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A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarns

by Lisa Lloyd

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I like how she talks about the design process both for spinning and for knitting. I love the patterns. This is one to buy and treasure. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Nov 14, 2011 |
A fine fleece, knitting with handspun yarns. Lisa Lloyd, Potter. 2008.

Although the only yarns I spin are stories, I found this book immensely engaging, and it’s beautiful to look at.

She begins with Handspinning, Breeds of sheep, Spinning, the right yarn for the job & Technical Spinning stuff, which includes Twist, preparing the yarn for knitting, & how much per project.

The pleasing projects are divided into three sections:
1: Studies in Contrasts, how small adjustments and choice of yarn can give a traditional or contemporary look, be suitable for male or female, Town & Country i.e. dressing up or dressing down. Each of these designs is shown in a handspun and a commercially available yarn.
2. In the Scale & Perspective chapter the projects show how the weight of stitches and cables to different gauges gives a homey or more sophisticated look.
3. And the last group of designs, arans and laces in different yarns, using the large body of sweater canvas shows how to create a mood: mysterious Gaelic mist, symmetry and balance in the Arans, or the snakelike myths of St Patrick.

She finishes with a glossary of terms, and resources for spinners and the yarns used in this book.

Jacqueline Biéler, November 2008
  OKGLibrary | Sep 10, 2010 |
A Fine Fleece, by Lisa Lloyd, has projects designed for handspun yarn. An interesting feature is that each sweater is knit in handspun as well as in a commercial yarn so it is easy to discern the qualities gained by using handmade yarn.

If you want a book for inspirational pictures, this is your book. If you want a book with key technical details, like wraps per inch, close-ups of the handspun yarn, details on dyeing the yarn, then keep looking. The number of views of each sweater is disappointingly small and the photos were shot for art rather than detail. It even looks as if some of the sweaters were pinned (gasp!). For a good technical book, Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts has an excellent chapter on making a sweater from a fleece on up and leaves out no necessary piece of information. ( )
  element14free | Sep 16, 2009 |
There are a lot of nice patterns in here- esp sweaters and lace and scarves ( )
  ReadingKnitter01 | Jul 14, 2008 |
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The pleasure of knitting can be that much greater when you know you’re using the perfect yarn. In A Fine Fleece, designer, knitter, and spinner Lisa Lloyd explores the different qualities of handspun yarn and presents projects that show them to their best advantage. There is valuable information here for every knitter, even if you’ve never considered learning to spin (though you may find inspiration in this book to do just that).

While educating you on the differences in fibers (like Alpaca, Merino, Cormo, Rambouillet, and Suffolk) and the characteristics you can achieve in a handspun yarn by combining fibers according to certain recipes, Lisa Lloyd also shares the three important concepts that enlighten her designs: the use of contrasting color and fiber; scale and perspective (chunky yarns with chunky cable stitches versus chunky yarns with delicate ones); and the creation of “poetic” sweaters that try to capture an emotion.

Each of the 26 projects in A Fine Fleece shows the finished project knitted in both a handspun yarn and a commercial yarn so that you can train your eye to understand how fiber and texture can truly transform a piece.

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