The Secret to Spinning a Perfect Skein

I’m a new spinner and have written about this experience a bit. Anyone who has read my posts knows I am not even close to a bobbin or two of singles worth plying, but I’m practicing as much as I can. And while I have been fortunate in having coworkers who know a ton about […]

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A Chart is Part of Grafting Art

A few weeks ago I learned the basics of grafting, and was happily surprised to discover that basic Kitchener stitch was not the soul-crushing grind I had found it to be in the past. Buoyed by confidence, I wanted to ascend to a higher level of grafting. Stockinette was just the tip of the iceberg: […]

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Many years ago, I briefly lived in a pagan-ish commune. Our spiritualty was vague at best, but we raised chickens and organic vegetables, favored slubby natural fibers, and celebrated the summer solstice with epic amounts of “mead” (more likely a blend of cheap gin and cream soda and just as vile as it sounds). We […]

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I am an avid but lazy knitter. Avid because I knit constantly and love learning new techniques. Lazy because I always look for shortcuts and ways to avoid certain things. Much like the person who will carry 75 pounds of groceries if it means one trip, I’ll learn 3 new techniques to knit a seamless […]

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I love Robyn Chachula. A crochet designer with impeccable skill, she is a long-time Interweave contributor. In addition to countless magazine patterns, she’s authored five books and contributed to several more. Yet no matter how many of her patterns you may have worked or how many of her books you have on your shelf, you […]

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If you like colorful fiber for spinning yarn, you know a drumcarder can be your best friend. Carding wool is a great way to create artful blends of color, no matter what spinning technique you prefer. Yes, there are myriad prepared fiber blends available, but nothing offers the same level of control as carding your […]

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Some of my best friends are weavers. Sadly, I am not. Sure, I’ve warped a Cricket Loom or three, and I have some wonky coasters and random oblongs to prove it. But I’ve always considered learning how to weave “for real” too complicated and laborious a task to ever seriously consider. Then I discovered Tom […]

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