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Throwback Thursday: Tamatori Backstage Edition

Dear Ann, I worry that people are insufficiently roused to knitting cowls. What they need is: more cow(l)bell. (Sorry.) More oddly styled season-inappropriate photos of winter neckwear! These shots were taken over Labor Day weekend. We had the cowls. We had the cowl models. (We had the terrier.  See under photographer’s arm.) We didn’t have the cowl weather.   We had to think fast. We had to be open to possibilities. What...

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Cowls: A Manifesto

Dear Ann, Today, reader Susan S. stood up on Instagram and called me a “cowl enabler.” [beams with pride] Back in oh-nine or twenty-ten, when cowls were The Latest Thing Since Fingerless Mitts, I believe I may have told you, in one of my more candid, low-blood-sugar moments, that “the only reason for cowls is that knitters like to make cowls.” (I know! As if that is not a more than sufficient reason! Low blood sugar!)...

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Eye Candy: Don’t Click This Link

Eye Candy: Don’t Click This Link

Dear Ann, A quick note to share a wonderful Tumblr with you and our readers. Warning: if you go to this Tumblr, you may be a while. It’s addictive. It’s wonderful. I want to get on a plane and fly to Santiago, Chile, to meet its proprietress, Mercedes Galarce aka Meme Galarce.  I follow her on Twitter. I follow her on Instagram. I haunt her Etsy shop. The reason: I love her eye. She loves what I love. And if I didn’t know...

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Two Words: Rag Balls

Two Words: Rag Balls

Dear Ann, In this season of gratefulness, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve wished for a knitting group, and how funny it is that when it finally arrived (like a pony from the sky), it was a sewing circle. A bunch of women I didn’t know a few years ago.  We are the unofficial New York City branch of the Alabama Chanin Sewing Society and Fan Club. Sometimes I knit at sewing circle. If the mutual support (aka gossip) is flying,...

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The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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Helping the Philippines

Helping the Philippines

  Dear Ann, Lots of knitters are concerned about the disaster and suffering in the Philippines.  Here are some ways to help. The best way, of course, is to contribute cash to reliable organizations that are in a position to be of immediate help.  Our friends at Mercy Corps have people on the ground, working with local organizations as they always do, and there are many other great organizations. But there are also people we already...

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Vivi’s Sweater

Vivi’s Sweater

Dear Ann, This is Vivi. Vivi is a Papillon puppy belonging to Gail, whom I met on Twitter.  (I was trying to complete my set of all possible spellings of the name Gail.) The red sweater belongs to Vivi’s elderly sister Mitzi. Mitzi’s  sweater is 15 years old. Gail wanted it copied for Vivi. I wanted to copy it for my own purposes, so I took it on.  As you do. How hard could it be? With some help from Belinda of True Brit Knits,...

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Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays

Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays

Dear Ann, [Is this thing on? I can't find the cupholder. Where is the Jack White button?] I love to knit. You know that. I know that. Most of the people reading this love to knit. But there is an aspect of knitting we don’t talk about much, which is The Specific Stuff We Don’t Like to Knit In Spite of Our Love of Knitting Generally. I think we don’t talk about it because we would quickly get into arguments about why a knitter...

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My New Best Friend

Dear Ann, Well, I did finish the seaming on Saturday. Very pleased with Whitby, and myself. It still needs a few finishing finesses, but it’s all in one piece, it’s wearable, and it fits. Expect to see it around town. A lot. Meanwhile, I will fill the void with more knitting on this whopper wrapper from Wearwithall. It is getting too big for the subway. Which means I’ll soon be casting on my next whopper wrapper. Thanks...

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We Have….Poncho

Dear Ann, By 4:15, the second sleeve was on. Practice does make things speedier. It also helps not to watch YouTubes. I’m calling this a garment at this point. I am wearing it, therefore it’s a garment. ONWARD (dammit). Love, Kay

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