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Knitting a raglan sweater so it fits

Knitting a raglan sweater so it fits To knit a raglan sweater so it fits, there are several body measurements we need, including the upper torso circumference, raglan depth, bicep circumference, and various length measurements: sweater length, sleeve length, and armpit to hem length. Read on to see how to use this information to knit a raglan sweater so it will fit you.  Knitting sweaters from Laine 21 This summer, we’re getting together and knitting some of the designs in Laine 21 in June Cashmere. Two of the sweaters in the issue especially appealed to our knitters: Lucienne by Audrey Borrego and Facette by Faïza Mebazaa.   Facette by Faïza Mebazaa, image from Laine 21 Lucienne by Audrey Borrego; photo...

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Choosing a cast-on for your knitting - it matters!

Marigold stole with stretchy bind-off. Choosing appropriate cast-on and matching bind-off methods can make all the difference in your knitting.  Have you ever spent precious time, energy, and money on a knitting project only to have your beginning and ending edges be wonky? You know, you knit an awesome hat but your cast-on is so tight that you can't get the hat to fit comfortably on your head. That kind of wonky. When your cast-on is too tight or too loose I had a cast-on/bind-off mishap during the designing process for Marigold. It was sort of a case of 'you don't know what you don't know' in that I didn't realize that lace knitting requires a very stretchy cast-on method so that the yarn-overs...

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Transitioning to warmer weather, you can still wear cashmere.

From Winter to Spring. Spring officially has sprung in the Northern Hemisphere, albeit in some places, the usual markers are slow to arrive. Parts of Canada are still in the freeze and thaw zone with no sightings yet of greening or daffodils. In southern Kyrgyzstan, the 20,000 foot mountain snow is melting after the long, hard winter. The shepherd families that supply our cashmere fiber live in villages in the Ferghana Valley, accessed by the ancient Silk Road. Paved in just the last decade or so, the mountain road is windy and snowy in winter. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty published this video sharing the story of how one man keeps the road clear. As spring gives clearer Silk Road access to shepherd families,...

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Kyrgyz Textiles: Chiy

We're delighted to offer this guest blog post written by Michele Hardy, PhD, curator of a current exhibit on Kyrgyz textiles at Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary. In this post, Michele introduces us to Kyrgyz chiy, reed screens created for many uses in nomadic living. Kyrgyz Textiles: Introducing the John L. Sommer Collection In 2009 Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta Canada hosted Reeds and Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia, a travelling exhibition organized by the Kaufman Museum at Bethel College in Kansas, USA. The exhibition featured rare examples of Kyrgyz textiles collected by Dr. John Sommer and donated to the Kaufman for the purposes of an international tour. With the tour completed, the collection—together with a...

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Bread. . . and wool?

Origin of bread Credit for all photos: Erica Manning Bread has been around for at least 11,000 years according to the discovery of charred flatbread crumbs found in excavations in Jordan, Western Asia.¹ Leavened bread is thought to originate from Sumer culture (modern Iraq region), a process later refined by the Egyptians.² Flat bread - the topic of this post - is often known to Westerners as Naan or Tandoor Naan and is most commonly associated with our experiences eating Indian cuisine.  Tandyr Nan is, however, known to all of Central Asia as a round, leavened flat bread baked in a clay (tandoor or tandyr) oven. The oven itself is believed to come out of the Indus region (modern Pakistan) over 5000 years ago. ³•⁴ Tandyr...

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