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!
This is a really neat children’s book that introduces the processes of raising sheep, shearing, spinning, dyeing, warping a loom, and weaving. Since it is only about 30 pages long, all of which have very few words (and beautiful pictures) this is a lot of information to get across to the readers. I believe that this was done very well, the entirety of the processes done by the farmer were done in the most environmentally friendly manner; dyeing with natural plant-stuffs, shearing gently, etc. If you are looking for a way to introduce children, or even adults, to the world of textiles this is a beautiful way to do so.
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.
This was an extremely quick read, but very satisfying as well. Admittedly most of the books I have read on trying to create the yarn you want recommend, fairly forcefully, keeping a book of samples. Ms. King admits that this is not an easy task, but to create and recreate the yarn you want you need to keep this record. I loved learning that finishing the yarn after you knit, weave, crochet, with it is an option though since it can change the properties of a yarn a great deal not a very good option. The color photos of examples and differences in work, techniques, and fibers was very inspiring. This book made me want to go and sink my hands into some of my beautiful fiber and get spinning! But, alas, I have to go to work instead….maybe over the holidays!
If you are a spinner, or thinking about starting to spin then this is a great resource for you. I am just starting in spinning, I did give it an effort years ago but this is a real start to spinning for me, and I am very curious about all of the different types of fibers out there. For example, I did not know how sensitive cotton is to pressure. I was not aware that the labor intensive process of obtaining fiber from flax eventually yields linen. I was unaware of how sensitive hemp and linen are to acid. I have learned so much from this book, and the entire series really. I recommend these to anyone thinking of getting involved in fiber-works, even if they are not spinning some of the aspects of different fibers greatly effect how you will use them and care for them.
If you have ever had the nerve to think of the drop spindle as a simple tool, or that you knew what you were doing on the drop spindle then read this book. You will lose all of your silly illusions of competence. Really, I love this book. It did take quite a bit for me to get through all of it, but I have always had that problem with non-fiction books. There is an amazing wealth of information, from different types of spindles, different ways of spinning, various methods of increasing your spinning production (for me that ruins the calm aspects of spinning) and so much more. Interspersed with the advice, descriptions, and methods, are tidbits of the history of spinning and recommendations for different books that can be read about this craft that you have decided to take up. If you are a very beginning spinner and you feel better knowing everything there is about a craft before picking this up, then this is a good book. If you get scared off of a craft if it looks too hard and it will take you a few years to get the courage back to try the craft; then don’t read this book. One of the main points I received from this book (other than how many kinds of spinning I have yet to try) is that drop spindling is as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. Some basic techniques such as knowing if you are spinning woolen, worsted, or a combination, can help you drop the spindle less, but practice is the most important thing.