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Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Dear Kay, Wow wow wow. So many books! Thanks to all for sharing what you’re reading right now. I find all this totally fascinating. There are five randomly chosen winners in our contest; wish I could be Oprah and give away 360 copies of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Here are the books these folks are reading. Does it get any more ecumenical than this? JULES M.: I am reading a book called Do-It-Yourself-Therapy, I kid you not. It...

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We Have… Poncho!

Dear Ann, By 4:15, the second sleeve was on. Practice does make things speedier. It also helps not to watch YouTubes. I’m calling this a garment at this point. I am wearing it, therefore it’s a garment. ONWARD (dammit). Love, Kay Posted by Kay at 04:28 PM | Comments (35) One Down Dear Ann, It’s 3:15. One sleeve is joined to the body of my Whitby. I know that seems like slow progress. But I had to work my way into the mood...

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Example Blog Post

Dear Kay, Sometimes I think you can read my mind. IT COULD BE TRUE, YOU KNOW. So when you Tweeted this video of Kaffe Fassett talking about his show at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, I thought, well, there you go again. Kaffe has been on my mind ever since our return from California, seeing as how we made a stop at Nepenthe, the fabled restaurant in Big Sur run by the Fassett family. It’s where Kaffe grew up. It’s...

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The Elements of Bro Style

Dear Kay, Too hot to knit? I think I pushed the edge of the envelope on knitting this past weekend in Baltimore, during the NCAA Lacrosse Championship immersion weekend with Clif. Oh sweet Jebus it was hot, but we found some shade, slathered on the SPF 100 (is that even possible? It’s basically house paint, right?), and hunkered down for just a boatload of high-speed action, on the field and on the needles. Net result: four Mitered Squares...

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Virtual Piemonte

Virtual Piemonte

Yes, Piemonte really does look like this. This picture was taken on the grounds of the historic Fontana Fredda winery. The building is the house King Vittorio Emmanuel (sorry if that’s mispelled) built for his mistress, La Rosina, and their children. They made beautiful music, and beautiful wine, together. (Eventually, he even married her. She became a Duchess and their children were legitimized although not allowed to be king or...

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Wackoknits

Wackoknits

Here at Mason-Dixon Knitting, it’s an article of faith that “vintage” = “classy” (squared). But it ain’t necessarily so, friends, and sometimes we need a gentle jolt of a reminder that the best is yet to be. (Kay’s on the left; Ann’s on the right. We’re both in need of a touch-up to our Former Natural Blond highlights, but hey–we’ve got a Blog to run.) Thanks to Retroknits.com,...

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One-Stop Shopping

One-Stop Shopping

Hey Ann: Here’s your store! Cheese and Antiques (in that order). Note also the little sign in the window assuring you that yes, they do have ‘fresh coffee’. I didn’t go in to see if the place sold cheese in your favorite form (Chee-toes), or if by any chance there were any of those $450 swifts or $8700 barrel-people you adore. We’ll save this place as a treat for that New York visit you keep telling me...

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Where’s My New Dress?

Where’s My New Dress?

This pic is an illustration of the principle that babies cannot be photographed without flash. Here is Rosie in her Lucky cardi (Pipsqueaks, All Seasons Cotton, Grandma Mabel’s button–we’ve been over this before). I did not finish Miss Bea’s Jumping Dress in time for my visit. Rosie didn’t care. She is sitting on a mighty collection of Handknits-by-Kay and can bide her time patiently until the next delivery....

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Peep Show

Peep Show

From the catalogue of the Tailgate Antiques Show: Room 145, Fiddler’s Inn. Matched pair, barrel-wearing figures. Found in Reno, Nevada, roadhouse “The Sit n Drink.” Circa late 1940s. Medium: plywood with applied oil-based house paint. Wear is evident on paint of both barrels, on frame at bottom, on top of woman’s head. Holes on front of barrels are original to barrels and indicate a previous use as actual barrels....

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Atta Boy

Atta Boy

Is there any stadium sight as sweet as a boy with his baseball glove on and the name of his hero emblazoned across his back? This guy is ready to catch any ball that flies his way. Moreover, he is pretty sure that is actually going to happen. Number One Matsui Fan is the son of friends. He had the good sense to wear his shirt to Game 2 of the World Series, on a night when Hideki Matsui ensured a Yankee victory with a 3-run homer. He will...

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