A Crescendo of Cables: The Angelina Pullover

Anyone who knows me (or knits with me) knows I am a very slow knitter, particularly when it comes to full-on knitted sweaters. So when the opportunity to knit the gorgeous Angelina Pullover arose, I was pleased and nonplussed in equal measure. Knit a lovely sweater, chock-full of lovelier knitted cables? Yes ma’am. Knit it in […]

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Want to Learn All About Yarn?

As knitters, it goes without saying that we are nuts for yarn. But while we can be choosy, we don’t always make the right choices. Have you ever bought a beautiful skein that turned into a fugly project? Or have you been baffled by yarn substitution when the yarn for a project isn’t available? Our newest […]

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Tom Knisely in The Weaver’s Yarn Companion

Tom Knisely has been weaving and teaching for over 40 years, so it’s no surprise he knows a thing or two about yarn. In fact, he was a spinner before he was a weaver, so Tom has a lot of hands-on experience when it comes to fibers in general. In The Weaver’s Yarn Companion, now […]

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Discovering the Thrill of Weaving Twill

A weaver friend was explaining weave structures to me the other day. I’m a newbie weaver, it was a long discursive chat, and at the end of it I came away with one thought: if I learn twill, I can weave for the rest of my life without getting bored. Which is totally awesome, because […]

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Ever bought a lovely-gorgeous-juicy-fancy skein of multicolored yarn, only to realize it looks like clown barf when you actually crochet with it? What if you could discipline those unsightly blobs of color? What if you could tame the skein and make the colors do things you wanted them to do? That is the fiendish strategy […]

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I love red. My favorite knitting bag is red. I have at least 10 red lipsticks, in shades like “vicious trollop” and “bloody massacre.” And I am a sucker for buying any deep red yarn I come across, regardless of utility. It’s no wonder that rubies are my favorite gemstone. Long associated with passion and […]

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knitscene Fall 2018: Eleanor Mittens

I am absolutely mad for mittens. As a word, “mittens” is fun to say. As a project, mittens work up quickly and are so practical in Colorado that I have several pairs. When we recently met to discuss the knitscene’s fall issue, I saw the Eleanor Mittens and pounced. “MINE!” I shouted. “Mine, mind, mine.” […]

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There is a special holiday for everything these days: donuts, ketchup, even—I kid you not—punctuation. Today is National Splurge Day, which means, on the surface, that you should go out and treat yourself. This started me thinking. What is a splurge, really? Is it spending blindly on stuff you don’t really need? Or could a […]

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