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FO Friday: Grand Dame

FO Friday: Grand Dame

Dear Ann, Guess what! I get to visit another college (or 2 or 3) this weekend. Rhinebeck fades into the mist in the rearview mirror, and we proceed ONWARD. For about a year and a half, I had a ball of handpainted cashmere weighing heavily on my conscience. In a fit of I Don’t Know What, I had bought it at Vogue Knitting Live in January 2013, from String, a yarn shop in my own city that caters to the big-gauge cashmere crowd. There was...

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The Fog of Wool

Dear Ann, It’s Wednesday and I’ve just finished hooking a small rug and I’m still floating on the fumes of my Saturday at Rhinebeck, aka the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka my annual renewal of my vows to knitting. I know that, for people who don’t (a) live in the Northeast and/or (b) organize their personal, family and religious calendars around knitting, Rhinebeck is a kind of Emerald City that they read about...

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Go To It

Go To It

Dear Ann, I know. Two posts in a row. You’re sick of me. But now that I’ve figured out the “Hero Image” (hey thanks for emailing me that 12-point clip n’ save on how to post the hero image–my favorite is Number 11: “This is where I get stuck”), I just want to blawg, blawg, blawg. Blog like the wind! I have news, and a Finished Object that can’t wait until Finished Object Friday. There is a...

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Commuter Queue Management

Commuter Queue Management

Dear Ann, This post is for my brother and sister commute-knitters. Commute-knitting is perilous, especially if you are prone to startitis. Here are Kay’s Rules of Commute-Knitting (clip n’ save). 1. ABC: Always Be Casting (On). You must always have something to knit that can be worked on in Adverse Conditions, because, even if you embark at a spot where you can get a seat, the subway is full of distractions. You must keep an eye out...

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Bring Me My Smelling Salts

Dear Ann, What is this big box I’m typing into? Why doesn’t it cut me off after 140 characters? Where is the RT button? My dear Ann. We have experienced the powerful, dark psychology of Not Blogging. The upside of not blogging for 5 months, though, is looking at the pictures on my phone and marveling at everything I’ve knitted, sewn, and eaten (remember Annie’s Beer Garden?) in 5 months, all the places I’ve gone in...

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Dip, Hang, Repeat

Dear Ann, Last Sunday I spent a glorious day at French General’s indigo dyeing workshop in a 19th century building at the South Street Seaport. (19th-Century turns out to mean “very badly lit,” but intrepid dyers were not deterred.) All I can say is, here are some photos of heaven in a 5-gallon bucket.   The background music: vinyl.  There is no digital in indigo. Our leader, Kaari Meng, a tower of indigo power, at the...

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Women Do Things

    Dear Ann, In celebration of Fashion Revolution, make yourself something cute, of course–that is a priority. But also please run over to Gael Towey’s brand-new website, and watch her short film telling the story of Natalie Chanin and the Alabama Chanin clothing line. Three members of our sewing circle are involved, along with assorted sons-in-law-to-be and husbands (the call of the sewing circle is irresistible). Leaving...

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Tidbits

Dear Ann, Wow. Wow. Wow. Your India Instagrams of sissy’s wedding are thrilling. The vibrancy of color and texture make my white Leaves of Grass shawl feel pasty by comparison. But hey, I’m a pasty person. All my people are pasty. Pasty is as pasty does. My point, and I do have one: everybody go follow @annshayne on Instagram. The hashtags #sagarmeadorwedding and #Bangalorewedding are also excellent. Here, I find myself at round 25...

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How Does This Work Again?

Dear Ann, How is India? How was your flight(s)? Did you get a lot of knitting done? Have you bought any bangles yet? Don’t wait for the good bangles. They’re all good bangles. With bangles, more is more. While you’re blasting us with colorful Instagrams (you are @annshayne on Instagram, for those who want to be able to watch your little videos over there), I’m still here, knitting 1500 yards of laceweight merino/silk...

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What Shawl I Knit?

What Shawl I Knit?

Dear Ann, The results are in. In the last 48 hours, I’ve looked at a large, rich assortment of  beautiful shawls to knit for my young friend’s wedding. (Note: not necessarily to be worn at the wedding, but in honor of the occasion.)  It was an awesome group curation project.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to dig a link for me.  You are the wind beneath my wings, and the chains on my spinning tires. The shawl I will be...

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