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Anaconda of Love

Anaconda of Love

Dear Kay, The clock is TICKING on this wedding present blanket. I am way behind but hope to power through in order to get this thing on its way to the bride and groom in Chicago before they depart for India next week. And, relatedly, before I depart for India too. Squares: done. Blocking: done. Phase III: The Attachment? Not so fast there, hon. To review: the squares have live stitches on all sides, held on waste yarn. The squares are joined...

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We Fuss On

We Fuss On

Dear Kay, Squares are piling up for the Fussy Cuts Blanket. Mood regarding this project at this moment: resolute yet giddy at prospect of Phase III: The Attachment, when all this will come together. I still can’t get over how unfatigued I am after 20 squares and frames. It’s like I actually enjoy this. I haven’t been this gone on a project since—oh wait, that Birch wrap was pretty great. But I’m talking about the...

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Happy Birthday to Kay!

Happy Birthday to Kay!

Dear Kay, Wishing you the happiest of birthdays! If only you were on Facebook, by this point in the day you would be awash in happy birthdays from dear friends, former colleagues, people you wish you knew better, and the odd Starbucks gift card. (Has anybody ever sent or received a Starbucks gift card for a Facebook birthday? I think it’s like winning the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, or first-row parking at the airport: a dream, a...

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Bread, Milk, Noro: Check!

Bread, Milk, Noro: Check!

Dear Kay, I barely got to the store in time to lay in provisions for the icy storm predicted last night. And by store I mean yarn store. Having already cleared Haus of Yarn of its most juicy Silk Garden (aka Stage One of this blanket), I bravely headed south to Bliss Yarns, located in the wilds of Brentwood, for Stage Two (aka Rilly You Don’t Have Enough Of This Stuff?). At this point I’ve got 15 squares done and decided on the spot...

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Dries Van Noten, My Hero

Dries Van Noten, My Hero

Dear Kay, I know you know I have a profound love of Dries Van Noten, the Antwerp clothing designer. My budget does not allow me to indulge this love on a regular basis. But the great thing about the Internet is that one can easily, freely and by freely I mean FREE-ly, indulge in every single moment of this genius’s work. I cannot get enough. His fashion shows are my favorite reality show. I put them on my calendar. They are...

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Let Noro Be Noro

Let Noro Be Noro

Dear Kay, The way I see it, there are two ways to knit with Noro. You care, or you don’t. You aim, or you don’t aim. It is possible to impose order on a project made with Noro yarn–Ravelry is awash with knitters who have managed, through patience, yarn-splicing, and white-knuckle courage to end up with a cardigan with matching stripes on both sleeves. For me, I just accept the worldview that Mr. Eisaku Noro presents, all 100...

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For Sale: Slightly Used Piece of Knitting

For Sale: Slightly Used Piece of Knitting

Dear all, I believe that this Birch edging issue generated the most rousing, undiluted unity of opinion in ten years of blogging about handknits. It’s unanimous! The border has been voted off the island, kicked offstage, yanked with a hook, booed and chucked to the ash heap of ignominious abandon. Thumbs down! DisLike! One star! Never has a border had such an unwelcome. Thank you all for your open and heartfelt opinions on this urgent...

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Keep the Border or Ditch It?

Keep the Border or Ditch It?

Dear Kay, This will be a five-minute note today. I am going to type as fast as I can. How are we feeling about the Olympics? Why do they feel so polluted? Have you noticed the posture of elite athletes? It is kind of spectacular. I have concluded that pairs skating is one of the most dangerous activities in the world. And all weekend long, every time I looked at Bob Costas’s runny left eye, I immediately got itchy in my own left...

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February Is Shake Your Bon-Bon Month

February Is Shake Your Bon-Bon Month

Dear Kay, January’s Get Rid of 50 Things a Day project was basically a success, in the sense that I feel better about 1,500 things not being inside my house anymore. It was not perfect, by any means–I never did go into the basement. I may never go into the basement. And the toy closet was a shattering reckoning I hope never to repeat. But I did discover that I have pretty much a lifetime supply of books I haven’t read. If we...

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Deep Winter Knitting

Deep Winter Knitting

Dear Kay, Actually, I’d like to address this note to Canada. Dear Canada: WE’VE GOT YOUR WEATHER DOWN HERE. PLEASE COME GET IT. The only upside to it being 3 outside is, of course, the knitter’s paradise that comes with freakin’ cold-ass weather. Bring it on: I am wearing my most industrial gear, grateful for it all: Boreal, Laurel, Donegal, and that dense wonder, the Bubble Wrap Cowl. This morning I even took a...

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