Monthly Archives: January 2013

Knitting the Old Way & Design

I never saw any woman in my family in Norway follow the kind of patterns we see today – at least here in the U.S. – and by that I refer to the patterns with detailed, line-by-line instructions.  Consummate knitters that they … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa

I bought (from a very reputable on-line source), several skeins of this luscious 6-play yarn in a deep chocolate brown advertised as “machine washable” – not my preference but practical for children’s sweaters. I designed and knit a top-down raglan … Continue reading

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And From Goats We Get … ?

There are many different breeds of goats, and they have long given humans milk, meat and fiber. Most most of the goat fibers we use, however, come from one of four goats. Angora goats give us mohair. While they originated … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Big Camelids: Part 2

The last two – and smallest – of “The Not-So-Big Camelids” are the guanaco and vicuña.  They, like their cousins the alpaca and llama, are native to the mountainous regions of South America.  Though in the camelid family and chewers … Continue reading

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