62/100 At Knit’s End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This is the be-all, end-all of knitting humor. If you think you are completely insane about your craft, you have nothing on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. From stashing stash in the freezer, stash acquisition, what kind of knitter are you, and so much more. You will find yourself both laughing at some of her analogies and cringing at how accurate she is sometimes. This is a great read/listen for knitters and non-knitters alike. Knitters so they can sympathize and agree, non-knitters so they see that the knitter in their lives isn’t quite as bad as they could be (or are they?).
Happy Reading (and crafting, let’s be honest here).


61/100 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

If you are at all interested in knitting or the fiber arts, and have a decent sense of humor, then this is the book for you. A light hearted ‘tour guide’ to the world of knitting, this is a great way for beginner and advanced knitters to learn a little something without worrying about taking notes. If you think you are the only knitter in the world, don’t know how to reach out to other knitters, or simply take your crafts too seriously, then consider listening to this book. If you are a non-knitter, or pre-knitter (it looks neat, but I don’t think I can do that), then consider reading or listening to this book so that you are better able to understand the knitter in your life.

If you think that the opinions in this book are too extreme/unrealistic…you don’t know, or really know, any knitters.

Go find some, they rock.

29/100 Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!

76/100 Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning by Lexi Boeger

This is an author with revolutionary theories on handspinning, as well as a bent toward political agendas.  I really enjoyed reading this book, it was completely hilarious.  I really enjoyed how serious this author was with her revolutionary and artistic ideas toward spinning.  I had just finished the book, Spin Control, how to spin with a purpose to get the yarn you want/need for a project, so this book talking about letting the fiber tell you what it wants to be, is quite the change.  This book actually reminds me of a psychology teacher I had in college.
She was supposed to be teaching us about gender studies.  She spoke about how breasts are just lumps of fat, so she shouldn’t feel bad that she doesn’t have any (her words, not mine).  She spoke about how she spent some time wearing a fur coat she found at a salvation army until she realized that one of the people she was trying to impress probably donated the coat in the first place.  She also showed us one of those videos that PETA tries to propagate about how chickens are treated in One of the companies.  I had the audacity to ask what this had to do with gender studies, she fluffed it off, something about how men treat women.  The only class I ever came close to failing.
Needless to say this author and her very artistic ideals trigger some bad memories.  Despite this, she does have some good ideas, and decent descriptions for creating various yarns.  She does say in the beginning of this book that you need to be able to create a balanced yarn before you can begin breaking the rules.  She does always seem to be breaking every rule and since most of the yarn she creates on purpose looks a lot like early mistakes, it really does make a person wonder how much is justification…but to recreate things over and over you have to have some skill.
This is certainly a book to get your creative juices flowing, and if you are conservative have a good laugh at the same time.

71/100 Yarn to Go by Betty Hechtman

This is a pretty solid book. I enjoyed reading about someone that got in over their head before they had even started. It was fun to watch the main character go from knowing nothing about knitting to well, I’ll leave discovering that to you. Also the luscious cop neighbor, she goes from thinking he is having wild parties and orgies to, well that would be spoiling it wouldn’t it? Not to mention her parents want her to…that’s a spoiler. OH! There are several murders along the way too, can’t forget about that!

All in all this is a pretty exciting and engaging book. If you love knitting, or even if knitting intimidates you, this is a great read.

55/100 The Practical Spinner’s Guide – Silk

I love this book.  Sara managed to take you through her entire journey with silk experiments, incorporate history and current textile techniques all without losing your interest.  I liked hearing about her failures as much as her successes (not to mention how she turned some failed experiments into beautiful pieces).  She doesn’t limit herself to one form of textiles (I’m a knitter, I’m a Crocheter, I only Weave) and has managed to master all of them.  This is a great book if you are interested in spinning silk, or if you have spun silk and want to know why it doesn’t look the way you want it to.  Even if you are just reading this to obtain an appreciation for the work that goes into making silk items, or understanding how different fibers work this is worth your time.

There are not any patterns in this book, it really is all about the materials and how to use them to your best advantage.  That being said, there are a wide variety of shopping sites and references at the end of the book.

24/100 Crazy Lace by Myra Wood

Crazy LaceI love this book.  Honestly, I see a lot of Myra in myself.  I get really bored with repeating patterns, and despise having to go back to correct something.  I love how simply she speaks to the reader, and how she admits mistakes and allows us to learn from them.  She admitted that she would ‘knit through the pain’ (as I have heard other put it) and that this action caused her to have a pinched nerve.  This kept her from any knitting for a year.  Besides her beautifully simple wisdom, the way she speaks of this new knitting form (well new to me at least) is amazing.  No more trying to read a pattern and death to you if you deviate.  Okay so still following a bit of pattern here and there is still encouraged, but creativity and mistakes are also encouraged. The beautiful examples that are spread throughout this book are also an amazing reason to read it.