This is a very bittersweet review of Barbara Albright’s “The Natural Knitter”.  Barbara wrote both knitting and cooking books.  Sadly she died last fall of a brain tumor at the age of 51. This was her last book, and regrettable she missed enjoying her wonderful book. The world has lost a wonderful person, knitter and author. When Barbara wrote “The Natural Knitter” it had to be an enormous task to write and illustrate.  This book is like an encyclopedia of yarn all natural all beautiful. You will learn what natural fibers to use from Alpaca to Yak.  We are all familiar with the new interest in natural fibers like cotton, flax and hemp and all other fibers that come from plants.  Barbara introduces us to a fiber called vicuna and it is softer than cashmere and extremely protective. The vicuna is a rare wild animal which sports hair less than half the diameter of the finest sheep’s wool. Its wool is not just for show, however. Because it lives at an elevation of between 12,000 and 18,000 feet on the slopes of the Andes Mountains it needs that insulating coat. Up there, near the snow line the days are beautifully sunny but at night the temperatures plummet to many degrees below zero. I learned that you can spin fibers directly from an Angora rabbit onto a spinning wheel, which is absolutely amazing to me and that angora goats produce mohair.  Did you know cashmere comes from the Cashmere goat? You will learn about different qualities of particular fibers, it also provides information about the animals and plants that provide the yarn. You will learn which plants produce fibers for each yarn and which animals yield fiber for other natural yarns. If you are in to eco-friendly knitting then this book is a must have for the conservationist knitter.  The section on natural dyes used centuries ago is a must read to keep fibers toxin free.  Did you know that there are yarns made from bison, guanaco (The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a camelid animal native to South America) and even yarn made from pineapples, I didn’t! You certainly see that this book was created by people who are passionate about fiber.  In addition to all the great information about the yarns themselves and where they came from, there are also 23 patterns using the different fibers Barbara has introduced us too, helping you be aware of how you can use these fibers to their best advantage. Carol Cypher, is one of the contributors in this book on felting, an author in her own right, so you may want to take a look at her blog. This is a book you will definitely want for your knitting, felting and fiber library. It is a beautiful hardcover book with stunning photography by Alexandra Grablewski. This giveaway will run from July 20th through August 2nd.  In the comment section simply type “enter me” I know that everyone will want this book as a living memory of Barbara Albright. This book is available at Amazon.com if you would like to purchase it. I want to thank Random House books for making this giveaway possible.




Cashmere goat

Cashmere goat

By Linda Lanese


50 Comments so far

  1. Jennifer Denning on July 21, 2009 6:42 am

    Enter me, please.

  2. kim on July 21, 2009 6:43 am

    another beautiful book give-away? yippee! life is good :) thanks, linda… this one looks lovely!

  3. Cheri on July 21, 2009 7:14 am

    Please enter me. Thank you!

  4. Turtle on July 21, 2009 7:32 am

    enter me!

    I have had this on my list at the local lib (like to peek through them before purchasing) So sad to hear of her passing!

  5. Tricia on July 21, 2009 8:09 am

    enter me! (pretty please :^)

  6. Jill on July 21, 2009 8:17 am

    Thanks! I recently became disabled and am looking into several fiber arts, and this intersts me because I have knit some in the past. The book looks awesome!

  7. Margie on July 21, 2009 9:19 am

    Enter me! It looks like a beautiful book.


  8. Becky on July 21, 2009 10:33 am

    What a great give away! What a gorgeous book!

  9. Rosemary on July 21, 2009 10:45 am

    Looks like the perfect book to settle down with on a blustery day. Enter me, please……

  10. helenlam on July 21, 2009 10:54 am

    Enter me. Thanks!

  11. Joy Brooks on July 21, 2009 10:59 am

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  12. Carmen on July 21, 2009 11:07 am

    “enter me” It sounds like a wonderful book!

  13. Sharon Rose on July 21, 2009 11:33 am

    Enter me!! Please please please!

  14. Kim on July 21, 2009 11:37 am

    enter me please! Thanks!

  15. Theresa on July 21, 2009 12:57 pm

    What a great give away. Enter me!

  16. Erin L on July 21, 2009 1:00 pm

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  17. Kim R. on July 21, 2009 1:37 pm

    Please enter me in this wonderful book giveaway – Thank you!

  18. Mila on July 21, 2009 1:58 pm

    Please enter me for this giveaway. This book looks great! What inspiration…I’m a new knitter…..

    Thank you…

  19. gail on July 21, 2009 3:13 pm

    Please enter me for this gorgeous book. Thank you.

  20. Sue K on July 21, 2009 3:46 pm

    ooh, ooh, please enter me!!!

  21. Eleanor (undeadgoat) on July 21, 2009 4:21 pm

    Please enter me–I’ve read this book from the library, but want it around for the inspiration alone!

  22. Cristy on July 21, 2009 5:34 pm

    Enter me!

    Sounds like something from a scifi movie.. like “Beam me up!”

    Thanks for this!

  23. Lisa R. on July 21, 2009 6:45 pm

    I would love to be entered in this giveaway…thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Katerina on July 22, 2009 6:13 am

    Enter me please – and thanks for the lovely review!

  25. Liz on July 22, 2009 8:27 am

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  26. Jessica Jones on July 22, 2009 8:55 am

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    What a lovely book!

  27. Sa Fouche on July 22, 2009 3:24 pm

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  28. Heather on July 22, 2009 6:26 pm

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  29. Elaine on July 22, 2009 11:04 pm

    enter me please will put on my wish list.

  30. Karen on July 23, 2009 6:42 pm

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  31. Carol on July 24, 2009 5:31 am

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  32. Rosalie Price on July 24, 2009 1:17 pm

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  34. knitmit on July 26, 2009 6:14 pm

    enter me! i <3 books!

  35. Tamika on July 26, 2009 8:03 pm

    Please enter me for this lovely giveaway. I love natural fibers. ^_^

  36. Kitten With A Whiplash on July 26, 2009 10:49 pm

    Enter me, thank you.

  37. One Sheep on July 27, 2009 12:03 am

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  38. Carrie on July 27, 2009 5:08 am

    This looks like a wonderful title! Please enter me.

  39. Shannah on July 28, 2009 11:31 am

    Enter me, too, please! Thanks!

    (found you via Ravelry :-) )

  40. Gloria on July 30, 2009 8:00 am

    Don’t know if I’m a natural….but enter me in.

  41. Shay Williams on July 30, 2009 10:47 am

    please enter me.

  42. Jean Melton on July 30, 2009 11:06 am

    This book sounds like one that might help me as I already have yarn I spun and natural dyed years ago and I’d like to make use of it.
    Please enter me.

  43. Pat Moore on July 30, 2009 12:24 pm

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  44. tami on August 1, 2009 7:05 am

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  45. jane thompson on August 2, 2009 11:44 am

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  46. Rose on October 14, 2011 2:33 pm

    I would love to win this fabulous looking book.

    Thank you.

  47. amy lounsberry on October 15, 2011 7:45 am

    Please enter my name in the give-away

  48. Liza Starr Lilly on November 10, 2011 1:50 pm

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  49. Diane Melendez on November 11, 2011 5:56 pm

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  50. Michelle N. McCrillis on December 26, 2011 4:44 pm

    Enter me, please. Natural fiber knitting is my passion.

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