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  • Knitting a Gauge Swatch - a blessing or a curse?

    Knitting a gauge swatch might seem like an extra (annoying) step, but the more you gain experience in knitting, the more you'll treasure the inform...
  • How Much Yarn Do I Need to Knit a Sweater?

    There's nothing more frustrating than playing "yarn chicken" or worrying about whether you have enough yarn to finish a project. This is especially true for SWEATERS. And doubly true for sweaters that you want to fit beautifully and wear in public! 
  • Knitting through the Generations

    In late January, I spent a cozy afternoon knitting in the parlor of the historic Durand-Hedden house located right here in Maplewood, NJ. Owned by...
  • Fiberwork: Both Art and Craft

    By Michael Capone Starting in the late 1960s, the fiber arts, including weaving, knitting, and crochet, have made their way into modern art museums...
  • Unraveling the Health Benefits of Knitting

    I think of knitting as the third leg of my wellbeing tripod: therapy, medication, and knitting!
    The soothing repetition of knitting (or crochet, or many handicrafts) sends me to a very meditative place.
    I can relax, my breathing slows, and my "monkey mind" and tense muscles soften.
  • Let's take a journey

    This morning at the breakfast table, I paged through the latest issue of Entrepreneur magazine.  The Editor's letter caught my eye, especially the ...
  • Where does knitting live in the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs?

    Who needs a knitting subscription? In a previous blog post, I wrote about the types of people who need a knitting kit subscription in their lives.....
  • The 5 Types of People Who Need a Knitting Subscription Box (and 2 Who Probably Don't)

    If you haven't tried The Spinning Hand's knitting subscription club and you fall into one of these 5 groups, pay special attention!

    • Nurses and schoolteachers
    • Parents
    • Those of us going through a tough time...
  • How does a knitting subscription box work?

    Your knitting subscription box questions, answered! I'll admit to being wildly curious about OPSBs (Other People's Subscription Boxes.) What's incl...
  • How to ship over $80k worth of yarn to New Jersey

    My son Andrew said, "Mom, don't drive home from Nebraska." I'd just agreed to purchase over $80k worth of yarn from a high-end yarn shop, to sell a...