For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

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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Nice Day for White Knitting

Nice Day for White Knitting

Dear Ann, Ran out just before sundown to snap photos of my latest FOs, which are both white. I never knit white. A treat for the eyes. First up, Clapo-ktus. Which I call Clocktopus because that makes way more sense. I like Clapo-ktus. I feel kind of dumb, though, because I was quite a long way into it before I realized that, although the pattern is a mashup of Clapotis and Backtus, two great tastes that taste great together, it lacks one...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Dear Everybody, Introducing: A Light in the Window. It’s a new blanket pattern by yours truly, inspired by Ann’s Nashville novel, Bowling Avenue. I started it last summer, finished knitting (and unknitting, and reknitting) it by the end of the year, and then I hemmed and hawed and got a Real Job Not That My Other Jobs Are Not Real Jobs But There Is Something Really Real About That Monday Through Friday Schedule, and finally wrote...

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Like a Really Great Wake

Like a Really Great Wake

Hello again friends, In case you’ve been away, this weekend we are celebrating the life of Kathreen Ricketson, founder of Whip Up and friend to many, and mourning her tragic death in a swimming accident that also took the life of her husband, Rob Shugg. It’s our hope that out of our grief comes some solid financial support for their two young children. It’s not much, but it’s something, and it feels good to do...

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Kathreen’s World

Kathreen’s World

Dear everybody, I didn’t know Kathreen in real life. We weren’t regular online correspondents, either. But I felt I knew her. Her voice was strong and clear. Her writing on the Whip Up blog was smart, fair, kind and open. She showcased others’ work with the best kind of generosity: offhand and matter-of-fact. She celebrated other crafters, writers, and photographers, and helped their work gain a wider audience. In the...

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Lopapeysas are the New Honey Cowl

Lopapeysas are the New Honey Cowl

Dear Ann, 15 minute midnight blog! OK, so you know how I like to make multiples. I can never figure out whether this urge comes from a place of deep artistic searching or plain simplemindedness. When I like a pattern, I like to get to know it. Intimately. So here’s Lopapeysa Number 3 being welcomed to the Lopapeysa Clubhouse. Here you can see the yoke pattern better, and get a sense of the haze that Lopi takes on after a wash. The...

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The Commuter Queue

The Commuter Queue

Dear Ann, Working. What a concept. When I post Instagrams of my latest Icelandic sweater, people express amazement at my speed. It’s not speed, it’s a daily half-hour in each direction on the A/C or sometimes the B/D to the R. Until you get to the yoke, it’s perfect subway knitting, around and around in stockinette on circulars. Circular needles are the commuter-knitter’s friend. One less thing to go wrong. If a...

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Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

Dear Ann, Think of this as my little Rowan Denim scrapbook. From the talk on Ravelry, it seems fairly certain that Rowan is in fact discontinuing Rowan Denim. Some cling to hope, because it’s still on the Spring/Summer 2013 shade cards and there is a pattern in the Spring/Summer magazine. They’re pretty tight-lipped at Rowan, so I’ll keep watching for blue smoke from the chimney. But in case it’s really gone,...

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