For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Superhuman Cyborg Knitters Spotted in Nashville

Superhuman Cyborg Knitters Spotted in Nashville

Dear Kay, I don’t know about you, but it is HARD to carve out time for that most important part of life: sitting in a coffee bar with chums, knitting and getting all jacked up on cappuccino. The other day I managed to peel off to hang out with Mareike (I’ve written about her overachieving/disgustingly modest ways before) and her sister Katharina, who was in town from Frankfurt. (Those of us in the South quickly add...

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Baby I’m Cowlin’ For You

Baby I’m Cowlin’ For You

Dear Ann, Let’s start with a mood-elevating YouTube shall we? Every time this song shuffles up on my iPod, I can’t stop smiling. Makes a girl want to move to Nashville, break in a pair of Frye boots, and stalk some musicians. But our subject remains: cowls. In a last-minute personnel change, Honey Cowl 4 was gifted to niece Kristin. SuperPal Lisa saw me knitting it and I gleaned that she did not think it was brown enough for her...

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The Cowl Channel

The Cowl Channel

Dear Ann, At what point should I feel embarrassed about the cowl output around here? Never? Is never OK with you? I simply am enjoying a pattern that rings all my bells at this moment. There is nothing wrong with that. It will run its course. But I recognize that I have reknitivist tendencies (thanks Twist Collective for that coinage). It seems, even to me, a bit simpleminded to knit so many multiples of the same pattern. But I have...

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How To Honey Cowl

How To Honey Cowl

Dear Ann, So. You’ve made a Honey Cowl. Or two or three. (That’s my third one on the needles up there, in Madelinetosh Tosh DK, Winter Wheat.) You want to know: how are the kids wearing them this year? We can help. These are the Currently Known Ways To Style Your Honey Cowl. Clip N Save. The Loop. The Wrap. The Ellis Island. And finally, if you dare: The InterweaveKnits. Enjoy your Honey Cowls, people. If you figure out a...

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When the Moon Is In the Seventh Cowl

When the Moon Is In the Seventh Cowl

Dear Ann, O Baby! What a darling baby is Woodie. And how efficient were you to get her cardi made while she’s still small enough to have to roll up the sleeves? My sympathies on Boreal’s second sleeve. Git R done, asap, or that thing is going to die just one sleeve short of glory. But enough about your knitting. What about my knitting? I got a lot of solitary knitting time in trains, planes and automobiles last week as I...

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Pull From The Tangle

Pull From The Tangle

Dear Ann, A few years ago, I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology to hear our cutest knitting heroes, Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, speak. As you know, one of Kaffe and Brandon’s super powers is Intarsia. During the Q & A, someone asked Brandon whether he used bobbins when working with so many colors at once. With a blitheness that can only have come from decades working with Kaffe, Brandon said that his technique was to...

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Miracle of the Modern Postal Service

Miracle of the Modern Postal Service

Dear Kay, Diane asks what happened to the Different Lines scarf I was making a while back. I don’t know! It’s gone! I mailed it to Landy, my friend who lives in North Berwick, outside Edinburgh. I finished the scarf early in the season up in Grundy County, and when I mailed it, I thought: This may well be the first-ever Monteagle-North Berwick parcel. I didn’t get a good final shot of this peculiarly shaped scarf....

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Driver Education

Driver Education

Dear Kay, I can drive a houseboat now. It happened when I was on a houseboat this past weekend with a bunch of women, and when the guy who was explaining the houseboat arrived at the helm to demonstrate how to turn on the houseboat, he said, “So who’s driving?” We all looked at him blankly, realizing that we hadn’t really addressed the issue of how the houseboat might make its way around the lake, and it occurred to us...

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Poetic License

Poetic License

Dear Ann, A fence called rustic Will hold a draping handknit Thanks, Conservancy It may look like Birch But it’s knitted bottom-up (Easier that way) My bind-off was loose It ruffled when I blocked it Had to re-do it You have probably Figured out what yarn this is Alchemy...

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A Winner! And Bittersweet Last Winter Knits

A Winner! And Bittersweet Last Winter Knits

Dear Kay, After a fairly laborious random drawing process, we have a winner in our Cast-On-Your-Blanket Contest: Kristin of Bend, Oregon, ravname knitonequilttoo. Congratulations, Kristin! We welcome everybody who has cast on a Mitered Crosses Blanket–the Mitered Crosses Blanket group on Ravelry is growing fast, and you’ll already find a PhD program’s worth of insight into the very soul of making miters. Thanks so much to all...

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