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Wrist Warmers

I am never without a knitting project. I use short, bamboo needles that fit in my purse. I can knit during a meeting, at the coffee house, even at dinner, if it looks like a long evening. I knit in the car, if I don’t have to drive. This time of yea…

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Afghan Parts

All the parts for the colorful Afghan are finished, with the exception of 12 feet of 3 inch trim. Blocking was challenging, but I took care with the steam iron and didn’t let it rest on the fibers for very long. I mostly hovered above it, afraid to…

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Infinity Scarves

Infinity scarves are so easy to make. Here, I use Sky Ranch Fiber’s hand-dyed fingering weight yarn. Midnight is about 50 inches long, and the green, which the designer, Becky Mann calls Autumn (though I prefer Rusty Garden Ornament) is a bit longer…

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The Afghan continues…

The pillow behind Smooch in this picture inspired the theme of cables for Pam and Joe’s Afghan.

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Tiny Weaving

After trying to make my own tiny loom out of square embroidery hoops, foam core and cardboard, I ordered this fabulous little lightweight loom from Wool in the UK. Note the giant, flat-sided needle for weaving. This is a little miracle, this loom. …

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Making an Afghan, #2

The next color. I pulled out 20 rows of this color after seeing a dropped stitch on the edge. I keep repeating my Hobby Mantra, “No Hurry.” Note the two boxes of tools and parts for needle work. The peackock box is filled with threads for tiny wea…

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Cabled Afghan

There’s a brief moment of overwhelm when starting a large project, but as soon as I remember my hobby motto, “No Hurry,” I settle down. It’s all about the knit and purl of it anyway, one stitch at a time. No deadlines, no money involved, just me, the …

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Fiber Frenzy

Barbara Simpson in her home at Star Castle Fiber Mill and Farm, Coquille

Farmers across Western Oregon are turning livestock loose on newly ripe pastures. As the fields dry, wooly creatures shake off the winter wet. In the spinning room, fiber artists revel in the textures, colors, even the scent of fleece. -by Geneva Miller for Art Matters!

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