A one-minute audio linguistics lesson: how New Orleanians pronounce “Chartres.”

Postcard from TNNA

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Dear Ann, As you know, because you’re here, we’re at TNNA in Washington, D.C., for the weekend. So far, it’s been a lot of hugging and kissing, meeting and greeting, and sitting and knitting. You meet the randomest people. Here are Clara Parkes and Franklin Habit, the filling in a Mason-Dixon Knitting sandwich of love. A milestone has been reached. (Note how the center strip perfectly matches the bricks of Ninth Street,...

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The Rule of Knitting Fidelity: A Test

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Dear Ann, Yesterday, I headed out on a 6-day, 3-state tour. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, for my second godchild’s graduation (from eighth grade), thence to TNNA in Washington, DC, thence to New Orleans for a wedding celebration. For these six days, I’m living out of one carry-on roller suitcase and one big-ass knitting bag. (Heaven! Life is so simple!) My project: a Fort Tryon Wrap. I’m going to see how far I can get...

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Bias: A Good Thing (For Shawls)

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Dear Ann, All good things must come to an end, even if they are very, very long good things.  Today I bid a fond farewell to the knitting of my Tokyo Shawl, and a warm welcome to years and years of wearing it. On the train home from Boston on Saturday, I knit the last gently slanting rows, and wove in the ends. As soon as I dropped my grip in the front hall, I washed the shawl in the kitchen sink, squoze out as much water as I could, and...

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Lazy Sunday: Pomp Up the Circumstance

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Dear Ann, On Friday I was in Boston to watch my godson pick up a degree from MIT. (Hashtag #godmotherbrag.) It takes a good while for them to read out 2800 or so names, so I made great strides on (but by no means finished) my Tokyo Shawl. The commencement address was given by Matt Damon, and it was jolly good. It was so pleasant, sitting way back, under the trees, thinking about physics and knitting away on my shawl. I realized that other...

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Literal Snippets from Literal Mason-Dixon Mailbag

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Dear Ann, A couple of weeks ago, reader Helen G emailed me a tantalizing image from a fashion article in that weekend’s T Magazine. I went digging in my pile of New York Times, but the magazine was not there. I was so excited by that glimpse of vintage Jean-Paul Gaultier sweater that I asked Helen G if she would mind sending me the magazine if she still had it. (It was worth the risk of Helen G thinking me a weirdo for needing to see this...

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