about infinite twist
Infinite Twist is a Shanghai-based yarn company run by Cate Carter-Evans. We produce socially responsible hand-spun yarns made by rural and migrant women, as well as hand-dyed mill-spun yarns.
We offer high-end tools for fiber artists from Acadia Wheel & Loom, the Maine-based maker of the Acadia Artisan Spinning Wheel.
infinite twist kits
No creative person wants to waste their most precious resource - their time - on an unsuccessful project.
Infinite Twist takes the guess work out of yarn and color selection by providing what-you-see-is-what-you-get knitting kits. We sample everything using the same needles, notions, and patterns that go out with our kits to ensure you get the same fantastic results we did.
Featuring the unique texture of hand-spun yarn and visually striking colors achieved through small-batch dyeing, our kits are a pleasure to knit.
Kits also save you money, offering better value than yarn and notions bought piecemeal. If a project requires 75 yards of a particular color, 75 yards is in the kit - you don't have to pay for a whole skein to get the amount of yarn you need.
Since we're in China and near the factories that produce knitting needles and notions, we can buy these items directly from the producers and pass on the savings.
Our kits are also great for travelers. Since everything you need is in included, you never have to worry about getting stuck on a long flight or car trip without the right needle or notion you need to move on with your project.
Kits are also great for gifts, or as a great starting point for learning new techniques. Even better, U.S. shipping is free on all orders above $30
Stop-and-stare gorgeous with its curved spokes and modern design, The Acadia Artisan Spinning Wheel by Acadia Wheel & Loom delivers a supremely smooth spinning experience.
Individually numbered and hand-built in Maine.
We offer a free knitting pattern each month to our newsletter subscribers - that's $60 in free patterns each year!
Patterns range from easy-breezy to complex colorwork and beyond. We strive to be accessible to beginning knitters, and offer experienced knitters an adventure in color and texture.
about our hand-spun yarn
China is currently experiencing the largest rural-to-urban migration in human history. Millions of people are leaving the countryside to find a better life for themselves and their children in the cities.
Unfortunately, finding a better life isn't easy. China provides its citizens with basic healthcare and free primary education as long as they remain in their home town. As soon as you leave the place you were born, you lose your safety net. For literally millions of people, the opportunity to land a good job in the city outweighs the risk.
But a new slough of challenges awaits in the city. Discrimination, illiteracy, and a lack of formal education make it difficult for rural women to find work. Unable to send their children to school during the day, the dream of a better life remains unrealized.
Fortunately, organizations are stepping in to fill the gap. Infinite Twist's spinners were hired through the Xintu Migrant Women's Association. Xintu provides free schooling and heath care services to migrant women, as well as providing job training and assistance.
Xintu has helped Infinite Twist find and hire migrant women who learned to spin in their home provinces. We provide training and mentoring to help our spinners learn to make great yarn, and we're proud to provide work-from-home jobs that pay a living wage.
Visit our yarns page to learn more about Infinite Twist's Hand-spun Yarn.
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 two years.
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 two unimpressed Shanghainese street cats.