I have been rather busy with my knitting projects and have not written much on here about spinning lately.


I am always in awe of some of the beautiful yarns that are produced by everyday people rather than big companies. I dream of one day making yarns like that. I used to think that spinning yarn meant that I needed to produce a perfect yarn that was a specific thickness and looked a certain way. This kind of thought process kept me from appreciating the many different ways that fiber can be spun.

Recently I was out shopping and ran into a book store to see what was new. I ended up in the Arts and Crafts section. I was looking for books on knitting and patterns when I came across a Treasure. It was a book on spinning, but not only does it provide information on spinning itself, it provides information on creating 80 different types of yarns. Provides information on the fiber, the ways of combing and carding and so much more. The beauty of finding this book in the store was the ability to turn each page and see what I was actually getting if I bought the book.

It is called The Spinner’s book of Yarn Designs – Techniques for creating 80 yarns, by Sarah Anderson. If you would like to take a look at it find it HERE on Amazon.

It is easy to create a thick and thin yarn by accident, it comes naturally with the learning process. But to intentionally create a yarn like that or others such Boucles- a yarn that has loops, curls or buckles and Cable Yarns which are long wearing and round, takes practice and knowledge.


I purchased the hard cover edition of this book and found, much to my delight, that there is a wonderful envelope in the back cover that contains cards each of which reference the different types of yarns in her book. They provide a crisp picture of the yarn, a brief description and the page in the book where you can find it.

I have read the first few pages and looked at a some of the types of yarns but I am really looking forward to devoting an afternoon to paging through it cover to cover and eventually practicing some techniques to then spin a really terrific yarn. SIGH ..

I highly recommend this book for those would be and already are, spinners. I think it is a great place to begin or a must-have for those who are experienced but always willing to try something new.

Emma Jane Hogbin Westby
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