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How do you keep that spark alive? You know, the one that drove you to knit in the first place, that still makes your fingers tingle, even produces butterflies on occasion, in the presence of a gorgeous yarn, an exquisite piece of fabric? I ponder this as

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To evolve from handspinner to yarn manufacturer is like switching from an upright piano to a pipe organ. Everything is

When your grandmother's maiden name is Woolfolk, it's almost guaranteed that you'll go into the textiles business. Kristin Ford took

For generations, farmers in Texas have raised some extraordinary wool and mohair. We don't hear much about it because the

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I'll let you in on a little secret about triangular lace shawls: Most of them follow a very easy basic

It is extremely easy to make your own circular needles. Your first pair will probably take you much longer to

Finished knitted lace may look brain-staggeringly complex. But lace is essentially composed of two simple elements: increases and decreases. Once

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Blocking is to knitting what baking is to bread. It's the final act that turns a series of random stitches

How much attention do you pay to the needles you use? Are you fussy, or will you knit with pretty

What on earth could a kitchen scale have to do with knitting? A lot more than you may think. Take a

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Last weekend at the Howard County Fairgrounds, tens of thousands of people converged for the 39th annual Maryland Sheep and

If festivals were friends, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York, would be among my oldest

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What could be more charming than a family of smiling people, all of whose feet

When knitters gather, our natural tendency is to don our latest handknits for display. The

A strange thing happens when Amy Herzog addresses a crowd. A feeling of optimism and

We have few royals in the knitting world. Elizabeth Zimmermann, Barbara Walker, and Mary Walker

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