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4 Handmade Things I Bought Yesterday


Dear Kay, What a DAY. Scored all sorts of treasure at the bazaar here at the Assembly. It was a cavalcade of crafting, a melange of making. The concept of “shop local” was deep in my heart, given that the bazaar takes place maybe 100 yards from my cottage. Any more local, and it’d be in my kitchen. The real fun, of course, was talking to these folks. Craft No. 1: Crochet Our longtime knitting friend Sallie Swor has a new...

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Coloring Book for Knitters: Now with Awesome Spine!


Dear everybody, Big doings! I just got a boxful of a fancy new book, The Mason-Dixon Knitting Coloring Book for Knitters. New? Hasn’t it been out since December? Yes and yes. Our beloved publisher, Clarkson Potter, has just released a trade edition of the coloring book that we originally published ourselves. This new edition has all the Juliana Horner drawings that set so many folks to coloring. Now, the paper is supersturdy, almost a...

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Living the Speckledy Dream


Dear Kay, Oh good heavens, I could stare at this speckly yarn all day and maybe I have. This Annisa Wrap (details here) is turning Juicy Fruit now that there’s a lot of it knitted up. The gray is the no-smiles hall monitor telling everybody to pipe down. Is anybody else working one of these garter speckle bias wrap deals? I am totally addicted and I can’t figure out why. SUCH FUN. In homecoming news, boy David arrived home...

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Lazy Sunday: Neil Patrick Harris May Be the Answer

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Dear Kay, Hubbo and I were discussing YouTubes, as happens, and he let fly that he could sing the entire opening number from the 2011 Tony Awards. I was all: no way. I challenged him to sing it, and he did. Amazing. In the interest of giving us all a laugh, here’s Neil Patrick Harris, crushing it at the 2011 Tony Awards with “Broadway: It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore.” Once you start streaming the Neil Patrick Harris,...

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Snippets: A Brilliant Deep Dive

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Dear Kay, Old Shale! The stitch pattern you know and love? You think you know it—but a group of knitters digs deep and shows us that Old Shale can be all sorts of things. This is really, really great. Members of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild came up with the idea to knit samples of 40 versions of Old Shale to explore this lovely, old lace stitch. It’s all documented with photos, charts, and directions. I love the way a group of...

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