Each word, photograph, and illustration in this book was carefully scrutinized by me, my technical editor Sandi Rosner, and several extremely observant editors at Potter Craft over a period of several months.
And yet a few errors were discovered after the manuscript went to press. I
We've seen them before, those sad and lonely balls of yarn from projects that were abandoned, frogged, and eventually discarded.
These yarns often occupy a place of shame on swap tables throughout the land, representing failure, regret, and unfulfilled ambitions. We glance at them briefly before
This very easy hat pattern from The Knitter's Book of Wool offers a perfect vehicle for sampling different sheep breeds. It requires only 120 yards of bulky yarn, knits up in a flash, and produce a lovely unisex hat in the process.
It was designed by me, Clara
The Sock Summit founders described themselves as "seven lunatic women with a thing for socks and a very big plan," and they didn't use the word "big" lightly. By the time the Sock Summit took place in Portland, Oregon, August 6-9, it had gathered a magnificent momentum
A great and often heated debate exists between those knitters who like acrylic blends and those who don't. Much of that debate has actually been fueled by blends that simply don't live up to their potential.
I personally have a strong preference for natural fibers. When
Blue Sky Alpacas (now Blue Sky Fibers) was the belle of the ball at the most recent TNNA. The company cleverly did an end-run around any confusion that may exist about its name, which leads many to believe it only sells alpaca yarns.
The company got
Pattern by Amy Ripton
Colorful hand-dyed yarns are fabulous to look at on the skein, but sometimes can be a little tricky to knit. The more striking the color combinations, the more they tend to obscure any stitch patterning you wanted to use. Lace, ribbing,
If butter could be spun into yarn, that yarn would be Malabrigo.
As a company, Malabrigo actually offers several different kinds of yarn—including a perky new sock yarn, a decadent silk/Merino blend, and the chunky Merino reviewed here. But when people say "Malabrigo" they usually mean
We have an insatiable appetite for new and novel fibers. We've created yarns made from corn and bamboo. We've seen yarns dusted with jade, laced with copper, and even fortified with crushed crab shells and seaweed. So it should come as no surprise when I
Knitting needles are simple tools. They're basically a long shaft with a point at one end. And double-pointed needles (DPNs) have, as the name suggests, a point at each end. The circumference of the needle shaft determines the size of each stitch. The shape of
This book reminds me of demi-glace, that magical ingredient in many French dishes. It's made by simmering an enormous quantity of beef scraps and bones, herbs, and vegetables for days until they've reduced to a single cup of syrupy liquid that is so strong, so
Riihivilla is a happy yarn discovery. It comes from a small family business in Finland and is available to a global market thanks to the wonders of the Internet.
Riihivilla is run by Leena Riihelä and her husband. She collects fleeces from a nearby sheep farm, sorts