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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Spin to Knit: The Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn

Lara's Library (Sort Of): Spin to Knit

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Several fiber folks are profiled in quick little vignettes.

Even if you haven't gone completely down the rabbit hole, as I have, there are many reasons you might want to have a look at Spin to Knit: The Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn, by Shannon Okey. (You can listen to Shannon and me chatting here.)

It's enough that the book has the most thorough explanation (and photos!) of pre-drafting that I've ever seen. There are many other things to love.

Information on dying, spindles, wheels, and using handspun yarn start out the book. The rest is rounded out with 20 patterns and 13 profiles of fiber-loving people.

Etsy was around in 2006, but probably not as well-known as it is now. Also, I don't know how big the presence of handspun yarns was then on the site. Now, you can find many, many sources of handspun yarns on Etsy (and online, in general).

A few sad notes sound in the book when it comes to some of the cute fiber-folk profiles. Quick internet searches found that several of them have stopped producing fiber or have otherwise moved on to other things. (They haven't all gone that way, but there were enough to be disheartening.)

There is a great list of resources in the back of the book. Here are links to a few:

- Ashland Bay (wholesale only, but they will help you find their products if you contact them)

- Fleece Artist (here is a list of their distributors)

- Hatchtown Farm

- Houndscroft Farm (is on Etsy)

- Morehouse Farm (yarn)

- Winderwood Farm is also on Etsy.

Overall, a really nice book for the beginning spinner or the knitter who just wants to try out handspun yarn.