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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

It takes guts for an American to move to Australia and start a sheep farm—especially if she is a woman

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

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

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

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

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

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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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