Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Book Review: All New Homespun Handknit by Amy Clarke Moore

Book Title: All New Homespun Handknit by Amy Clarke Moore
Publisher: Interweave Press
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59668-144-6
Craft: Knitting
Approx. Price: $22.95
Length: 143 Pages
Number of Patterns: 25
Pattern Presentation: Written and Charts
Difficulty of Patterns: Advanced Beginner - Intermediate

In this collection of patterns by acclaimed designers and spinners such as Kathryn Alexander, Amy King, Faina Letoutchaia, Kathleen Taylor, Sara Lamb, Nancy Bush, Judith MacKenzie McCuin, and Lisa and Nancy Shroyer, Editor Amy Clarke Moore takes the mystery out of homespun yarns. For both the spinner and the knitter, this book contains detailed information on taking your project from roving to homespun yarn to finished work of art. Amy Clarke Moore leaves nothing to chance in this informative and fun book.

What I liked about this book:
  • If you are new to using your own homespun yarn, this book provides you with all of the information needed to make each of these projects. Included in each pattern are the spinning notes as well as the knitting notes.
  • The spinning notes include: fiber, preparation, drafting method, wheel system, ratio, singles direction spun, singles twists per inch, singles wraps per inch, twist angle, number of plies, plied direction spun, plied twists per inch, plied wraps per inch, total yardage, and yards per pound. Nothing is left to chance so your project is perfect from start to finish.
  • If you are not a spinner, each pattern has the information needed to use millspun yarns.
  • The patterns really highlight the beauty of homespun yarns.
  • The book comes complete with a glossary and spinning information.
  • This book utilizes a variety of fibers and weights - offering something for everyone.
As a non-spinner, I was a little nervous about whether this book would be a good fit for me or not. But I must admit, although I don't yet spin, I really enjoyed the patterns and the beauty homespun yarns bring to them. The patterns range from rustic to lace wear. I was pleasantly surprised to find that every pattern wasn't a chunky creation with a drab yarn. The patterns are detailed and gorgeous and have given me a hankering for homespun. Now I just need to learn to spin!

My favorite patterns from this book: Sheepy Mittens (Amy King), Old Garden Scarf ( Faina Letoutchaia), Hannah's Autumn Jacket ( Amy Clarke Moore), and Wisteria Lace Shawl (Diane Mulholland)



  1. Cool - thanks! I'll have to check this one out.

  2. Thank you for the Nordstrom link! I'm in the Cinci area and that is an outing I'd like to do. :D


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