So it was not in the cards last night to post. The Skeptic was at work, and I fell asleep with the boys and did not wake up until 10:30. By then it was all I could do to find my knitting and grab a cup of tea so that my night was not completely lost. I did finish up one mitered mitten (but I’m not thrilled with it) and caught up on Eastenders.
So what about spinning, then? The Loop batt still waits next to my wheel and the camera is in process of repair, so let’s talk spinning books this morning.
When I was going on my Christmas gift money spending spree, I came across a new spinning book, Creative Spinning.For only $10 I couldn’t pass it up, and I’d say it’s well worth the money.
The authors give good basic instructions on spinning. This is the sort of book that would have been helpful after I took my first spinning class. Just enough information to get you going, but not too much to complicate things (although I’m not sure it would be a good match for a beginner who is trying to teach themself, you might need more infomation). They also include a little section on spinning novelty yarns, plying to make diamond, boucle, marled, or other yarns.
While part one is helpful for beginners, part two is the best part of the book (although for more advanced spinners): thirty yarns to admire or spin yourself. The authors did a great job of presenting each one, showing the fibers, the yarn, and what it looks like when knit. There is a nice mix of fiber, everything from Wensleydale to bamboo. My only beef is that there is no resource page at the back. When I went to look for where they got all those beautiful fibers, there was not a word. That part was disappointing, but otherwise it’s a great book.
Other spinning books that I noticed coming out are:
A Fine Fleece
7 responses to “Spinning Saturday”
I can’t count the number of times that I have laid down to snuggle with C and ended up falling asleep with him…
I’ve lost so many evenings to falling asleep with the kids.
Are you coming tomorrow? Shall I toss my camera in my bag and take some pictures for you?
I have Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning book and I think it has a ton of really good information for all steps of spinning.
I’ll have to check that book out! I’m always looking for good spinning books as I’m self taught, and it can be slow going.
I agree. This book is inspiring for all, with clear enough instructions for beginners. We especially like that there are gorgeous photos of the inspiration, the raw fibers, the spun yarn, and best of all, the knit product.
I am so new to this I can’t imagine what it looks like actually used. Some were beautiful hanks and not so great knit up- so it was a very good education. I also recommend “spinning designer yarns” which (takes the fun out of) teaches more upfront planning to get more predictable results. (Sorry I don’t know the strikethrough trick)
With my oldest, I was a single student mama until he was 3, and had to have my mom call me every evening to make sure I was up and not zonked out with the tot.
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