Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online
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Peru is a country rich in textile artistry—a culture that has long inspired colorful clothing for both the nomadic and romantic at heart. Now, with sumptuous organic yarns derived from the llama and alpaca herds grazed in the Peruvian highlands for generations, and Vogue Knitting designer Jane Ellison as your style guru, you can create the softest, warmest, most luxurious knitted garments imaginable.

This marvelous book dresses you from head to toe—you''ll find cardigans and jackets; sweaters and vests; tunics and dresses; plus hats, scarves, mittens, and socks designed to fit an array of body types as well as suit both modern and traditional tastes. There is seasonal crossover, too: The sleeveless short dress is perfect for a summer lunch out, but is also charming over leggings for the fall. The three-quarter-length coat features a high collar, double-breasted buttons, and extra coverage in back for warmth in cooler weather, and the slouchy hat and flapped mittens are trendy and attractive options when temperatures plummet. Ellison has masterfully included patterns that look more complicated than they are, cleverly employing simple stitches that every knitter can use to create remarkably stylish necklines, sleeves, and edgings.

Her naturally hued palette of plums, blues, browns, ochres, and creams instills an earthy sensuality in the projects reminiscent of a sun-warmed mountain hillside—ideal for the hand-dyed merino wool, baby alpaca, and pima cotton (one of the finest cottons in the world) featured in the Mirasol Yarn Collection. Long and short, loose and form-fitting, chunky and minimalist, modern and classic—these 25 original hand-knit projects make perfect use of the unique qualities inherent in Peruvian yarn—silky softness, depth of color, beautiful drape, and earth-friendly sustainability. They only await your personal touches to make them perfect for you.

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"Ellison offers a collection of 25 tops and accessories meant to bring out the best in the eco-conscious fibers, each of which bears a Quechua name. Her aesthetic plays up long, lithe lines--stripes incorporate vertical ruching, lace columns dress up a hooded zip-up, ribbing alternates knit sections with openwork bands. It''s good work for a good cause." — Yarn Market News


"Many of the twenty-five projects are large garments and ambitious feats for handspun; nonetheless, the patterns have just enough edge to keep the knitting interesting and give the items staying power in your wardrobe." — Spin-Off (September 2011)

About the Author

Jane Ellison is a British knitwear designer who began her career working for Debbie Bliss in London. She has designed for a number of yarn producers and distributors and is involved with the Mirasol Project in the village of Munani in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

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Bonnie Brody
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A Knitting Book with Heart
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2011
Jane Ellison, author of some of my favorite Noro yarn books has written a new book, Knitting with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk . It is a very interesting knitting book. It talks about the Mirasol... See more
Jane Ellison, author of some of my favorite Noro yarn books has written a new book, Knitting with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk . It is a very interesting knitting book. It talks about the Mirasol Project, named after a Peruvian girl named Mirasol "and all that she represents. The company has always had the interests of its employees at heart but felt it was time to go one step further in trying to change their lives for the better." Mirasol comes from a people who live in very harsh conditions, few are literate, the temperatures are chilling in the winter and horribly hot in the summer. Families live in one room huts without windows or a door and most are in poor health. Mirasol and her brother tend a flock of 350 alpacas in Peru. The people come from a "rich heritage of textile artistry. The Mirasol Yarn Collection was started with the aim to raise enough money from the sale of alpaca, wool, silk, and organic cotton yarns, from Quechua and around the world, to support the Mirasol Project. The aim of this project is to build a school for the children of Alpaca shepherds. So far, things have gone as planned and a boarding school has been built. It is necessary for the children to board because most of them live at least ten miles from their families. They get to go home on weekends. The school opened in 2008.

This book contains patterns that utilize Mirasol yarns: baby llama, alpaca, merino wool, and organic cotton. It has four sections: 1 ) Cardigans and Jackets, 2) Sweaters, 3) Dresses and Tunics and 4) Hats, Scarves and MIttens. There are some lovely patterns in this book. My favorites are Qina - a three-quarter sleeve, wrap cardigan; Miski, - a sweater with elongated neck-opening; Akapana - sloppy-joe inspired, raglan sweater; Sulka - seed stitch, floppy hat; Akapana - mittens with finger-flap; and Hacho - lace, skinny scarf.

The book has beautiful photos of Peru and the llamas interspersed throughout. While some of the patterns are not as inspiring as I''d like, the project as whole is wonderful and gets a double thumbs up. I would modify some of the patterns from short sleeve to long sleeve, short waisted to long waisted, etc. Luckily, all of these modifications are easy to do and would be simple for even a beginning knitter. I think the whole idea of the Mirasol Project is wonderful and I heartily give this book a ''5''.
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Barbara Kleindorfer
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Very disappointed with my purchase!
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2019
This book was classified as in very good condition. The only thing that was in very good condition was the cover of the book! Every page in this book was stuck together and had to be prayed apart!
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jamjelly
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Favorite new knitting book
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2011
I have made 3 sweaters and a dress from this book. I even substituted Knit Picks "Comfy Worsted" instead of the Mirasol yarn, and it came out beautifully. I can''t say enough good things about this terrific book!
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penney c
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It''s a Winner!!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
An exquisitely beautiful and very readable book! A feast for the senses...with its "yummy" yarns, breathtaking scenery and stunning photos ....along with those wonderful patterns, too.
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Lianda K Taylor
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Knit - Peruvian
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2014
Of course, these sweaterrs are "to die for". The yarn is hard to find but substitues are readily avaiable and worth the effort of finding and knitting.
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ELLIE
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2014
Excited about getting new ideas
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detective benita
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This book was a disappointment to me
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2015
This book was a disappointment to me. I didn''t care for any of the patterns (this of course is a matter of taste) and finding out that the particular items could ONLY be made from those special yearns was also a set-back.
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whatabargain
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Four Stars
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2015
only worked on one pattern so far
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Ms. N. Campbell
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Paca punch ....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2013
Have knitted a two of the most unusual patterns within this book. The problem is trying to get the wool which the pattern recommends. I resorted to guessing an alternative make of wool, and my cardigan turned out a little small. But still wearable. The initial chapter tells...See more
Have knitted a two of the most unusual patterns within this book. The problem is trying to get the wool which the pattern recommends. I resorted to guessing an alternative make of wool, and my cardigan turned out a little small. But still wearable. The initial chapter tells the story of the Peruvian people and how they began a co-operative for rearing llamas and spinning the wool. And now there is school for the children of the workers. Very, very interesting and an added bonus with the book.
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Colette Gallagher
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2016
Lovely book
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Carroll Lewis
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 9, 2016
This book is great.... so was what I was expecting. Easy patterns, clear instructions, loaded with pictures! Happy Knitting!
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Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online

Knitting high quality discount with Peruvian Yarns: 25 Soft Sweaters and Accessories in Alpaca, Llama, Merino and Silk online