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The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes
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Aug 08, 2011

really liked it

Full disclosure: I am a Wool Person. One of the things I love most about living where I do is a local climate that enables me to don a wool sweater almost every evening (without air conditioning). With that out of the way...

Well, I thought I was a Wool Person, until this Clara Parkes came along. Her deep and abiding passion for her subject surpasses not only mine, but that of most knitters I know, and it comes through in her book. The tone of the book, though, is not one of ardor but one of curiosity, almost librarian-like research, and reverential awe, which Parkes also imbues in the reader. You simply cannot read the facts Parkes provides and not feel utterly amazed by wool (and a little guilty for how much of it you've taken for granted).

I spent most of my time on the first three sections of the book, focused on the structure of wool, the breeds of sheep that produce it, and their attributes. Rest assured that an almost equal portion of it is devoted to wool being combined with other fibers as well as patterns that were created for the types of wool described in the book. The addition of these patterns is not only a complement but a practical illustration of the wool attributes Parkes describes earlier in the book - brilliant!

Finally, by introducing knitters to types of wool we may not have considered previously, Parkes also introduces us to lovely little farms we may not have found before. This book had its intended effect: because of it, I went to a local fiber festival, had a much greater understanding of and thus appreciation for what I was seeing in wool terms, and am now aware of several very small local farms that produce absolutely incredible wool.
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