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The News Out of Nashville Is Good

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Dear Kay, Where to begin? I’ve got two bits of news that are nothing but good. No. 1: Sheep A flock of 30 sheep arrived Wednesday at Fort Negley, a Civil War historical site here in Nashville. Within two minutes, they were chowhounding a mess of invasive plants, properly into it. They’ll be there for a week, eating themselves silly while tidying up the overgrown parts of the park. These hard-grazing sheep are the Nashville Chew...

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Gizmo of the Week: Lilly Brush

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Dear Kay, Over the years, you’ve sent me quite a bit of random stuff with no explanation. Vera dishtowels, hanks of yarn, toile pillows. I take it all with gratitude and sometimes mystification. An item you sent a couple of years ago has turned out to be wildly useful: The Lilly Save Our Sweaters Brush. Rolling toward the conclusion of my six-sweater Washathon Washalong, this Lilly Brush is front and center. Two of my washalong...

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Muddy Monday: Help Dry Out Emily in Louisiana

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Dear Kay, The flooding in Louisiana is officially the worst U. S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy. I think about the spectacular flood here in Nashville in 2010, when we had 20 inches in 24 hours. When I read that parts of Louisiana received 31 inches in 15 hours, I think: That is so so so so much water. A Tweet earlier this week let us know that Emily Ringelman, a knitting designer, is up to her eyeballs down in Baton Rouge. On Ravelry, Emily...

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Snippets: The Origin of the Muu Muu

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Dear Kay, I’ve got a few things on my mind that I can’t quite shake. Apologies for the lack of photos on the first two things here, but these are worthy clicks, I promise. Thing No. 1: That Dress, Oh Wow I can’t stop thinking about this dress. Ladies of the eighteenth-century French court let themselves go by ditching their corsets and embracing the robe volante, a gorgeous swath of unpinched lavishness. I can see the direct...

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Washalong, Part 2: The Dampening

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Dear Kay, On my never-ending quest to be comprehensive, I bring you Washalong, Part 2: The Dampening. You didn’t seriously think I was going to embark on a Washalong without bringing you along for every thrilling step of the way, did you? For those just joining us, the other day I shared the humbling reality of my handknits: bedraggled, begrubby, beflabby. I pulled out six favorite sweaters, then realized that washing all six of these...

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