Book pays homage to wool

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Ruapuna author Val Taylor with her latest book Perfect Companions.
Ruapuna author Val Taylor with her latest book Perfect Companions.
Ruapuna author Val Taylor’s latest book is a homage to the natural fibre of wool and a book to encourage more people to knit.

Called Perfect Companions, the book is dedicated to sheep farmers around the world, and also to past, present and future knitters.

The front cover shows a picture of wool, a spinning wheel and knitting wool and needles,

Mrs Taylor, who grew up on a sheep and crop farm, is a keen knitter and her book features patterns and advice, short stories, and also baking recipes and homecraft snippets.

Square knits are a particular favourite for the author who has been a knitter for seven decades.

"I’m tired of seeing all the synthetic clothing out there.

"We need to promote wool and wool products more as far as I’m concerned."

The 80-year-old said the variety and snippets in Perfect Companions was based on the girls’ annuals she used to read when growing up.

She said the book was an easy read and the "perfect book to browse and relax with".

The book offers a brief history of the Early’s of Witney, England, a business that started making fine wool blankets in 1669 and later saw family members move across the world to New Zealand.

Another chapter outlines local success story, Ashford Handicrafts, and its spinning wheel.

The 123 page book is Mrs Taylor’s 32nd.

Previous books have focused on self-help stories, Christian testimonies, a book penned with local rugby legend John "Bigsy" McLay, and homecraft.

Mrs Taylor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s late last year, but is already part way through another knitting book.

She intends presenting Perfect Companions to a number of resthomes for seniors to enjoy and also to use for square knit patterns.

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