Shabbat Shalom, Baby Girl

Shabbat Shalom, Baby Girl - 1

Dear Ann, So, yesterday I packed Carrie off to Israel with a bunch of other teenagers and a few brave and generous leadership-type souls. There she goes. They were rushing to get to Jerusalem by sundown for shabbat. Having never been in Jerusalem for shabbat, or even an ordinary sunset, I am a little envious. Stones are only stones, but as Reb Jack White and the Raconteurs have pointed out, some stones will shout. By more or less...

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Ready for the Soak Pot

Ready for the Soak Pot - 1

Dear Ann, Here in Manhattan, last Friday/Saturday’s snowstorm was really just a very nice snowstorm. We enjoyed it a lot, while suffering none of the treacherousness endured by those to the north and east. Olive particularly enjoys a nice snowfall. She hates things that are cold and/or wet, but she loves snow. Our Olive contains multitudes. After a single walk in the snow, she sleeps for a minimum of 5 hours, out cold and snoring...

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The Shock of the New

The Shock of the New - 1

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 - 1

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 - 1

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 - 1

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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