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Knitter's Review
February 17, 2011
Merino on a Greek swift

Every gauge has its purpose. Fine yarns let us work in exquisite detail, while bulky yarns let us whip up something swift and satisfying. This week I present the bouffant hairdo of yarns, a plump and fast-knitting S-on-S cabled Merino that's been hand-dyed in colorful, flickering hues. Meet Merino 12 from Prism.

Sock Stars
Did you know that both Jeff Bridges and Peter Leung wore handknitted socks while filming the Coen brothers' film True Grit? It's true. They were knit by Mankato, Minnesota-based knitters Jane Leverenz and Melissa Seitzer—and they only had three days to do it. Here's the full story.

This Weekend out West
The West Coast is host to two major fiber events this weekend. The Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, hosts Stitches West. Just up the coast at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington, the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat takes place. Both events have marketplaces as well as classes taught by teacher lists that read like a who's-who of the knitting world.

In the Forum: Darn It!
We're sharing tips and ideas about how to store leftover sock yarns for any darning or repairs you may need to do later. Do you save your sock yarns for this purpose, and, if so, how do you keep them organized?

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

Happy knitting, and I'll see you in the forums,
Clara Parkes

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