no sheep for you

I went ahead and ordered No Sheep for You from Amazon a couple of days ago. Then I read on the Purlescence blog that they had it in stock. I cancelled my Amazon order and stopped by on Saturday to pick up a copy. I think I am in love. This book starts off with descriptions of many types of nonwool fiber. Amy gives a full description of which part of the plant (or other object) the fiber comes from, how it is extracted, and what type of yarn you get from it. There are many helpful charts on the properties of the different fibers and which fibers work well for which types of projects.

Then there is a whole chapter on swatches that actually makes me want to knit them. It actually  makes me wish I had kept all of my swatches. I may even start a swatch journal like she suggests. Will wonders never cease?

Last, but certainly not least, the patterns. Not only do I finally not have to worry about yarn substitutions but they are also all generously sized (the largest chest size on most seems to be 56"). Heaven! There are a couple of patterns that tempt me, including a short sleeved sweater knit with Blue Sky Cotton that might have my name on it.

If you can't knit with wool, you definitely want this book in your collection. If you can, you would probably still get something out of it!

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5 thoughts on “no sheep for you

  1. Chikn with Stix February 13, 2007 / 9:56 am

    I'm glad the book turned out to be worth purchasing. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Thanks for the review!

  2. Jua February 13, 2007 / 10:29 am

    Hi! just joined Vox not long ago and see you shop Purlesence. Gotta
    love that store. It's a dream come true! Just joined knitters group
    here, and had to comment on the vegan twinkie. I hated those things when I was a kid, but the vegan version sounds like it actually might taste good.Take Care, Juanita

  3. margotinto February 17, 2007 / 7:31 am

    Amy is giving a presentation and signing books at the end of March for the Toronto Knitting Collective. I can't wait! I've put off buying the book until I finish my current works in progress (only 3!) because it will be too tempting to start something new with some funky non-wool yarn.

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