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Pure Wool: A Knitter's Guide to Using Single-breed Yarns (331/3) [Paperback]

Sue Blacker
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13 Sep 2012 331/3
Single-breed yarns are enormously popular these days, and the huge number of different brands available in yarn stores today reflects this. Manufacturers range from small-scale artisan spinners right through to wholesale international producers. Many major yarn brands have launched new lines of single-breed wools to keep up with the demand, including Blue-faced Leicester, Shetland, Black Welsh, Jacob and Suffolk varieties. Pure Wool contains detailed information on numerous different kinds of single-breed wool, with advice on choosing the type that's right for your project, and also includes more than twenty patterns, specially designed to work well with specific kinds of wool. Author Sue Blacker covers all the technical know-how you could need to get creative with single-breed yarns, and introduces you to the sheep and the people behind the wool you use.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408171805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408171806
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sue Blacker owns and manages a specialist wool mill in Cornwall, England, where she processes fleece sourced from a wide range of breeds, including Jacob, Gotland, Manx, Ryeland, Southdown and Wensleydale. Committed to using natural fibres, Sue actively promotes the use of single-breed wools for knitting yarns. Her company, Blacker Yarns, produces a range of stylish patterns especially designed to exploit the amazing, unique qualities of single-breed wools.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Today the Travelling Spinners had their monthly meeting in Middleton, Northumberland. I took along my copy of Pure Wool for anyone who wanted to see it.... everyone wanted to look through it! I did get my copy back at the end of the day though. The group members have experience of knitting and spinning ranging from many decades to a few weeks. Some know a lot about fleece from different breeds of sheep, some are just starting on the exciting adventure and were enthused by what they learnt from the book.

General summary from everyone - a great book with a lot to offer to spinners as well as knitters.

Below I'm sharing the comments I jotted down from most members of the group.

Maureen: I like the way it shows you what each breed can be used for.

Ruth: Excellent book to get people interested in knitting and spinning different breeds

Kathleen: It's really nice and very informative. Good for someone who doesn't know about English breeds of sheep. Something to offer for both novice and experienced spinners.

Chris: The illustrations and photos are great - those of the samples of knitted yarn are especially helpful.

Alison: I just like it.

Sarah: It shows versatility of British wool and proves it's not all for carpets

Betty: Very informative. Good advert for British wool.

Veronica: An excellent source of information about British wool.

Stevie: I don't knit but I'd still buy it. A very good looking book

Fiona: Very informative. I like the history and stories about some of the knitting designs and patterns. I would like a few more breeds.

Sue: A lovely range of patterns to make 'proper' knitted garments.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 7 Feb 2013
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Excellent book with great patterns in natural yarns ideal for my hand spun yarns. Thanks for this great book. Just what I like for my projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightenment and education 11 July 2014
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This book is teaching me so much about many breeds I'd not heard about before, so for that alone, it is more than worth its retail price. I am really looking forward to spinning and knitting a single breed wool, possibly a Jacob to start with. I think that without books such as this, and so far this is the only book I have found that focuses of single breed yarns, there can always be a chance that some rarer breeds can become extinct. Books like this educate spinners and knitters like me; as a result of the education it can be hoped that we will decide to use breeds we would otherwise not have considered. The more we ask for and use such breeds, the better the breed's chances of survival.
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