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  • SubGenre:Needlework / Knitting
  • Language:English
  • Pages:168
  • Paperback ISBN:9780578384986

Knit (Spin) Sweden!

Second Edition

by Sara J. Wolf and Josefin Waltin

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•    Read championship spinner Josefin Waltin's analyses of fleece from many of the 19 heritage and endangered sheep. She will provide the details of how each can be processed and used to create unique, artisanal yarn.    
•    Learn where to find unusual fleece across the country.
•    Visit spinning mills to see the incredible range of yarns being produced for knitters and weavers.
•    Enjoy knitting patterns designed by Sara Wolf from historical garments in Swedish museums.
•    Discover famous and newly minted designers in Sweden and knit their beautiful designs.
•    See where Sweden’s knitting heritage fits into the history of knitting.

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It's easy to find a local yarn shop, find a traditional knitted item to buy as a souvenir, and go home satisfied that you've made a connection to a new place. For author Sara Wolf, that wasn't enough. She wanted to see what the locals were doing; talk to other knitters about their craft; find yarn from local sheep and understand the culture. In writing this book she not only visited yarn shops but also sheep farms throughout the Swedish countryside, countless museums with textile collections and a few spinning mills, too. She's spent significant time swatching various Swedish yarns, learning about native sheep breeds, and how to locate commercially available Swedish yarns. Many are truly artisanal craft yarns found only at fairs or craft shops. Others are available online, although often only in Europe. This book intends to create a wider audience for Swedish fibers, both commercially produced and conservation breeds. If there is a demand for the fleece, wool, and yarn, there will be encouragement for farmers to rebuild these herds.
About the author

Sara Wolf is a life-long knitter who spent her career in a variety of museum storage rooms as a textile conservator. Her love of textiles and travel led her to seek out yarns and knitting techniques around the world. She now uses West Brookfield, MA as a jumping off point to research, write about and teach knitting. She also thinks of herself as a spinning wannabe, and occasionally dips her toes into weaving, all while dreaming of the next sheep-based adventure.

Josefin Waltin has been a knitter since age 10 but now considers herself first and foremost a spinner.  She focuses mainly on different spindle types and wool processing from raw fleece to a finished textile.  She runs a blog from her home in Stockholm, Sweden where she dives into new spinning experiences every week.  Josefin teaches spinning in Sweden and in her online school.  She is habitually curious of textile techniques and enjoys learning how to spin for new purposes.