Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

The Curious Entrepreneur

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Dear Ann, The circle of life has a way of coming around again. For example, it feels like we just finished renovating our elderly apartment, but it was ten years ago. I can no longer feel justified outrage when a wall needs to be repainted or the fridge fan craps out. Life is a constant cycle of renewal and decay. Sigh. A few months ago, I finally did a simple something that I have meant to do since 2006, which is: procure a surface upon which I...

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You Say Tomato, I Say Shawl


Dear Ann, I guess we are both in need of a palate cleanser. As much as I love knitting on my Big Flower Jacket, I’ve learned that working on it in less-than-optimal conditions of either lighting or consciousness means failure and frustration. I’ve got my Tokyo Shawl, of course, currently hovering between one-third and halfway along, but what with all that counting to 20 and 48, it doesn’t meet my exactingly literal standards...

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Baby’s First Maryland


Dear Ann, Last Saturday afternoon, another hard-knitting Upper West Side mom and I drove down to Maryland. On Sunday we hit the parking lot just as the gates were opening for the second day of the famed Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Spoiler alert: I had a great time. As a veteran Rhinebeck pilgrim, I found it deliciously weird to be having such a Rhinebeck-y day in May, instead of October. But it was, essentially, the same wonderful kind...

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Laziest Sunday Ever


Dear Ann, I’m absolutely not having a Lazy Sunday today. If all goes as planned, I’ll be up at dawn and heading to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, where I’ll hand out buttons picturing Olive in a lopapeysa and shop for yarn and watch sheepdog trials and generally have a fabulous time, periodically breaking for a Larabar and reapplication of sunscreen. If you’re going to the festival and you see me, please say hi....

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The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary


Dear Ann: Today we are honored to be a whistle stop on the blog tour for Wendy Bernard’s latest book, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary. I’m going to stand at the end of the virtual caboose and deliver a rousing virtual speech. Ready? We love a stitch dictionary. I have honed and polished and Kon Mari’d my knitting library down to only the most useful, precious books that spark joy. Apart from sentimental favorites,...

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