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January 18, 2012



Picking a "best" of 2011 book would be about as difficult for me as saying which of my children I love most. I added quite a few wonderful fiber books to my library last year. The first (and only so far) from which I'm knitting a project (it was a rough year...) is a book I bought from a woman in Japan. The English translation of the title is Ideas for Double-sided Knitted Scarves. I'm (still) working on a gorgeous reversible cable scarf for my older daughter's "slightly late" Christmas gift.


My favorite book in 2011:
The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn by Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson

This is a wonderful book, but I am only 1/3 through. But very easy to pick up and put down. I know this will be a cherished book and never leave my library.

My second favorite was: Journal Spilling: Mixed-Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout. I have been trying to create a journal. Not really an art journal, since I cannot draw. But one where I can put down inspirations and idea for my fiber/yarn/knitting habit. Also used techniques for a travel journal. I have been stepping further to play with color. Very fun.


I just love Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. What a treasure this is! Never be afraid to try new fibers or techniques.

Dawn Buzzard

Although it's an older book, I finally picked up a copy of Kristen Glasbrook's Tapestry Weaving. I've been a spinner for a long time and am enjoying using my handspun yarn for weaving. I would love to have Lexi's book to learn new spinning techniques!


This last year I got some joy out of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain . . . my sketching technique improved dramatically.


Craft Activism is a cool book, one I wish I had written dang it!

Debra Lee

I have too many to choose from buy I really want to learn to spin!

Denise Royal

I am not really a favorite book person. I had several crochet books I used over last year and loved them all.


Favourite book from last year has to be the Fleece and Fibre Sourcebook, fantastic resource.
This book looks very interesting, thank you for the opportunity.

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