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Alice Starmore, Mother of the Gradient Yarn Craze


Dear Kay, One thing occurs to me: Alice Starmore was into gradients decades before the gradient yarn craze of today. Take a look at this. This is Alice Starmore Hebridean Two Ply, in Mara, Lapwing, Calluna, and Kelpie. And this. Red Deer, Tormentil, Crotal, Mountain Hare, and Golden Plover. In the Glenesk pullover I’m making, the Starmore color sense DNA runs thick in the blood of daughter Jade Starmore. She takes these two...

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Crazy Yarn, Crazy Patterns: Zauberballs and Kieran Foley


Dear Kay, I’m deep into a Crazy Zauberball binge right now. If you don’t know what a Crazy Zauberball is, please. Proceed with caution. It hit a couple of weeks ago, when I was thinking about socks. Socks are fun, I thought. Haven’t made a sock in a while. Maybe I’ll make two. Put one on each foot and have a swell time of it. When you look at a selection of sock yarns, Crazy Zauberballs jump right out at you. They look...

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Hedgehog Freakout


Dear Kay, Well, Beata Jezek is driving me crazy. Beata is the proprietor of Hedgehog Fibres, a yarn dyeing enterprise in Cork, Ireland. (When can we go to Cork? I’m building quite a list of places we need to visit. Iceland, Cork, the entire coastline of the Baltic Sea . . .) This yarn jumped out at me amid the madness of Vogue Knitting Live, one little skein, greener than green can possibly be, all slashed up with bits of brown and red...

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Field Test: Euroflax Linen Yarn


Dear Kay, Twelve years later, I am back with my report on the durability of Euroflax linen yarn. What I am about to report may astonish you—indeed it astonishes me even as I gaze at the photographic proof. No filters, no retouching. Take a look. This isn’t one of those wimpy Consumer Reports laboratory tests. This is the real deal: twelve punishing years of hard and regular use of handknit items in an environment that can only be...

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Traveling Light


Dear Kay, This skein of yarn has been on my desk all week long. I just keep looking at it. It may be the most beautiful skein of yarn I’ve ever seen. Not long ago, it arrived in a box of sample yarns from Manos del Uruguay. It’s as if all the sunshine in the world has been distilled in this one piece of yarn, 445 yards of sunshine. The story of these yarn dyers in Uruguay stays with me. Who dyed this? What was her day like? I...

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Bang Out a Sweater: It Came from Reykjavik

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  Dear Kay, Late to the party, barging into the room waving my bag from Iceland: “IT’S HERE IT’S HERE YAAAAAAY!” Waiting two weeks for my Bang Out a Sweater yarn to arrive has given me the chance to wallow in all the Banging Out of Sweaters that is going on. I’ve knit this Stopover sweater in my head at least three times by now. I have been studying everybody’s projects over in the Bang Out a...

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