A Ramble to Craft South


Dear Kay, The day after the day after Thanksgiving may be one of the most delicious days of all. Here in Nashville, the spectacularly mild weather has given way to something damper and cooler, which suits me. Family is still here, but the conversations are getting juicier now that we have all validated that our children are indeed bigger than they were last year, that we are all still doing things not unlike the things we were doing last year,...

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Palate Cleanser


Dear Kay, Infidelity is a central component of knitting. Wanton cheating is definitely one of the reasons I knit. I am having a ridiculous amount of fun, stepping out on my main project. I finished the body of the navy blue gansey guernsey jersey knit-frock whatever and faced the sleeves. The thought of wrestling a sleeve into existence is always something I’m happy to delay, sometimes for five or six years, so I gleefully ditched out...

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Clip & Save: How to Be a Vigilant Knitter


Dear Kay, This post is written by a knitter who loses count, who forgets where she is in the pattern, who can’t recall what size needle was used for the lump of knitting in the Knitopia tote bag in the bottom of her closet. I write this from a place of great humility. It’s a simple question, really: how do you keep from pfaffing up your knitting? I have a few tried-and-true tips to share, but maybe I’m fishing for everybody...

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Snippets: 4 Supercolorful Things


Dear Kay, I’m declaring today National Wear a Handknit Day. Now that we are well into the glory season for handknits, please take a moment to dive into your archive for an on-trend pompom hat or an off-trend drop-shoulder intarsia tunic. Embrace the joy of a thing you made yet have not been wearing enough. Here’s a quick peek at four things that really shiver me timbers. In no particular order: Pixellation. Jennifer...

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The Cornish Are Famous Knitsters


Dear Kay, I have fisherman sweaters on the brain—ganseys or guernseys or jerseys or Cornish knit-frocks or whatever regional name you give these sweaters made with twinelike wool, often dark blue. This yarn I’m using for my pullover has me thinking about ganseys. It’s true, English 5-ply Guernsey Wool. Made up north in Yorkshire, as in the 19th century when the textile mills were concentrated there, and marketed by a company in...

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