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Hurry Up and Wait: Bang Out a Sweater, Soon

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Dear Kay, First, some great, breaking Bang Out a Sweater news: the Stopover pattern is being revised to include more sizes. Currently it has four sizes; now, it will include one smaller size and four larger sizes, up to 5X. The updated pattern will show up in Ravelry by Saturday. If you’ve already bought the pattern on Ravelry, you’ll get the updated pattern automatically. Meanwhile Clearing the decks before my Plötulopi not-yarn...

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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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Walking the Walk, Olive Style

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Dear Kay, This is Olive. She has started the new year by going Whole30, Kon Mari-ing her crate, and using a bullet journal to plan her naps. She also bought a year’s worth of spin classes, got some highlights and hired a wardrobe consultant. She has a Fitbit now, which brings me to the reason I mention Olive: she needs to get her steps up, so she may or may not be attending the Walk in the Park we are cooking up for Sunday, January...

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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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When to Throw in the Cowl

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Dear Ann, I rarely don’t finish a book once I’ve started it, and it’s the same with a knitting project. Even if I hit unexpected doldrums, I am stubborn, and also curious to see how it all works out. (I have been known to delay completion of a handknit for the better part of a decade, but giving up — or more precisely, acknowledging that I’m giving up — is rare.) So it’s weighing on me, the decision...

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Palate Cleanser

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Dear Kay, Infidelity is a central component of knitting. Wanton cheating is definitely one of the reasons I knit. I am having a ridiculous amount of fun, stepping out on my main project. I finished the body of the navy blue gansey guernsey jersey knit-frock whatever and faced the sleeves. The thought of wrestling a sleeve into existence is always something I’m happy to delay, sometimes for five or six years, so I gleefully ditched out...

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