Bang Out a Sweater Knitalong: A Quick Stopover

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Dear Ann, I love a knitalong. A knitalong is an opportunity for a band of hardy souls to roll up their sleeves and dig into a pattern, parse it good and proper, and debate the details along the way, from cast-on to finishing.  A knitalong can result in refinements and even modifications to a pattern, as knitters work out their individual preferences for construction techniques and fit. Knitalongs can go on for weeks or even months of...

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Knitters Are Everywhere: An Archive Dive

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Dear Ann: Yesterday afternoon, I took the subway downtown to have coffee with Ina and basically solve all the problems of knitting and the world in two lively, pleasant hours. Tribeca was overcast and chilly and had that exciting “snow is coming, maybe” feeling in the air. To get there, I took the 1 train, and got in a few rounds on a sleeve of the Ranger cardi I’m knitting. Next to me was a young woman, very beautiful, all...

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Deluxe Adorna: A Cashmere Giveaway

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Dear Ann, Our experience at TNNA in San Diego had many delights. We revisited favorite yarns and updated ourselves on new colors, fibers, methods and madness. TNNA 2016 was different from TNNA 2006: for one thing, I don’t remember there being any breed-specific yarns in 2006. And I don’t remember that cashmere was a thing in 2006. In 2016, cashmere is definitely a thing. One of the most fun moments of our San Diego voyage was popping...

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Diagnosis: Vogue Knitting Live Vertigo

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Dear Ann, Well, that was fun. I always feel this way after Vogue Knitting Live, hung over without benefit of alcohol, weak as water. It’s so fun, running with the bulls of knitting, nearly getting gored on the latest in knitting needles (six-sided is the thing this year), experiencing the joys of being young, alive and a knitter. (OK, two out of three.) So many fun people to literally bump into in the scrum, so many yarns you’ve...

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Lazy Sunday: The Song of Lunch

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Dear Ann: There were two devastating deaths this past week, of beloved Brits David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Someone on Instagram commented that both would have made magnificent codgers if they’d had the chance. There are YouTubes aplenty of both of them. For our Lazy Sunday knitting pleasure, I chose a lesser-known, short TV movie,  The Song of Lunch.  It stars Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson as old flames who meet for lunch 15 years after...

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