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The Book of Yarn

IMG 0836Sigh. It’s been real ya’ll. And it’s been busy ya’ll. And I have had Clara Parkes new book on my desk for way too long without telling you about it. I am knitting scum, and I should have my KIP card revoked, and I. Am. Heartily. Sorry.

Clara introduced her book to me with a little game, and it was a bunch of fun. Every week for four weeks I got a package, and in each package was 2 mini-skeins of yarn. My job was to try to guess what the fibers were based on clues she sent along with the yarn. Frankly ya’ll, I suck at the game. BUT! If I were to play again, I would be so much better because of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn!

The first part of the book is all about different fibers and yarns — where they come from, what their properties are, how they are used. There is a wealth of information here, so much that if that’s all there was, the book would be worth it. But there is way more. There are over 40 patterns in this book. Patterns like these:
IMG 0833 IMG 0834 That moebius is mine, people, and in fact, it may end up being my Vegas Knitting, if I have suitable yarn.

IMG 0837In the meantime, I’ve cast on for a little something. What’s a girl gonna do with 8 mini-skeins of luxurious yarn? Make a throw pillow of course! That way, I can enjoy all the textures and colors. You’ll note that I am doing it the old fashioned way, too. This project just begged for two sticks, ykwim?

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