Item description for Luxury Knitting: The Ultimate Guide to Exquisite Yarns: Cashmere*Merino*Silk by Linda Morse, Lidia Karabinech, Lina Perl & Colby Brin...
The owner of New York City's premier knitting boutique--String--takes knitters on a tour of the world where superior fibers are found and woven into luxury yarns.
The softest cashmeres, sensuous silks, fine merino wools...Knitters are inevitably drawn to the look and feel of gold-standard yarns found in a Gucci sweater or a Zegna suit. Now they're invited on a superbly photographed journey with knitting aficionado and entrepreneur, Linda Morse, to the regions of the world where luxury yarns were born. Meet the shearers and spinners of Ireland, Asia, and Italy. Go back in time to when Spain's king wore Merino underwear in testament to its wonderful feel--and breeding secrets were national treasures. Find out how prized textiles are manufactured, from raw fiber to finished product, and why one fiber is more precious than another. Detailed fabric characteristics and valuable tips on care and handling included.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9" Height: 10.5" Weight: 1.88 lbs.
Release Date Oct 28, 2005
Publisher Sixth&Spring Books
ISBN 1931543860 ISBN13 9781931543866
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Reviews - What do customers think about Luxury Knitting: The Ultimate Guide to Exquisite Yarns: Cashmere*Merino*Silk?
Great fiber background, terrible patterns Feb 9, 2008
I give this book three stars for the information it gives on the history of the fiber's use, and its processing, properties, and care. The patterns (2 or 3 per fiber type) aren't anything special and they are not photographed well. I had fun reading it but I wouldn't knit any of these things and I don't think it's worth owning unless you use a lot of cashmere, silk, and fine merino.
Extravagantly disappointing Jul 19, 2006
There is some info in this book I haven't seen elsewhere about the sources for these luxury fibers, their history and care, etc. This part of the book reads like a travelog, with nice pictures of goats on the steppes and silkworms. The author has strong opinions about what brands of yarn you should buy, and coindentally, they are all sold at her shop.
But people don't buy books like this for the history lesson. They want good patterns. These patterns are a joke. At least, I think they are a joke: with this style of photography, you can see every eyelash on the model, but you can't see more than six inches of the garment. For expensive yarns like this, you want either classic styles that flatter, or interesting knitting, or both. Here you get neither. Garter stitch pillows. Yawn. And do you really want to invest in 23 balls of Italian cashmere yarn to make a plain stockinette stitch poncho accented with MINK???
I like to splurge on luxury yarns from time to time, but I won't be making any of this stuff.
One of the BEST! Mar 16, 2006
This is a FABULOUS book. Elegant and informative....definately on my top ten knitting book list. You will not be disappointed!
SO SOFT!!! Dec 8, 2005
I HAVE BEEN KNITTING FOR ABOUT 3 YRS NOW & GET TO EVERY KNIT STORE I CAN. I JUST HAPPENED TO BE IN NYC LAST SATURDAY & STOPPED IN THE AUTHOR'S STORE FOR SOME CASHMERE. I WALKED OUT WITH A LOT OF CASHMERE & A FULL PRICE COPY OF THIS GORGEOUS BOOK! THE DESIGNS ARE BEAUTIFUL, ESPECIALLY THE PLEATED DRESS. I BOUGHT THE BOOK FOR THAT PATTERN ALONE. YOU WON'T BE SORRY UNLESS YOU PASS UP THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK.
A great resource Nov 14, 2005
The three chapters in this book talk about everything from where the raw fiber comes from and how it's processed to how to knit with it and how to buy the best quality yarns. The pictures in each chapter are incredible, like a National Geographic. And each chapter has patterns for that particular type of fiber, designed with each fibers' characteristics in mind. The cashmere cape with mink trim is stunning, and the baby items are so cute.
This book is more than just a pattern book because of all the information in each chapter. I think it's a must-have for any serious knitter, and a beautiful book to flip through even if you don't knit.