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Loose skeins of gray knitting yarn with rainbow speckles.

knitting.com is capitalism and sexism at its worst

We’re used to most people underestimating the knitting community.

A perfect example of this is when non-knitters experience the Rhinebeck Trunk Show. They take in the extensive displays of indie dyed yarn, the range of handmade products for sale, the diverse shoppers wearing colorful sweaters and shawls that took months to design and hours to construct….

Green and red knitted Christmas stockings with Santa Claus.

A ‘non-knitter’ knits for Christmas

My grandmother was a prolific knitter. I spent what felt like hundreds of hours standing to be measured, so she could craft skeins of yarn into sweaters for me to wear. My favorite was a lavender one, complete with darker lavender buttons. She knit blankets. She knit potholders….

A Pakistani woman knitting.

My relationship with knitting over the years

I have always been captivated by arts and crafts. My drawer used to be filled with crafting equipment, like oil paint and watercolors, and needles and thread, which motivated me to do all sorts of DIY projects: embroidery, glass painting and latch hook sceneries. I remember spending hours in craft shops,…

Two people on a motorcycle, the one in the back knitting on a purple project.

Knitting on the road

Farms are a green blur at the edges of my vision as my husband, Jim, and I motor down the highway. We’ve decided to head south on this trip. First stop, Indiana to visit friends. This couple could use some encouragement as one half has been in the hospital frequently….

A worn child's green cardigan.

The Green Sweater: Knitting the history of the Holocaust

Editor’s note: Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Hebrew as Yom Hashoah. I asked Lea Stern, a knitter and longtime Indie Untangled follower, to write about her Green Sweater project to memorialize the Holocaust. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry….

A white building glimpsed from a lake.

How I’m turning an old Irish knitting factory into my dream home — and an arts residency for single moms

Betsy is giving a tour of her home in the Old Knitting Factory on Sunday at noon Eastern/5 p.m. Central European Time this Sunday during Indie Across the Pond. The tour is included in your Indie Across the Pond registration.

Last spring,…

Three white sheep with black faces in the snow.

‘Please, draw me a sheep’: The history of the Hog Island sheep

Imagine a sheep, as unique as the one Antoine de St Exupery drew one morning for the Little Prince. That is the Hog Island sheep, from somewhat unknown origins, and needing protection, a special sheep, a sheep like no other… The Hog Island sheep is unique to the United States….

A woman sits on the floor knitting with colorful yarn.

A craft once a necessity, now merely a hobby in Pakistan

Sitting by the fire, and in front of her television, on a cold winter night in Lahore, Huma Munir knits yet another sweater for one of her grandchildren. She is engrossed in her work, moving the needles at lightning speed, while watching a drama serial and talking to her family….

Skeins of gray yarn hanging on wooden clothespins.

Superwash versus Non-Superwash

Superwash and non-Superwash yarns, what’s the difference? After all, aren’t they both wool? In my view as a knitter and a natural dyer, they are related in the way a horse, and the Emerald City’s Horse of a Different Color would be!

To understand, let’s look at the horse first,…

Hands knitting a coral sweater.

How knitting a sweater brought me out of a COVID slump

In the winter of 2020, while browsing at Backstory Books & Yarn, a local used book and yarn store in Portland, Oregon, I stumble across a giant hank of pale gray yarn lurking on a top shelf. I immediately pick it up and trace the softness of the Targhee strands with my fingers….