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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is a very cute, well-organized book.

Lara's Library (Sort Of): All New Homespun Handknit

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The use of color, as in this Nomad bag, is really nice throughout this book.

I've made no secret of the fact that I love the original Homespun Handknit book.

That said, I really like this one, too, but for slightly different reasons.

For starters, All New Homespun Handknit has a lot more information about the yarns used in the projects.

Amount of fiber, fiber prep, drafting method, wheel system, wheel ratio, singles and ply direction, wraps per inch and total yardage are all listed for each pattern. If you want to subsitute commercial yarns, the yarn's weight and yardage needed are listed, too.

It's published by Interweave, so you know that the charts, photography, and page design are all going to be clear and easy-to-read.

This isn't a book that can teach you how to spin or knit, but the projects certainly inspire. The range of projects is very nice, too. Some lace shows up in a scarf by Nancy Bush (yarn spun by Judith MacKenzie McCuin). Domino knitting is featured in a toddler's sweater by Amy Clarke Moore. Knitters who want to try new kinds of colorwork have several hats to choose from.

Overall, a nice jumping-off point for the spinner who doesn't quite know what to do with 6.4 oz. of roving, or the knitter who wants to use up small amounts of yarn.

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