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From soft, bulky single yarns to serviceable three-ply for heavy use, this guide to handspun yarns combines the positive traits of commercial yarns with personal touches. Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results. Instructions on core spinning and less traditional techniques lead ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Interweave Press
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You know how when you first get a wheel you have absolutely no idea what to do with it? Yeah, that was me. This book is a very handy reference book that's helped my figure out what I'm doing, what I'm looking at, and what I'd like to make. Great for basics and as a springboard for additional research.
Dec 29, 2010 Kristi rated it liked it
There is a lot of great information to be found in Amy King's Spin Control. It is a great place for the newer spinner to learn about the technical details that go into yarn so they can better visualize the end product. Many of the things covered are essential if you are wanting to use handspun in projects that call for specific commercial yarns. Much of what you learn can be used to analyze the called for commercial yarn and then spin a matching or complementary yarn.[return][return]As an ...more
This was an extremely quick read, but very satisfying as well. Admittedly most of the books I have read on trying to create the yarn you want recommend, fairly forcefully, keeping a book of samples. Ms. King admits that this is not an easy task, but to create and recreate the yarn you want you need to keep this record. I loved learning that finishing the yarn after you knit, weave, crochet, with it is an option though since it can change the properties of a yarn a great deal not a very good ...more
I don't think I know enough about spinning to properly review this book. I will say that it seems like it addresses an area of spinning that isn't well covered in other books, but it appears to gloss over the subject a bit. I would value an obsessively thorough book much more. It's worth reading, unless you're already an expert; but I personally will probably try to get it from the library when I want to reference it, and will hope to eventually buy a more thorough treatment of the ...more
This book really was amazing. It's hard to capture spinning techniques with still pictures, but I thought the photos in this book were pretty useful. Mostly it was Amy's explanations that were so amazing. I wouldn't say this is a beginning spinner's book (try "Start Spinning" by McCuin), but for someone like me with a little more experience, it was so helpful. I am definitely interested in trying out some of the techniques she discusses.
I'm a fairly new spinner, this book has great info, for anyone who is beginning. Helps you understand whatever wheel you have, and how to adjust it. The book allows you to understand how to get the yarn you want. Great photos, and clear descriptions