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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 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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ISBN: 9781620332696
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    If you're a knitter looking to pick up a spindle, this book should be your second or third spinning book -- not your first. While it discusses some aspects of handspun yarn in terms of knitting (as opposed to, say, weaving or dyeing), it really doesn't do much to show you how to spin. And while there is good information on predrafting fiber, a step that is under-discussed in many other spinning how-to's I've seen, it really doesn't go good detail about the actual process of spinning.more
    I wasn’t disappointed in this book, but I think there were some things missing. For example, I would have liked a bit more on “how to do something with this tiny amount of yarn you have spun” or “how to achieve this particular effect by adapting your handspun for knitting.” I did get some of that, but I think I wanted something meatier. Certainly, I would have preferred more on spinning to knit, and maybe less on “here are some nifty patterns!” because, really, the patterns are just as applicable to any knitting book, you know?more
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    If you're a knitter looking to pick up a spindle, this book should be your second or third spinning book -- not your first. While it discusses some aspects of handspun yarn in terms of knitting (as opposed to, say, weaving or dyeing), it really doesn't do much to show you how to spin. And while there is good information on predrafting fiber, a step that is under-discussed in many other spinning how-to's I've seen, it really doesn't go good detail about the actual process of spinning.more
    I wasn’t disappointed in this book, but I think there were some things missing. For example, I would have liked a bit more on “how to do something with this tiny amount of yarn you have spun” or “how to achieve this particular effect by adapting your handspun for knitting.” I did get some of that, but I think I wanted something meatier. Certainly, I would have preferred more on spinning to knit, and maybe less on “here are some nifty patterns!” because, really, the patterns are just as applicable to any knitting book, you know?more
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