Book Reviews

Since I can now say that I have quite an acceptable library, I have decided to start a new category on this blog: Books Reviews (that you can easily access on the Categories menu on the left, selecting “Books”.

Today’s book is “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn”, by Clara Parkes.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn“, by Clara Parkes

First of all I want to say that I knit since I can remember, but I always found it difficult to find good yarns on my country (quality/price). Thus, four years ago (when I start working) I started buying yarn in other countries. But lately I realized that I needed to learn more about my material. I wanted to know the characteristics, the small nuances from type to type that make all the difference in a finished project, what type of yarns suit best my projects. This brought me to a quest: find a book that could teach me more about my yarn. After an exhaustive search, I came upon “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn”. It seemed interesting, therefore, I order it. I am glad that I have done so.

I haven’t read it all, but I have read the first chapters that talk about the basic types of yarn (protein, cellulose, cellulosic, synthetic fibers), explaining the general characteristics, how is it made, and what to expect when knitting with them. These chapters fascinated me because I am currently with different projects at hand and each with a different type of yarn. While reading it I could feel the yarn, look at the details referred on the book and compare the materials. It was so fun! From these first chapters I can say that I took a valuable lesson: now I am sensitized to look to the yarn labels and best select my yarn. This lesson is also applicable to my clothes, since by looking at the label, I will know, for instance, if the yarn is suitable for my sensible skin, if it stretches, if it is itchy or too heavy for that design.

Now I am reading the chapters that describe how the yarn is made in general. Parkes gives an insight on farm yarns, fiber festivals, how the color is added to the yarn and much more. The latest chapters on the book explain how the different types of yarn can be putted together, adding some patterns (that seem very simple, but I have not yet tried any) for testing!

I think one should look at this book as a reference, not as an exhaustive yarn characteristics’ description manual. “The Knitter’s Book of Yarn” fulfills my expectations, therefore, I recommend it!

Knitter’s Book of Yarn


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