Tomorrow: the Winter Issue!
Today I'm proud to present a book review by guest blogger and frequent Knitcircus contributor Cindy Koepke! We loved this book when it came out and thought you might like to check it out this autumn knitting season.
by Joan Tapper
Potter Craft, 2008
Shear Spirit: Ten Fiber Farms, Twenty Patterns, and Miles of Yarn is the perfect book to curl up with this autumn. Be warned: you might find yourself bouncing off the couch after a few chapters to head out to your nearest fiber farm! In this 2008 hardcover from Potter Craft, you'll read great stories of fiber farms across the U.S. beautifully photographed by Gale Zucker. You'll get a glimpse of what it's like to raise fiber animals and turn their fleece into amazing yarn and spinning fiber. Sheep of various breeds, mohair and cashmere goats, and alpacas are the main animals raised on the farms profiled by author Joan Tapper. Small- or large-scale operation, natural-colored or dyed fiber, fuzzy animals or wooly socks, all are lovingly presented in words and photographs. You'll feel like you spent an afternoon on each farm — too bad the book doesn't come with yarn!
What the book does come with is patterns: a whopping 17 for knitting, and one each for crochet, wet felting, and braiding. There are 20 projects, as indicated in the subtitle of the book. There are variety of styles of sweaters and vests plus lots of small projects (hats, socks, and more). Check the projects out on Ravelry, and see what Gale & Joan are up to lately at http://shearspirit.typepad.com/ And don't forget to check out the local fiber sources you see advertising in every issue of Knitcircus for more fiber treasures. (I didn't tell her to say that, I swear! But we do partner with some great yarn and fiber makers…–Jaala).
Thanks so much, Cindy.