Spin To Knit Paperback – 1 Oct 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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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.