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Lazy Sunday: Neil Patrick Harris May Be the Answer

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Dear Kay, Hubbo and I were discussing YouTubes, as happens, and he let fly that he could sing the entire opening number from the 2011 Tony Awards. I was all: no way. I challenged him to sing it, and he did. Amazing. In the interest of giving us all a laugh, here’s Neil Patrick Harris, crushing it at the 2011 Tony Awards with “Broadway: It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore.” Once you start streaming the Neil Patrick Harris,...

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Snippets: A Brilliant Deep Dive

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Dear Kay, Old Shale! The stitch pattern you know and love? You think you know it—but a group of knitters digs deep and shows us that Old Shale can be all sorts of things. This is really, really great. Members of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild came up with the idea to knit samples of 40 versions of Old Shale to explore this lovely, old lace stitch. It’s all documented with photos, charts, and directions. I love the way a group of...

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Speckled Yarn Perfection

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Dear Kay, Oh, this is excellent. Ambah O’Brien‘s Annisa wrap has got me in a bad way—three yarns, a lot of easy knitting, and that great double decrease running right across the whole thing, just enough to bend the stripes and be sort of thrilling in that low-stakes way that knitting often is. The gray and the pale blue yarns are both by Kelsey Stephens of Primrose Yarn Co., Helix 2-ply Fingering. It was great to meet her at...

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3 Admirable Scarves to Knit

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Dear Kay, Sometimes I forget that I have a virtual library of patterns I’ve bought yet never knit. I just realized I have a lot of cool patterns already teed up. You know that wide-open-horizon feeling? I’m sitting here with a batch of random yarns I brought with me up to the country. So fun to sit with a bunch of yarn of varying weights, colors, and fibers and figure out what works with which pattern. Contender No. 1: Almost...

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The Small Solace of Thinking Pink


Dear Kay, When I started this scarf, I mentioned that pink is not a color in my wardrobe, that knitting these pastels was out of my comfort zone. Well, I take it all back. I’m here today to tell you that in a week where everything was upside down, out of order, wrong, these colors have been a balm. The only comfort zone I’ve found, watching the news—the crushing, infuriating, horrifying news—was in knitting these simple rows,...

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