The Sitting Room

There’s a tiny sitting room at Interweave—a closet, really—that I like to sit in sometimes when I need to think. Its primary purpose is to serve as a pumping room for new moms. There’s a little fridge, but you’re as likely to find some beers as some breast milk in there. What draws me, though, […]

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Linda Ligon remembers Alden Amos

The spinning world remembers Alden Amos as a guru, a genius, a curmudgeon, a paradox. I remember him as a pair of rough boots sticking out from under a broken-down van in my driveway. If this breakdown had happened only once, I probably wouldn’t remember it. But no. That old blue van, stuffed with spinning […]

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Spinners Just Want to Have Fun

Remember how when you were a kid sitting in a rope swing, you would twist the swing around and around and around until its ropes were all kinked up? And then you would let go and spin around and around like mad, pigtails flying? (If you had pigtails.) It was sheer joy. I thought of […]

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Top Three Reasons to Try an Electric Spinner

Because you don’t have to sit close enough to treadle, you can position an electric spinner most comfortably for your body. You know that annoying thing that happens with your treadle wheel, when you start to treadle but the drive wheel goes backward and your yarn gets all tangled? An electric spinner always goes the […]

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Your Go-To Plying Guide

    Cat's Cradle? Nope, a cool new plying technique! I experienced the fun this summer of showing my 7-year-old grandson how my spinning wheel works. The machine sits in our living room and is a huge kid-magnet, invariably ending up with tangled drive band and jammed flyer. But this kid really wanted to know. […]

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Are You Carding Your Wool the Wrong Way?

  Probably not. Because there isn’t a single right way. Spinners all over the world from time before time have devised their own ways of aligning their fibers to make spinning a smooth, consistent yarn easier. This video shows five different approaches from five different spinners. They all work. There’s nothing better than learning from […]

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Spinning Wheel 101

How many times have people watched you sit at your wheel and asked ridiculous questions? Spinning Wheel Primer will come to your rescue. Do people ask, "How does that thing work? Why are you pulling that yarn out and turning it into fuzz?" Well, maybe you don’t have easy answers, because the mechanics and physics […]

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Just a Bunch of Holes

That’s what knitted lace is. Yarn-overs, k2togs and a few other fiddly bits. Interesting how endlessly inventive the pieces these basic stitches can produce. Sweaters, shrugs, scarves, shawls, stockings, no two ever alike. This collection is the crème de la crème from the Interweave archives. Some easy, some challenging. All lovely.

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Sock It To You

Scientific studies have shown that people who wear interesting socks are more creative, original, and independent in their thinking than the general population. Isn’t that reason enough to get Folk Socks and cast on a pair? Right now? Author Nancy Bush has gone into museum collections all over the world to look at old socks–believe […]

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