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Baby Booties: Greatest Hits

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Dear Ann: Ask and you shall receive. I needed baby bootie patterns, and readers delivered baby bootie patterns in abundance. I wasn’t expecting to do this, but it seems like it would be convenient to list all the baby bootie patterns that readers thought fit to recommend. It’s a Greatest Hits album of baby booties. Put it on your big sister’s turntable, crank up the volume, and soak it in. Cutest Booties,  by Stephanie...

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Lazy Sunday: Red Carpets and Baby Booties

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Dear Ann, On Oscar Sunday, there is no shortage of entertainment to knit by. Between slow roll of the red carpet interviews, and the awards themselves, a knitter can crank major yardage. The coverage seems to start earlier every year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we could watch the nominees brush their teeth this time. For the past 19 years, I have watched the Academy Awards principally to learn about movies I didn’t see. When the kids...

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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

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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

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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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