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Sneak Peek at Twist for Summer

Two weeks ago on the first of May, newsletter subscribers were invited to take a look at a preview for the upcoming summer issue. (If you aren't a newsletter subscriber yet, you can get on the list by filling out your email in the sidebar on the left. We only send newsletters out once a month, or when it's really newsworthy. We promise)


summer preview



Now that the preview page has been running for a couple of weeks, we're happy to let you in on it too. Bookmark the page and check everyday for a new peek at what's to come for our summer issue. It's super fun, packed with great summer knits, and has a couple of surprises we're really excited about. Just you wait!

NHS&W New and Notables

Julia here. 

While at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool, I saw a few lovely little things I thought you'd like to know about.

One: Silversmith and Friend to Fiber Artists (an unofficial title), Leslie Wind, has just created silver and bronze darning needles in three sizes.  They are lovely to behold, and quickly inspire a mental flipping of the WIP file for a sweater in need of finishing. These, the small size, are about 3 inches long. Here's Leslie's site for more information.



Two: these baskets from The Children's Initiative, a non-profit that supports health care in developing countries.  Made in Vietnam, the sale of these baskets supports the organization's good works.  Their value to knitters is, I think, immediately obvious.  I saw people leaving with multiples.



Three: a new book, Fiber Gathering, by Joanne Seiff, has been enjoying attention on a virtual blog tour recently, and Joanne was at the festival on Sunday to sign copies and answer questions.  The book is a loving tribute to why we wool lovers gather, explains with enthusiastic prose and beautiful photographs the merits of each of the major regional festivals, offers a primer on some aspects of wool love that are the province of fiber festivals (such as fleece skirting and washing), and has 25 projects to get your needles going. Check it out, and catch festival fever.


fiber gathering book 


New Hampshire Sheep and Wool

Julia here.  I made it to New Hampshire Sheep and Wool this past weekend, and saw some lovely things.

tsock tsarina

Lisa's (aka Tsock Tsarina) chorus line of fantastic socks in the Holiday Yarns booth. 




Drop spindlers devoted to vivid color



Temptations not limited to the fiber variety 



Alison in a new sweater design she just published, called Rapunzel. 

Tribal badges and


familiar faces. (Claudia never makes it to New Hampshire because she's usually in recovery from Maryland, but this year, we got to see her instead!)

It was a lovely day, too hot for big wool sweaters, but perfect for enjoying the company of fellow knitters and considering yarn purchases.  Barb Parry was celebrating her new book, Teach Yourself Visually Hand Dyeing which I heartily recommend if you are at all interested in the subject. I hope to post a more explicit review of the book when I am finished giving it the once over, but like Deb Menz's inspirational book, Color in Spinning, I may never be done with it.



Thanks to everyone who said hi and grabbed a Twist Collective button from me.  It was a fun day.


Props from Vogue Knitting

The new issue of Vogue Knitting is on the newsstands, and lo, there we are in boldface on page 20 in the "Made in Canada" column by Lee Ann Balazuc, represented by a photograph of Angela Hahn's beautiful Primrose Path sweater.  We are delighted to be recognized by the big guys, so thanks to Lee Ann and the VK folks for the nod.




New Hampshire Sheep and Wool: May 9th

Julia (yours truly) will be wandering the grounds at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, May 9th.  It's my birthday, so I'll be handing out potlatch: Twist Collective buttons.  Tap me on the shoulder or hail me from across the sheep dog trials field, and grab a button from me for your knit bag.  See you then.