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favorite stitches: The Knitted Cable Sourcebook

There are a wealth of fantastic books in the knitting world, and more than any other textile resource, I'm regularly reaching for stitch dictionaries to spurn creativity. My favorites aren't hard to spot from the bookshelf, visible by their haggard, dog eared, and sticky note filled pages. I find them excellent starting points for design work, and a fascinating insight into the mind of the author.   I'd like to regularly dig into some of my favorite stitch dictionaries here on the Twig & Horn blog, and talk about why they'll stay on my shelves for years. I recently got my hands on Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook, and the only reason why it doesn't look marked and tattered is because I haven't owned it...

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An Introduction

Now that I've been working as Art Director at Twig & Horn for a few months, it's probably time for a small introduction! My name is Whitney Hayward, and I'm a photographer, handspinner, knitwear designer, and now a knitting notions creator. I spend most of my time at Twig & Horn cooking up new ideas for knitting tools and accessories and developing our new millspun yarn, Stone Wool Cormo. I learned to knit while studying abroad in Japan. My Japanese language skills were nil, and I desperately wanted to better communicate with the family I was living with in Nagoya. Kazumi, my host mother, had a huge stack of "Fun Fur" yarn and an extra set of needles, and I asked her to...

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Our Indigo Tote Bags

All of our indigo cotton totes at Twig & Horn are hand dyed by me, Whitney Hayward, before they go out to the wide world.  For our next round of dyed totes, I photographed the dyeing process, from blank canvas to finished medium blue. Our totes arrive pressed and folded from our cut/sew team in Georgia. If we were only screen printing a design without dyeing, they're perfect. All undyed cotton canvas comes with quite a bit of oil in the fibers from the weaving process, and each bag needs to be scoured to rid the fabric of those oils, so I can achieve a nice solid indigo hue. Every time I scour their bags, I feel like a monster for ruining the beautiful state...

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How to read Japanese Knitting Patterns

We're proud to offer a selection of interesting textile and knitting books through the Twig & Horn Library, and we've recently added three Japanese knitting books. Two are stitch dictionaries, Kazekobo's Favorite Stitches and Kazekobo's Favorite Colors, from knitwear designer Yoko Hatta.  The third book is Timeless Men's Knits, a lovely collection of garments and accessories, filled with sweaters perfectly slouchy and roomy on women sizes 32-40. Japanese patterns are constructed much differently than the written patterns many of us are accustomed to - patterns are charted, rather than written row-by row. We hope this blog post will be a helpful reference for anyone who wants to knit from Timeless Men's Knits, or any Japanese knitting pattern.     Japanese pattern overview Before diving into handy Japanese words and...

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Bison Toggles by Andrew Haviland

Andrew Haviland, the maker of our fantastic bone buttons, has created a new type of closure for Twig & Horn: We're proud to share our newest offering of American bison bone toggles, crafted by hand in Rhode Island. These natural beauties vary in size from 1.5" to 2" in length. As they're made of bone, no two toggles are exactly alike—each one brings its own interesting character and texture. Each toggle features two drilled holes for threads, with a textured concave on one side, and a smoother, rounded convex shape on the other.  Toggles are a nice alternative to buttons, with an oblong shape that holds fast where rounder buttons might otherwise slip through. From an embellishment perspective, they're a perfect rustic touch to any garment made...

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