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In-carsia

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Dear Ann, I have been on such an endorphin rush with this Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket. It has taken years off my age. (Or maybe, years off my life? Those are two very different things.) This state of elation, of giddiness at the fun of knitting something slightly above my pay grade, has put me in a strange, powerful state of mind. (On Whole30, they call this feeling “Tiger Blood.”) I’m awesome! I can Do...

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Where Does the Day Go?

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Dear Kay, I wish you could be right here watching this cake of Jill Draper’s Rifton unwind into this scarf. It’s pretty great. It may be the finest palate cleanser imaginable when you’ve been aiming hard at a complicated project for a while. Have you ever been to the beach, watching the sun set, letting the day furl itself even as you think it’s never going to end? The color changes in this Rifton are slow. Even...

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Facing Into the Tangle: How To Intarsia

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Dear Ann, As you know, I don’t like things that are messy. Like everyone else, I live in a perpetual ebb and flow of disorder, yet I struggle against it with all my might. (One of the happiest moments of my year just happened: the handyman cleaned all the windows in my apartment, inside and outside. In heaven, there are windows, and they are freshly washed.) Having just knit the first 52 rows of Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket...

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A Really Lazy Sunday

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Dear Ann: I’m plumb wore out from all my exertions in aid of Passover.  I like to think that on their way home, my guests exclaimed, “Gosh, she makes it look so easy!” But in truth, I probably make it look hard. I tend to get a little sweaty and out of breath by the time people start to arrive. Briskets don’t braise themselves, you know. Here I am, in the thick of it on Friday afternoon. My thoughts at that moment:...

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In a Big, Big Groove on This Thing

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Dear Kay, I’m relieved to report that I am on my way. I’ve made it through the first 44-row repeat of this Jade Starmore Glenesk pullover, aka My Constant Companion. All I can say is that I look forward to a conference call with uncommon enthusiasm these days. Keep talking, everybody! I’m busting on this thing. My chart has now arrived at its optimum level of usefulness. It’s like a coloring book for knitters. The...

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Insta-Knit

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Dear Ann: Here’s a great new product I’m pleased to tell you about: the Insta-Knit Summer TopTM. You get an Insta-Knit SummerTopTM when you are going through your assorted bags and bundles of knitting-related items, and come across a top that you carried around with you last summer on vacation, and you finished the front and the back, and you sewed up one of the side seams, and then you stopped and forgot all about it because a...

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