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Knitter's Book of Wool, The [Hardcover]

Clara Parkes
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Book Description

7 Dec 2009
In The Knitter's Book of Wool, Clara Parkes thoughtfully explores what makes wool so dynamic - explaining how differences between breeds of sheep, components of the wool fibre, the classification and processing of wool and many other factors contribute to the finished yarn you hold in your hand. Finally, knitters have a way to intuitively grasp which wools should become scarves and which sweaters, which would make a killer handbag and which the perfect mitten. Over 20 patterns, each designed to showcase specific qualities of wool yarns, illustrate the cross-section of widely available and boutique yarns featured in the book.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (7 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030735217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352170
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 544,085 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 and a contributing editor to two magazines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about wool 29 Dec 2009
By Debby
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'WOOL' book! 23 May 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book with lots of information 11 May 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars nice 13 Jan 2014
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Nice for my dob I always nite somthing now for my student and my shelf so I bay meny books her in amazon strong servis is good for my.
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