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What Shawl I Knit?

What Shawl I Knit?

Dear Ann, The results are in. In the last 48 hours, I’ve looked at a large, rich assortment of  beautiful shawls to knit for my young friend’s wedding. (Note: not necessarily to be worn at the wedding, but in honor of the occasion.)  It was an awesome group curation project.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to dig a link for me.  You are the wind beneath my wings, and the chains on my spinning tires. The shawl I will be...

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FO and a Contest

Dear Ann: Good morning! First, an FO. At least my part of this O is F’d. Niece Kristin has been steadily knitting away on dishrags and Honey Cowls, and wanted to make her first sweater. After some Ravelry browsing, she chose Sambuca. Sambuca is the perfect sweater for someone with a perfect waistline. I also love the placement of the colorwork in the body instead of the yoke.   As an extension of my cast-on service for new knitters,...

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Cutting Class at Finishing School

Dear Ann, Earlier this week, I was digging through my denim stash in search of pom pom fixings (as you do), and I came across this artifact. It’s a Baby Surprise Jacket made of denim pom pom fixings. I do not recall when I made it, but I believe it was during the 2006-2008 period when we were renovating and life was a cycle of packing, unpacking and dust protection efforts. I remember pondering how to seam this little sweater. Because I...

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The Three Tube Situation

The Three Tube Situation

Dear Ann, Yesterday I posted an instagram of my current LIP (lopapeysa in progress), as you do. Susan S piped up to request my tips on lopapeysa construction. Specifically, she wanted to know how the sleeves and body get joined up into a unified garment so that the colorwork yoke can be knitted on in the round. Someone else joined in, testifying that she had been deterred from knitting a lopapeysa when she saw some pithy pattern instructions on...

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Werk, Annie, Werk!

Werk, Annie, Werk!

Dear Ann, Recently I got a little package in the mail from dear Annie Modesitt. Being an inventive knitwear architect and globe-trotting teacher, Annie is pretty much always up to something, but even so, this was news: Annie is in the yarn business. This was in the package: a luscious hank of ModeSock, a fingering weight wool blend that includes bamboo.  Like all of the ModeKnit yarns, ModeSock is hand-dyed. The collection will grow as Annie...

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The Circular of Life

The Circular of Life

Dear Ann, This lopapeysa pair landed in Lincoln, Nebraska today. The Mr. is Riddari (my third) and the Mrs. is Verur. I did the same neck mods to Verur as I had done for my two previous Riddari, to make the neckline less masculine and crew-y.  My modification was blunt:  I skipped half of the last round of decreases on the yoke, and skipped the neckband decreases altogether. But when my niece tried it on, it was too wide, it stuck up, it...

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Knitting Aphorisms Revisited

Dear Ann, Last night was a dark night of the knitting soul. As I was doing the final (500+-stitch) rounds of Quadrature, I had to consult the pattern again to read the bit about some increases required only in the final rows of the B cables. (The B cables are the ones on the sides; the A cables are the ones on the corners. They are the same. OR SO I THOUGHT.) This was when I discovered, with a kind of handheld-camera, horror-flick terror, that I...

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Comme des Grannies

  Dear Ann, Remember this post from Karen at Fringe Association? It sent me around the bend. I wanted that thing. Bad. But not bad enough to crank up my rickety granny square skills. I just wanted the THING. For once in my life, without all that fussing. Then I remembered, I know people who crochet. In fact I know one knitter who crochets a lot, and likes it. One thing led to another, and before long a swap had been arranged and yarn was...

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More Thread Love

Dear Ann, I have been sitting here half the evening YouTubing up sad songs suggested in the comments. Whoa. There are a lot of sad songs out there. We may need to put together a Programme of Sad YouTubes and watch them together, while sipping absinthe and keening.  We will call this event, “Tuesday.” I have also activated the Random Drawer and can report that we have our 3 winners, and I have sent them all emails. (Congratulations,...

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She Learned to Love the Thread

Dear Ann, Breaking news:  ROSANNE CASH IS A KNITTER. Oh and also:  she has a new record coming out today. (Photo: Gael Towey.) I know that Rosanne is a knitter, because I taught her.  We met a few years ago, at a book signing for her memoir, Composed.  She wanted to learn how to knit, and asked me if I gave lessons.  I said, not really, but I’d be glad to teach you to knit.  It was one of the nicest surprises ever. We met up a...

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