It has been a while since I have joined Ginny and her peeps for a Wednesday Yarn Along. My reading has been all about spinning these last weeks in preparation for the worldwide Tour de Fleece which starts Saturday and runs through the end of the month. The knitting books are all reference books and I am scouring the pages researching ‘seaming’.
The Intentional Spinner by Judith MacKenzie McCuin initially spoke a foreign tongue to me but now that spinning has settled into my life and I am more routine about it, the instruction within the pages is making more sense. I went to her book to find out what kind of fiber she recommended for hand-knit socks. I blogged about what I learned a few posts ago so will not belabor your reading with more details. I know, if you are on a Yarn Along, you are quickly reading through the posts and compiling a new reading list for yourselves. Alas, I have no fiction to share with you today but if you are a spinner be sure to jot down this book. The author is a guru in the world of spinning. Her books and videos are fabulous and a DVD comes with this book.
The first half of the book speaks of the nature of fibers. The author says fibers can be divided into three main groups and the following chapters explore the properties of those fibers. In case you are wondering, the three main groups are cellulose-based, protein-based and manufactured. Cellulose fibers are plant based flax, hemp, nettle, ramie, etc. The protein fibers are my favorite because they come from goats, camels, alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, angora rabbits, bison, yaks, quiviuts, and silk worms. I probably left one out…..oh yeah…..SHEEP.
The second half of Intentional Spinner speaks of all kinds of spinning techniques. This is the nitty gritty and the pages are full of information on different drafting techniques, plying techniques and designing yarns. I believe this book can be used by beginners and advanced spinners alike and there will always be a new bit of information every time you read it.
I won’t show my knitting today because I am psyching myself up for the Tour de Fleece! My feet are ready to start this wheel moving!