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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette

Lara's Library: The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Instead of just telling, Sarah does a lot of showing how things work, too.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
64 reference cards in a pocket in the back of the book are easy to take along with you.

When I ordered a copy of The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs, I wondered if hardcopy was the way to go. After all, you can also get it as an iBook, or in Kindle format. (Those are both pre-order for now, but it won't be a long wait, I hope.)

Now that I have it, I'm happy with the choice I made.

For starters, the book itself is beautiful. The paper is nice and thick. It really feels like a reference that will hold up over time. It is well-indexed. I love the little reference cards in the back of the book. They make up for the book not being entirely drag-around-in-my-bag friendly.

I also love that this is a book that could work for beginning spinners, advanced beginners like me and even advanced spinners like my sister.

Basic techniques like how to determine wraps per inch, use a drum carder or make a Hawser ply are all covered.

The 80 yarns are presented, mostly, in a very cool cookbook-like format. Take this and this, use them this way, and get this. For a visual learner like me, it couldn't be more perfect.

Judith MacKenzie and Jacey Boggs are both mentioned in the Acknowledgments, and I'm confident that any spinner who loves the work of either of these two visionaries will absolutely love this book.

The photographs are clear and well-organized. In that way, it reminds me of a stitch dictionary, a similarity which Jillian Moreno of Knitty noted in her review.

(By the way, if you haven't read Knitty's Spinner's Annotated Bibliography, get to it.)

In short, this book is a treasure. Get your hands on it, immediately. Or give it to your favorite spinner. She won't forget it.