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Snippets: Golden Nuggets Edition


Dear Kay, Things are pretty busy at the moment, which means that I am having an excellent time procrastinating by sifting the Internet for gold. When the going gets tough, the tough get going . . . and read . . . blogs. Nuggets I have found: Tom Deijnen, mender extraordinaire, provides a look at one of my favorite subgenres of stitchery, the mending and darning sampler. Dianna Walla writes the excellent Paper Tiger blog, and she designs...

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Where Does the Day Go?


Dear Kay, I wish you could be right here watching this cake of Jill Draper’s Rifton unwind into this scarf. It’s pretty great. It may be the finest palate cleanser imaginable when you’ve been aiming hard at a complicated project for a while. Have you ever been to the beach, watching the sun set, letting the day furl itself even as you think it’s never going to end? The color changes in this Rifton are slow. Even...

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Vegetarian Silk and Other Conundrums


Dear Kay, In search of a  palate cleanser, I dug out a Work in Progress that has been marinating at least two years. In the process, I ended up going down a silkworm wormhole. This cowl started with a hand-dyed silk yarn I bought a while back on a trip. I also had a hard little ball of leftover Hand Maiden Sea Silk that needed a destiny. I made up the pattern, which is basically to *knit 7 rows in Main Color, knit 1 row Contrast Color,...

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Earth Day Beautifulness Mood Board for Knitters


Dear Kay, In honor of Earth Day, here’s a ramble through my yard. This has been the greenest spring in the history of Nashville. Surely. A match for Jill Draper’s Rifton, in the colorway Spring. Which I happen to be knitting right now. The magnolia buds are as hard as hand grenades. Moss growing on lichens. The honeysuckle in the warm sun. The hellebores haven’t given up. The hostas. Roses. Mahonia. Some flowers are...

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In a Big, Big Groove on This Thing


Dear Kay, I’m relieved to report that I am on my way. I’ve made it through the first 44-row repeat of this Jade Starmore Glenesk pullover, aka My Constant Companion. All I can say is that I look forward to a conference call with uncommon enthusiasm these days. Keep talking, everybody! I’m busting on this thing. My chart has now arrived at its optimum level of usefulness. It’s like a coloring book for knitters. The...

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