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Any time I see cashmere with an unusual twist, I get excited. This fine, short-stapled fiber is all about delicate tenderness

A few years ago at Interweave Knitting Lab in Manchester, New Hampshire, I ventured into the North Light Fibers booth.

We've reached that point in summer where even I, the ardent wearer of wool, am switching to cooler cottons and

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We've seen them before, those sad and lonely balls of yarn from projects that were abandoned, frogged, and eventually discarded. These

Pattern by Amy Ripton Clara's Note Colorful hand-dyed yarns are fabulous to look at on the skein, but sometimes can be a

Fingerless mitts pattern excerpted from The Knitter's Book of Yarn This pattern was designed with gorgeous artisanal yarns in mind. You

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What makes a yarn split? I get asked this question a lot, and the answer is complicated. At a very

My house is full of knitting needles, yet I never seem to find the exact size and configuration I need.

Blocking is one of those intensely personal things, like swatching and even knitting itself. Some of us have a laissez-faire,

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New York Sheep and Wool Festival Rhinebeck, NY October 17-18, 2015 If the yarn world were football, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival would

The National NeedleArts Association's semiannual trade show took place in Columbus earlier this month. It's where knitting industry players come

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The gap between what we see and what we knit can be vast. To capture

A while ago I received an envelope in the mail. The return address was someplace

My summer reading list is sadly devoid of much knitting content. We have very few

In the late '90s, mitered squares and their entrelac cousins were synonymous with brightly colored,

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