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Spin to Knit The Knitter's Guide to Making Yarn

Take your knitting to a new level with the addition of handmade yarn! Spinning is easy to learn, handspun yarn is hot , and with Spin to Knit everything you need to create fun, funky, one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips.

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Take your knitting to a new level with the addition of handmade yarn! Spinning is easy to learn, handspun yarn is hot, and with Spin to Knit everything you need to create fun, funky, one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips.

Spin to Knit teaches you all the details about fibers, tools, and materials for getting started spinning, and offers a substantial selection of simple patterns for knitting with that fabulous yarn you've created all on your own. Don't want to spin a lot of yarn? No problem, you'll find lots of ideas for combining your precious handspun with commercial, mill-spun yarns or for accenting sweaters and accessories you already own..
Urban spinner Shannon Okey, author of KnitGrrl, answers all your burning questions about spinning basics. For instance, what fibers are good for close-to-the-skin projects, what's good for layering, and what on earth can you do with dog fur or recycled fabric? Find out the basic tools you need to get started spinning, whether you should begin with a drop spindle or a wheel, why "lumpy bumpy" yarn is your friend, ways to un-lump your yarn, and how to control singles, twist, and ply. Incorporating color in spinning is also introduced, from "dishwasher dyeing," to incorporating beads, thread, or other media into yarns for visual interest.

Inventive patterns include a "cardiganized" thrift shop pullover with a gorgeous handspun buttonband, a faux Fair Isle pullover that combines millspun and handspun yarn, a traditional lace shawl, a shrug based on a woven Swedish heart, a silky sweater made entirely from hairdresser's rayon, and much more.

A great feature of Spin to Knit is the addition of in-depth profiles about urban spinners from all over the country. Learn the personal stories of how these spinners got started, and their insider tips for spinning with style.

Are you bored with commercial yarns? Dare to be different and accessorize all your knitted garments with handmade yarn. Become a full-fledged fiber fanatic with Spin to Knit, the easy guide for any knitter to easily transform into a spinner!

"This book is perfection for newbie and wanna-be spinners who want to do it NOW!" -
"Short of shearing the sheep, author Shannon Okey provides everything knitters need to know to take fiber from fuzz to fab." - BUST
"A lighthearted introduction to an ancient craft. . . fun tips of the trade to spin and knit with panache." - Monsters &
"Full of inspiration and stories to get those of us who are a little intimidated by spinning over our fear." -
"With Spin to Knit everything you need to create one-of-a-kind designer yarn is right at your fingertips." - Get Creative
"Walks you through the process from soup to nuts, from a staunch knitter's vantage point." - Yarn Market News
"All in all, this publication is a fast read, beautifully written and illustrated, and a joy to linger over." -
A wonderful new book… I believe this book can take you to new creative heights, and I highly recommend it. Maybe you can ask Santa for a copy to put under your tree this year. Learning to spin will be the perfect New Year's goal.”-Anchorage Daily News

Table of Contents

Fiber 101 for Knitters
Getting Started
Handspun from a Knitter's Perspective
Color and Other Embellishments

What to Do with All That Yarn
Garter Scarf 1
Garter Scarf 2
Faux Fair Isle Raglans
Profile: Symeon North
Pippi Socks
Profile: Angela Ho
Pythagoras Headband
Laurabelle Swedish Heart Shrug
Profie: Holly Klump
Betsey Bag
May Day Hat
Profile: Birkeland Brothers Wool
Broken Cable Keyhole Scarf
Power Station Hat
Profile: Laura Jefferson and Sarah Dunham
Felted Mammoth Tea Cozy
Beauty School Dropout Pullover
Profile: Catherine Goodwin
Profile: Hatchtown Spindles
Mojave Socks
Profile: Elaine Evans
Grow Hat
Profile: Lexi Boeger
Star Wristlets
Profile: Jonathan and Sheila Bosworth
Firecracker Hat
Profile: Lynne Vogel
Mind's Eye Hat
Profile: Sandy Sitzman


About the Author

Shannon Okey learned to spin in 2002 after many years as a knitter and artist. She has appeared on the DIY Network’s Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty, and HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast. Her books include Knitgrrl (Watson Guptill, 2005) and Knitgrrl 2 (Watson Guptill, 2006), as well as a forthcoming felt book (Interweave, 2007). She is a city coordinator for national indie craft show Bazaar Bizarre and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

SKU: 06SP1

Author/Speaker/Editor: Shannon Okey

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680074

Number Of Pages: 128

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