Need a holiday handknit? Time for a Schmatta!

Still At It

Still At It

Dear Ann, I am in a flow state about knitting Sean Scully paintings. My condition can only be described as Cara-esque. Over the weekend, reader pal Kelly fed the flames by sending me a booklet from a recent Scully show at Dartmouth in which the painter comments on a series of paintings going back to the beginning of his 30-year plus focus on stripes. I like to think that as a knitter with a strong (ahem) “focus” on garter...

Read More

St. Somebody

St. Somebody

Dear Ann, This just in: the eBay auction for Oliver’s Recycled De-Raffled Blanket has ended. The winning bid of $960.00 took my breath away, but it was just not good enough for the anonymous buyer, who rounded up her payment to a nice $1000–tossing in a lagniappe in honor of the knitters who contributed squares for Oliver. I hope it goes with her sofa! I know I will miss seeing it on my dotty chair. I’m renewing my...

Read More

Square Two (Is A Rectangle)

Square Two (Is A Rectangle)

Dear Ann, Square Two of the Wall of Linen blanket is a walk in the park. Cast on 30 in cream. Make 4 navy blue stripes of either 3 or 4 ridges (go crazy with the possibilities). Start these stripes on the wrong side, to achieve an appearance of WS on the RS. (This Knitting Special Effect looks like ticking. I find it Visually Interesting.) Knit a total of 60 garter ridges, then bind off, then work cro-Kay all the way around the square. ...

Read More

Square One In Greater Detail Than One Would Wish

Square One In Greater Detail Than One Would Wish

Dear Ann, I’m trying to write this down as I go, so humor me. On Friday I made a beeline to Annie & Company for Euroflax colors I didn’t have, including Navy Blue and Cream. In my yarn-scavenging frenzy, this nearly-done sweater nearly was sacrificed. I hesitated when I realized that I’ll still have a bunch left if I just finish the sleeves and cast the thing off. For Those Who Are Playing At Home I’m using Size 3...

Read More

Wall of Linen

Wall of Linen

Dear Ann, I rarely suffer from any serious malaise in my knitting. There is always something to knit that is much better than what I am knitting now, and I am generally racing as fast as I can, jettisoning UFOs to the left of me, WIPs to my right–to get to the promised land of the next cast-on. Except for lately. Last night I was invited to a cozy Knit Nite at a friend’s and I didn’t have a project to take with me. Not so...

Read More

If There’s a Cure For This

If There’s a Cure For This

Dear Ann, It’s a rainy Monday, and I’ve got a ferocious case of finishitis. Unlike startitis, which is as common as dirt, finishitis is quite rare. Some people say there’s no such thing, that finishitis is a legend made up to scare yarn manufacturers. Other people say that in all reported cases of finishitis, the knitter was also in the last hours of pregnancy and was doing other weird stuff like rearranging all the...

Read More

Another Humble Homage

Another Humble Homage

Dear Ann, I’m in a quilty kind of mood, too. Must be the January weather. And as you know, I’m becoming more and more fond of knitting things that are square or at least rectangular. Things with no pattern, or a pattern that you can memorize or fudge if you forget, that nevertheless turn out reassuringly o.k. Here’s why I don’t take up quilting: D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (One of my all-time favorite country song lyrics:. ...

Read More