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Fiber-related Internet mailing lists
Mailing lists are different
from newsgroups in that you have to register yourself with the computer
that owns the mailing list (by subscribing), and all the notes posted
to it arrive in your online mailbox. Most if not all mailing lists have
the option of a digest mode; if you use this, you'll get a number
of posts collected in a single email message, instead of having them arrive
one at a time.
When you subscribe to a list, it's a good idea to "lurk," or read
other people's messages without posting anything yourself, for a week
or so, to find out what's appropriate and what isn't. If a mailing list
has a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs), read it -- the answer
to your question may already be there, meaning that you don't have to
bother the whole list with something members may already have seen a
This list is based on one compiled by Peg Alexander. Many thanks to
her. To add an entry, please email
Finally, much more complete than this list is Ron Parker's List
of Fiber-Related Lists; if you don't see something interesting here,
try Ron's list.
- The first and largest of the net's mailing lists about knitting.
Founded by Jill McAllister, it's now administered by Ruth Schooley,
Barb Burri, and Mary Hunt, all reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The knitlist has more than 3900 members.
To subscribe, read the information at the knitlist's Web site.
Some things you should know about the knitting list and knitting
in general are available in the knitlist's Frequently Asked Questions lists.
Another helpful document is the list of terms
frequently used on the list.
- Sponsored by XRX, Inc., and Knitter's magazine, Knitter's
University (KnitU) is a large list devoted to answering
technical knitting questions, pattern questions, and yarn-related
questions. It is moderated by David Xenakis, an XRX employee.
The guest answerers-of-knitting-questions have included Meg Swansen,
Lily Chin, Joan Schrouder, Sally Melville, Rick Mondragon, Jo Sharp,
and Jean Moss. You can subscribe at
- This list is a lot more off-topic and chatty than the big knitting
lists. To subscribe, send email to email@example.com
with subscribe knitting as the message. Rob McKenzie,
firstname.lastname@example.org, is the
- For on-topic knitting and spinning discussion. To subscribe, send
email to email@example.com
with subscribe techknit or subscribe techknit-digest
as the message. The owner is Lois Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also subscribe directly from Lois's
- For people who are interested in Aran knitting. Whether you are
a beginner or have knitted your 100th Aran, if you like Aran knitting,
come and join us. Ask questions, offer helpful tips, or just share
your current project with us. If you're knitting an Alice Starmore
design, chances are good that someone else is, too. To join, go to
Owner: Janet Szabo, email@example.com.
- Operated by Helen Eisler and Dusti Martin. Information is on Helen's
personal website, at http://www.knittedlace.com/. The listowners
request, but do not require, a donation from members to help with
- A list for left-handed knitters, for discussion of projects and
handedness. Operated by Angel Bernard. You can subscribe at
- A mailing list for anyone interested in the art of knitting socks
by hand. We share ideas, advice, patterns and sometimes just chat
about subjects related to hand knitting socks. This is a small but
growing list with 330+ members and an average of 60 posts a day. Digest
mode available. The owner is Linda Nelson,
firstname.lastname@example.org. To subscribe, visit the list's Web page at
- DAK (Design-A-Knit)
- Amy Stinson, email@example.com,
owns three listservs for machine knitters. To join, send a note to
with the line subscribe [listname] [firstname lastname]
in the body of the message.
- This list is to provide a friendly environment in which gay, lesbian
and bi knitters (and their friends) can discuss all aspects of hand
knitting, machine knitting, and related topics. You can subscribe
the list's Web page.
- Pauline Price, firstname.lastname@example.org,
runs this list for knitters in the NYC area. To join, send a note
to email@example.com with subscribe
nyc_local_knitters [your-email-address-here] as the message.
- Julie Prince, firstname.lastname@example.org,
runs this fiber arts list for Oregon and southern Washington. Its
main purpose is to announce events, shop openings, classes, etc. To
subscribe, send e-mail to email@example.com.
Leave the subject blank; put subscribe oregon-knit in
the body of the message.
- Krystal L'Amore, firstname.lastname@example.org,
runs this group for knitting pen-pals so that knitters can meet
other knitters around the world and share tips, hints, yarns,
projects, etc. with each other. To subscribe, visit
There are many other knitting lists available. For the ones on Yahoo! Groups,
- A list for anyone who wishes to chat about spinning. To subscribe,
Owner: Lenore, email@example.com The list's Web page
is at http://www.spinning.net.
- Only if you're crazy about hand spindles! Teri Pittman, firstname.lastname@example.org,
is the owner. You can subscribe by visiting http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spindlers/.
- For tablet weavers, with an emphasis on the Society for Creative
Anachronism (SCA). To subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SCAWeaving/.
Owner: Kendall Gregg, aka Ronane Blackwell.
- For tablet weavers. For information about subscribing, see http://hem.bredband.net/ronpar/twinfo.html.
The owner is Ron Parker, on behalf of TWIST (Tablet Weavers International
Studies and Techniques), formerly called TWINE. Ron can be reached
- Mostly on-topic discussion of weaving. To subscribe, send email
to email@example.com with
subscribe weaving or subscribe weaving-digest
as the messsage. The list manager is Leslie, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For crocheters. To subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crochet_School/.
There are many other crochet lists available. For the ones on Yahoo! Groups,
- For discussion of immersion dyeing and surface application of dyes
to fabric and fiber. To subscribe, send a note to email@example.com
with a blank "Subject" line and subscribe
as the message. Pat Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, is
- For discussion of fiber arts and crafts in general. To subscribe,
The owner is Ron Parker, email@example.com.
- For discussions of felting. To subscribe, send email to majordomo@maillist.PEAK.ORG
with subscribe feltmakers as the message. You can visit
home page for more information. The owner is Patricia Spark,
- For discussion of historical needlework techniques. Send email to
with subscribe h-needlework as the message. You can visit
home page for more information. The owner is reachable at
- For discussion of historical costuming. To subscribe, send email
with subscribe h-costume or subscribe h-costume-digest
as the message. The owner is Elizabeth Lear, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For lacemakers. Please visit the list's
home page for more information.
- For discussions of sheep husbandry, health, wool, etc. To subscribe,
send e-mail to email@example.com
with subscribe sheep-L as the message. The owner is Torbjorn
Wictorin, Torbjorn.firstname.lastname@example.org or
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