Learn how to crawl: the New York City Yarn Crawl is on through Sunday, September 25.

Shetland Wool Week Is a State of Mind


Dear Ann, If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it’s starting to blow up with glorious images of Shetland Wool Week. It looks like a lot of fun. It sure is far away. Someday we will get there, my girl! Meanwhile, there is other big news out of Shetland.  As reported by The Shetland Times two weeks ago: The Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers has released A Shetlander’s Fair Isle Graph Book, with knitting...

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Saturday Con Sequences


Dear Ann, Our blog’s meltdown on Thursday was quite dramatic, wasn’t it? It was the longest outage since we’ve been doing this, and a total surprise. We’ve been told it was the carburetor. Who knows? Triple A took its time picking us up by the side of the road, but we are back up, and patched up. Thanks to everybody for sticking around. I’ve been coping with life, and the complicated knitting in my life, by starting...

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Hey Ann They Wrote a Knitting Book Just for Us


Dear Ann, Yesterday, I got my copy of Drop-Dead Easy Knits, by Gale Zucker, Mary Lou Egan and Kirsten Kapur. I was expecting to like it — the authors are friends and among our favorite designers, and we have a pattern in the book, so no objectivity here.  I dumped my to-do list to spend a happy hour looking through its pages and having a proper wallow. You and I often talk about the joys of knitting below one’s skill level. So much...

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Why We Knit Part 867


Dear Ann, So, this was me for a rather large chunk of this past weekend: I was not in a flow state. I was trying very hard to make significant headway on the huge intarsia flower on the back of my Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket. I told myself, if I can’t get the back done or nearly done this weekend, there is no chance of getting it done for Rhinebeck. I’m ok with not getting it done for Rhinebeck, which is, after all, an annual...

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For Those Needing Another Hobby


Dear Ann, Today being Saturday and all,  I get to spend a few hours on the BFJ–my Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket. Love of my life, millstone around my neck.When one is knitting-deprived, even a chenille death spiral of intarsia sounds like fun. I’m looking forward to it. At the moment I’m strapped for time to do my Number 1 hobby, so I’m not exactly looking for a new hobby. But Rhinebeck is lumbering into...

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