- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Potter Craft (Oct. 16 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307352161
- ISBN-13: 978-0307352163
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.9 x 23.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 898 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn Hardcover – Oct 16 2007
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“Un. Real. There is no other way to describe...well, that’s a lie because I'll come up with more. But my first impression of The Knitter's Book of Yarn? Un. Real. I open the hardcover to reveal a fiber family tree. Smitten. Smitten on the spot. This book is, without a doubt, everything you ever wanted to know not just about fiber but were afraid to ask….This is absolutely a MUST HAVE book, and I don't say that often.”
About the Author
CLARA PARKES left her career in the booming high-tech industry to pursue her love of knitting. She lives on the coast of Maine in a farm house full of yarn. She is the publisher of KnittersReview.com and a contributing editor to Interweave Knits.
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As the author says, "Some [yarns] make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment." Been there, done that, folks! Eventually I began to wonder why some yarns are such a delight to knit with, some are simply tedious, and a few seem designed to wreak havoc with our blood pressure.
Now I wonder no more, because Clara Parkes has put together a book that not only describes the various fibres in depth, tells you where they come from, how they're made, how they're best used, and where examples of each type can be bought - but (icing on the cake) also gives you project patterns by such designers as Cat Bordhi and Norah Gaughan using each of the fibres she describes.
I actually hesitated to buy this book because I wasn't sure that I would be interested in something that might possibly read like a yarn dictionary. Thank goodness I went ahead and bought it anyway! When it came, I picked it up to browse through it - and simply could NOT put it down. I read this fascinating book every spare moment, from cover to cover - including the dust cover. It is beautifully and systematically organized, with excellent close-up colour photographs throughout; and the author writes in a clean, conversational style that is a pure delight to read.
P.S. If you're interested in getting a sense of her writing, Clara Parkes has a website (and weekly e-newsletter) entitled "Knitter's Review," here: [...].
However, the author does not address the issue of human rights and animal welfare in the production of yarn, which I feel is a major issue, especially with China becoming one of the major yarn producers in the world. Any subsequent edition should explore these topics.
The patterns are okay - some that I find really nice, like the cabled swing cardi or the Norwegian snail mittens - and others that I don't care for, but that is only a matter of taste.
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