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The Natural Knitter

  After a series of trendy knitting books that left me unimpressed and slightly annoyed, finally a book to treasure for years to come. I put this book in the timeless category for several reasons. It provides a good overview of the various natural fibers (animal and plant) and beautiful projects to highlight each one. More than twenty projects and with such a variety that I dare you not to find something you like. They include classic styles and innovative techniques with something for everybody.

Each project provides also information about the people behind the yarns, often small companies or individual entrepreneurs who are building their businesses with environmentally friendly practices.

Beautifully designed and photographed, too.

The Natural Knitter: How to Choose, Use, and Knit Natural Fibers from Alpaca to Yak
by Barbara Albright
Potter Craft (2007)
Hardcover, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1400053528
ISBN-13: 9781400053520


I've been anticipating this book for weeks. I spent my lunch hour today at Barnes & Noble flipping through it and enjoying every page. I absolutely love the photography and attention to materials. I might just buy it!

I can't wait for mine to arrive. I ordered it after your earlier posting. I can't resist knitting books, and it's nice to know that I have a good one on its way to me!

oh those project pics look lovely ~ thanks for the great preview, as always, francesca ;)

An off-topic comment to thank you *so much* for your Italian tubular cast-on tutorial!

The other method takes me about an hour and a half just to get the cast on done for *one* mitten; it really doesn't seem worth it anymore. And it was picky and easy to mess up.

Your clear instructions made the ITCO a complete cinch, and wow, is it super-quick, with perfect results. Heartfelt thanks for sharing a wonderful knitting method.

I'm like Joanne, I collect books and I usually buy them without actually seeing them! Good to know that there are some lovely projects in it. Thanks, Francesca.

A quivit twinset? Oh ... I'm drooling.

I've looked through the book, and I agree with you, it's got lovely projects, and the photography is quite nice.

It came as a shock to me when I learned that Barbara Albright died recently. Did you know?

That's a wonderful discovery, that is! I don't think my library can do without this book ;) Thank you.

Thank you for that review, I've been thinking about buying the book for a bit now and I definitely will now. I share your disappointment with recent trendy knitting books, this one seems like one I'd flip through regularly just to read.