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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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Why lanolize your wool garments?

Properties of wool Wool is truly the wonder-fiber, with properties that even the most advanced (if you’d like to call them that) synthetic fabrics should be jealous of. Repels Moisture Wool’s inner layers attract water, while its outer layers repel it, meaning wool can get wet and still keep you insulated and feeling dry. Resists Wrinkles and Retains Shape If you’re a knitter you probably already know this, but you may not know why: wool fiber is actually made up of tiny spring-like coils that are remarkably resilient. You can stretch, pinch, fold, etc., but when you release the tension your garment will bounce back much better than most other fibers. Be careful though, when wet, the fibers are weaker...

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ANK Ceramics by Ariela Kuh

Sitting with a hot cuppa and a lapful of wool are often the best moments of the day, whether they occur in the morning or at night (sometimes, if we're lucky, both). With these moments in mind, we announce our newest offerings at Twig & Horn: beautiful mugs and pour-overs crafted by Ariela Kuh of ANK Ceramics, maker of our needle vase released earlier this month. It's hard to beat the pour-over method for fine-tuning a brew to suit your exact preferences. And although the pieces are available separately, together the mug and pour-over make a perfect pair. Ariela took a few moments to give us a glimpse into her process behind these lovely creations. - Where and how did you begin in ceramics? I started with...

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Bone Buttons by Andrew Haviland

­Today we are pleased to announce a new offering in our Twig & Horn store: handcrafted bison bone buttons by Andrew Haviland, artist from Providence, Rhode Island. Carefully carved by hand, each button is unique—no two are alike, due to the individual qualities of the bones from which they’re crafted. The freedom of versatility is limitless: A single button can work as a subtle statement piece to finish a garment, while multiple buttons together give serious character to a buttoned handknit. We had the joy of putting a few questions to the maker for an insight into how these lovely buttons came to be, and into the daily work life of the artist himself. From his hands, to ours, to yours—Andrew’s pursuits...

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