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Teach Some Kids to Knit: a Book and Yarn Giveaway

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Dear Ann: It’s Giveaway Day today. First up: announcing the winner of the Mama Needs a New Cowl contest from last week. I spent so much time looking at that #kaycowl hashtag on Instagram. There were more than 90 suggestions for cowl patterns that might rival the Honey Cowl in my affections. 90! After a fair amount of shilly-shallying, I picked:   Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  @Francesgiff, come on down! (I contacted her via...

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David Bowie

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Dear Ann: I traveled home today thinking about David Bowie, feeling so sad that he’s gone. I did not get to London in 2013 for the David Bowie is exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, but I winced every time I saw someone with the tote bag. I vividly recall Belinda telling me about seeing the yellow suit that he had worn in Rolling Stone magazine. It was so slim, she said A year or two earlier, at the V & A’s British...

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Running on Fumes and Lara Bars

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Dear Kay, My thinker has gone boom boom. Here, with the last ounce of strength in my trade-show-sapped fingers, I upload a photo of you at the very moment you sussed out the only other person in the entire National Needlearts Association trade show who happened to be wearing an Alabama Chanin skirt. It’s Mona! At the dreamy Elemental Affects booth. Crappy photo notwithstanding, her murky stitching was pretty fantastic. Stitching...

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Lazy Sunday: Scary and Not Scary

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Dear Ann, It’s not really that lazy of a lazy Sunday, seeing as we’re still in San Diego running around the convention center for the TNNA Winter Show, but here goes. Do you think these Lazy Sunday posts make people think we watch a lot of TV? In my case, it’s accurate; I do watch a lot of TV. I blame it on the knitting, and on the fact that I have never gotten into a good groove listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Just as...

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Travel Time (and Time Travel)

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Dear Ann, Ten years ago, almost to the day, you and I were headed to San Diego for our very first TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association’s Winter Trade Show), to show everybody our first knitting book. Today, we’re headed there again. We’ll have different badges this time. If you had told our 2006 selves that we’d be back again in 2016, and that the book we’d be showing everybody would be a coloring book, I...

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