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Finished Object Friday: Birch Leaf Shawl

Finished Object Friday: Birch Leaf Shawl

Dear Kay, Finished Object Friday. As if I have a finished object every Friday . . . I found this 95 percent complete shawl in a bag in the back of my closet, the source of so much mystery. It’s Susan Gutperl’s Birch Leaf Shawl, which is a frankly easier version of Sharon Miller’s all-time greatest thing ever, the timeless Rowan pattern, Birch. The yarn is Manos Lace, a baby alpaca/silk/cashmere blend that makes you glad...

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The Problem with Madeline Tosh

The Problem with Madeline Tosh

Dear Kay, I have been swatching. Not going to lie, it feels very strange to be back with the swatching, but I am enjoying my re-entry into this AWESOME HOBBY. And no, there’s not really a problem with Madeline Tosh. Just trying to up the stakes here. I originally went with “This Photo of MadTosh DK Will Shock You.” It’s more a question of the problem that happens when that delectable yarn is used in the wrong way. Right...

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Poverty and Luxury

Poverty and Luxury

Dear friends, pals, chums, random visitors who end up here because they Googled “log cabin,” We are grateful for all your cards and notes inquiring about the state of Mason-Dixon Knitting and the future of our bi-regional knitting blog. I’ll let Kay chime in with her thoughts about taking a five-month leave from a blog we’ve kept for eleven years. For me, it has been a strange thing not to write here. I miss you guys! But,...

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Traveling Light

Traveling Light

Dear Kay, Finished. It’s a blanket now. The I-cord edging took two sessions of Masters tournament coverage. I was so hypnotized that I think I fell asleep at one point while simultaneously cranking attached I-cord. Always remember to do three rows of UNattached I-cord as you turn the corners. I always think of you when I do this. It’s so clever: you’re attaching and attaching, then for a minute you don’t. One...

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Anaconda of Love

Anaconda of Love

Dear Kay, The clock is TICKING on this wedding present blanket. I am way behind but hope to power through in order to get this thing on its way to the bride and groom in Chicago before they depart for India next week. And, relatedly, before I depart for India too. Squares: done. Blocking: done. Phase III: The Attachment? Not so fast there, hon. To review: the squares have live stitches on all sides, held on waste yarn. The squares are joined...

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We Fuss On

We Fuss On

Dear Kay, Squares are piling up for the Fussy Cuts Blanket. Mood regarding this project at this moment: resolute yet giddy at prospect of Phase III: The Attachment, when all this will come together. I still can’t get over how unfatigued I am after 20 squares and frames. It’s like I actually enjoy this. I haven’t been this gone on a project since—oh wait, that Birch wrap was pretty great. But I’m talking about the...

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Happy Birthday to Kay!

Happy Birthday to Kay!

Dear Kay, Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! If only you were on Facebook, by this point in the day you would be awash in happy birthdays from dear friends, former colleagues, people you wish you knew better, and the odd Starbucks gift card. (Has anybody ever sent or received a Starbucks gift card for a Facebook birthday? I think it’s like winning the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, or first-row parking at the airport: a dream, a...

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Bread, Milk, Noro: Check!

Bread, Milk, Noro: Check!

Dear Kay, I barely got to the store in time to lay in provisions for the icy storm predicted last night. And by store I mean yarn store. Having already cleared Haus of Yarn of its most juicy Silk Garden (aka Stage One of this blanket), I bravely headed south to Bliss Yarns, located in the wilds of Brentwood, for Stage Two (aka Rilly You Don’t Have Enough Of This Stuff?). At this point I’ve got 15 squares done and decided on the spot...

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Dries Van Noten, My Hero

Dries Van Noten, My Hero

Dear Kay, I know you know I have a profound love of Dries Van Noten, the Antwerp clothing designer. My budget does not allow me to indulge this love on a regular basis. But the great thing about the Internet is that one can easily, freely and by freely I mean FREE-ly, indulge in every single moment of this genius’s work. I cannot get enough. His fashion shows are my favorite reality show. I put them on my calendar. They are...

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Let Noro Be Noro

Let Noro Be Noro

Dear Kay, The way I see it, there are two ways to knit with Noro. You care, or you don’t. You aim, or you don’t aim. It is possible to impose order on a project made with Noro yarn–Ravelry is awash with knitters who have managed, through patience, yarn-splicing, and white-knuckle courage to end up with a cardigan with matching stripes on both sleeves. For me, I just accept the worldview that Mr. Eisaku Noro presents, all 100...

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