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The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarnby Clara Parkes
Synopses & Reviews
Not all yarns are alike. Some make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment. The gorgeous pair of socks that emerged fromtheir first bath twice as long as when they went in. 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 feelslike sandpaper against your neck. 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. Now there is With TheKnitter's Book of Yarn, you'll learn how to unleash your inner yarn whisperer.
In these pages, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, givingyou the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations used by large-scale manufacturers and importers, medium-sized companies, boutique dye shops, community spinneries, andold-fashioned sheep farms. 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 thequalities (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 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 whispererwould.
From the Hardcover edition.
A definitive guide to yarn explains how to pair a knitting project with the right type of available yarn, discussing the special characteristics and qualities of each category of yarn, the unique effects it creates, and available substitutions, and includes dozens of creative projects by experienced knitting designers. 20,000 first printing.
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.
Table of Contents
1: Fiber foundations — Protein fibers — Cellulose fibers — Cellulosic fibers — Synthetic fibers — 2: Making yarn — Evaluating yarns up close — Mills and microspinneries — Farm yarns — Fiber festivals — Going organic — Color in yarn — The original spin — The politics of pills — 3: Ply me a river — The single — Two-ply yarns — Three-ply yarns — Four-ply and more — Cables yarns — Textured yarns — Boucl
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