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Selvedge Issue 104 Jan-Feb 2022

Selvedge Magazine Issue 104 - Keeping Warm

Thirty is hot, twenty is nice, ten is cold, and zero is ice. When the temperature drops, it is time to reach for your woollens – but which fibre is the warmest? Cashmere, yak, alpaca, llama, and camel are all warmer than sheep’s wool.

Unlike the ubiquitous sweatshirt, a hand-knitted sweater employs waste-free construction techniques, comes in an infinite range of textures and colours, and lends itself to renewal and repair. We pit our panel of experts against each other as they advocate for their favourites. Who will get your vote: the Irish Aran, the Scottish Fair Isle, or the Norwegian Lusekofta? Helena teaches us how to knit a pair of Icelandic socks and we delve deep into the iconic knits of Ýr Jóhannsdóttir. So, whether you are a firm fan of the yak or wedded to wool, there is something for you in this issue.