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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (7 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030735217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352170
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1998, Clara Parkes realised a way to bring her love of knitting and her skills together as a business, deconstructing yarns to give people useful information that would help them make smarter decisions and enjoy knitting much more. She is the publisher of KnittersReview.com and a contributing editor to two magazines.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Debby on 29 Dec. 2009
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If you are addicted to knitting and love beautiful yarns, this is the book for you. It starts with around 30 pages of what I'd call the 'science' of wool, quite fascinating and presented in a very readable way. It then spends around 40 pages describing different breeds of sheep and the qualities of their wool, followed by a brief section on blending wool with other fibres.

The second half of the book is made up of patterns which show off the wools to best effect. They appeal to me because they include smaller projects, such as socks, scarves, hats and baby clothes, as well as sweaters, cardigans and shawls.

Although it is an American book, some of the yarns recommended for the patterns were sourced in the UK, or are available on the internet. Armed with knowledge gained from the text, it should also be fairly easy to find substitutions.

Not a book for a beginner maybe, but one that I hope will take my knitting to a higher level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. Aston on 11 May 2010
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This is a great book with lots of information on various breeds of sheep, along with the texture, staple length. what it is suitable for making etc. Lots of patterns with clear instructions and skill level.
I would have liked it to cover a wider range of the various breeds but having said that, it does cover 37 of them.Knitter's Book of Wool, The
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Moira R. Carter on 23 May 2010
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Excellent book full of information essential for the confident and not-so confident knitter! Tells you exactly what sort of wool, right down to which breed of sheep, to use for which sorts of garments. You couldn't find another book that tells you this much about wool.
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By Purple fox on 26 Nov. 2014
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A really fascinating book. Specific details about individual types of fleece with useful suggestions about projects suited to each fleece. I might even now understand the difference between the woollen and the worsted production processes! Some of the projects seem a little dated but the general guidelines are really useful. Working so much with wool it is really good to have a slightly deeper knowledge about the fibre and I have already explained to my knitting group the reason why merino may 'pill' more than other yarns. I also enjoy the historical details of breeds. Highly recommended to any knitter and wool enthusiast.
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