I have fallen in love. Wish it was a guy but - no - it's a book. I picked up "The Knitter's Book of Yarn" this week and am amazed by the amount of knowledge in this book. Clara Parkes has spent a great deal of time researching all types of yarn, how they are made and what to do with them.
Several posts ago I was wondering how soy yarn was made. Well, I have my answer. The book explains how Henry Ford was involved in creating this fiber and - you'll have to get a copy to find out. (sorry - don't want to get into trouble with the author!) Anyway, the book is over 250 pages. The first section goes through Fiber foundations - protein fibers, cellulose fiber, etc. Next section discusses the making of yarn. After hat how plying and cabling yarn happens and how this process affects the final product. The last section is called "Putting it all together". Throughout the book there are patterns. The cover says 40 patterns. There's socks, scarves, hats, washcloths, sweaters and more.
The book is $30.o0 (US) and is a bit more than I like to spend on a book but it's such a great reference book that I know I'll be referring to it for many years to come. NOTE: I just did a link to Amazin and it's $19.80 there. Oh well - I got it from a LYS and they needed my business more than Amazon.