As a proud resident of a state whose temperatures can stay below freezing for up to half the year, I am very well-versed in the art of keeping warm. I suspect you are too, for the simple reason that nobody likes to freeze to death?
During my brief but illustrious career as a baker, I was tasked with building the breakfast menu. Someone else provided the toast, bagels, sweet rolls, and croissants, but everything else was up for grabs. After weeks of churning through all sorts of biscuits and muffins
First came Shelter, launched in 2010—and then Loft the following year. Quarry completed the trilogy.
All three of the core Brooklyn Tweed yarns shared a very specific parentage. They were made from the coats of Targhee-Columbia sheep from Wyoming, whose fibers were scoured in the United
We have loads of superb mitten books, the best of which tend to focus on a specific cultural tradition.
My personal favorites are Lizbeth Upitis' Latvian Mittens, Annemor Sundbø's Norwegian Mittens and Gloves, and Robin Hansen's Favorite Mittens, which captures patterns and techniques from the Canadian Maritimes and Scandinavia.
I'm a sucker for cashmere and cute packaging.
But there's something more to these kits, which actually don't look like kits at all—they look like a sort of magical multicolored caterpillar in fiber form.
I first noticed them in people's pictures on Instagram. I followed the tags and
How do you keep that spark alive?
You know, the one that drove you to knit in the first place, that still makes your fingers tingle, even produces butterflies on occasion, in the presence of a gorgeous yarn, an exquisite piece of fabric?
I ponder this as
The day I completed my first sock was a day of liberation. For years I'd been mystified by socks, never daring try them on my own. I learned that although knitted socks look complex and daunting, they're actually one of the most logical items to
The principle underlying knitting is simple: You use two pointed sticks to pull loops of string through one another. But which sticks — or needles, as we prefer to call them — you use has a profound impact on the finished project and your knitting experience
Kate Atherley has long served as the technical editor of Knitty.com, the oldest and largest curated online magazine of free knitting patterns. Tasked with editing patterns from often new or previously unpublished designers, she's seen her share of the good and the bad, the eloquent
Once the backbone of the British empire, wool has declined in value so much that it's being buried or burned by farmers who pay more to shear a sheep than they can get for its fibers. Three people in the UK are trying to change
If you follow sports at all, you may recognize the name Tim Brown. A former New Zealand footballer, Brown played on the All Whites and was the undefeated player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
After retirement, he went on to pursue a
I first heard about the Exmoor Blueface sheep from John Arbon back in 2010 when I was in London for Knit Nation. This relatively new breed is the result of a cross between Exmoor Horn (a hill breed from north Devon) and Bluefaced Leicester sheep. The UK
Any time I see cashmere with an unusual twist, I get excited. This fine, short-stapled fiber is all about delicate tenderness in a normal plied-yarn construction.
But when you twist the same fibers and feed them through a more complex plying machine, one that wiggles the plied