No Sheep for You

No Sheep for You : Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights

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In a world where sheep-based knitting is the norm, do you feel left out? Are you knitting for someone who won't wear wool? Lucky you! Yummy yarn materials can be found growing out of the ground, bubbling out of Pyrex beakers, and keeping bugs warm while they grow wings. You just need to get to know these fibers so you can make the most of them. Amy R. Singer, editor of Knitty online magazine, knows non-wool fibers and their secrets. She's allergic to wool and has spent most of her knitting life trying to knit just like everyone else but without the baa. In No Sheep for You she shares her best non-wool knowledge. This how-to guide will teach you all about non-wool yarns, focusing on plant fibers including cotton, linen, hemp, soy, bamboo, Tencel, rayon, the new synthetics and more, plus the most delicious non-wool of all: silk. Learn why each fiber behaves the way it does, how to make it do what you want it to do, and when it's time to try something else instead. This wild world of fibers is accompanied by 22 classic and wearable patterns for socks, scarves, hats, shawls, sweaters, vests, and bags - all created with fibers that never had four legs. An entire chapter is devoted to tips and tricks that save time and money. Learn the inside scoop that will enable you to get the look of wool in your knitting while using the fibers you prefer. No more baggy sweaters that grow to your knees. No more gaping cables. No more droopy socks! Take your knitting to the next level with No Sheep for You.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 226.06 x 317.5 x 35.56mm | 703.06g
  • Interweave Press Inc
  • Loveland, CO, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations throughout
  • 1596680121
  • 9781596680128
  • 121,678

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Are you allergic to wool, or knitting a gift for someone who can't or won't wear it? This book - with its highly amusing front cover - first introduces you to wool alternatives and then goes into greater detail so you learn what each fibre does and doesn't do, and why that's the case. That way you can choose the right yarn for any project. The author learned to knit at age six, and discovered soon afterwards that she was allergic to wool. Since then she's been finding alternatives for her knitting projects, so she certainly knows her stuff! There are 22 designs in this book using mainly plant fibres such as cotton, linen, hemp, soy and bamboo.-Knit Today

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About Amy R. Singer

Amy R. Singer is the founder of, an online knitting magazine that has attracted 15 million visitors, and a columnist for Interweave Knits magazine. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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