• The checkered scarf Tony’s mom made

    Lees dit artikel in het Nederlands Lisez cet article en français Quite often people look at knitting as a winter activity. But if you want to wear that new sweater when the days get chilly, you’d better knit over summer, obviously. This summer my friend Tony asked his mom to knit him a scarf in …

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  • Being kind to the animals

    A member of a local knitting group posted this announcement on their Facebook page: Asos plans to ban mohair, cashmere and silk from next year and noted in the comments that they hadn’t known that there were any animal welfare issues related to mohair. The question is not if animal welfare issues do exist. They do. …

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  • Mergelland, Edition 2017

    Last Tuesday they arrived, after nine long months of waiting: 12 cardboard boxes, each containing a series of sealed plastic bags, each of the bags containing 12 balls of Mergelland yarn. We did hope to get them a few days earlier, right on time for the Slow Fashion Market at Tour & Taxis, but they …

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  • Slow Fashion Market

    Last Saturday was Oxfam Day here in Brussels in one of those splendid buildings at Tour & Taxis. The theme of the day was fair fashion and on the program there were a Fashion Show, a Slow Fashion Market and a series of Do It Yourself Workshops. We decided that we had to be there with …

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  • H+H Goes Green

    Last Friday I travelled to Cologne for H+H, the international trade fair for creative handicraft and hobby supplies. It’s the largest trade fair for textile hobby supplies in Europe, the place to be for discovering new trends and finding new suppliers. I’ve been looking specifically for new certified organic yarns. In the next few lines I’ll …

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  • Pitti Filati

    Last week I traveled to Florence for Pitti Filati. That’s a bi-annual business fair where the Italian spinning mills present their products to the fashion business and more specifically to the buyers of the big fashion companies. They’re the people who buy what is needed to make next season’s garments, from tissue over yarn to …

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