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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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One Down

Dear Ann, It’s 3:15. One sleeve is joined to the body of my Whitby. I know that seems like slow progress. But I had to work my way into the mood for mattress stitching row ends to stitches. A do-over was required when I realized that I was stretching the sleeve top by taking too many stitches in those tight 8-stitch cables. There was more doing-over when the yarn broke. Breaking the yarn is always a hazard with mattress stitch, which...

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Ready, Set, Sew

Dear Ann, OK so I’m liveblogging sewing up my Whitby. Here we go. Wheeeeee! 1 p.m. EST We have a pile of parts. The shoulders were joined earlier so that I could pick up stitches for the neck. May have to do that bit over, as the neckline is kind of floppy. But we forge ahead undaunted. Next step is to get the sleeve heads into the armholes. Mattress stitch, be kind today. See you later. Happy...

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The Second Sleeve and Other Thrills

Dear Ann, Oh jeez. What can I say. I have been away from here for far too long. I am well, I am knitting, the kids are back in school tomorrow, I am buying ever-lengthening pairs of men’s (men’s!) trousers and jeans at the Gap without managing to keep up, Day Job continues to keep me limber, and the Jewish Holidays are coming at us fast and furious. OK, so: knitting. Whitby’s front and back were finished by the end of June....

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Your Brain on Cables

Your Brain on Cables

Dear Ann, We got home on Saturday from our two weeks away. It was a two-part roots trip, to Croatia (home of Aunt Kathy’s maternal grandparents, both from the tiny island of Olib) and to our four kids’ literal fatherland, the town of Laupheim and the city of Ulm, in southern Germany. My travelog was in real time, on Instagram (where I am @kaygardiner and you are @annshayne, as God intended), but this picture is from the best...

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Let Us Now Praise Garter Stitch Blankets

Let Us Now Praise Garter Stitch Blankets

Dear Ann, For your weekend viewing pleasure, some beautiful blankets that have been giving me the yen to cast on and wing it. This one, Strips and Stripes, is the improvisation of Misa Erder, the designer behind Craftivore. I passed Misa at Rhinebeck last year and was too awed/shy to say hi. What really kills me here–well, a lot of things kill me here–is those bits of intarsia. The impulse to throw in a little intarsia when...

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