By Hand Magazine, Issue No. 2 Portland + Mid-Coast Maine

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By Hand is a community-centered publication for knitters and makers, published three times annually.

In this day and age, many of us are searching for community–a sense of belonging, a feeling of unity, a desire to share our passions with others. As a sense of community becomes ever more elusive, we look for ways to build our own. A community of makers–those who find joy in creating with their hands, minds, and hearts–gives us a chance to share and celebrate our ideas and passions. Today, there are clusters of creativity – locations around the country that have developed their own unique “maker communities,” where people who love to make, love to learn to make, and love to support makers have found a common sense of purpose. Each of these geographic “clusters” has its own unique characteristics, and those characteristics influence the artists who live and work there.

The second issue of By Hand takes you on a virtual tour of the natural beauty of Portland and mid-coast Maine. Meet local companies, knitwear designers, organic yarn dyers and weavers, and an amazing local yarn store. Find recipes, exclusive knitting patterns made from our featured yarns, and other hand craft projects. Learn about some of the artists who make up Maine’s creative community, including an author and an artist who creates original block prints on organic linen. Explore opportunities to hone your sewing skills at retreats hosted by beautiful locales all along coastal Maine. Take a photographic day trip to a 200 year old farm dedicated toward the preservation of endangered species of fiber animals, and enjoy the beauty and diversity of Maine, from the cobblestone streets and bricks of Portland’s Old Port district to the rocky, untamed coastlines and waterways. Welcome!

Birds in Flight Blanket by Andrea Hungerford, featuring Quince & Co. Osprey 
Telja Colorwork Pullover by Jenn Steingass, featuring Quince & Co. Owl 
Love Letter Poncho by Andrea Hungerford, featuring Swan’s Island Natural Dyes
Pretty Perfect Cabled Socks by Trish Thibodeau, featuring Quince & Co Finch
Birds in Flight Scarf by Andrea Hungerford, featuring Stone Wool Cormo
Wooly Blooms Tipless Gloves by Andrea Hungerford, featuring Quince & Co Owl

Cinnamon Swirled Orange Bread, by Nancy Coufal
Knit Stitch Needles & Notions Pouches by Meredith Hobbs
Second Chance Pillow Series by Andrea Hungerford

By Hand Magazine comes to us from editor Andrea Hungerford of Portland, OR.

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