My grocery store has begun placing signs next to the produce and flowers identifying where each carrot, lemon, and lily comes from. Coffee and cheese have long been labeled that way, but now I can see whether the tomatoes come from a foreign country or the farm stand up the road. A thriving “locavore” movement […]

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Types of Crochet Hook Materials

The materials used to make a hook can affect your hands and your fibers. Here is a look at the primary materials used to make hooks, with their pros and cons. When weighing the cost of a hook, consider how the investment pays off beyond the initial outlay. If you spend a great deal of […]

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Business Saturday: An interview with Naomi Herndon, Proprietor of Herndon Heald (with partners Mark Herndon and Jeri Lynn Heald) Q: How would you describe your jewelry? A: We make delicate, hand-fabricated jewelry that is high quality and extremely labor intensive. Each piece of jewelry, even the cast pieces, is hammered and formed afterward to create […]

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Choosing Raw Fleece

Spin Off’s Spring 2017 issue is all about making choices. In “Facing Fleece Decisions: How I Choose to Process Raw Fleece,” Devin Helmen breaks down how each choice, from choosing raw fleece to processing, directly influences the end product—the yarn. We asked Devin to fill us in on how he came up with the idea […]

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Make Your Project Zip-Worthy

It’s Zipper Day! Hooray! This is the day to make your projects zip-worthy. Dotted throughout Interweave Crochet, Love of Crochet, and Interweave books are fabulous projects that feature zippers. Moveable parts may seem tricky to work into a project, but Robyn Chachula has some easy to follow advice: “Pin zipper to body opening, matching the […]

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Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

One of the longest running fiber traditions on the East Coast is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. For 44 years, this festival has provided one of the largest venues for fiber-enthusiasts to gather and share their love for their crafts. I spoke with Lee Langstaff, president of the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, and Kris […]

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Crochet Granny Squares Tips and Variations

Tips and Tails Crochet Granny Squares work up quickly, but weaving in all the ends does take time. There’s no convenient way to work over ends, because you’re never making more than three adjacent stitches, not enough to cover a tail. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of working in ends after […]

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What’s on Your Loom? Glacial Weaving

Deborah Heyman is a talented artist and designer who doesn’t mind taking the time to weave exactly what is in her mind and heart. I’ve seen her redo entire huge pick-up projects just to see which one she liked best. In other words, her “samples” can take months to finish. When Handwoven November/December 2010, dedicated […]

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