I picked up several new knitting books last week and have had very little chance to sit down and really look at them until last night. "A Fine Fleece" by Lisa Lloyd is my new favorite knitting book! I love everything in this book and wish I could sit down and start knitting on one of the projects right now. There are 26 projects, including sweaters, vests, hats and scarves and I would be oh so happy knitting any of them. That, my friends, is a rare occurrence for me. I buy lots of books, sometimes because there is one thing in the whole book I really like, so I feel as though I struck gold with this one. The cover and all the inside photographs are so appealing, I can just leaf through it and enjoy looking at the pictures. The patterns are shown in handspun yarn (hence the title), but each item is also shown in a commercial yarn of comparable weight. Besides the beautiful and classic patterns, there is a wealth of information here, from fleece characteristics of different breeds of sheep and other fiber animals to design philosophy.
I have never met Lisa Lloyd and have no vested interest in promoting her book, but I know that I appreciate a recommendation when someone has found a really good knitting book. So there you have it....I would give it 5 stars!