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I'm a sucker for cashmere and cute packaging. But there's something more to these kits, which actually don't look like kits at all—they look like a sort of magical multicolored caterpillar in fiber form. I first noticed them in people's pictures on Instagram. I followed the tags and

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

Hand-dyers are painters who use yarn as their canvas. Some work their magic on commonly available base yarns, while others

It all began with a picture on Instagram. Someone shared a gorgeous shot of a yarn I'd never seen before.

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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

Pattern and introduction by Jane Cochran Like many knitters, I love to knit socks. They're a portable project that’s good to

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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,

What prompts someone to go into the knitting needle business anyway? It made perfect sense for Knitter's Pride. The Indian manufacturer

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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

2015 Edinburgh Yarn Festival It seemed so far-fetched, flying all the way to Scotland for just four days. But something was happening

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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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