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The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook: Dyeing Painting Spinning Designing Knitting Paperback – 28 Aug 2002
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"For its selected audience, this is the best non-technical resource to take you through the processes of dyeing, spinning, and designing socks." -- Library Journal
"I truly encourage you to read this book. It includes clear knitter friendly instructions on creating some dazzling socks." -- Soundview Knitting Guild
"If youre new sock knitting and want a great step by step tutorial, youll enjoy this book." -- Knitting at about.com
"Just when we were ready for it, Lynne Vogel published this brilliant gem of a book." -- Knitters Review
"This refreshingly different book takes one highly popular projectsocksand covers every detail from beginning to end." -- Knitters
"Walks through all techniques for making authentic luxuries." -- Publishers Weekly
"[This book] embodies the ultimate spirit of our knitterly community. A fun, collaborative, egoless journey through color, fiber, and texture." -- Knitters Review
About the Author
Lynne Vogel is a prolific and creative knitter and spinner with a marvelous sense of color. She has authored articles in Threads that were included in Colorful Knitwear Design published by Taunton Press and has been a needlepoint designer and painter for A Stitch in Time in San Marino, California. Lynne is an active participant in today’s fiber community and encourages people at all levels to pursue their craft with passion and commitment. She lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with her husband James and two Australian Shepherds, Bailey and Monk, and spends loads of time outdoors with them gathering colorful inspirations.
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It covers dyeing (synthetic & kool aid), spinning (mostly spindle), and of course sock knitting. I found the book inspirational and an easy read.
You don't need to dye or spin your own yarn, but as a spinner I was able to use my spinning for something really useful - without having to spin miles of yarn. I used to think that shop yarn must be better than mine because it was from a shop! I had lots of my own spinning around the house, unused, and I felt very guilty. Now when I spin I know that I will use the yarn - and it is every bit as good as "proper" yarn.
This book also introduced me to dyeing - great fun. I now only ever buy white wool and dye my own (a lot cheaper and you get what you want, usually).
Since buying this book about 3 years ago I am not afraid of using 4 or 5 needles (the book uses 5). Infact, I have taken to knitting sweaters and hats on 4 or 5 needles now.
This book has given me the confidence to know that "handmade" is not just "homemade".
Buy this book!
The sock patterns are presented like "pick-n-mix" recipes, with one section showing a variety of ribbings, another a selection of heels, and another a collection of different toes - put them together to make your own truly unique socks! You could knit socks with "piggy toes", socks knitted on the flat, socks on two circular needles, on double-pointed needles, toe-up, toe-down, - need I go on?
The sock workbook is a visual treat too, with excellent colourful photos throughout, and genuinely useful techniques including instructions for Kitchener stitch, various methods of casting on and when to choose which one, a variety of bind-offs, and useful charts to allow you to work out how many stitches you need in a particular yarn to fit the foot you are knitting for.
This book contains enough information for most on-the-ball crafters to have a go at spinning or dyeing, but it only contains the very basics of these crafts - if you want to take your spinning / dyeing further you might like to consider Rachel Brown's The Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book or the Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning. But as a jumping-off point this book is truly inspiring, and I return to it as a reference or for colour inspiration time and time again.
The photos are colourful and the designs brilliant - this is a well thumbed book even if its just to look at the pictures!
Also despite being told how to take my own personal sock measurements it seems that the book doesn't clearly show how I apply this to my pattern.
Oh well, there's always my knit group buddies...
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