The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. This week is W’s birthday so we went out and had a really good time in London. I have take some photos so I will post them soon.

front cover

I am reviewing The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes. She has previously published The Knitter’s Book of Yarn. Most importantly she is the publisher of knittersreview.com which I am a proud member of.

My favourite chapter

My favourite chapter

So why am I reviewing this book? Because every knitter (esp. the geek knitters) should have one. It’s a book that has compiled all the essential information about the fiber and wool, their charateristics, different types … basically everything that you cannot find in ordinary pattern books. ON TOP OF THAT, there are many wonderful patterns which you can knit (more later).

My favourite chapters are the first 3 chapters. It’s just so interesting finding out all the facts and information about wool. I have read these chapters so many times already. It’s like eating sticky toffee pudding.

Flicka Hat - Love the colour combination.

Flicka Hat - Love the colour combination.

What’s so amazing about this book is that it also includes wonderful patterns which are all knitt-able.

Tibetan Cloud Beaded Stole

Tibetan Cloud Beaded Stole

The projects use appropriate use of the yarn and they are all clearly written in full colour pages.

Risti Mittens

Risti Mittens

Projects range from small items like Risti Mittens (I love them!!) to larger projects like garments and bags (below).

Reflecting Pools Bag

Reflecting Pools Bag

I do like the Reflecting Pools Bag. They way the pattern utilises fair isle makes the whole fabric more solid. This makes knitted bag less elastic and strong.

Responses to “The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes”

  1. Pili

    It does look like a super fun and informative book!

    I’m really glad to hear you had a fun weekend and the b-day celebration was great!

    My weekend was mostly quiet, since I work on Saturday.

    Have a great week! I’m already looking forward to Furry Friday!!

    • kyoko

      Hi Pili!
      Hope you managed to rest on Sunday after working on Saturday. The birthday celebration was very good. I am in the process of sorting out the photos at the moment ๐Ÿ˜€
      Hope you are having a good week! See you soon ๐Ÿ˜‰
      x
      Kyoko

  2. Mary

    Hi Kyoko!

    Looking forward to seeing Wesley’s birthday photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The book looks fab! I really like it, and will check it out on Amazon. The thing that concerns me (a novice knitter) is that the patterns looks quite complicated? Or is it just me? May be I need to learn how colour knit.

    You should hold a workshop to teach us novice. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kyoko

      Hi Mary!
      I would say the patterns are for intermediate knitters. There were some really nice fingerless gloves for beginner – intermediate which I know you will like. You should totally try it ๐Ÿ˜‰
      It would be really fun to do a workshop in a lovely cafe or something one day ๐Ÿ˜‰
      x
      kyoko

  3. What a lovely book! I meant to day that I received the package and was thrilled with everything :o) Thanks so much, Esther xx

    • kyoko

      Hi Esther!
      Thank you for letting me know ๐Ÿ˜€ so happy that you like them.
      Hope you have a good week!
      x
      kyoko

  4. Tracy

    Thanks for another great review, Kyoko! I didn’t know about this one… Happy Birthday to W! :o) And happy week to you all there–all creatures great and small ;o) ((HUGS))

    • kyoko

      Hi Tracy!
      I think you will like this book. I really enjoyed reading about all the wool info. Checking which kind of wool is the softest etc..
      The patterns are all lovely.
      Kumo and Wata are currently sleeping in their houses. Kumo vandalised Wata’s house just 5 min ago and they have swopped the position. Hope Charlie is well ๐Ÿ˜€
      x
      kyoko

  5. I have nominated you for an award on my blog, do check it out. Merry Christmas.

    • kyoko

      Hi Sue!
      Thank you so much. I must pop over now ๐Ÿ˜€
      x
      Kyoko

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