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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spinning and a Book Everyone Should Take a Look At

I feel like it's been ages since I did any spinning around here and I honestly don't really remember when I started this particular spinning project. This is the second bobbin (see, I really haven't been doing much spinning lately) of the Targhee roving. As you can see, it's making a textured kind of single and while a 3 ply yarn will even out some of the lumpy bumpys, the finished yarn will still have more texture than my usual yarn.

I also wanted to mention a book that's been discussed around the Internet in several different places: A Fine Fleece by Lisa Lloyd. This book seems to be described as a spinning book, but honestly, I think it's more of a knitting pattern book. There is some spinning information at the first of the book, but the majority of the book is patterns - mostly sweater patterns. I know what you're thinking and 9 times out of 10 I agree - why buy a hardback book of sweater patterns? In a year or two it will all be terribly datable and you won't want to knit the designs in it, right? In this case, it's a big, honking WRONG! Lisa's designs are firmly rooted in classic, traditional sweater design. They are updated a bit to make them more wearable today, but the timeless nature of the designs means this is a book that you will turn to for years to come. Each design is shown in both handspun and commercially available yarn so even if you're Sleeping Beauty and get violently ill around spinning wheels, you can still work these patterns. The other thing that's amazing about this book, and it's probably due to the classic nature of the designs, is the fact that I really like just about every design in the book. Most of the time, if I find more than half the designs interesting, I consider the book a good purchase, but this book has gems on every page. The biggest problem I see with it is deciding what design to start with!



Blogger Connie Peterson said...

What lovely yarn! You do spin beautifully!

11:09 AM  
Blogger nanaknits said...

My enabling friend brought this book to knitting group a couple weeks ago. My other friend go to borders before I could and bought the only copy. I ordered my copy from Amazon yesterday. I think it will be hard to decide what to make first!

12:42 PM  
Blogger Gauss said...

I agree with your words on "A Fine Fleece". The patterns are so classical and well-thought and simply gorgeous! They remind me of the Starmore Aran sweaters. I only wish they were better photographed - sometimes they are out of focus or key parts are not shown.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't snag the one copy I saw at Borders in Sterling last week did you?

11:05 AM  
Blogger sopranospinner said...

I feel the same way about A Fine Fleece. I'm working my way through it slowly this time, after speeding through and knowing I want to knit EVERYTHING in it. I'm planning to spin for October Frost in Oatmeal BFL (with leftovers for socks). But you're absolutley right about all the patterns being lovely and classic. I will try to work my way through the whole book.

10:05 AM  

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