Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply

Natural vs Synthetic Fibers

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Natural vs Synthetic Fibers

  Did you know that up until 1935 all fibers were either from animals or plants (cotton, linen, silk, wool)? Then, synthetic fibers were developed & enjoyed for easy care. Mass production also offered a low price appreciated by many. Today, discerning buyers are less apt to merrily knit along with low cost being their only consideration. They want to know what their yarn is made of as well as the pros and cons of a specific fiber and breed.  Of course, we at Maine Yarn & Fiber Supply acknowledge our preference for natural fibers. They are 100% biodegradable: “real...

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Benefits of Knitting II

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Benefits of Knitting II

Benefits of Knitting Expounded Upon There has been quite a buzz about the therapeutic value of knitting these days and, not surprisingly, a series of studies verifying the benefits. As a former Art Therapist & one who also ran an occupational therapy department in a past life,  I have long been aware of how our pace, senses, thoughts, experiences, and exposure to different mediums impact how we feel and how we express ourselves. For many years I had only been a Winter knitter, so it took me by surprise when I found myself knitting year round and stopped to ask...

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Much Maligned

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She stormed into the yarn shop complaining about ill-fitted garments she’d knit and raging, ”Don’t tell me to do that thing! Don’t tell me to do that thing! I quickly deduced what she meant. “Of course not” I said, attempting to defuse the situation. “I know exactly what you mean - knitting a swatch - everyone hates knitting a swatch. Why, I myself never used to knit swatches…….Of course, I did knit quite a few elephant sweaters which were way too big for my husband to wear, and he was a pretty big guy.” Her friend laughs in the background....

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Interweave - A Maker's Paradise

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Interweave - A Maker's Paradise

 One company, so much impact on our maker's community ~ Today, we celebrate Linda Ligon, founder of Interweave. A self-admitted restless mom at home with a new baby, in 1975 Ligon started Interweave at her kitchen table. Described as a visionary with love of craft, her mission was to keep craft alive using the core values of putting people first, focusing on what people want, how they were interested, how they learn, and how they express themselves. From its humble beginnings, Interweave grew to a corporation of 75 employees. A second publication Handwoven was added then a third SpinOff.  In 1988 Herb Companion, cooking, alternative medicine,...

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