If you’re Rhinebeck bound, we would love to see you at Jill Draper’s studio in Kingston on Saturday night. Details here.

Scooby Doo Knits


Dear Kay, Coming into the home stretch on the Rhinebeck Rectangle, and my pre-nostalgia for this project has already overwhelmed me. Oh, Spring Fever rectangle thingy by Amy Miller! You were with me on many phone calls, that binge-watch of The Americans, that midnight trip to the hospital that ended up being no big deal but at least I got to worry-knit through the freaky bit. I am going to miss you so much that I may make another one of you....

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Knit While You Wear It: Introducing the Scanket


Dear Kay, There’s one occasion when knitting a scarf is superior to knitting a cowl: when you get the thing long enough that you can wear it while still adding to it. Today is the first day when I can feel autumn in the air conditioning, so I’m bundling up while I add the last eight stripes to this 24-stripe colorfest, Amy Miller’s Spring Fever. I want to thank everybody for all the advice regarding the Golden Sunshine ball of...

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Lazy Sunday: Beatlemania 2016


Dear Kay, It’s 1965 and I just got home from Shea Stadium, ears still ringing from Beatles songs played full blast. It’s the best feeling ever. The new documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week—The Touring Years focuses on the first years of the band, as they exploded in a way that surprised the world and them. I love this film because it captures the contrast between the bubble around the band and the adoration coming at them...

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Snippets: Dreamy Wallpapers, Plus Handknits to Buy


Dear Kay, On a busy Friday, we all need to stop, drop, and look at wallpapers. Since 1946, Farrow & Ball has created paint that somehow seems more special than other paint. Why? They explain it all for you. They’re into wallpaper too, and I have to say, it’s gorgeous stuff. Here they explain how they use methods that are traditional and time consuming. I don’t want to glom their lovely images without asking, so...

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Drop-dead Easy Tips!


Dear Kay, News you can use: really great tips from the trio who have created Drop-Dead Easy Knits, a juicy collection of gorgeous projects that goes on sale today. On the cover alone I see five things I want to make. Knitting tips galore. And a bonus: how to create a nice clean chin line in a photo? The answer is here, people. Watch and learn. One of the projects is a Kay Gardiner Special, a pattern called the Star-eyed Julep Throw. Kay, I...

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