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Lazy Sunday: Nicola Walker Film Festival

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Dear Ann, Sometimes in the middle of the night, I sit up in bed and scream (silently, the worst kind of scream), “WHAT IF I RUN OUT OF BRITISH DETECTIVE SHOWS?” I intend to live a long life, and spend much of it parked in front of a screen, knitting and watching British detectives (and also Swedish and French detectives in British productions, time permitting). I don’t see how they can possibly keep up the pace. Friday night,...

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Ewe with a View: Faroe Islands

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Dear Ann, It’s a sheep-off! I’m beginning to think that sheep are taking up cinematography as a profession. After I posted on Monday about Visit Norway’s charming sheep-centric tourism campaign, several people wrote to tell me about what’s going on in the Faroe Islands. (In case I’m not the only one who can’t keep their mental geography straight, the Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands, population...

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Knitting a Dashing Dog Coat


Dear Ann: What a pleasure to knit up Olive’s new dog coat. (For those just joining the program, it’s the Give-a-Dog-a-Bone Coat from Debbie Bliss’s book, Woolly Woofers.)  The only bit that gave me the slightest trouble was doing the shaping for the neck straps, and that was because we were talking on the phone and I kept losing track of where I was. (The yarn is a cushy, crisp worsted weight from Jill Draper Makes Stuff,...

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Eleven Years Is Really Not All That Long


Dear Ann, On July 4, we marked, of course, our nation’s birth. At our house, we also marked another milestone, the hanging of a small curtain that you or I or Cristina or Belinda (I can’t remember) knitted up in 2005 as a photography sample for our first book. The photo shoot was in January of that year. It was me and our team of two photographers, Steve Gross and Sue Daley, holed up in Southampton. and nearly snowbound, for two days...

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Sheepy Saturday: Thanks, Norway!

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Dear Ann, The other day, reader Mary Z sent me a press release that she had received because she somehow made it onto the Norway tourism email list. Apparently, Norway is promoting tourism by putting cameras on some of its 2 million free-range sheep. (Is that true about the sheep ranging free in Norway? Norwegians, please write in.) Here’s the press release. Enjoy the video links. Explore Norway from a sheep’s point of view!...

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