Great new knitalong starts today over at Fringe Association. We are IN on this thing.

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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Carpe Denim

Carpe Denim

Dear Ann: NO. I just can’t. No. The rumor on the tweety is that Rowan is discontinuing Rowan Denim. Trying to talk myself down right now. Listen, I don’t like the current version. I suspect they changed suppliers a few years ago. I like the older, crunchier, whiter-cored version. I stockpiled a fair amount. I will survive. I will buy it offa all the people who bought it and decided they couldn’t deal with the, ahem,...

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Why We Knit

Why We Knit

Dear Ann, I finished my second Riddari Icelandic pullover the other day. Today the Riddari girls got together, and I took some iPhone pictures in bad winter 6 p.m. light. Maggie and Carrie. When you’re 16, getting matching, classic handknit sweaters is pretty exciting stuff. Yes it is. Honest! It so is! I promise you that I am going to make these girls braid their hair into odd shapes, put on sparkly makeup and run around in the woods...

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Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle

Dear Ann, You are the Prophet of Block-it in America, and I am your devoted acolyte. Blocking is the way to true handknit salvation. It makes the nicest, most even garter stitch plump up and look even nicer and more even. It takes the scratch out of Noro Silk Garden. It straightens all wobbly lines. It is a chiropractor for biased stockinette. But blocking wrecked my State Street Cowl. Here we see the State Street Cowl, pre-blocking. Note the...

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