Best news all day: Clif’s friend is out of ICU, so much better. Love to you all for such kind thoughts.

Knitting a Dashing Dog Coat


Dear Ann: What a pleasure to knit up Olive’s new dog coat. (For those just joining the program, it’s the Give-a-Dog-a-Bone Coat from Debbie Bliss’s book, Woolly Woofers.)  The only bit that gave me the slightest trouble was doing the shaping for the neck straps, and that was because we were talking on the phone and I kept losing track of where I was. (The yarn is a cushy, crisp worsted weight from Jill Draper Makes Stuff,...

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Eleven Years Is Really Not All That Long


Dear Ann, On July 4, we marked, of course, our nation’s birth. At our house, we also marked another milestone, the hanging of a small curtain that you or I or Cristina or Belinda (I can’t remember) knitted up in 2005 as a photography sample for our first book. The photo shoot was in January of that year. It was me and our team of two photographers, Steve Gross and Sue Daley, holed up in Southampton. and nearly snowbound, for two days...

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Sheepy Saturday: Thanks, Norway!

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Dear Ann, The other day, reader Mary Z sent me a press release that she had received because she somehow made it onto the Norway tourism email list. Apparently, Norway is promoting tourism by putting cameras on some of its 2 million free-range sheep. (Is that true about the sheep ranging free in Norway? Norwegians, please write in.) Here’s the press release. Enjoy the video links. Explore Norway from a sheep’s point of view!...

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Dog Gone Sweater


Dear Ann: I know I said I was going to knit a summer top after I finished my Fort Tryon Wrap, but then I was looking for a book under my nightstand. I came across my copy of Woolly Woofers, by Debbie Bliss. I will give it to you straight, Ann: all bets are off. At least they are off for as long as it will take me to knit a Give-A-Dog-A-Bone Coat for a much-missed terrier, size small. Isn’t it the cutest? I didn’t read the pattern...

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The Thrill of Victory: Fort Tryon Wrap


Dear Ann: On my trip to Vermont and back on Sunday, I did indeed finish my Fort Tryon Wrap, as predicted. I never even touched my bag o’ needlepoint, though. On the last miles of our drive home, I was binding off Fort Tryon, then weaving in the ends. I had full-blown Finishing Fever. There was exactly one end still a-dangling when I was dropped at our front door. Within an hour, after the world’s quickest one-skillet dinner and...

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