My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


A Book Review

Because I spent a good chunk of my knitting time last night goofing off on the internet, there’s not much knitting progress to show today. So I thought I’d do a book review.

I recently got a copy of A Fine Fleece by Lisa Lloyd. I’ve been looking forward to this book (it was just published earlier this month) and I was not disappointed.

The book has 26 patterns, all designed to be used with handspun yarn. There is a lot of information on different wool types and spinning to help you create the yarn to knit the designs in this book. And each pattern is shown knit both in handspun and a commercially available yarn.

I’ll be honest — I’ve skipped over the spinning information to go straight to the patterns. A couple of years ago I was introduced to Lisa Lloyd designs when my buddy L-B gave me her Halcyon Aran pattern (and yarn to knit it) for Christmas.

There are a bunch of designs in this book that I love. The Halcyon Aran is here, as well as the Flyingdales Cardigan, which I’ll be making some day, and a few others. There are sweaters (suitable for men and women), socks, a hat, and scarves. This one is on my must make list (I’ll be using commercially spun yarn):

So is this:

As far as I’m concerned, this book is a keeper. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, as I said, paltry progress on Lismore. But the next time you see it, it will be done.

Meanwhile, Lucy is exhausted from rehearsing her role as the Killer Rabbit.

She is such an artiste. She will settle for nothing less than perfection from herself.


  1. I SPY a 12 pack of diet Ginger Ale in today’s Lucy pic! I love that stuff! Of course I prefer to chug the fully leaded Ginger Ale, but alas and alack it has too many calories for me to enjoy it on a regular basis! I save it for special times only; popcorn and a great movie (like Chinatown).

    Lucy is so adorable. Yes, artistes must get their rest! I see all of you traveling around to various Renaissance Faires (I believe there is still a large Faire here is SoCal – although it’s changed locations a few times) doing the Monty Python thing. I look forward to a performance ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Enjoy a lovely weekend! luv.m.

  2. RE: yesterday’s post

    Can I play the part of the Holy Hand Grenade?? I promise that I can explode on cue (or at least that’s what my kids say!!!)

    Liz R’s last blog post..27 years down the drain!!

  3. Lisa Lloyd designs are great. I always buy Wild Fibers magazines and I usually search for her patterns first. There are a few on my to knit list also.

    Suzanne’s last blog post..Afghan Square

  4. I just got my copy too. There isn’t one design I don’t like, and I’ll knit some of them. As a spinner who also enjoys processing her own fiber, I’m also interested in the spinning info, so the book is a keeper for me as well.

    Ah, Lucy does look tired after rehearsing for Killer Rabbit – Good thing her momma understands about the artistic perfection thing!

    Sandra D’s last blog post..Rare Moment

  5. I saw a copy of this at SPA a few months ago and have been anxiously waiting for my copy ever since. It’s wonderful and I want to knit everything in it! Yesterday I got Shear Spirit and that’s another fabulous book!

    Carole’s last blog post..Avocado Socks

  6. Jaimie L says:

    I think I see your wheel in the side of Lucy’s picture. Have you not been spinning lately, or just spinning in stealth? If anything can tempt you back to the wheel, I’d think this book would be it.

    I just adopted my mother’s dusty Ashford Traditional wheel. I brought it on the plane with me in pieces. I can’t wait to get started. Now if only there were more hours in the day…

  7. What are the criteria for your “must make” list?

  8. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thank you for the book review, and I’m pleased that Lucy has already started preparing herself for her role. That’s true dedication. I can see her name already on the lists of great artistes: Gish, Bernhardt, Siddons, Redgrave, Lucy….

  9. Your Lucy and My Charlie must be practicing for the same play!! Charlie has been laying in what I call some Lucy Interpretive Positions lately ๐Ÿ™‚

    Danielle from SW MO’s last blog post..Iโ€™m gonna use up my Free uploads for this month on Flickr

  10. Oooh a new book to look for when I get out of work today. Sounds like a good one.

    By the way, I tried having your blog post read to me yesterday with than new little doohicky. What a riot! Your web guru is definitely finding the cool new toys!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Jessica’s last blog post..Button, Button, whoโ€™s got the button?

  11. I love those patterns. But is it true that the sizes *start* at 48″? (I read that in an Amazon review.) Even for an Aran, that’s too much ease for scrawny people like me. I’ll have to browse through it at the store before I commit.

    Have a wonderful, warm, sunny, SPRING weekend!

  12. Andrea, that is totally not true! I believe the largest size on some of them is 48″ and some go up a bit larger, because they are unisex.

  13. Oh, the exhausting work of a house cat is never complete is it Lucy? Thanks for the review, I’ve heard wonderful things about this book from several sources and must now go to put it on my Amazon wishlist so I don’t forget about it. I normally don’t comment much, but I really enjoy your blog. It is one of my daily reads. Your knitting is inspiring and Lucy is wonderful.

    CatieP’s last blog post..Missing in Action

  14. I am SO with you on the book review — I had this one on preorder and I found it at borders a day before it arrived and almost bought it anyway. GORGEOUS book, fabulous patterns, great size range. Anything that makes me want to do cables? Automatically best. book. evar. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Scritches to Lucy!

    violet’s last blog post..Whew! The Other Side.

  15. p.s. That’s my review Andrea’s quoting, and yeah, it does look a little bit ambiguous. What I meant, in the context of the whole paragraph, is that instead of being one of those sized-for-girls-with-no-boobs books (ROWAN, ANYONE?), the sizes go all the way up to boobgirl sizes. The smallest one *tops out* at 48″, as far as I can see, rather than thinking that an XXL is a 40″ bust. (and what planet are THEY on? Jeez.)

    violet’s last blog post..Whew! The Other Side.

  16. I have been lusting after that book, it’s on my wish list at Amazon, but can’t afford/justify another knitting related book right now. sigh… I’ll have to be patient and wait till my b/d in August…

  17. I really love the idea of this book. I have seen a number of reviews for it, and it is certainly on my list. I’ll probably have to order it, because while my local bookstore has knitting books they don’t really stock anything about spinning.

    Of course, I mostly like it because it gives the options for buying finished yarns. While I am enjoying learning to spin, I don’t think I’d be up to spindle-spinning an entire sweater’s worth of yarn anytime soon.

    Seanna Lea’s last blog post..some weeks are just much busier than others

  18. Cool! I have been hoping to hear reviews about this book… I knew of Ms Lloyd’s designs ever since falling hard-hard for her heirloom baby aran set from IK a while back, and that skill + spinning? Happy to hear its a keeper ๐Ÿ™‚

    aija’s last blog post..etsy friday