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The Yarn Lover’s Guide to Hand Dyeing: Beautiful Color and Simple Knits

Linda La Belle

Potter Craft, 30.00

When I started working on my holiday Knotions submission (which involves a bit of dyeing) I was at first a bit worried about dyeing the project because until then I hadn’t ever dyed anything. But The Yarn Lover’s Guide to Hand Dyeing made it easy for my mom and I to figure out exactly how to do it. This book tells you almost everything you need to know to do your own dyeing.

It’s written instructions are interesting and detailed and the pictures are colorful and bright. It is obvious that the author, Linda La Belle, put a lot of time and attention into this book, making a pleasure to read. She gives you several different ways to dye, ranging from Kool-aid to acid dyes. And on so many varieties of fibers! With this book you can create your own unique and exciting colorway on almost any yarn.

There are also interviews with many hand dyers, spinners, and designers expounding on the joys of dyeing your own yarn and/or projects, making you feel as thought you are getting a lot more out of this book than just dyeing instructions and patterns. All of the designs have a very earthy, easy feeling and most of them are quite pretty. And, in case you don’t want to dye the designs in the book, there are directions on each pattern telling you where you can buy yarn that will looks similar to the hand dyed yarn.

As for my Knotions Holiday submission, I’m very pleased to say it was accepted! I can’t tell you much about it other than the fact that this book was a huge help as I worked it out, and I think you’ll love it. Can’t wait for you to see it.


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Knit.101: The Indispensable Self-Help Guide to Knitting and Crochet (Vogue Knitting)


Soho Publishing

By the Editors of Knit.1 Magazine

160 pages, $17.95

Knit.101 is a very usefull book with a young and fresh feeling. Anyone who wants to learn what they need to know to start knitting and crocheting while being entertained should get this book.

This book has great colors and bright energetic pictures. The garments are kind of strange and and fun but they are not the focus of the book. Knit.101 tells you what you need so that you won’t buy unnecessary things. It also teaches you simple stitches and techniques that are interesting and motivating.

Knit.101 has instructions for learning: Knit, Purl, Textured Stitches, Increases and Decreases, Yarn Overs, Cables, Color work, Sizing and Construction, and more. They teach crochet in a way that makes it easy. It has, Starter Stitches, half Double, Double and Treble Crochet, Increasing and Decreasing, Medallions, Joining, Striping, and Seaming, it also has Finishes and Buttonholes.

There is quite a bit more in this book than it seems.

I’ve been stalling a little bit on really learning how to crochet but I think that I will use this book to learn. MY mom is crazy over it. I wasn’t really going to look at it because I thought that it would be just another one of those silly books, but it’s a cute book.

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Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers

Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers

Nicky’s book is very lovely. Not only are her crocheted flowers brilliantly designed and made, but the book itself is lovely. Its bright colors and sweet swirling motifs are enough to make even someone who doesn’t know how to crochet want to look at it.

The projects in this book can be made with only a small amount of difficulty. My favorites are the Pansies. They look so real. Some of the flowers are soft and feminine while others are bold and artsy. She has flowers with layered petals that range from Poppies and roses to classy holiday flowers embellished with beads and crystals. She also has felted flowers, twisted technique flowers, and chain stitch flowers.

The garments are a little bit off-beat but the main focus of the book are the flowers with the garments as a back ground, so over all, this is a really good book. With over 50 different types of crocheted flowers, I would recommend it to any one who wants to crochet something small but versatile and stylish, or an accessory for any occasion.

Book specs: 146 pages, published by Sixth & Spring Books in 2007

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