By Anne Merrow

When the Yarn Store Comes to You

“Do you want to go to the yarn store?” That’s what my husband asks when we pass a few shops in town. (On one hand, he gets points for asking. On the other hand, why even ask? Obviously the answer is yes!) When I learned to spin and weave, though, I realized that the question isn’t always so simple.

If I want to buy cones of weaving yarn, spinning wheel bobbins, or tatting shuttles, not just any yarn store will do. I love finding a drop spindle or small loom in a knitting shop, but also finding a good variety of coned yarn, several brands of spinning wheel to try, and a staff member who can help you pick fiber for felting . . . That’s a destination. If you’re lucky, there might be one or two in your entire state.

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Get a Little Irish (Crochet) at Interweave Yarn Fest

Why do so many crocheters fall in love with Irish Crochet? It’s a garden in lace that can transform into shawls, beautiful accessories, home décor, and so much more.

Irish crochet lace is characterized by its finely-worked motifs, often in the forms of flowers, leaves, vines, and butterflies. Many shapes are worked freeform then joined together with a mesh background. Continue reading “Get a Little Irish (Crochet) at Interweave Yarn Fest” >

By Anne Merrow

Alpaca Bag: Why Travel to Interweave Yarn Fest 2018?

I’m lucky enough to live a few miles away from Interweave Yarn Fest, which happens again on April 12–15, 2018. But some students and vendors come from all around the country to take part.

I asked a few what brings them back year after year. Continue reading “Alpaca Bag: Why Travel to Interweave Yarn Fest 2018?” >