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Boxy But Good

Dear Ann, I may be neglecting a number of things these days, but I am certainly not neglecting to knit. I am now the proud owner and frequent wearer of yet another oversized dolman pullover. Remember Relax? I like Relax so much (as I’ve said, and said…) that I wanted a second sweater with this shape. But I didn’t want to re-knit the exact same sweater–I have nothing against multiples (you may guffaw/snort here), but these...

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Free Recipe: Birthday Cocktail Cake

Free Recipe: Birthday Cocktail Cake

Dear Kay, With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to offer up a holiday recipe that we’ve been discussing over on the Instagram. You may say: “No photo; didn’t happen.” Well, I’ve got the pix to prove it. Birthday Cocktail Cake, from Monteagle Sunday School Assembly Porch Party Recipes, out of print and out of this WORLD! (Free Bonus: Beer Cheese recipe which actually sounds damn fine.) A couple of summers ago,...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Ecru Swamp

Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Ecru Swamp

Dear Kay, The pile of yarn doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. I knit and knit and knit, yet the ecru yarn persists. It’s . . . spawning. There must be five miles of ecru yarn here. It does not help that I am being offered skeins of ecru yarn. Kay, you may NOT offload your ecru yarn in my direction, for any purpose. I am not going to accept it! If I get out of this thing alive, it will be because I told the UPS guy to return...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Facing the Goblins

Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Facing the Goblins

Dear Kay, In the interest of not thinking about anybody’s derriere today, we’re going to move along to some wholesome, family-oriented knitting. (I have to say that having one’s traffic quintuple due to a well-placed lopi sweater is something we are going to have to think about, going forward. We are obviously doing the blog all wrong.) I’m not going to lie. The eight-yarned Spinnaker sweater is at the point,...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Westward Ho!

Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Westward Ho!

Dear Kay, Figuring out a strategy for this eight yarns/one sweater project has cost me a surprising amount of time. I lost a crop of rutabagas in the time it took me to decide what to do with this yarn. When I laid out all the skeins to decide how to use them in this Spinnaker sweater, it all became very clear: this group of yarns had absolutely nothing in common except a vague similarity in color. You got your fingering weight Black Water...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater?

Eight Yarns, One Sweater?

Dear Kay, I have embarked on a project that has all the elements of Survivor, or The Voice, or Dancing with the Stars. It has rigid guidelines, an unruly set of contestants, and room for a lot of randomness. It’s definitely weird, but it has proved to be pretty entertaining. How It Started Karen Templer has been running a fisherman sweater knitalong over at Fringe Association. I decided to take part in this jolly event, and dove into...

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FO Friday: Grand Dame

FO Friday: Grand Dame

Dear Ann, Guess what! I get to visit another college (or 2 or 3) this weekend. Rhinebeck fades into the mist in the rearview mirror, and we proceed ONWARD. For about a year and a half, I had a ball of handpainted cashmere weighing heavily on my conscience. In a fit of I Don’t Know What, I had bought it at Vogue Knitting Live in January 2013, from String, a yarn shop in my own city that caters to the big-gauge cashmere crowd. There was...

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The Fog of Wool

Dear Ann, It’s Wednesday and I’ve just finished hooking a small rug and I’m still floating on the fumes of my Saturday at Rhinebeck, aka the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka my annual renewal of my vows to knitting. I know that, for people who don’t (a) live in the Northeast and/or (b) organize their personal, family and religious calendars around knitting, Rhinebeck is a kind of Emerald City that they read about...

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Finished Object Friday: Birch Leaf Shawl

Finished Object Friday: Birch Leaf Shawl

Dear Kay, Finished Object Friday. As if I have a finished object every Friday . . . I found this 95 percent complete shawl in a bag in the back of my closet, the source of so much mystery. It’s Susan Gutperl’s Birch Leaf Shawl, which is a frankly easier version of Sharon Miller’s all-time greatest thing ever, the timeless Rowan pattern, Birch. The yarn is Manos Lace, a baby alpaca/silk/cashmere blend that makes you glad...

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The Problem with Madeline Tosh

The Problem with Madeline Tosh

Dear Kay, I have been swatching. Not going to lie, it feels very strange to be back with the swatching, but I am enjoying my re-entry into this AWESOME HOBBY. And no, there’s not really a problem with Madeline Tosh. Just trying to up the stakes here. I originally went with “This Photo of MadTosh DK Will Shock You.” It’s more a question of the problem that happens when that delectable yarn is used in the wrong way. Right...

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