Knitter's Review
February 9, 2012
La Lana yarn in the sun

We have few landmarks in the knitting world. When one closes, we feel its loss.

Earlier this week, La Lana Wools announced that February 29th would be its last day. Owner Luisa Gelenter said simply, "I'm ready for my next chapter."

For nearly 40 years, Gelenter and her Taos, New Mexico, shop have been mainstays of the textiles world. Her naturally dyed handspun yarns have captivated countless knitters, inspiring the Maine Morning Mitts and prompting Julia Roberts to stalk her in a Taos grocery store.

To pay tribute to Gelenter's work, and to help you understand what we're losing, I've been given special permission to share Melanie Falick's profile of Luisa Gelenter and La Lana Wools from America Knits (originally titled Knitting in America). When you're done reading, please join me in thanking the remarkable Luisa for adding so much color and texture to our textile world.

This Weekend in Pennsylvania
On February 10-12, the Four Points Sheraton North in Mars, Pennsylvania, will be overrun by knitters for the eighth-annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival. You'll find a marketplace, classes, and demonstrations, as well as a fashion show and pajama party.

In the Forums: Weave it to Me
HomeJewel is looking for better ways to weave in the end stitches on things like cowls. Can you help her?

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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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On the Cover

La Lana Wools Forever Random yarn on a sunny bench in Taos

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