Swatch It! Winter 09
by Clara Parkes
This issue’s swatching journey begins with Gudrun Johnston’s sweet little cropped jacket with mid-length sleeves and a busy ribbed stitch pattern. I chose it because it is both breezy and substantial, providing an ideal framework for showing what happens when you make the simplest of yarn substitutions . . .
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Yarn Farm: Part 5, Winter Wool
By Barbara Parry
A sheep farm blanketed in white is a quintessential New England winter landscape. Somnolent and picturesque, this façade is somewhat deceptive; it belies many hours of exertion and elbow grease behind the scenes to keep things humming when the thermometer hovers below freezing and the north wind rocks the rafters of the barn. . . READ FULL ARTICLE
The Softness Myth
by Clara Parkes
The quality that matters to most knitters these days is touch. Specifically, soft touch. If we want to experience everything wool has to offer, we must begin by adjusting our expectations. In our quest for softness, most of us have been consuming a pretty substantial diet of the yarns in which all the fibers have been blended together into . . . READ FULL ARTICLE
Ask the Problem Ladies:
By Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner
What’s the grossest problem a knitter can face? Kay and Ann have their hazmat gear at the ready.
An Introduction to Double-Knitting: The Four Winds Hat
By Alasdair Post-Quinn
I imagine the unknown originator of double-knitting sitting in a snowed-in cottage in front of a roaring fire, holding a swatch of 1x1 ribbing and idly compressing and releasing it. As she looks at the compressed fabric and turns it over and over, an idea forms in her head. Doesn’t it look like stockinette stitch on both sides? If she could keep it from relaxing, the compressed ribs would make a really warm fabric. What if. . .? READ FULL ARTICLE
Clotho Visits the Local Yarn Store
Poem by Paula Berman
Just once, I would like to spin sheep's wool.