This is a thoroughly enjoyable little book which is very accessible and easy to get into for the complete beginner to all things yarn. If you have always wanted to know how to go about making your own yarn but not known where to start, then this book is most definately the book for you. Straight to the point and also smaller than most other books of this type on the market (size wise) it is very portable and pops into your bag (or pocket) to go with you and be read anywhere.
Beautifully and clearly illustrated in full colour, all explanations are accompanied by highly informative pictures. Penny Walsh (the author) sets the scene by starting her discourse on the animals that provide the wonderful fibres, and unusually in books of this type, relates all to the natural world by combining both sources of yarn and sources of natural colouration as well as dyeing techniques. It is all related easily and with great clarity. So you end up with the whole picture from possibly keeping the animal yourself to processing its wool by collecting, carding, spinning, plying, and growing plants in your own garden, using them to dye your wool and ultimately producing the yarn you always wanted at your disposal at virtually no cost. And then what do you do with all that lovely yarn after you have had the intense fun of making it?. Penny shows you clearly how you can knit and weave with it and what it is possible to make (patterns and projects included!). I Love, Love, Love this book and cannot recommend it highly enough, especially to the textile student, beginner yarn enthusiast or even just to avid and curious knitters who are fed up with being ripped off for the very high prices of commercial yarn today. This book is a liberation and a triumph!!! Thank you Penny Walsh.