If you’re Rhinebeck-bound, we would love to see you at Jill Draper’s studio in Kingston on Saturday night–details here.

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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Snippets on a Thursday? What the Cuss!


Dear Ann, So much typing we are doing! The days before the launch of our new website fly as I sit here typing and drinking tea and talking into my brand-new Bluetooth (which frees the hands for knitting but also makes me feel like I should ask if you want fries with that.)  Such is the state of our joint workload (correction: funload) that I am only very occasionally–hardly ever– roaming the Internet in search of tasty snippets. But...

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Top Tiny Granddad Cardigans to Knit Whenever


Dear Ann: In the past couple of days, I’ve discovered two sure-fire ways to relieve any stress from working on a new project (or several new projects at the same time). Clean out your purse. Take ten minutes to do this long-overdue chore, and feel the tension melt away. Nothing clears the mind like tossing receipts for $0.79, medical massage flyers that people have thrust at you on the street, and unopened Larabars that have turned to...

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Lazy Sunday: The Light Between Stitches


Dear Ann, Later today, I’m going to the actual movies, to see The Light Between Oceans. The reviews by film critics are not exactly good. (Check out the trailer, and some entertainingly harsh reviews, at Rotten Tomatoes.) I tried to read the book for book club, but flaked out in the first chapter. Not because it wasn’t good, but I had the same problem with it that I had with Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth: you know from...

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Ten Top Granddad Cardigans to Knit NOW


Dear Ann, There is nothing that gets the blood pumping quite like a crowd-sourced deep-dive pattern search. I’m not kidding: when the readers of this blog get the bit in their teeth, they bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan. [Insert additional clichés/old commercials as desired.] I was idly musing about knitting a granddad sweater this year, but now that I’ve gone through so many possibilities, I’m bemoaning how much...

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