A GREAT Book for Handspinners Young and Old | The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design

Sarah Anderson’s “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design” is a beautiful and informative book.  The cover photo of artfully displayed natural white handspun yarns tantalizes the reader to open the book and explore further. I have been a handspinner for over 30 years and rarely have I seen a book with clearer instructions.  As a visual learner I particularly appreciated the step by step photos of the yarns in progress as well as the matching photo of the finished yarn. The book is layed in progressive sections, starting with a good introduction to the basics of handspinning.  This section covers such topics as choosing and washing raw fleece, hand and drum carding, blending color, determining yarn twist, and using wool combs for worsted spinning. After the Basics chapter Ms. Anderson moves instructions for several individual type yarns.  She covers Spinning Singles for Plying, Stand Alone Singles, Spiral Yarns, Opposing Plies, Boucles, Cable Yarns, Crepe Yarns and finally, Novelty Yarns. And, there is a wonderful bonus to this book.  On the back inside cover an envelope is attached that contains 64 reference cards with photos for each yarn and technique covered in the book.  These cards fit handily into your spinning take along bag or basket.  They are great when questions arise in the field and it is inconvenient to carry a bulky book. This is a great text for both the beginner and advanced handspinner.  I highly recommend “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs.”

A Treasure Trove of Jewelry and Fiber Craft Titles

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a huge number of Jewelry, Sewing, Knitting, Paper Crafts, Felting, and Crocheting remainder titles.  Remainders are new books that are usually priced 50-75% off the original retail price.  Many of these titles are from well known craft publishers such as Interweave Press and North Light.

Among the jewelry books you will find Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan, emphasizing designs with a romantic, but modern sensibility.    Wire & Bead Celtic Jewelry by Linda Jones is filled with unique and enchanting projects that use the intricate curves, knots, and swirls of the Celtic people.  Another beautiful jewelry title is Contemporary Copper Jewelry by Sharilyn Miller.  In this book the author teaches how to create stunning necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using stylish copper.

The fiber department is overflowing with books that are suitable for the new knitter, but also many that provide challenges for the seasoned pro.  There are titles devoted solely to socks, shawls, or sweaters.  Many titles teach basic knitting skills (such as how to create cables) and then list numerous stitch patterns to incorporate into projects.

The seamstress will find new titles here also.   Check out Customizing Cool Clothes by Kate Haxell, a book that explains how to take a basic garment and spice it up to match your personality.  Author Meg McElwee brings us another cool sewing book titled Sew Liberated which includes 20 stylish projects for the modern seamstress.

Lastly, we have several new craft titles that are devoted to collage technique,  soap making,  and using found objects to create art pieces.  Don’t miss this opportunity to buy great craft titles at 50% or less of retail value.

NEW IN FIBER: Sale Books and New Releases!

Vacations are here and what better time to take up a new hobby or skill.  There are several noteworthy fiber arts books new to the store and great for leisure time learning.

Knit Tricks by Rebecca Wat is out at a remainder price, $9.98, and is a book easy enough for beginning knitters and innovative enough for the more experienced.  Wat explains techniques for creating beautiful and elegant garments from simple rectangles and easy needle changes.

For all of you cable knitting fans Lily M. Chin’s new book, Power Cables, (Interweave Press) is a must have.  Chin shows you a new method for charting cables and how to add interesting texture and colors to a wide array of knitted garments.

More people than ever are hand spinning their own yarn for one of a kind knit creations.   Get Spun by Symeon North, (Interweave Press) is an irresistible smorgasbord of the techniques  needed to spin your own art-yarn.  This book will free your imagination and guide you in using a wide variety of traditional fibers and non-traditional fibers (fabric, plastic bags, etc.)  to create the yarn of your dreams.

Finally, for quilt lovers is Hobo Quilts by Debra G. Henniger (Krause Publications).  This book gives step-by-step instructions for the construction of unique quilts that use the hidden language and symbols of the depression-era hobo.   The quilts in this book have an understated and calm beauty that would compliment any home decor.

New in Fiber Arts

hattitudeOctober is shaping up as a fine month for new Fiber Crafts books.  With  Old Man Winter nipping at our heels,  now is a fine time to dust off the knitting needles, spinning wheels,  looms and crochet hooks.

Among the offering is Hattitude by Cathy Carson.  This truly is a paradise for hat knitters with 35 patterns suitable for every mood.  Each pattern is designed around an attitude such as “mysterious,” “lively,” “rebellious,” or “whimsical.”book of wool

For knitters who love knitting with wool, Clara Parkes’  Knitter’s Book of Wool is brimming with practical information about this wonderful fiber.   Parkes’ book covers all aspects of wool,  from the properties of fleece to the processing of raw wool to spin and knit.  Twenty wonderful knitting patterns are included and range from super soft garments to warm outerwear.

The last selection of the month is AwareKnits, by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong.  All of the patterns are designed with eco-friendly yarns and information about responsible manufacturing procedures,  yarn sources and energy consumption.

There are many other great in-store fiber books too numerous to mention,  so please stop by the store and check them out.

Available At Logos:

Hattitude by Cathy Carson $19.95

The Knitter’s Book Of Wool by Clara Parkes $30.00

AwareKnits by by Vickie Howell and Adrienne Armstrong $22.95