Consider These Yarns for Fall Projects

As we endure the heat of summer, keep in mind that we’re closer to season’s end than we are to its beginning, and that means fall is just around the corner. As you prepare the kids for a return to school and look forward to turning leaves, you may start wondering what yarn blends would […]

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Love for Lightweight Yarns

Warm-weather months are the perfect time to experiment with lightweight yarns and pretty, lacy patterns. Save the heavy, cozy knits for fall and fill your hands with a light shawl while watching fireflies from your back porch. Here, we have compiled a handful of both classic and new laceweight yarns in a variety of fiber […]

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You start spinning in earnest and suddenly you are making yarn! It’s a great feeling—that fiber magically transforming right before your eyes in your hands. As you gain confidence in your ability to make a handspun yarn that both sticks together and is reasonably consistent, you may decide that you’d like to try making different […]

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Once you’ve basked in the absolute joy that comes from learning how to spin, you might start casting around for other equally satisfying pursuits. One of those is dyeing yarn with natural dyes. Just as ancient people learned that they could infuse their textiles with the colors of the earth and heavens using some pretty […]

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You’ve mastered spinning a singles yarn and now it is time to ply yarn. The concept is simple enough—just take two (or three, or four, or more) singles, hold them together, and ply them by twisting them in the opposite direction they were originally spun. Simple, but the possibilities are endless—how do you keep them […]

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Designing Around Fashion Yarns

Fashion yarns can be fickle beasts. They’re so enticing in the yarn shop, but sometimes when you get them home, you start wondering how to actually weave with them. Fortunately fashion yarns don’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips to working with these wonderful, beautiful yarns. Build your project around the yarn. Figure […]

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The documentary Yarn: the Movie, which premiered at the annual South by Southwest 2016 Music, Film, and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in 2016, reveals how yarn has become a hot medium in the world of modern art. Narrated by prize-winning author Barbara Kingsolver and directed by Una Lorenzen, Yarn follows the creative pursuits of […]

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There’s pleasure in letting fiber slip through your fingers in that old familiar way, creating the yarn you’ve been mastering for years. But the longer you spin the yarn that feels most comfortable, the more difficult you may find it to make a new kind of yarn: a new weight, a new drafting method, a […]

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