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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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how-tos

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

Who says you can only knit with yarn? The truth is, if you can wrap it around your needles and

Every once in a while I stumble across a technique that makes knitting fun again. This time it came from

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tools

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

Knitting needles are simple tools. They're basically a long shaft with a point at one end. And double-pointed needles (DPNs)

Every project—whether it has one piece or twelve—needs a darning needle. Larger and duller than your average sewing needle, darning

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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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"A pattern, no matter how many sizes it includes, is unlikely to fit you perfectly

Here's a novel approach to picking well-fitting garments. Instead of studying gussets and darts and short-rows,

On November 30, 1999, Elizabeth Zimmermann passed away at the age of 89. In her

I'm a great fan of navigating new places on my own, even if it means

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