful articles in Spin Off Magazine. The book is loaded with great colour photographs of yarns, wools, fibre, and everything to do with spinning fibre. Its visual presentation is excellent and the book is better than I expected.

The first section covers the different types of fibres - animal, plant & manufactured (there's history in this section but it's really very interesting and is accompanied by photos). Many different types of fibre are covered, both old and new.

The next section covers fibre preparation and spinning techniques - all fully illustrated. The info on drafting methods is invaluable. It also fully illustrates techniques to ply your fibre and yarn design - planning the perfect yarn.

There are four knitting projects included in the book as well - a shawl, socks, scarves and a kese (a bath loofah done on a loom).

The book finishes with how to care for your fibre (storage, dealing with moths, etc) and a bibliography and index. FYI - Not covered in this book is dyeing fibre. It's presumed you know how to set up a spinning wheel but you can get that info from the author's other fabulous book Teach Yourself VISUALLY Handspinning. I'm very happy with both books.

This book is a great mix of the historical and the practical aspects of spinning.

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