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Everything Moderne Is New Again: A Manos Giveaway

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Dear Ann, Before hand-dyed yarns were as available to knitters as they are now, there was Manos del Uruguay, a beautiful yarn with a beautiful story. I’ve been knitting with Manos, and admiring it, since the days when there was only one Manos yarn, the one that is now called Clasica. It’s so lovely. (Can you cherish memories of knitting with a yarn? I do.) When we were at TNNA last month, we spent a good hour in the Manos booth,...

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Giveaway! Two Harbors “Poncho” Kit

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Dear Kay, I don’t mean to cause trouble, but I have a bone to pick. There’s a very popular pattern floating around right now that hits the sweet, sweet, sweet spot of easy, comfortable, fast, and fun. The company that produced it, Blue Sky Alpacas, calls it the Two Harbors Poncho. The “Two Harbors” part is not the problem. Why two harbors and not one? I am not going to question that. It’s the “poncho”...

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Giveaway! Heirloom Chevron Blanket Kit


Dear Kay, It’s safe to say that we like a blanket. The blanket radar is on at all times. You never know when a great blanket pattern is going to come along and knock you out. We took a peek at this, and our blanket radar erupted. Dead ahead: awesome blanket. This is the Heirloom Chevron Throw. It combines all the things we love: heirlooms, chevrons, and throws. It’s a garter stitch lovefest. The thing is, you take a look at...

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Deluxe Adorna: A Cashmere Giveaway


Dear Ann, Our experience at TNNA in San Diego had many delights. We revisited favorite yarns and updated ourselves on new colors, fibers, methods and madness. TNNA 2016 was different from TNNA 2006: for one thing, I don’t remember there being any breed-specific yarns in 2006. And I don’t remember that cashmere was a thing in 2006. In 2016, cashmere is definitely a thing. One of the most fun moments of our San Diego voyage was popping...

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Teach Some Kids to Knit: a Book and Yarn Giveaway


Dear Ann: It’s Giveaway Day today. First up: announcing the winner of the Mama Needs a New Cowl contest from last week. I spent so much time looking at that #kaycowl hashtag on Instagram. There were more than 90 suggestions for cowl patterns that might rival the Honey Cowl in my affections. 90! After a fair amount of shilly-shallying, I picked:   Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  @Francesgiff, come on down! (I contacted her via...

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Giveaway: Kermis Cardigan by Anna Maltz


Dear Ann, This past summer I got an email from Cate Carter-Evans, the owner of Infinite Twist, a Shanghai-based yarn company that produces handspun yarns made by rural and migrant women in China, as well as hand-dyed mill-spun yarns. I did not know Cate, but I do know Anna Maltz.  (Pictured above.) You and I first encountered Anna on the Internet, through her work on the innovative Ricefield Collective project and also her exuberant handknit...

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