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Took a day trip to Baltimore last week and “stumbled upon” LovelYarns, a Hampden yarn store easily found in front of the knitted tree.

Sue Caldwell loads the place with anything from Cascade Yarns to richly dyed handspun. I was happy to find some discounted Unger Driftwood yarn – the copyright on this yarn is older than me. Four skeins for ten dollars!

Ms. Caldwell gave me a tip about some fancy needles everyone wants right now – have you heard of Signature Needle Arts? They make lightweight, metal needles that are completely customizable. The needle tip is slick for fast knitting, but the body has a unique finish that prevents stitches from sliding around. You can customize the needle length on circulars for the size that best fits your hand, pick your favorite finial on straights, you even have three options for the sharpness of the needle tips! The perfect needles are priced from $28.

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