Knitter's Review
May 18, 2006

Angelique Shetland

As knitters, we instinctively understand the allure of the handmade. But we don't always get to use tools that represent this same allure because they tend to be mass-produced in some anonymous, faraway factory.

But not this week. Allow me to present Sam Bolton. While his wife tends to her Montana yarn store, Sam turns wooden knitting needles on an antique lathe in his workshop. After a year of tweaking and testing, his needles are ready for prime time.

Calendar Highlight
If the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was a bit too crowded for you, head west to Berryville, Virginia, for the first-annual Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. It takes place at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds and admission is $5 per car.

In the Forums: Rugged Yarn
One ambitious member intends to knit dorm blankets for all 15 of her nieces and nephews. Her question: What's the best rugged machine-washable yarn out there?

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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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