Item description for Spin It: Making Yarn from Scratch by Lee Raven & Traci Bunkers...
Here are step-by-step instructions and illustrations that explain how to make yarn from scratch using handspindlessimple tools used to turn wool into yarn. Designed to appeal to the beginning spinner, tips and hints are provided that illustrate how easy, enjoyable, and relaxing spinning can be. This manual also includes complete instructions for five simple, appealing projects: a woven sleeve, a knitted bunny bag, a knitted baby hat, knitted fingerless mittens, and a crocheted hat.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.75" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499365 ISBN13 9781931499361
Reviews - What do customers think about Spin It: Making Yarn from Scratch?
Interesting Jul 23, 2008
I found this book to be interesting, and filled with the information I need. Thank you
still need instructions Dec 22, 2007
I've never spun anything in my life. I found this book, and after looking through it, I WILL say, it has good illustrations,but, still too advanced for me. Like I said, I know ZERO about fiber, yarns, spinning. I will still have to have personal instructions to learn how to spin any yarn or fibers, or whatever term is used. I wanted to know exactly how to pull fiber from roving, and how to do the tension thing properly, and how exactly to get it to go from the pile of roving to becoming a piece of yarn. I haven't learned that from this book, yet.
Great introductory booklet for new spindle-only spinners May 13, 2007
I picked up "Spin-It" along with several other new spinning books to add to my library (the others being "The Spinners Companion" and "Spin to Knit" -- both excellent books). I was very surprised when I opened the box and found that what I thought was a reasonably sized book was in fact a twenty-five-ish page booklet.
The content is good and mainly covers the mechanics of spinning. It also includes a good how-to on how to make a CD spindle, although you can find similar instructions for free on the Interweave webpage. The booklet additionally covers a brief introduction to scouring and carding. There were three or four knit projects in the back, although how any spinning beginner could tackle a three ply angora still boggles my mind.
The booklet does not cover anything other than basic spindle spinning. If you need a intro to wheel spinning you would be better off with the author's other intro "Hands On Spinning" or or Shannon Okey's "Spin to Knit." I would actually recommend "Spinning in the Old Way" above this title for new spindle spinners as it has much more information to grow with as you become more proficient with spindle spinning.
What a great book! Jan 10, 2007
I found this book really helpful and have read it and referred back to it MANY TIMES!
Learning to Spin Aug 10, 2006
Excellent instructions for preparing the roving for spinning. Up until reading this book I was unable to get the roving to separate and allow the fibers to slip past each other. Great job.