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« on: July 12, 2006 09:24:53 PM »

I'm on the hunt for good books on spinning. Any suggestions?

« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006 11:39:41 AM »

"Hands on Spinning" by Lee Raven (Interweave Press) http://www.interweave.com/spin/books/hands_on_spinning.asp is great for a beginner, and for learning basics. Good diagrams, enough detail but not too much that you drown in info.

Also I just picked up "The Spinner's Companion" by Bobbie Irwin  http://www.interweave.com/spin/books/spinners_companion.asp which is another Interweave Press book (really, you can't go wrong with any of their books imo) and it is FANTASTIC.  It's just a little spiral bound guidebook that gives you quick info. It will answer so many of your questions about the mechanics of spinning, fibre, etc and if you want more detailed information it suggests other books you can try.

Here's the Table of Contents:
Spinning Wheels
Wheel Mechanics
Fiber Types and Characteristics
Fiber Preparation
Prepared Fiber Forms
Spinning Fine Yarn
Twist, Grist and Other Measurements
Finishing Yarn
Pest Problems and Storage
When It Hurts To Spin
Biblio, Resources, Assns and an Index!

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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2006 10:01:21 PM »

I love "Spinning In The Old Way". Not as dowdy as it sounds- it's a really good, comprehensive book. BUT, it focuses completely on high-whorl drop spindling. So it won't help you if you're using a wheel.

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2006 02:11:37 PM »

I send Hands on Spinning by Lee Raven!  Its how I learned.

Also soon coming out is Spin to Knit by Shannon Okey...I have to plug it b/c I'm getting a little blurb in it, exciting!

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2006 11:38:13 AM »

Aww, thanks, Misshawklet! (Wait til you all see how cute she is in the book!)

Yeah, not to be too much of a PR dork, but my book (Spin to Knit) is pretty comprehensive with the photos and it has patterns that are good for handspun yarn, too... I talk about all kinds of spindles and wheels, not just high whorl drop spindles like Spinning in the Old Way (which is a great book if you like spindling!)

By the way -- check out spintoknit.com, because we've got a handspun secret pal swap going on! yay!


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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2006 11:51:59 AM »

i'm so freaking excited about spin to knit. for real. i just wanted to say that.  Grin

hey, i do personal swaps! especially for fiber. i am addicted to fiber & yarn. addicted.

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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2006 12:26:50 PM »

I have the Aldon Amos Big Book of Handspinning, and I really like it. It's a bit expensive ($40 I think), but its basically a textbook with so much information you couldn't possibly need it all. It really has just about everything that you could possibly want (from washing to spinning to what fibers are what etc).

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2006 06:49:03 AM »

Spin to Knit is AMAZING!!!! Thanks so much Shannon! I've been spinning on a drop spindle (and dreaming of spinning wheels) off and on for about a year and a half now, thinking I've been doing it wrong because my yarn always comes out "lumpy-bumpy." No one else told me that it was "designer yarn" before! Plus the clear instructions for wheels calmed me down a lot (they look really complicated) and the suggestions for fixing errors are great. The other thing I love is that it's the most up-to-date spinning book out there--you won't find instructions for how to incorporate beads or glitter into your yarn in any of the other books, as great and instructional as they may be. I also just really needed the encouragement that the book pours out, and to remember that "handspun yarn is not commercial yarn..." Anyway, I'm in love with the book and with spinning and I can't thank you enough!

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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2006 01:39:45 PM »

I have to suggest my all time favorite Color in Spinning by Deb Menz.  This book is amazing. 

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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2006 01:37:43 PM »

My two favs: Spinning Designer Yarns - it covers boucles, etc so it's very useful.  I also like In Sheep's Clothing as a reference to sheep and fleece types.

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