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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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The Same Sweater Twice: Rut or Groove?


Dear Kay, This will be brief, because a) I am binge watching Madam Secretary and really need to find out whether Secretary of State Tea Leoni is going to resolve that Moldovian airplane hijacking. And b) this sweater is possibly the least photogenic knitting project I have ever attempted. When I say this looks better in real life, you will say, “Good grief, I hope so.” The Good News TONS of good news! This Moroccan Nights sweater...

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A Food Blog to Love: Judy’s Chickens

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Dear Kay, We’re sixteen days from Thanksgiving glory—a world of time to put some thought into your Thanksgiving strategy. Everything seems possible. Brine a turkey? Deep fry it? Stuff it with a duck inside a chicken? BRING IT ON. To aid in your dreamy dreams, I’d like to point you to Judy’s Chickens, a blog that this very day celebrates its first anniversary. Our friend Judy Wright dazzles us on a regular basis. She has...

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The Hero’s Journey, with Knitting


Dear Kay, You know how a knitting project has a narrative arc to it—all that Joseph Campbell hero’s journey stuff? “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” Exactly! That’s us! Well, this Moroccan...

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Lazy Sunday: The Watch & Listen List


Dear Kay, This week’s picks are field-tested entertainments for the avid knitter. After all, this is the goal of Lazy Sunday: get your knit on. To Watch It is safe to say that nobody likes a fully committed knitting video more than we do. Katy Perry, you have met your match. Stephen West, you have our undying admiration. Podcasts Alec Baldwin is that combination of wonderful and awful, depending on the kind of day he’s having....

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