Palate Cleanser


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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Knitting on the Road


Dear Ann: Hey, here’s the first sleeve of my Monomania cardigan. In my push to finish this sweater, I’ve been dragging it around the city with me in a little cloth bag, getting a few rows in here and there when there is a lull in the action of whatever else I’m doing. I’ve left the bag behind twice now, and both times it nearly gave me a heart attack. To be so close to the finish of a sweater, and to lose not only the...

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Snippets: Handy Holiday Hats


Dear Ann: I hate to be the one to bring this up, but the holidays are approaching. It’s true: they are approaching, whether I bring them up or not. Every year, I take the pledge not to embark on a holiday knitting voyage of doom, and every year around December 15, I break it. I get caught up in the Christmas knitting spirit, and before long I’m all intense and pressurized about it (and having a fantastic time). Kristin’s hat...

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Clip & Save: Tips on Knitting Cowls in the Round


Dear Ann: Let’s get this out of the way:  when I say “cowls in the round,” I mean only one cowl, my beloved Honey Cowl. I have lost count of how many Honey Cowls I have knit. There is always someone who wants one, or wants another one. They are the perfect combination of style and practicality in the handknit accessory category. There is nothing very challenging about knitting a Honey Cowl–it’s a 2-row pattern and...

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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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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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