November 12, 2009
If you see a knitter struggling with a skein of yarn, walk up and hold out your hands with your palms facing one another. No matter what language you speak, the message will get across. Soon that skein will be on your hands, which you'll teeter back and forth as your new friend finishes winding that skein into a tidy ball. It's how my mother kept my grandma company as a child, and it's how I have struck up many a friendship over the years.
But if you're really and truly alone? Or, say, you're grappling with a 3,000-yard skein of slippery silk? That's when umbrella swifts come in mighty handy—literally. Do you have one? Do you need one? How do they work? Here are some answers.
This Weekend in New Mexico and Maine
In the Forum: When Mistakes Become Art
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