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The Legacy of the U.S. Cotton Economy by Sha’Mira Covington

The Legacy of the U.S. Cotton Economy by Sha’Mira Covington

The history of cotton in the United States is complex and racialized. To fully understand cotton from a historical perspective, both European colonization in the Americas and African enslavement must be contextualized. The history of cotton in the U.S. includes the hoarding of Native land resources and the exploitation of free slave labor. Additionally, from a sociohistorical perspective, the legacy of cotton presents a record of human activities and the effects of those activities. For example, chattel slavery in the U.S., was primarily used for cotton production, meaning that human beings were treated as property, sometimes worked to death, and...

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Weekender Light

Weekender Light

  CUE: DELIGHTED SWOONING The original Weekender sweater designed by Andrea Mowry is one of my all time favorite pullovers. Knit in worsted weight Shelter, it dresses up and down effortlessly, wears with ease and is skill-accessible for those looking for success knitting their first sweaters. It’s the first thing I reach for when I want to sneakily wear pajamas but still look stylish. And I'll tell you what: this Light version has me kicking the old one to the curb! A fingering weight fabric makes the new Weekender even more cozy and versatile. And to all those doubting the...

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Lis Knits: the Weidlinger pullover

Lis Knits: the Weidlinger pullover

When the first Weidlinger samples started arriving at the office I knew it was something I would have to knit. My favorite sweaters all seem to be knit in seed and moss stitch. I love these stitches for their engagement while knitting and the finished fabric just seems extra cozy and plush to me.   Weidlinger also spoke to me because of its construction; I could see that it would be put together like nothing I’d knit before. I love a good challenge and I’m a fan of modular knitting with surprising, directional changes. There is a bit of seaming in...

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Apart Together - Designer Support

Apart Together - Designer Support

Our hearts are bursting and our LYS partners are over the moon with the outpouring of support and care you all have shown through our Apart Together initiative. Whether by purchasing sweater quantities from open shops, allocating your BT buys to shuttered stores, or simply sharing this initiative with your social circle, you have played an active role in bolstering small businesses and easing the stress of so many fiber friends.  In the first waves of COVID-19, our shared community rushed to safeguard cherished local yarn stores who were flailing. Through your impactful efforts, you have amassed over $95,000 to...

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Brooklyn Tweed: Apart Together

Brooklyn Tweed: Apart Together

Pay What You Choose —  Support How You Can In the wake of the developing pandemic of COVID-19, there remains a lot of uncertainty and fear. But we have also seen an encouraging surge of compassion and generosity from our community. Though socially isolated, our hearts and minds are aligned in brainstorming ways to bolster this interconnected network of small businesses, makers and designers.  Our industry is founded on the hard work and full hearts of beloved brick-and-mortar local yarn stores. Many are shuttering their doors to help flatten the curve and stop this virus from spreading. By looking out for their customers...

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