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This month: Small-batch American-made gems

Back in 2000 when I began Knitter's Review, I assumed it'd be easy to find out where the fibers in my yarn came from—and, in the case of wool, which sheep breed had been used. Slowly the reality sank in. Fibers

I first set eyes on this yarn during a visit to La Lana Wools, the famous fiber shop in Taos, New Mexico, now gone. La Lana has the visual overwhelm of a Mexican market, only instead of heaping vats of colorful spices

Restaurants sometimes offer a house wine that's of decent quality, reasonably priced, and available by the glass. Some yarn shops offer the knitterly equivalent, their own "house" yarn. And just like house wines, some are more memorable than others. Halcyon Yarn

Even mill owners like to experiment now and then. Colorflow is the playtime project of Anne Bosch, the owner of Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill. She wanted to create a yarn with extremely long, slow color transitions—far longer than what you

Kristine Vejar wants to revitalize the California wool industry, and this yarn represents her first step. Vejar is the creative force behind the Oakland yarn shop A Verb for Keeping Warm. Besides having discriminating taste in other people's yarns, which manifests itself

Swatching and gauge are the two least-sexy topics in knitting—and yet they are also the most vital. We swatch to know how many stitches our hands form in a particular yarn when we use a specific pair of needles. Without that

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Are these unassuming little pucks of 55% Merino lambswool and 45% cotton the perfect solution for knitters in warm climates?

This yarn is a surprising reminder of what's possible when you use more modern, novelty spinning methods on pure natural

Have you ever noticed that some machine-washable wools behave differently than others? It's not your imagination. We have multiple ways

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One cold windy day in Portland, I realized I was just like the shoemaker's children who had no shoes. Only

In defense of swatching as a practical, spiritual, and deeply creative knitting enterprise all its own - with free patterns

As a proud resident of a state whose temperatures can stay below freezing for up to half the year, I

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For anyone who loves writing by hand, or who has fond, easy memories of writing with a plain old No.

The market for interchangeable circular needles has been well-served for years by Knitter's Pride, ChaoGoo, Denise, Addi, Signature, Tulip, Hiya Hiya,

Julie Weisenberger has a history of making tools that elevate your experience of a task. The Knitter's Block frees us from

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I’ve just returned from the American Sheep Industry Association’s annual conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado. Knitters don't go

I've always dreamed of seeing London in December. When I heard news that Pompom was having a Christmas party and

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Imagine being told by your doctor that you can no longer knit. What sounds like

Annabelle lives in a cold little town surrounded by snow and black chimney soot. One

We have loads of superb mitten books, the best of which tend to focus on a

Kate Atherley has long served as the technical editor of Knitty.com, the oldest and largest

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