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Knitter's Review
July 9, 2009
The Frida Pillow from The Knitter's Book of Wool

Long ago an unintentionally felted afghan taught me that, when in doubt, it's wisest to stick with an easy-care, machine-washable blend for gifts—and to reserve the really precious, pure, pricey yarns for folks I know better.

Not all machine-washable, easy-care acrylic blends are the same. In fact, some have given the whole category a pretty bad reputation. But at TNNA last month I spotted a new machine-washable entry from Berroco that raises the quality bar. It's called Vintage Wool and I review it this week.

Coming Soon: The Retreat Turns Eight
This November marks our eighth-annual Knitter's Review Retreat. Guess who's joining us to celebrate? Anne Hanson, Kathryn Alexander, Melissa Morgan-Oakes, Melanie Falick, and Shelia January. Full details are now available. Registration begins Friday, July 24th, at 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time. I hope you can join us!

This Weekend in Colorado
The town of Monte Vista, tucked in the southwest corner of Colorado, hosts the San Luis Valley Folks Arts and Fiber Festival this weekend. Gather at Marsh Park for workshops on Friday, with demonstrations and contests beginning on Saturday. A large marketplace featuring folk arts, crafts, and fiber-related vendors will also be set up on Saturday and Sunday.

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As always, I thank you for your readership and your support.

Have a great two weeks, and I'll see you again on July 23rd!
Clara Parkes

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