Gifts for Spinners: Spinning Books & a Kate Atherley Pattern Giveaway!

Not a lot of spinning books come out every year, but when they do we want them all!  We had four come out this year and the focus was on color. I am not going to play favorites, but I will tell you the type of spinner that each book will appeal to most.

Every spinner wants spinning books!

Dyeing to Spin and Knit by Felicia Lo. Interested in dyeing your own fiber? Buy this book, and you will dye beautiful fiber.

Spinning Hand Dyed Fibre by Katie Weston. This is the book for you if you want a spinner who makes her living dyeing fiber to show you how to spin all those colors into beautiful yarn.

A New Spin on Color by Alanna Wilcox. Interested in spinning your painted braids in 20 different ways? This is your book.

The Big Book of Fibery Rainbows by Suzy Brown and Arlene Thayer. Want to create uniquely colored fibers with tools like a drum carder, combs or a hackle and spin art yarns? This book should be on your shelf.





Cross My Palm (imagine these in hand dyed, handspun yarn)
Photo by Gillian Martin 2017

Did you see the mitt pattern that Kate Atherley released Monday? It’s called Cross My Palm and uses between 100-175 yards of fingering weight yarn (about 14 wpi). She used Koigu (approx 1,600 ypp) for her pair.

As soon as I saw it, my whole stash of fingering weight handspun rose up and chased me around the house. At least that’s what it felt like. These would be particularly fab in yarn made from a color-manipulated hand dyed braid of fiber, just sayin’.

Kate’s giving away one copy of the pattern before US Thanksgiving! Leave your comment below before noon est on Wednesday November 22, 2017 to be entered for a chance to win.

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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

53 thoughts on “Gifts for Spinners: Spinning Books & a Kate Atherley Pattern Giveaway!

  1. mellenknits

    Love the new mitt pattern! I’m headed to the book store this weekend to pick up a copy of Knit Mitts – this would be a nice addition

  2. Meghan

    I love Kate’s use of ribbing in her mit patterns. My pair of Gibson mitts are my go to when it’s cold.

  3. Patricia

    I’ve never done fingerless gloves. This looks like a lovely pattern and Kate’s work is always superb.

  4. C Barney

    This looks like a fun fingerless mitt pattern; would love to win. I have lots of fingering weight which would be appropriate.

  5. Josiane

    Oh, I can absolutely see those lovely fingerless mitts made out of handspun! What a great pattern! Thank you for bringing it to our attention! It’s going straight to my favorites, and quite possibly to my wish list, too – unless I’m lucky enough to win the copy Kate is generously offering, of course!

    Thanks also for mentionning those books and summarizing who would be most interested in each. I love Katie Weston’s colour sense, and from what I’ve seen of her book, it sounds really useful!

  6. emmyjaymakes

    Wow — there’s a skein (or two) (or ten) of fingering yarn in my stash just pleading to be knit up into those mitts!

  7. Suzanne Turgeon

    What an interesting pattern! Love patterns with a new twist to keep the knitting fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Samina

    I took a class with Kate @ 2016 Webs retreat. She is fantastic teacher & writes fantastic patterns. I’d love to get my mitts on this pattern!

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