This week’s book review is actually of a knitting book. However, there is a wealth of knowledge in here about local yarns and it’s an amazing book for that reason that I think crocheters might enjoy even if they don’t know. I know I enjoyed it! If you like what you read in this review, come back tomorrow and enter to win it in Day 7 of 31 Days of Crochet Giveaways. The book is Knit Local by Tanis Gray.

Who This Yarn Book is For

This is a super cool book celebrating America’s fiber festivals and the local yarn producers that sell fiber at those festivals. Anyone who is interested in yarn dyeing and spinning, buying local and attending the nation’s fiber festivals will find this book to be a wonderful read and a valuable resource. It is heavily geared towards knitters but has so much yarn-y goodness that it’s worth reading for that alone.

Format of This Book

The book begins with a great intro by the author about why we should be local and what that even means. Then it delves into information about various yarn sellers and offers a project to go along with each one. These sellers are divided into four chapters, based on their location (northeast, south, Midwest and West).

For each seller’s page, we get the following awesome info:

  • The name of the yarn seller and a tagline telling us about it.
  • The history of the seller’s farm and business including their business philosophy.
  • Location and website location.
  • Yarns available from this seller.
  • Lots of photos of the yarns and the fiber farm.
  • A pattern designed to go along with the seller’s info. The patterns include all of the basic information you’ll find in any knit or crochet pattern and photos of the finished items. Charts are included.
  • At the end of each chapter we get a list of other yarn sellers in that info along with information about the project designers for that section.
At the end of the book is two pages of listing for fiber events and festivals around the nation throughout the year. What a great resource. This is followed by a page of resources, a page of info on abbreviations and a basic index.

Other Book Notes

Conclusion: Despite being a book for knitters, Knit Local is a book that can easily be enjoyed by crocheters. We all love yarn, after all! It shows terrific support for fiber farms and small yarn businesses which handmade crafters often appreciate.

If your interest is piqued, you may want to check out the terrific review and interview with the author that Underground Crafter did for this book.

Do you buy locally sourced yarn? Why or why not?

Full Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. This did not impact my review. I will be giving away my copy tomorrow on this blog.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. Marie/Underground Crafter Reply

    And there are two awesome crochet patterns inside :).

    • Kathryn Reply

      Are there @Marie? I didn’t see them even though I do remember you mentioning that in your review. I’m going to have to look through the book more carefully!

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