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The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Great!

    I loved this book for it's detail on the breeds of sheep and wool that they produce. It seems more geared towards those that spin and knit rather than a striaght knitting book. It's a great companion book to the first one, The Knitters Book of Yarn.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Great follow up to the Knitter's Book of Yarn

    If you're a knitter who enjoys the beauty of real wool fibers and wants to make the most of their knits, or if you're a spinner wondering how a certain breed will best spin up, OR you are simply interested in an accessible primer to sheep breeds, this is the book for you.

    In Parkes' previous book, all fibers were covered, detailing why certain types of yarn work best for certain things, and how plies in yarn work for certain projects. (If you don't have that book, start there.) She takes the same approach here and covers some of the same information (including woolen versus worsted spinning), zeroing in on wool and how different types of sheep/wool will give you different results (and levels of itchiness) in your knits. The chapter on sheep breeds was especially helpful/enjoyable to me, as I sometimes attend the fiber festival in Allegan, MI, where such breeds (in fleece and in the flesh) can be found. But even if you don't have access to a festival, the basics on what wool can show up in your commercial yarn is handy, and the book gives tips on how to best pick sheep/types of commercial yarn for your projects. But the book is keyed more to individual sheep breeds than commercial yarn, so be forewarned. If you are looking for quick wool basics, and info on ply, stick to Knitter's Book of Yarn.

    Just as in Knitter's Book of Yarn, there are some fabulous patterns, with instuctions on what ply and weight are needed. (Invaluable for those of us who don't tend to use exactly what we're told.) There are different skill levels and patterns for a variety of things, and the final products will be pretty timeless. The format and feel of the book is also great--very tactile and cozy. I recommend the book to knittingphiles who want to expand their knowledge base, and who may even secretly pet the yarn in the store.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Excellent

    I loved this book.
    It useful not only to knitters,it has more information relevant to spinners than any spinning book I have read to date.
    I thoroughly recommend it

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Appreciation for Sheeps and their Fleece

    I founf the very informative with great details about breeds. Patterns are wonderful. A book all knittet must have!

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Love it

    Great information and inspiring patterns. Nice for a deeper understanding of wool and when to use it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Wonderful!

    I'm in the process of reading this book now, but I cannot recommend it enough. It definitely gives you a greater appreciation for the fiber.

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