Jillian’s Spinning: My Favorite Books of the Year 2015

Jillian's Favorite Books of the Year
Jillian’s Favorite Books of the Year

Longtime Knitty readers know that I write most of the book reviews for Knitty. I am a craft book lover, my house is filled with bookcases, library carts and stacks of books. In all of the years I’ve reviewed books for Knitty it never gets old; I still am thrilled when a book shaped package comes in the mail. The books I’ve shown above are my favorites for this year. They represent, above all, a passion for their topic. They are original and the how-to parts of the how-to books are spot on. They all, self published or big publisher published, have a personalty, they convey the joy each writer has for their subject. They are all books that I have learned from, that I have, or will, read from cover to cover more than once. They brought more to my life than a craft, they brought knowledge and tapped into my curiosity.

Here’s the list with links:

You might notice that there is not a spinning book on that list. It’s not becasue no wonderful spinning books were published this year because there were. It’s because the spinning world lost a great this year and I want to honor him by choosing his book, still one of the best ever published, as my spinning book of the year.

Alden Amos
Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning

If you haven’t read the beautiful words Margalit Fox wrote for the New York Times, take a minute to read about a man who brought so much life to our craft.

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com