December 14, 2001

There's a new celebrity knitter in our midst.

Redefining Stereotypes

Who could it be? Jennifer Lopez? Madonna? Think again.

According to the Irish Independent, tough guy Russell Crowe is an avid knitter. Men, be sure to mention this the next time you get flak for knitting!

Battle of the Bulkies

This week I look at two seemingly similar bulky yarns. The first is from a mill in rural Maine, the second from Iceland. Learn how to use each to its best advantage.

In the Forums

It's time to start thinking about those New Year's resolutions! Join in the discussion.

December Giveaway

December can be a taxing time, even in the best of circumstances. That's why we're giving away a very special treat this month: A dozen roses from Calyx & Corolla.

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Happy knitting, and I'll see you in the forums!


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New This Week...
Fisherman's Bulky

A skein of Bartlett BulkyA swatch of Bartlett Bulky
When he founded Bartlett Yarns in 1821, Ozias Bartlett couldn't possibly have anticipated that we'd be reviewing his yarn online. If you're looking for old-fashioned wool, you need to know about Fisherman's Bulky.

Read the full review

Reynolds Bulky Lopi

A skein of Bulky LopiA swatch of Bulky Lopi
Reynolds adds instant gratification to its flagship Icelandic line. At what point is the yarn's scratchiness worth it?

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Charity Knitting:
Warm the City

Begun in response to the September 11th tragedy, this already-successful charity effort was founded by Claudia Krisniski, owner of Husdon, N.Y.-based yarn shop Countrywool.

"With heavy hearts and helping hands," writes Claudia, "we are gathering together to knit items to keep our fellow displaced and disillusioned New Yorkers warm this up-and-coming winter. Many folks who were homeless before the planes hit and the buildings fell, will be joined by others."

She is soliciting hats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, mittens, and afghans that will be forwarded to the appropriate charity and relief groups. She asks that you work a knitted heart into any object you make, and knit in all the love and energy you can.

She provides free patterns for these items on her Web site.

Go to the Warm the City Web site

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