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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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I’m kind of excited about a new online pattern store and a new online knitting magazine. Thought I’d tell you a bit about them in case you haven’t seen them yet.
PATTERNFISH is an online pattern store that has over 939 patterns. The patterns range from old to new with a lot in between. They sell patterns from all over the world. Usually when I look for patterns online I can’t really see the designs because the photo is too small or whatever but on PATTERNFISH each garment that you click on comes up big enough to see detail and if that isn’t good enough there is a link that will bring the image up closer and clearer. PATTERNFISH has managed to give an extremely broad spectrum of variety on one site. My patterns are available for sale on PATTERNFISH now, so check it out! I’ve added photos you’ve never seen to some of the pattern descriptions, too.
The other new one that I wanted to tell you about is Knotions. An online magazine, it’s set to launch August 1st with the Fall ’08 Inaugural issue.
Knotions is about explaining knitting techniques, and it’s also about knitwear designs that are less about funky, interesting looking stitches and more about comfortable garments that look and feel great to wear. The editor’s goal is to give you all the information needed to make you a “smarter knitter.”
When submitting designs to Knotions you can send a proposal for the design instead of sending a complete submission so that the editor can then tell you if she would like to consider it for Knotions… saving the designer a lot of time and energy making a submission/making a garment when it might be rejected. I really like that feature since I make a lot of submissions and it’s helpful to know the design is in the right ballpark before I knit up the sample.
Knotions is also very interactive, readers can blog on Knotions about what they would like to see in a garment/what they would like to see more of. I can’t tell you everything about Knotions so you’re just gonna have to read it yourself. I have designed a garment that will be in the fall issue. My mom will also have an article that will accompany it. Can’t wait for you to see it!
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