Monday, March 29, 2010

Spin Control: review

Spinning is becoming one of my favorite things.
Luckily it is also one of a lot of peoples favorite things.

Now if you don't have friends in the area that can teach you, or if you learn better by reading, or if you just need a good book to remind you off all the things your friends thought you, well this is the book for you.

Amy King's book Spin Control helps to break down spinning into understandable pieces. From getting to know you fiber, learning just what that thing on your wheel is called, to how to create the finished object that you are looking for. Be that finished object yarn, a sweater or art.

I've mostly found myself mostly working with the drafting techniques.
They have helped to make my yarn a bit more even.

Even when using two different fibers I was able to get pretty much what I wanted.

The chapter on plying has a lot of useful information. Mostly I find myself working with a 2plys. They hold up well and are the easiest to start with. I still haven't gotten the hang of the Navajo Ply, but I'm sure it just takes practice.

Now I will admit that I haven't sat down and read the part on measuring... well all the way through that is. It isn't a chapter to miss. It has good explanations of wraps per inch, how to use samples and where to go from small starts are all good things to know.

All in all it is a very good book. I've learned a lot from it and like to go back and reference it from time to time. I'm by no means a super fancy spinner, but with practice and a good book at my side i just might get to be one.

So that's 3 reviews so far for all of you at home keeping count. Good to my word for 3 months. Not bad. Hope you enjoyed them so far.

1 comment:

Knittymama said...

You're doing better at keeping up with the reviews than I am! :-)

I agree on Spin Control. It's been the most helpful so far, for me...