How to Make a Knitter


Dear Ann, You can’t make a person into a knitter by a direct route. Making knitters is a circuitous process requiring a mix of patience, hope and indifference. Once you’ve picked your target, don’t get up in their grill and say things like, “You should try knitting! I love knitting! You will love it too!” Take a more subtle route; avoid exclamation points. In my view, it can never hurt to knit for the person. I...

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Giveaway: Kermis Cardigan by Anna Maltz


Dear Ann, This past summer I got an email from Cate Carter-Evans, the owner of Infinite Twist, a Shanghai-based yarn company that produces handspun yarns made by rural and migrant women in China, as well as hand-dyed mill-spun yarns. I did not know Cate, but I do know Anna Maltz.  (Pictured above.) You and I first encountered Anna on the Internet, through her work on the innovative Ricefield Collective project and also her exuberant handknit...

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Snippets: Links of Love


Dear Ann, Big weekend for me: a long drive to Ohio to see The Firstborn in her new habitat. If only I had some freshly finished knitwear for her to model! Must. Knit. Faster. I do hope to enjoy enough passenger time to get my Monomania pretty close to finished. I just started Stripe 6. Guess what begins on Stripe 6: armhole shaping. The drama! Before I throw the sack of Trader Joe’s snacks in the trunk and head west on I-80, a few...

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Free Period


Dear Ann, Yesterday I took the day off and drove north, hugging the Hudson River. I spent a sunny 66-degree afternoon sitting, walking, and talking with Melanie Falick. To speak of Melanie is to gush about the many books she has written, edited, inspired and championed, about knitting and other fiber arts. Thankfully, although Melanie left Abrams Books earlier this year, she continues to edit extraordinary books. She is expanding and exploring,...

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Giveaway: Noro Lace book, plus Noro Itself


Dear Ann, I adore Noro’s self-striping, colorful yarns. I return to Noro Silk Garden, in particular, time after time. It can be tricky to use these yarns in garments, I find. You have to wrestle with existential questions such as whether you are the kind of person who needs the sleeves on a cardigan to match, or at least rhyme, or whether you are ok with a pair of socks or mitts being “fraternal” instead of identical. The fun...

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