A one-minute audio linguistics lesson: how New Orleanians pronounce “Chartres.”

Lazy Sunday Forecast: Gloomy with a Chance of Crotchetiness

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Dear Ann: Ah, Sweden. Impossibly good-looking people! Socialized medicine! Shared child care! Affordable home furnishings that are hard to put together! Open-faced sandwiches! The midnight sun! Lingonberries! Colorful yoked sweaters! A show set in Sweden must be very wholesome knittertainment, right? Nah. Forget everything you thought you knew about Sweden. Sweden is a hellscape of brutal violence and rainy weather. I know this because I am a...

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Daughter of a Shepherd

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Dear Ann, I’ve been meaning to write about our London friend, Rachel Atkinson, and her splendid adventure: making yarn from the wool of her father’s sheep. The problem:  the yarn is wonderful and special (that’s not the bit that’s the problem), and she only has a limited quantity of it at a time and it sells out fast. But here’s the thing: the only way to get it, is to know about it, get on Rachel’s email...

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A High-Voltage Giveaway: Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere

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Dear Ann, A few years ago, I discovered Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere, and went kind of nuts on the stuff.  The first thing I made was a modified version of the Wool Peddler Shawl, with a barely ruffling ruffle, that grew so large that I kept going back to Purl Soho to get another skein, and another skein, of the 2-ply cashmere and silk-cashmere blend. I took pictures of it in Central Park, and sent it off to a friend in need of comfort,...

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Reframing Intarsia (and Footie Socks)

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Dear Ann, I feel like it’s time for an update on my Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket, but you’ve gone and got me all het up about the One-Sock Knitalong.  I am strictly an Option Three participant. I knitted one pair of socks, baby sized, at a Cat Bordhi workshop we attended together somewhere back in the mists of time. I did start a pair of red men’s socks, that time when we were trying to persuade Stephen Colbert to do...

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The Curious Entrepreneur

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Dear Ann, The circle of life has a way of coming around again. For example, it feels like we just finished renovating our elderly apartment, but it was ten years ago. I can no longer feel justified outrage when a wall needs to be repainted or the fridge fan craps out. Life is a constant cycle of renewal and decay. Sigh. A few months ago, I finally did a simple something that I have meant to do since 2006, which is: procure a surface upon which I...

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