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Book Review: The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs

Book Review: The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs

The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs – Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns, by Sarah Anderson, Storey Publishers, 2012, $27.50

Review by Chris Durrill

Thanks to the recent resurgence of wool-related crafts, a lot of new books have come out in the last five years on spinning.  And Sarah Anderson’s contribution to this trend, in my opinion, is one of the better ones.

The first half of the book covers a lot of basic wool care and selection techniques that a beginning spinner might be unaware of, including how to select a fleece and wash it without ruining it. To a more experienced spinner, this might be somewhat repetitive, but it might help a newcomer to the “wooly arts” avoid heartbreak and wasted time.  From there, it moves on to the basics of spinning before fully entering the realm of novelty yarns that are not only interesting and unusual, but structurally sound and highly usable.

What I like about the book is that in addition to having a lot of detailed illustrations, it opens flat and stays flat so that you can easily set it beside your spinning wheel for quick reference while teaching yourself a new technique. The envelope of 64 reference cards in the back are also a nice bonus, allowing you to do side by side comparisons as well as take them with you for spinning on the go.

Even if you don’t buy this book, see if you can get it through your local library.

 

RMS Winter 2013 Meeting – White Mule Winery

RMS Winter 2013 Meeting – White Mule Winery

Fiber Fling 2012

Fiber Fling 2012

We are looking for pictures from Fiber Fling 2012 – feel free to send us your Fiber Fling 2012 images in  .jpg format along with who, what where and when in the description. The Marketplace Our thanks to all our vendors, and particularly The Dancing Goats folks who shared their lovely photos of the 2012 […]