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It all began with a picture on Instagram. Someone shared a gorgeous shot of a yarn I'd never seen before.

Imagine if all the wine in the world—red and white alike—were mixed together and sold as generic "wine." Think of

To evolve from handspinner to yarn manufacturer is like switching from an upright piano to a pipe organ. Everything is

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Fingerless mitts pattern excerpted from The Knitter's Book of Yarn This pattern was designed with gorgeous artisanal yarns in mind. You

Pattern and introduction by Jane Cochran Like many knitters, I love to knit socks. They're a portable project that’s good to

I'll let you in on a little secret about triangular lace shawls: Most of them follow a very easy basic

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Blocking is to knitting what baking is to bread. It's the final act that turns a series of random stitches

How much attention do you pay to the needles you use? Are you fussy, or will you knit with pretty

What on earth could a kitchen scale have to do with knitting? A lot more than you may think. Take a

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Twice a year, knitting industry folks get together to network, take classes, and do business at a show called TNNA. They

Last weekend at the Howard County Fairgrounds, tens of thousands of people converged for the 39th annual Maryland Sheep and

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When knitters gather, our natural tendency is to don our latest handknits for display. The

A strange thing happens when Amy Herzog addresses a crowd. A feeling of optimism and

We have few royals in the knitting world. Elizabeth Zimmermann, Barbara Walker, and Mary Walker

Socks buffer us from life's hard edges. Whether knit by hand or produced by machine,

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