Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What I Have Been Reading

Got this book A Fine Fleece By Lisa Lloyd from Susan's Fiber Shop. You know that Susan always has the latest books and this one is a beauty! I have always liked Lisa Lloyd's designs. She has published many of her patterns in Wild Fibers magazine and has worked for Harrisville Designs and has her patterns published in the good knitting magazines. She designs really classic patterns for sweaters and accessories. While educating you on the differences in fibers (like Alpaca, Merino, Cormo, Rambouillet, and Suffolk) and the characteristics you can achieve in a handspun yarn by combining fibers according to certain recipes, Lisa Lloyd also shares important concepts that enlighten her designs: the use of contrasting color and fiber; scale and perspective (chunky yarns with chunky cable stitches versus chunky yarns with delicate ones. Each of the 26 projects in A Fine Fleece shows the finished project knitted in both a handspun yarn and a commercial yarn so that you can train your eye to understand how fiber and texture can truly transform a piece. This book really inspires me to get the wheel out and do some spinning-maybe while watching the Olympics??

The String Alongs met last night at Michelle's house and while we had a somewhat smaller crowd it was still convivial! Here are some pictures of some of the ladies:

Bee's Fair Sweater crocheted from handspun.

Beau likes it too.

Mary Kay and Cathy

Handsome dog, Beau.

Mary Taking Notes.

After food with wheels.

A nice time was had by all. See you next time,


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TM said...

Every one looks so CONVIVIAL!
I may have to amke an appearance one of these days!

Lynda said...

Thank you Tootzle! it was a convivial group, I thought!