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

Imagine if all the wine in the world—red and white alike—were mixed together and sold as generic "wine." Think of

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

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how-tos

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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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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Twice a year, knitting industry folks get together to network, take classes, and do business at a show called TNNA. They

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

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Books

"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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