Clever Lithuanian Sock Heels

Linda Ligon, Interweave’s founder, is no stranger to sock knitting. Here’s Linda on her experience with Lithuanian sock heels. Enjoy! ~Jeane The challenge of heels, unless you’re a veteran sock knitter, is simply trusting the instructions. The most typical shaped heel involves short-rows, which to my mind are not intuitive. You knit most but not […]

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Impractical Advice: Yarn Storage Organization

Is your yarn studio getting out of control? Slowly taking over your house? Then you’ll want to read this essay by Interweave Founder Linda Ligon from the September/October 1994 issue of Handwoven on yarn storage organization. It might not help you organize your studio, but it will probably make you laugh. —Christina You can organize […]

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Linda Ligon: This is How I Go When I Go Like This

One of the best parts of working for Handwoven is getting to know and learn from Interweave founder Linda Ligon. For all of you not so lucky to have a direct line to Linda, we thought it would be fun to publish some of her essays on the web. This first one comes from the […]

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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

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. So I let him work the treadle while I managed […]

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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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