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Alt Fiber: 25 Projects for Knitting Green with Bamboo, Soy, Hemp, and More

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Like any modern, responsible citizen or fervent DIYer, youâve probably been using salvaged materials for years. But did you know that the fastest growing trend in knitting and crochet takes reduce-reuse-recycle to a whole new level? In Alt Fiber, popular craft author, teacher, and blogger Shannon Okey presents more than twenty-five patterns for jackets, skirts, sweaters, w ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Ten Speed Press
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Feb 22, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
This book features patterns from alternative plant-fiber yarns. Going beyond cotton, Okey presents abaca (Manila hemp, a banana species), agave, bamboo, banana, cattail, corn fiber, fique (pineapple family), hemp, kapok, kenaf (hibiscus family), linen, lyocell (wood-pulp), milk fiber, milkweed, nettle, pineapple, ramie, SeaCell, sisal, and soy. She also includes silk since it is often blended with alternative fibers. There is a resource section to help locate the more unusual yarns.

As for the pa
Robert Beveridge
Shannon Okey, Alt Fiber: 25+ Projects for Knitting Green with Bamboo, Soy, Hemp, and More (Ten Speed Press, 2008)

Quick survey of different, increasingly-available fibers that one wouldn't immediately think of using for knitting (some mentioned in the subtitle as well as a number of others; I find myself most intrigued by corn fiber), with a number of projects to showcase the properties of each. The first part of that sentence is the book's weakness; I thought the initial survey was shorter than
May 10, 2014 Jaq rated it really liked it
Loved this look at the different fibres. As someone who is investigating knitting with Banana this was the first book to mention it. Loved it enough to purchase it. Will look forward to exploring this great fibre stories in the years to come!
Sep 14, 2015 Mckinley rated it did not like it
Plant-based fibers (! - certainly she means more than non-acrylic)). Needs better photos.
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a good book. no pattern screamed out at me to make it, but there were a lot of nice things that I think I could go back and look again.
Jan 30, 2009 Gina rated it liked it
Easy projects for the beginner knitter
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Shannon lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, comic book artist Tamas Jakab and their furry "children," a dachshund and 2 cats who have made several appearances in her books.

Shannon runs her own publishing company called Cooperative Press, which publishes both books and Knit Edge magazine. She writes...a lot.

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