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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (1 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680074
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't just knit: spin to knit! Spinning your own yarn is such a joy, and with this book in your collection you'll learn everything you need to know about the fibres, tools and materials you need to create your very own yarn. Perhaps you'd rather spin just a small amount of yarn here and there? That's perfectly doable, as this book also shows you how to combine the yarn you've spun yourself with other shop-bought yarns to make them go further. Also, get the how-to on unlumping your yarn, controlling singles, twist and ply, and incorporating colour and beads into your spinning. It's a great read if you want more from your knitting.-Knit Today

About the Author

Shannon Okey learned to spin in 2002 after many years as a knitter and artist. She has appeared on the DIY Network’s Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty, and HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast. Her books include Knitgrrl (Watson Guptill, 2005) and Knitgrrl 2 (Watson Guptill, 2006), as well as a forthcoming felt book (Interweave, 2007). She is a city coordinator for national indie craft show Bazaar Bizarre and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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I bought this book because I had a spinning wheel and just launched into spinning thinking that it looked really easy and then encountered some problems. I wanted a fun, modern guide on how to get started and some troubleshooting tips. It really did give me everything I wanted. I am even tempted to try a spindle now which I had steered clear of before because I thought it would be too slow, but apparantly there's not much in it. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to spin but not for anyone who's had a fairly good bash already, although there are some nice patterns at the back. Great illustrations and a great writing style.
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I found this to be very informative. It not only has great patterns to make out of homespun, but describes the different types of homespun you can make. It covers everything from knitting from singles to multiple plies and the different ways plies can be put together. Easy to understand even for a beginning spinner, this book is a must have.
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This book is very informative and has some great patterns for folks who wish to spin to knit rather than spin to weave as the yarn required for knitting needs a different feel to drape correctly.
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If you are young & want a book that shows you from the beginning how to spin without going too in depth & then some patterns then this may be for you.
If you are older the patterns probably would not be for you, as they are not my cup of tea. I was disappointed with the patterns in this book & expected more from it. I will probably pass it on to someone a lot younger than me.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a751678) out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Jun. 2007
By Avery J. Regier - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am both a crocheter and knitter and have recently started spinning. I was rather disappointed by the fact that although the name would lead you to believe the book has a great deal of spinning instruction, the reality is that it is mostly knitting patterns worked with homespun which was produced by many different people and little to no instruction as to how to produce similar yarn yourself.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a74fccc) out of 5 stars Great for a newbie spinner 12 Jan. 2007
By Yarn Whisperer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'd been spinning with a drop spindle for a couple of years without really understanding what I've been doing, when finally something clicked and I started getting obsessed. I bought a spinning wheel and started complementing my yarn stash with roving, and as soon as it came out, I bought "Spin to Knit." This book is great -- Okey's instructions are clear, and the patterns are a great inspirational jumping-off point (I particularly like the yoked sweaters which combine simple solid handspun with a yoke of self-striping Noro yarns). The other day I successfuly Andean-plied some leftover singles using the instructions in STK, and I feel like I really understand the technique now. If you're already more advanced, you may want the book just for the inspiration in the patterns and the profiles of different spinner/designers, but you should probably flip through the book before buying to see if it appeals to you. If you are, like me, relatively new to the world of spinning and you want to understand how it all "works," this book is perfect for you and you should order it -- and some more fiber -- ASAP.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a7458b8) out of 5 stars Knitters, check this out 10 Nov. 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
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Subtitled: The Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn

Have you ever been in the yarn store wishing that a particular specialty yarn came in a different color or contained beads rather than eyelash? Perhaps you wished that beautiful alpaca hand-dyed came in lace-weight rather than bulky? Many knitters naturally take up spinning as a way to design yarns to fit specific projects and to gain a better understanding of the individual characteristics of the various types of fiber and the methods of yarn construction.

In Spin to Knit: the Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn, Shannon Okey walks new spinners through the basic information required to begin spinning: fiber, spindles, wheels, and techniques. Spinning can be done on traditional spinning wheels; however, for those wishing to try this craft out before making an investment in tools, Okey provides instructions to make a basic spindle and a "lazy kate" out of supplies you may have around the house.

While the first half of Spin to Knit covers tools and techniques, the second half contains patterns designed for handspun yarn. Whether you have 25 yards or 2500 yards of spun yarn, Okey suggest methods to incorporate the yarn into a knitted project. The felted Mammoth Tea Cozy designed by Laura Jefferson is the most unusual project in Spin to Knit. The majority of the projects are sweaters and accessories, designed to highlight the beauty of handspun fibers and allow the individual characteristics of the yarn to stand out.

Scattered through the book are profiles of fiber artisans or those who make spinning tools. A resource directory is included at the back and contact information is also included at the end of each profile. Spin to Knit is a great resource for any knitter wishing to learn more about spinning.

Orangina, a sample pattern from Spin to Knit, can be found in the Fall 2006 edition of Knitty, an online knitting magazine.

Armchair Interviews says: More exciting news for knitters and spinners.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a7453a8) out of 5 stars Great for a beginner (like me) 8 Oct. 2006
By A. Taylor - Published on
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Although my mother has been spinning since I was a little kid, I had never really had the urge to try it until recently. I purchased a spindle and some fibre, but have not yet worked up the courage to try it. The instructions in Spin to Knit are very clearly written and accompanied by step-by-step photos--just what I needed to help me really visualize the process! I am already looking forward to learning to use a wheel as well!

Besides being easy to understand and quite detailed, this is quite a funny read in bits as well. I have not tried any of the patterns yet, but several of them are quite appealing and I will be giving them a try later. The profiles of different spinners included were an unexpected inspiration!

If you are looking for lots of patterns or a complete, comprehensive encyclopedia of spinning, this isn't it. If, however, you would like something to help you get started in spinning and some ideas for neat stuff to make with your handspun, check this one out.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a8ffb28) out of 5 stars Spin to Knit: The Knitter's Guid to Making Yarn 10 Jan. 2007
By Judi Lew - Published on
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Great book for new spinners. Not too technical. Spinning is a hobby that requires time and perserverance. This book encourages you to keep going and success will be yours. Of all the spinning books I have purchased, this is the most inspiring. Has projects for your newly spun yarn. Some projects are a little funky but if you're spinning you must be a little different!
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