by Rachel C., December 18, 2009 9:56 AM
Before I became a knitter, I thought wool was that scratchy, stinky fiber that the hand-me-down sweaters I received from my cousin were made of, and that my life would go along just fine if I never owned a wool garment ever again. Once I began my knitting life, I couldn't imagine not having wool strewn all over my house. Clara Parkes's second book, The Knitter's Book of Wool, pays homage to the versatile fiber and is a loving display of wool in all its forms. From sheep to yarn shop, wool takes a fascinating journey, one that many people, knitters and non-knitters alike, have probably never given much thought to. Not only does this book have a discussion of more than 35 breeds of sheep and the wool they produce, it also includes patterns that are specific to each type of wool. If you have ever been befuddled by the many types of wool and their various uses, fear no more! This book will be your lifesaver.