Of Alpacas and Academics
In the Andean highlands of Peru, the Quechua, the indigenous peoples of South America, care for 95 percent of the world’s alpacas. The fiber the animals provide finds its way into luxury yarns and textiles across the globe, but most of the shepherds and their families live their lives in extreme poverty. In 1996 a world-renown Peruvian alpaca breeder asked his American counterpart a simple question: Could the alpaca breeders of the United States help the impoverished children of his hometown of Macusani? The answer was yes.
Considering Crochet: or, Garter Stitch Is My Therapy
By Kim Werker
Spinning yarn may be what led me to feel like a capital-K knitter after over a decade knitting, but it’s crochet that led me to settle into the kind of knitter I am.
Patty's Purls of Wisdom: March 2018
Technique, etiquette, and lifestyle advice for the modern knitter
By Patty Lyons
Why Do We Knit?
By Sandi Rosner
I am a constant knitter. On any given evening, it’s a safe bet that I can be found sitting in my living room with yarn and needles in hand. I wouldn’t think of getting on an airplane or going to a medical appointment without a portable project tucked into my bag. If you invite me to a summer concert in the park, my knitting will be right next to the bottle of wine in the picnic basket.
Spinning: A Knitting Origin Story
by Kim Werker
Shortly after I got the job as editor of Interweave Crochet magazine back in 2006, I marched into my LYS and bought myself a spinning wheel.
I’d only ever spun on a wheel once or twice, but I was in desperate need of a dramatic way to celebrate, and I decided that this was it. I would learn how to spin on my very own wheel, and delight in the extravagance of whatever that entailed.
Of course, I did not factor in how much time and energy my new job would occupy; I barely touched the wheel during the two years I worked on the magazine. (I suppose that’s a particular kind of extravagance, though?)