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Dear Ann, I have been sitting here half the evening YouTubing up sad songs suggested in the comments. Whoa. There are a lot of sad songs out there. We may need to put together a Programme of Sad YouTubes and watch them together, while sipping absinthe and keening.  We will call this event, “Tuesday.” I have also activated the Random Drawer and can report that we have our 3 winners, and I have sent them all emails. (Congratulations,...

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She Learned to Love the Thread

Dear Ann, Breaking news:  ROSANNE CASH IS A KNITTER. Oh and also:  she has a new record coming out today. (Photo: Gael Towey.) I know that Rosanne is a knitter, because I taught her.  We met a few years ago, at a book signing for her memoir, Composed.  She wanted to learn how to knit, and asked me if I gave lessons.  I said, not really, but I’d be glad to teach you to knit.  It was one of the nicest surprises ever. We met up a...

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Thera-FO

Dear Ann, All kinds of heck has been busting loose at Casa Kay.  Mostly good, or at least To Be Expected In The Arc of a Fulfilling Life. Right now I have the flu-like symptoms, which is more pleasant to think of as Extra Knitting Time. The final 2013 FO that I have to show is this striped shawl/full-body stole from the book Wear With All.  I’ve been knitting on this since last summer, off and on.  I picked it as my WIP date for our...

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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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