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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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Mama Needs a New Cowl: A Contest

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Dear Ann, Yesterday I washed and blocked a new Honey Cowl (MadTosh Sport, 300 stitches, in a color called Whisker that really is reminiscent of a 5 o’clock shadow). (Do people still say “5 o’clock shadow” in this bearded age? Is it still a thing? As one gets older does this kind of  uncertainty plague one’s entire vocabulary?) Today I cast on another Honey Cowl (MadTosh DK, 260 stitches, in a steely pale blue...

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Let’s Get Busy and Solve All Our Problems (It’s January)

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Dear Ann, “Self-improvement” is one of the most odious phrases, isn’t it? I hate the notion that by learning something new, or changing the way we do things, we are improving ourselves, or that that is the purpose of learning or changing. We are what we are, i.e., we are good people, we are doing our best (most of the time), and we shouldn’t have to constantly strive to some ideal of perfection, or feel that our very...

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Destination Yarn Shop: Omaha

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Dear Ann, Christmas in Omaha was wonderful this year. When we arrived on the 22nd, it was raining. Raining! In Omaha! In December! We tried to accept it–after all, the temperature in  New York was 70 degrees that day, so the whole world has gone crazy and we shouldn’t expect the frozen tundra to be frozen, or tundra, anymore. But on the morning of the 23rd, in the course of a few hours, 8 inches of snow fell. Perfect, powdery,...

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Merry Chrismitts

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Dear Ann, We made it to Omaha, where it is raining. Raining! On the Plains! At Christmas! Packed in my carry-on was my freshly blocked latest FO, a pair of Trip Mitts in Noro Silk Garden Solo in charcoal, finished with a yard or two of Lett-Lopi in pale gray.   I highly recommend Noro Silk Garden for these mitts. Mitts take a lot of wear, so if you use anything too soft, they will pill or felt. Noro Silk Garden doesn’t pill or felt....

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