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Book review: The Knitter's Book of Yarn

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The Knitter's Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes is for all enthusiastic 'yarnies' (yarn aficionados) and anybody else who would like to know more about the material they are working with when you knit, crochet, weave and spin. It is a very informative book that gives the reader a much better understanding of the many different types of material that can be spun into yarn, from protein fibres such as wool, mohair, cashmere, alpaca and angora to cellulose fibres (cotton, linen, hemp), cellulosic fibres (rayon, bamboo, corn) and finally to synthetic fibres (nylon, acrylics). The book discusses production and manufacturing of yarns and...

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Book Review: Knitting Plus

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There are many reasons why people knit - it is a great way to relax, it is fun to make things that you can use, you have a far greater choice in colours and material than when you buy ready-made products and you it is deeply satisfying to own and wear something made by hand.  There is one other major reason why people knit - it gives you the option to create something that will actually fit your body shape, whether you are short or tall, have very long arms or a fuller figure. Unfortunately, most patterns only come in standard...

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Book Review: 101 Socks

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"101 Socks" is the English translation of the fabulous German sock knitting book "101 Socken" by OzCreativ. This is one book I use frequently as my main sock knitting guide. Most sock knitting books will provide one or maybe two versions of how to shape heel and toes, but this book contains them all: socks worked on double pointed needles and circular needles, socks done on the addi express, traditional socks and toe up socks. There are a multitude of different heels - traditional heels, boomerang  heels and cleverly designed spiral socks which require no decreases or increases to form the heel.  In addition, this...

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Book reviews: Contemporary Irish Knits and Scottish Knits

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Every now and again I come across some truly beautiful knitting books. The two titles I am reviewing today definitely belong into the 'must have' category if you like colour work or cable knitting. "Contemporary Irish Knits" by Carol Feller contains many gorgeous Aran or cable knit patterns for jumpers, cardigans and various accessories. Carol Feller also includes an introduction to the history of wool and knitting in Ireland, all accompanied by stunning photos of the Irish country side.   All patterns are in multiple sizes and there is something for everyone and every style - children and adults, casual to elegant, this book...

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Book review: Stitch 'N Bitch series

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Stitch 'n bitchThe phrase 'Stitch 'n Bitch' has been around since World War II, when groups of women got together to knit and talk. The term shortly re-appeared in the 1980s before it became the title of the highly acclaimed Stitch 'N' Bitch. The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller, first published in 2003. 

Debbie Stoller's great achievement with this book was to bring knitting back to the fore and to encourage young women (and increasingly young men!) to take up knitting needles and create their own new, individual, fresh and funky jumpers and accessories.

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