Knitter's Review
May 22, 2003

peaceEven summer days can be grey and gloomy, making shimmery, glittery yarns a welcome relief.

This week we continue our exploration of tape yarns with a brand new release from Crystal Palace Yarns. If you ever thought tape yarns were flat and dull, think again.


New This Week
A swatch of Crystal Palace Shimmer has the visual impact of a hall of mirrors, with each stitch holding dozens of tinier ones. But how easy is it to manage all those stitches? We find out.

Little Bo-utique Peep
With a sun hat, old-fashioned boots, and a beaded leash to hold her sheep, our Little Bo Peep pin is the perfect way to cheer up any outfit.

In the Forums
The label says "dry clean only," the yarn shop owner says handwash is fine. Who do you trust? If you decide to handwash, be sure to read Dirty Work: Washing Your Handknitted Garments.

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Lend a Hand, Warm a Hand
Afghans for Afghans has just taken on the assignment to provide newly hand-knit and crocheted hats, socks, mittens, sweaters, and vests for 5,000 Afghan children ages one to five years old. These handmade gifts will be distributed to returnees and vulnerable children in Kabul and the Shomali Valley.

The organization needs to receive donations by August 1 in order to transport them overseas and distribute them before winter arrives.

For shipping and general project information, visit the Afghans for Afghans Web site.

May Prize
Next week I'll pick a random subscriber to win a $50 gift certificate to White Flower Farm, a wonderful garden-themed retailer in Connecticut. To put yourself in the running for the drawing, simply stay subscribed to this newsletter.

As always, thank you for your readership. Happy knitting, and I'll see you in the forums!

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