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Bang, Bang, On the Door

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Dear Ann, As the light faded yesterday afternoon, I snapped a progress photo of my Stopover for our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong. A couple of hours later, I had both sleeves done. (13 hours in so far; I’m still keeping track.) You know what this means: the Three Tube Situation is upon us. The moment in a yoke construction garment when the sleeves and body are joined together on a long circular needle, ready to start knitting the...

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An Old Flame

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Dear Ann, You and I stopped by Knitty City last week, so we could ogle Lopi colors and I could  pick up some Size 10 double-pointed needles for my Stopover sleeves. I spied a cardboard box on the floor. In it was a shrink-wrapped stack of Rowan Magazine 59, hot off the presses. This is the Spring/Summer 2016 issue. Although I let my subscription lapse some time ago, I still pick up a copy of every magazine — for The Collection, you...

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Cowl Plus Skirt Equals Scowl

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Dear Kay, It has been great to see in you in New York—a welcome respite from my yarn vigil at the front door back home. I felt like a fisherman’s wife, keeping an eye on the horizon for my Plötulopi yarn to arrive from Iceland. To fill the lopiless hours during my travels, I’ve been deep in a cowl-to-skirt conversion project. We’ll call it a scowl because I don’t know if this is actually going to pan out. To recap: this all...

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Bang Out a Sweater: Strength for the Journey

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Dear Ann, Our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong only officially started three days ago, but somehow this week has felt very full and long. It certainly feels full when you look at the mighty sweater-cranking that has been going on. I worry about whether some people are getting enough sleep. Others may feel that they are behind, or moving too slowly. So I offer up some photographic encouragement. The Promised Land I want to show you two finished...

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Bang Out a Sweater: SUCH FUN

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Dear Ann, Although some–like you, for example– are still waiting by the mailbox for their yarn, our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong of Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Stopover sweater was in full swing on Monday, its first official day. There are well over 500 comments in the Ravelry thread in the Mason-Dixon Knitters group, and over 250 images in the #BangOutASweater hashtag on Instagram. It’s the sort of thing that makes you fall...

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Bang Out a Sweater: It’s ON

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Dear Kay, It’s a NASCAR green flag! Disney World rope drop! Black Friday at Walmart! It’s Bang Out a Sweater Day, so we hope that you’re starting your Stopover today, or yesterday, or tomorrow. Or whatever sweater you’re banging out. Gah, we ought to get more orderly about this sort thing, but that’s not likely. We hope you’re having fun. Who’s in? Let us know! The banging out of sweaters commenced...

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