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Cutting Class at Finishing School

Dear Ann, Earlier this week, I was digging through my denim stash in search of pom pom fixings (as you do), and I came across this artifact. It’s a Baby Surprise Jacket made of denim pom pom fixings. I do not recall when I made it, but I believe it was during the 2006-2008 period when we were renovating and life was a cycle of packing, unpacking and dust protection efforts. I remember pondering how to seam this little sweater. Because I...

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Knitting Aphorisms Revisited

Dear Ann, Last night was a dark night of the knitting soul. As I was doing the final (500+-stitch) rounds of Quadrature, I had to consult the pattern again to read the bit about some increases required only in the final rows of the B cables. (The B cables are the ones on the sides; the A cables are the ones on the corners. They are the same. OR SO I THOUGHT.) This was when I discovered, with a kind of handheld-camera, horror-flick terror, that I...

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Part 1

What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Part 1

Dear Kay, Well, I hardly know where to begin, having been away so long! I’ve been in Monteagle all summer, back in Realityland now, where the wi-fi flows and the AC works. It’s been weeks since I wrote, and there’s so much to tell. I’ll jump in with the thing I’m working on right this minute. There’s a new baby in the fambly, a snurgly new great-niece. When the news came, I immediately a) stared at her photo...

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Sending Up the Bat Signal

Sending Up the Bat Signal

Dear Ann, I knew it had been a while since my last post when a loyal NKR (non-knitting reader) who checks this site just to confirm that I’m (a) alive and well and (b) still twittering about knitting, asked me if we were going to rent out the blog since obviously we are not occupying it ourselves this month. The fact that I am overcommitted and undercaffeinated does not mean that I cannot take the time to google for a For Rent sign...

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Finishing on the Go

Finishing on the Go

Dear Ann, Well, I ‘ve been a-rambling and a-wandering, and I’m about to set off for more. On Wednesday I experienced the rapturous transports of a 6-hour round-trip journey to Philadelphia on NJ Transit and SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). I was ALONE. All was QUIET. I had FAKE UGG BOOTIES AND A SHERPA HAT to finish for Cristina’s newest boy, Elio. It could have been the Orient Express–I...

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Bears in Hats

Bears in Hats

Dear Ann, There are times when a still, small voice tells you it’s time to take a break from what you’re currently doing. One of those times is when you find yourself putting a hat on a teddy bear and taking a picture of it. I know, Ann, that using stuffed animals as knitwear models is not in accordance with the Mason-Dixon Stylebook. But as this hat is for Jamie, and as Jamie has yet to show up in her new hometown, and as...

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Excuse Me While I Kvell

Excuse Me While I Kvell

Dear Ann, As you know, it’s been a rough week in the Charity Knitting Department of our Northern Division. After fiddling with silent auction buttonbands for what seemed like days, I showed up at the school craft fair with three well-meaning fringey items, only to be told that this year’s Knitting Table had been cancelled for lack of contributions. Sigh. So there were my little guys in a basket, an Island of Misfit Knits. ...

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Ready For My Sew-Up

Ready For My Sew-Up

Dear Ann, It’s amazing the amount of knitting a person can get done when there is no computer handy. Despite martyrdom in the kitchen over the Thanksgiving weekend, I managed to power through the back, fronts, second sleeve, and collar of the Checker jacket from Tadpoles and Tiddlers. Here it is, waiting for me to give it button bands, buttonholes, and a good hot shrink ‘n fade in the washing machine: And here’s a close-up...

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The Dress is in the Mail

The Dress is in the Mail

Dear Ann, Here’s the dress–now, where did that Rosie get to? I’m pretty proud of myself. This little Miss Bea’s Jumping Dress took only a little over a week from start to finish, including blocking and sewing up. Here’s a bonus: it will actually fit Baby Rose NOW, instead of when she’s 13 like some of the other stuff I’ve made for her: This is the wrap-around top from Debbie Bliss’s Easy Baby...

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Betty Ford Would Approve

Betty Ford Would Approve

Dear Ann, After finishing Core, and the self-inflicted aggravation that entailed, I really did not feel like picking up the next troublesome project (a Jaeger braided-cable top that has miles of braided-cable left to go). None of my other half-finished projects looked all that enticing, either. What I needed was something fun, something easy, something rehabilitative. So I went to my comfort zone, by which I mean stocking stitch, baby size,...

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