November 15, 2001

Unless you happen to live near a farm, finding fiber for spinning isn't always an easy proposition. WalMart doesn't carry it. Nor does Patternworks.

To make matters worse, when you do finally find an online source for fiber, it's usually just a few varieties in even fewer colors.

Fibers Galore

Fortunately, there are some exceptions. This week, we journey to a lovely online shop where you'll find every possible color of mohair-based locks and rovings for spinning. You'll also find looms, yarn, spinning wheels, and -- best of all -- pictures of everything!

Best of the Best

We also look at Interweave Press' long-awaited new book of patterns from yarn shops across the country. It's a beautiful book that left me slightly vexed.

Forum Frenzy

It's been a week since we launched the online forums, and already we have more than 400 posts. If you haven't checked out the forums, I urge you to take a look and join in!

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New This Week
Online Yarn Shop:
Barkas Farms / Elizabeth's Fiber2Yarn
If you ever go to a fiber festival, you'll see spinners eagerly snatching up pound after pound of fiber. Partly it's for the love of fiber, but partly it's because most of us aren't lucky enough to have good fiber sources near home. Is it possible to buy interesting fiber blends online? We check out one source and give the answer!

Read the full review

In Print:
Knitter's Stash: Favorite Patterns from America's Yarn Shops

Edited by Barbara Albright

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Yarn shop owners are often the unsung heroes of the knitting world. In this book, editor Barbara Albright has pulled together the most popular patterns from 33 shops across the United States. Is it another Knitting in America? Not quite.
full review

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