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December 7, 2000

If Little Bo Peep had been a knitter, she never would've lost her sheep.

December Fiber Focus: Wool

That's because sheep represent the ultimate gold mine, the fountain of youth, the eternal jackpot for any fiber enthusiast.

Having your own wool supply is like being able to print your own money. This month we focus on wool, the seemingly simple fiber with limitless creative possibilities. We start with a helpful fiber profile, which I detail below.

Needle Poll Too Close to Call

Last week's knitting needle poll results indicate that you are divided on needle preferences. Instead of performing a manual recount, I have a better idea: sending you to one site that sells them all! See this week's online shop review for details.

Help with Last-Minute Gifts

As the holidays loom, many of us still have unfinished gift projects on our lists. What is your favorite, tried-and-true gift project, the one you can always pull off in a pinch?

Send me your gift projects and I'll post them in our Quick Gifts section for everyone to see. At the end of December, I'll pick one lucky person to win a hand-polished, hemlock Yarn Holder from Tra-Bar!

And don't forget, in the December 28 issue we'll announce the winner of this month's $25 gift certificate to Vancouver's Knitwear Architects. Just stay subscribed to our newsletter and you'll be eligible to win.

Happy knitting!

Sincerely,



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New This Week...

Fiber Profile:
All About Wool

Sheep before and after shearing
From sheep breeds to spinning techniques, wool offers infinite possibilities. Read more about this miracle fiber that can absorb up to one-third of its weight in moisture before it even begins to feel wet.

full review


Book Review:

25 Gorgeous Sweaters for the Brand-New Knitter

by Catherine Ham


cover
You've advanced beyond scarves and are ready to tackle your first sweater. Let Catherine Ham's intelligent and beautifully illustrated book be your guide.

full review


Online Yarn Shop:
Needles!

Having the proper tools can make or break your knitting experience. Yet many shop owners only stock the needles they prefer. What if you want to try other needles? Don't despair. Jean Leonard strives to stock every knitting needle on the planet. As far as we're concerned, she's almost there.

full story


Knitter's Review Poll:
Have you ever used knitting software?

 Participate in our Knitter's Review Poll
and you'll see instantly a tally of all the votes.



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