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The Shock of the New

The Shock of the New

Dear Ann, I hate football. At a tender age, I watched a lot of midget football practice and could not comprehend why none of the grownups seemed to notice the brutality–physical and spiritual– that I found so upsetting. That’s my version of events and maybe not my brother’s, but the memories stuck with me as a permanent aversion. (I love Friday Night Lights. I contain multitudes.) (I look forward to your...

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Les Shrugs Du Temps Perdu

Les Shrugs Du Temps Perdu

Dear Ann, So, Seanna had to go and mention the One Skein Wonder in the comments. Would you believe that for a minute I couldn’t even remember what the One Skein Wonder was? The One Skein Wonder was the Honey Cowl, before the Honey Cowl. I knit a lot of them. But I couldn’t remember any of them, so I went rummaging in the archives. And found this. Where are those little girls? They were so crazy! We hardly knew ye! Now...

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Fill Out This Form

Fill Out This Form

Dear Ann, I’m so pressed for time today that I’m going to have to fill out a 15-minute form. 1. Have you finished any knitting? If so, please describe. Honey Cowl (self-explanatory). This one is for my knitting pal, and fellow founding member of the New York City chapter of the Alabama Chanin Sewing Society (which should be a thing), Rosanne. The yarn is Madelinetosh DK in the shade Brothers Grimm, which is an emerald-to-forest...

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Thorny Thoughts: A Finished Object

Thorny Thoughts: A Finished Object

Dear Kay, Fresh off the blocking wires is the Thorn shawl, first finished object of the new year. I have been wearing it constantly, collecting compliments from Green Bay Packers fans at coffee bars (not really but at least I’m ready for next season), and thinking about my experience with this project. This project is an excellent lesson for me. A perfect yarn and a perfect pattern do not always combine to create a perfect finished...

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Edginess

Edginess

Dear Kay, That’s Thorn up there, at the thrilling moment when the sail-shaped body of this shawl was complete, and the 5,498,309 stitches at the edge had to be put onto holder yarn in anticipation of the attached garter-stitch border that awaited. The 10,309,495 stitches to pick up! The shift to the four-foot-long size 4 circular–unsurprisingly, there was one of those in my pile of circular needles. I don’t have a problem with...

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How Green was my Knitting

How Green was my Knitting

Dear Ann, We are both on a green journey. This is the latest output of my Honey Cowl cottage industry. I used two skeins of Hiwassee Creek DK Weight which I scored at the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza in December. The dyeing style of this yarn reminds me of Madelinetosh: it’s basically a solid color, but there are lighter and darker shadings of the color, a few speckles of its close relations (here, a dark blue-green), and the...

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The Second Skein, or, High Drama

The Second Skein, or, High Drama

Dear Kay, Things are very, very scary around here. Late last night I wound the second skein of yarn for my Thorn shawl, and I have to tell you, it was a moment of shocking revelation: See that? The small ball is the end of Skein 1. The big ball is Skein 2. I don’t know if my 15-minute photography skills have captured the full subtlety of this yarn, but something is UP with this second skein. I discovered, upon unwinding the skein, that...

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New for 2013: Lightning Round Blogging

New for 2013: Lightning Round Blogging

Dear Kay, One of my many, many New Year’s resolutions is to blog more often. I’ve decided that it’s very easy to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, so I’m going to try something we are going to call LIGHTNING ROUND BLOGGING. STRICT 15-MINUTE TIME LIMIT. When the buzzer goes off, I’m done. Quantity has a quality all its own, right? Here we go: All the yarn I adopted at the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza is...

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Delirious New Year!

Delirious New Year!

Dear Kay, Well, here we are–into the Mayan apocalypse, over the fiscal cliff, right on into a brand-new year of handknits and whatnot. We are not going to talk about guns today. Anybody who wants to talk about guns can go find one of the many, many websites where you can rattle on all day about them. Hope everyone had a pleasant New Year’s Eve. We laid low last night, with me dragging down the frivolity level 100% due to the flu. At...

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Hampstead Wreath in the Wild

Hampstead Wreath in the Wild

Dear Ann, It’s late Sunday night and after a busy weekend, I am spending it like anybody would, checking Ravelry to see if there are any finished Hampstead Wreaths posted there yet. Here is the very first one: Isn’t it lovely? It’s by our own, by which I mean Nashville’s own, Mary Sue Taylor, mtaylormusic on Ravelry. A dear heart and a great knitter and also a person who, I was not the slightest bit surprised to learn,...

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