The other day I was in our local bookshop and I came upon this book. I decided to treat myself, because, well, just because. That evening, I got into bed and read the book cover to cover, like a novel. I have always admired Barbara Albright, and have always been curious about her because she lived in Wilton, CT, one town over from where I live.
Beyond the beautiful projects and photos, there are pages and pages of information about all natural fibers from llamas, sheep, goats, bunnies and more, plus a wide range of plant fibers. It's fun to read about the entrepreneurs who are producing fiber, some were new to me, some like old friends, Peace Fleece, Morehouse Merino and on and on.
This book combines patterns, with useful information about fiber and fiber people, making it a nice addition to my knitting library.
It's so sad to think about the passing of Barbara Albright. She died in 2006 at age 51, from a brain tumor, leaving behind her husband and two children. There is a lovely page in the back of the book that lists her many publishing accomplishments in the knitting and food industries, her books leaving a lasting legacy to her loves of fiber and food.
One thing I did not find in the book...a project idea for the yarn pictured above, a 50/50 wool/possum blend that my husband recently brought back from New Zealand.