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Knitting in Real Time

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Dear Ann, Sometimes there are nice synchronicities. The other day, I posted on Instagram a status photo of my fast-growing Metronome scarf, and someone commented that they felt like they are watching me knit it in real time. Then, yesterday, a kind reader emailed us a link to the fabulous news that, beginning on August 1, Netflix will be streaming a selection of Norway’s Slow TV programs, including National Knitting Evening (beginning on...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?


Dear Ann, It’s a sickening thud to realize how vulnerable we are. As Lin-Manuel Miranda keeps saying, nothing is promised, not one day. Knitting doesn’t fix everything, or anything, really. I guess it fixes sitting in a chair listening to a convention and wanting to do something productive while you are listening. That’s what I’ve been doing in the evenings, this week and last week. I don’t know how people listen to...

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Rolling in the Stripes: Summer Scarf 2016


Dear Ann, After the triumphant finish to my Fort Tryon Wrap, I was casting about for my next take-along knitting project. I was also yearning, as always, for The Perfect Summer Scarf. Summer scarves are tricky. You want something cotton or linen or otherwise plant-fiberish. Or at least I do. I know many people who wear lightweight wool or cashmere in air-conditioned environments in summer, but I have never been one of them. In summer I cannot...

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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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