The Knitter's Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make by Gwen W. Steege

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By Gwen W. Steege

The Knitter's existence record is a richly illustrated highway map to greater than 1,000 must-have studies sure to get any knitter's needles clicking quicker. Veteran knitter Gwen W. Steege has canvassed the knitting group to create this inspiring compilation, together with notable yarns to aim; vintage suggestions to grasp; ground-breaking designers to grasp approximately; most-loved styles to knit; knitting-related museums, video clips, and books to get pleasure from; and masses extra. those are the stories and occasions no knitter probably want to pass over. newbies and masters alike can examine qiviut from the musk ox - after which cost it off their checklist as soon as they have made whatever with that luxurious fiber. they are going to discover vintage sweater designs and stopover at the yarn-friendliest towns. they will observe courageous people who appreciate yarn-bombing; grasp intarsia; or even try out spinning, weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and crochet. With all of this impossible to resist content material to consume, knitters will hold coming again for extra demanding situations to tackle - and money off from The Knitter's lifestyles record!

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P. cm. Includes index. ) 1. Knitting—Equipment and supplies. 2. Knitters (Persons) I. Steege, Gwen W. II. Title. 43’2—dc23 2011018086 To my husband, Dick, and to our children and their families — Kristin, José, and Sara Paul and Tina Ben and Brigid Contents AN INVITATION TO THE KNITTING TRIP OF A LIFETIME 1 THE YARN LIFE LIST 2 THE KNOW-HOW LIFE LIST 3 THE SWEATERS LIFE LIST 4 THE SOCKS LIFE LIST 5 THE SCARVES & SHAWLS LIFE LIST 6 THE HATS LIFE LIST 7 THE GLOVES & MITTENS LIFE LIST 8 THE BAGS LIFE LIST 9 THE KIDS-KNIT LIFE LIST 10 THE HOME DEC LIFE LIST 11 THE FIBER-LOVER’S LIFE LIST WHO’S WHO IN THIS COMMUNITY OF KNITTING EXPERTS APPENDIX PHOTO CREDITS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INDEX ANInvitation TO THE KNITTING TRIP OF A LIFETIME Do you ever stop to think what it is that keeps drawing you back to your needles and yarns?

Too-small needles are likely to result in a dense, stiff fabric, whereas too large may work up as a fabric that at first feels good but that continues to stretch with use, rather than return to its original size, as wool does. ” Descended from vicuña and long raised in the Andes, alpacas are quite a bit smaller than llamas. Unlike their larger relatives, which have been bred as pack animals as well as for fiber, alpacas are exclusively bred for their fiber; you can find natural alpaca fiber in more than a dozen natural colors, ranging from white through brown to black and many shades in between.

SUGARCANE. This lustrous, soft, silky yarn is processed from the fibers in the stem of sugarcane. TENCEL. Tencel is made of cellulose spun into yarn through a process using a nontoxic solvent that is reputedly almost completely recoverable and recyclable, making Tencel quite environmentally responsible. It drapes and takes color much like silk but is usually less expensive than silk. Tencel also blends well with wool. ” Habu’s specialty is to import high-quality, unusual yarns from Japan. The appeal of these yarns to knitters, crocheters, and weavers is clear if you’ve ever seen the Habu booth at a fiber festival — it’s always jammed with curious shoppers admiring and handling the fascinating array of silks, linens, silver, cashmere, and other luxury and unique yarns that they offer.

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