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Artist/Knitter Jennifer Wroblewski

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Dear Ann, A little over a year ago I met artist Jennifer Wroblewski when our friend Cara Davis Conomos brought her to a little knitting event in the East Village that I’d had a hand in organizing. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Jen’s sweater. It was simple, but striking and unusual. Jen struck me as intrepid, not just because she had knit a sweater that fit, but because she had also designed the sweater. But more about the...

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Bang, Bang, On the Door

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Dear Ann, As the light faded yesterday afternoon, I snapped a progress photo of my Stopover for our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong. A couple of hours later, I had both sleeves done. (13 hours in so far; I’m still keeping track.) You know what this means: the Three Tube Situation is upon us. The moment in a yoke construction garment when the sleeves and body are joined together on a long circular needle, ready to start knitting the...

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An Old Flame

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Dear Ann, You and I stopped by Knitty City last week, so we could ogle Lopi colors and I could  pick up some Size 10 double-pointed needles for my Stopover sleeves. I spied a cardboard box on the floor. In it was a shrink-wrapped stack of Rowan Magazine 59, hot off the presses. This is the Spring/Summer 2016 issue. Although I let my subscription lapse some time ago, I still pick up a copy of every magazine — for The Collection, you...

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Bang Out a Sweater: Strength for the Journey

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Dear Ann, Our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong only officially started three days ago, but somehow this week has felt very full and long. It certainly feels full when you look at the mighty sweater-cranking that has been going on. I worry about whether some people are getting enough sleep. Others may feel that they are behind, or moving too slowly. So I offer up some photographic encouragement. The Promised Land I want to show you two finished...

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Bang Out a Sweater: SUCH FUN

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Dear Ann, Although some–like you, for example– are still waiting by the mailbox for their yarn, our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Stopover sweater was in full swing on Monday, its first official day. There are well over 500 comments in the Ravelry thread in the Mason-Dixon Knitters group, and over 250 images in the #BangOutASweater hashtag on Instagram. It’s the sort of thing that makes you fall...

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