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Spin to Knit: The Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn

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Knitters who want new worlds to conquer can reach for this guide to handspinning their own designer yarns. A rundown on equipment introduces the drop spindle, supported spindle, niddy-noddy, McMorran balance, and yarn meter, while the following sections include choosing wool and other fibers, presenting knitting patterns suitable for handspun yarn, and in-depth profiles of real urban spinners. For crafters who want to experiment with spinning but don't want to sacrifice too much of their knitting time, there are...
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Overview


Knitters who want new worlds to conquer can reach for this guide to handspinning their own designer yarns. A rundown on equipment introduces the drop spindle, supported spindle, niddy-noddy, McMorran balance, and yarn meter, while the following sections include choosing wool and other fibers, presenting knitting patterns suitable for handspun yarn, and in-depth profiles of real urban spinners. For crafters who want to experiment with spinning but don't want to sacrifice too much of their knitting time, there are lots of ideas for jazzing up a thrift-store cardigan with handspun trim or knitting a boatneck pullover in a combination of commercial and handspun yarns. Methods for incorporating beads and threads into yarn and a technique for dyeing yarn in the dishwasher are also featured.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Short of shearing the sheep, author Shannon Okey provides everything knitters need to know to take fiber from fuzz to fab." - BUST

"Full of inspiration and stories to get those of us who are a little intimidated by spinning over our fear." - Crafts.LovetoKnow.com

"A lighthearted introduction to an ancient craft...fun tips of the trade to spin and knit with panache." - MonstersandCritics.com

"A wonderful new book... I believe this book can take you to new creative heights, and I highly recommend it." - Anchorage Daily News

"This book is perfection for newbie and wanna-be spinners who want to do it NOW!" - Knitty.com

"Nicely illustrated with a homely, folksy approach, this book offers some technique, patterns and a variety of tips." - KnitNet

"With Spin to Knit everything you need to create one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips." - Get Creative

"All in all, this publication is a fast read, beautifully written and illustrated, and a joy to linger over." - Spindlicity.com

Library Journal
Okey's spinning book is aimed directly at the knitting community and is intended not to convert them to spinning but to show the advantages of spinning yarns specifically designed for knitting projects. With clear instructions and steps for using the new yarn. (LJ 12/06)
Spinners' Quarterly
Like having author Shannon Okey give me a cup of tea, look me in the eye, and spell spinning out for me.
Get Creative
Everything you need to create one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips.
Spindlicity
All in all, this publication is a fast read, beautifully written and illustrated, and a joy to linger over.
Knitty.com
This book is perfection for newbie and wanna-be spinners who want to do it NOW!
Anchorage Daily News
A wonderful new book. . . . I believe this book can take you to new creative heights, and I highly recommend it.
BUST
Short of shearing the sheep, author Shannon Okey provides everything knitters need to know to take fiber from fuzz to fab.
KnitNet
Nicely illustrated with a homely, folksy approach, this book offers some technique, patterns and a variety of tips.
Crafts.LovetoKnow.com
Full of inspiration and stories to get those of us who are a little intimidated by spinning over our fear.
Monsters & Critics.com
A lighthearted introduction to an ancient craft. . . . Fun tips of the trade to spin and knit with panache.
Library Journal
Okey (Knitgrrl) hits a happy medium with this introduction to handspinning for knitters, which covers all the basics of the craft without overwhelming the beginner with information. Some of the topics treated in this richly illustrated volume are tools, fibers and their preparation, and spinning on the cheap (e.g., by making a handspindle out of a discarded CD). Twenty knitting patterns demonstrate the uniqueness of garments and accessories knit with handspun yarn, and profiles of handspinners and how they fit spinning into their lives make the book interesting to anyone who ever thought of taking up this fascinating hobby. A good choice for public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680074
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet 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, April 2006). She is a city coordinator for national indie craft show Bazaar Bizarre and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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