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How Much Yarn is Too Much Yarn?

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How Much Yarn is Too Much Yarn?
As a male in the knitting community, finding projects is increasingly more difficult as magazines, books, even online publishers don’t want to feature patterns for men. (This is an ongoing issue that warrants further discussion at a later date.) So, when the projects I’m willing to knit become scarcer, why do I feel the need to continue purchasing additional yarn? How much yarn is too much yarn?

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Personal Professionalism: An Anecdote

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Personal Professionalism: An Anecdote

 If you have worked in the corporate world, non-corporate world, or honestly, any job at all, you’ve probably heard:   “Just be professional.” “Handle it professionally.” “We require professionalism from all our employees.”   Or something of the like. It’s no mystery to most of us that how we handle our interactions in our “professional” lives is a requirement in any shared space. We must handle our disagreements with dignity and respect, we must use words our mothers would be proud to hear us say, or we must act as though our job depended on it (and a lot...

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A Little Bit of PRIDE Goes a Long Way

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A Little Bit of PRIDE Goes a Long Way

If you haven’t already seen it on social media, June is PRIDE month, a time for LGBTQIA+ individuals to celebrate their differences, reflect on our history, and advocate for greater acceptance of marginalized peoples both inside and outside the community, especially LGBTQIA+ people of color. Parades and events are happening all over the world, and many of them are happening in countries where being gay is still punishable by death. These brave souls are fighting for freedoms in some of the most dangerous places to just be human.   I personally have never had to experience anything so terrifying. Perhaps...

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Small Batch Me

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Small Batch Me

In your own words, what does it mean to be a small batch dyer?   In short, it means I produce smaller quantities of my colorways in a contained environment.  In long...   - It means I have two hotel pans and two table top burners connected to two extension cords plugged into one outlet.  - It means I have one prep table for all of my mixing, dyeing, heating, cooling, rinsing, and drying.  - It means I can produce less product in a longer amount of time.  - It means my production costs are higher. - It means I...

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Treats and Retreats

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Treats and Retreats

I took my first road trip to California a week ago. Okay, I live in Las Vegas, so it’s not much of a road trip, but it was the longest time I’d spent in a consistently moving vehicle since the day I picked up my life to move to Sin City. In comparison, 5 hours isn’t terribly long to spend in a vehicle, not compared to the two 13 hour days I spent driving across the country, but when you’re as tense as I am, five hours is enough to physical drain you for the following 24 hours.   I...

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