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December 14, 2000

Our Quick Gifts showcase is off to a great start! Many of you have already sent in patterns, suggestions, and favorite URLs, which we've posted for everyone to enjoy.

If you haven't seen it already, I urge you to check out the showcase and send me your favorite quick-knitting gift patterns and ideas. At the end of December, I'll pick one lucky person to win a hand-polished, hemlock Yarn Holder from Tra-Bar.

Delicious Wool from Down Under

I try not to fall in love with the yarns I review. But this week, I finally did. Hawthorne Cottage yarn is a simple yet exquisite English Leicester Longwool you can only find in one U.S. store -- and I'll tell you which one.

Seeing Double?

This week I also review a new book of children's knitting patterns from London-based designer Zoe Mellor. Each of the 20 patterns is actually shown in two slight variations, modeled by twins.

Year-End Giveaway

Don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. You'll be included in our year-end prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate from Vancouver's Knitwear Architects. All newsletter subscribers are eligible to win.

Happy knitting!

Sincerely,



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New This Week...

Yarn Review:
Beauty from the Porch of Hawthorne Cottage

Hawthorne Cottage yarnHawthorne Cottage yarn
English Leicester longwool is a rare, luxurious wool. Combine it with Sue Flynn's rich, true colors, and you have a very special yarn.

full review


Book Review:

Double Knits: Pairs of Patterns for Babies and Toddlers

by Zoe Mellor


cover
You're not seeing double -- those really are twins on the cover, as are all the models in the book. And that's only the beginning!

full review


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