Sunday, February 27, 2011
I used to buy a LOT of knitting and fiber books, now I have to say i am more discerning and only buy a book if I know I will go back to it many times. My newest book which i bought last week is called "The Knitters Book of Wool" by Clara Parkes.
One of the reasons I brought it home with me was that I had bought a Cormo fleece at Rhinebeck last year, and not only was it tough to process...getting the lanolin out was challenging...but spinning it was not so easy either. I love Cormo yarn and have knitted with it over the years, mostly purchased from a vendor at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, so I thought it would be relatively nice & easy to spin, and I found that not to be true.
Clara explains in the "Cormo" section the following: "the high crimp and short staple length make maintaining even tension somewhat of a challenge. If you find a Cormo yarn thats somewhat lumpy, this is why."
I highly recommend this book for anyone who knits with wool, even if you're not a spinner its well written, infomative and has great patterns in it as well.
Posted by alida at 4:39 PM