It’s a good week for knitting in the news! First Andrea Mowry was the subject of a New York magazine blog post, and yesterday, Clara Parkes made the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Okay, so maybe she wasn’t on the cover, but her recent efforts to raise awareness about the realities of sheep and their wool were. Over the past few weeks, the knitter, author, and wool enthusiast took to her Instagram feed to set the record straight about misinformation being spread by PETA and some clothing companies that the sheep shearing process is cruel and unkind to the sheep. WSJ writer Sarah Nassauer took notice of her valiant efforts. She rounded up some wool experts including sheep farmer Quintin McEwen, a veterinary science professor, and, of course, Clara Parkes, did some research, and helped to set the record straight. Us knitters (and the sheep) are thankful that her voice was heard.

Catch up by checking out Clara’s Instagram feed and then, read the story online: https://www.wsj.com/articles/fiber-optics-wool-lovers-battle-animal-rights-crowd-over-sheep-shearing-11546884830


Earlier this week, Magpie Fibers introduced Maxwell, a utility roll handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY designed to hold a knitter’s necessary tools and needles. (Don’t believe us? Click through the image above and watch the video.) The waxed canvas, organizational wonder sold out within days, but there are still opportunities to snag one of your very own. Magpie will have a stash of rolls at Vogue Knitting Live NYC (5th floor in the pre-event area, booths 600, 604, 606, 610), at STITCHES west, or you can pre-order one for a March delivery. Here’s to being more organized (and quicker to click buy) in 2019!

Pre-order a Maxwell utility roll: https://www.magpiefibers.com/haberdashery/maxwell-knitters-utility-roll


Just in time to make our dreary winter days a bit more cozy and bright, Kelbourne Woolens announces the addition of 5 new, bright colorways to its Scout line. The 2-ply, DK weight yarn showcases yarn in a rich and vibrant way, offering a classic, heathered look as it knits up. Scout is a go-to for sweaters, cowls, and hats, and now, with 19 total colorways, there is a color combo for every person, mood, and project. Including this breathtaking Le Massif Scarf.

Learn more about this yarn: https://kelbournewoolens.com/kelbourne-woolens-yarn/scout-wool-heather/


This v-neck sweater from Purl Soho offers classic shaping and easy construction for a knit that is part holiday palate cleanser and part New Year’s resolution. Knit from the bottom-up in DK weight yarn (in case you fell in love with one of the colors of Kelbourne Woolens earlier), this pattern will allow you to show off the yarn that you’re using in a most flattering way. This sweater is written for six sizes and uses 1055-1650 yards of yarn.

Download the pattern on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shoulder-forward-pullover