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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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Knitting on the Road

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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

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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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