about infinite twist
Infinite Twist provides fiber artists with hand-crafted supplies and beautiful tools, while providing living wages for skilled artisans.
Infinite Twist’s knitting kits are fun to knit, and yield easy-to-wear accessories you'll enjoy season after season. Featuring the unique texture of hand-spun yarn and visually striking colors achieved through small-batch dyeing, our kits are a pleasure to knit.
For spinners, we offer the Acadia Artisan Spinning Wheel by Acadia Wheel & Loom. This sleek and modern spinning wheel delivers a supremely smooth spinning experience.
We offer a free knitting pattern each month. Our patterns are accessible to beginning knitters, and offer experienced knitters an adventure in color and texture.
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about our spinners
The Qinghai Spinners Cooperative
Founded by social-venture Shokay in 2010, the Cooperative provides much-need income and jobs for rural Tibetan women in China’s Qinghai Province.
Infinite Twist's Qinghai Handspun yarn line is made by the women of the Cooperative. Qinghai Handspun is available in our kits, and by custom order in DK, worsted, Aran, and Bulky weights. Visit our yarns page for more images of this unique yarn.
Cate Carter-Evans has conducted five spinning trainings for the women of the collective. A gallery of images from her time in Qinghai can be found on our flickr page here.
Spinner Profile: Zuo
Zuo grew up in Anhui province, one of the poorest in China.
With a 7th grade education, she moved to Shanghai with her husband and young sons in search of a better life for their family, good schools, and jobs. She worked as a restaurant dishwasher, and her husband worked as a driver.
In her home village, her mom and the other village women were all makers – they could all spin knit, sew, and do embroidery. Zuo continues this tradition with her spinning and knitting.
Zuo has worked for Infinite Twist for just over a year. She spins the Halo family of yarns.
Zuo says she loves her job because she can work from home. She saves gas money for her motorcycle, doesn’t have to commute, and gets to spend more time with her family.
About Cate Carter-Evans, Proprietress of Infinite Twist
Cate Carter-Evans is an American dyer, knitter, weaver, spinner, and seamstress living in Shanghai, China.
Cate dyes yarn and fiber, designs knitting patterns, weaves on her great-grandmother's antique floor loom, and spins on a wheel made by her Dad. She loves gardening, canning, preserving, and fermenting, and will put kimchi on almost anything. She shares her projects on Infinite Twist's blog. All her activities are over-seen by three unimpressed cats.