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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Lazy Sunday: Are You Ready to Rumble?

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Dear Ann, It is Sunday. In the Jewish world, we would say that this particular Sunday is Erev Bang Out A Sweater, or Bang Out a Sweater Eve. Are you ready? Is everybody ready?  Yarned up? Swatched up? Fired up? If you’re waiting for yarn (and I think you are, Ann, you plutoloopy freak), don’t worry about tomorrow being cast-on day for our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong. It’s a fast sweater–that’s the whole idea. You...

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Snippets, Swatches and Scratchiness

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Dear Ann, First a couple of snippets. In Case You Missed It: Knitting Is Healthy Everybody I know is emailing me this blog post by Jane Brody for the New  York Times. For those of us who knit, it’s kind of obvious–knitting relieves stress–but I was tickled to learn that Jane Brody knits. A Hot Tip From Fringe Assocation Fringe Association’s Hot Tip series is like sitting next to a knitter who knows what she’s...

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Bang Out A Sweater: Consider the Cardigan

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Dear Ann: It’s so exciting seeing piles of Lopi, and even swatches, popping up all over the place for the Bang Out A Sweater knitalong. The high-speed nature of this knitalong is a big part of the fun, for me anyway, but it does bring with it some challenges. Consider the Cardigan One challenge: a very short time to consider modifications and alternatives to our chosen pattern, Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Stopover sweater, which is a...

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