Tag: yarn

Lots of Non-Wool Yarn

Filed in Just Stitches by on July 9, 2015 0 Comments
Lots of Non-Wool Yarn

If you read Kellie’s newsletter you know we are looking at non-wool yarns this month on EduKnit. Which is interesting because both Kellie and I really like wool — A LOT! But not everyone does … and we understand. Even though I am a fan of wool, I also like understanding and playing with lots […]

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The MD Sheep and Wool Festival

The MD Sheep and Wool Festival

I had the opportunity to show Gwen around her first visit to the MD Sheep and Wool festival this past weekend. What fun it was! On Saturday, I taught some classes for kids while she went exploring.  On Sunday we came early to watch the Sheep to Shawl competition and learn more about yarn and sheep.

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Exploring Yarn Shops

Filed in Point of View by on April 16, 2015 6 Comments
Exploring Yarn Shops

As part of my job, I get to visit lots of different yarn shops. (I know, awesome right?!?!) But even after years and years of visiting shops all around the country I still continue to be amazed by how different they all are. Within a single week I will have visited shops in Arizona, Louisiana […]

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Getting Organized

Filed in Skill Building by on January 27, 2014 5 Comments
Getting Organized

Organizing your knitting supplies (whether yarn, needles, books, patterns, etc.) is almost always a challenge for any obsessive passionate knitter. Several weeks ago I invited our readers to ask us questions that we could respond to in the form of blog  posts. So far, only one person has asked us any questions (but she was […]

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A Year Later…But Worth It

Filed in Just Stitches by on December 17, 2013 3 Comments
A Year Later…But Worth It

Last holiday season I found a great project. A beautiful wreath idea made of balls of yarn. I bought the project materials, but time slipped away and they stayed in the bag. However, since we are staying home this year I had a little more time to work on the project. And as you can […]

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The Joy of Fiber Festivals

Filed in Industry Insight by on October 27, 2013 0 Comments
The Joy of Fiber Festivals

This week I have been at SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival). The truth is, I rarely teach at fiber festivals and I can’t tell you why. But I am hoping this won’t be my last time. Although I love spending time with the knitters of the world at various shops, guilds and conventions, there is […]

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Colors On the Market Floor

Filed in Industry Insight by on October 7, 2013 4 Comments
Colors On the Market Floor

This past weekend I was at the Knit and Crochet Show. Since we are focusing on color this month,  I thought I would share what I saw on the vendor floor.  

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All About Claudia Hand Paint Yarns

Filed in Industry Insight by on July 23, 2013 0 Comments
All About Claudia Hand Paint Yarns

Claudia Hand Paint Yarns is our very first paid sponsor. And although I was personally thrilled about her commitment to our blog, I was truly not surprised. Claudia and I actually go way back, first meeting when we shared a “wall” between our vendor booths at TNNA.  It was one of her first shows and […]

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Top 5 Yarn Label Lies

Filed in Industry Insight, Skill Building by on May 21, 2013 2 Comments
Top 5 Yarn Label Lies

If you think that yarn labels tell you everything you need to know about the yarn they surround, you would be sadly mistaken. Although there is some good information on a yarn label, understanding what each element REALLY means can be a bit challenging.  And if you take all of it just at face value, […]

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Think Tank: Selecting a Yarn

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 18, 2012 3 Comments

How much time do you spend deciding on a yarn for your next project?  I know some folks are sort of “yarn whisperers” and it just speaks to them and tells them what it wants to become.  Others have a project or design in their head and they spend a great deal of time finding […]

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