October 25, 2009
Book Review: The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes
[A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review].
I have long loved yarn in all its various forms, but a recent step into
spinning has got me thinking more deeply about the raw material that
turns into that object of desire. To learn to spin is to learn about
fiber, and this book is a wonderful reference about that most wonderful
The first two chapters introduce the main character and describe its transformation in yarn; however, as a new spinner, I'm most excited by Chapter Three. The third chapter provides profiles of the fiber from 37 different sheep breeds along with essential stats like fineness, staple length, and crimp, and color pictures of washed, unspun locks. What a great resource! As someone who has recently been buying fiber more often than yarn, this is information I really appreciate. Adding to overall usefulness quotient, there's a chapter devoted to wool blends, articles on washing wool and moth control, and really too much more to list.
And, if all that information weren't enough, there is a chapter of patterns for hats, socks, shawls, and more. There are some good, basic patterns as well as some stand-outs for me, like the Lillia Hyrna Shawl and the Tibetan Clouds Beaded Stole [designed by new Portlandite and Twisted employee, Sivia Harding].
I believe I will refer to this book often as my love of knitting morphs into an obsession with spinning.