Is Starshower the new Honey Cowl? Only time will tell (but it looks good).

Wreath Spotting, Cornerstone Blanket Update–and a Drawing

Wreath Spotting, Cornerstone Blanket Update–and a Drawing

Dear Ann, First, an update for our readers on the Cornerstone Blanket fundraising project. As of this morning, we have sent off 110 downloads of the pattern to knitters who donated at least 10 bucks to Citymeals-on-Wheels, a New York City charity that rose immediately to the aid of those in need after superstorm Sandy, and now needs extra funding to replenish its pantries and continue its work at a heightened level. Even more exciting, the...

Read More

Let’s Do This Thing

Let’s Do This Thing

Dear Everybody, After a few weeks of frantic knitting by me; cool, calm, collected work on the Quark machine by Ann; and eagle-eyed spadework by our offshore Technical Editing Department, we are proud to announce that our Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser pattern, the Cornerstone Blanket, is available for purchase. We did things differently this time. Here’s a brief explanation of what’s different, and why. When you go to the the...

Read More

Two Tributes, Knitted, In Progress

Two Tributes, Knitted, In Progress

Dear Ann, Helloooooo down there in dry, dry Tennessee. I hope it rains soon, and that iced-tea supplies are robust. I am trying to come to grips with the fact that I, an avowed sock-knitting abstainer, am knitting a pair of socks. For Stephen Colbert. No, I’m not giving up on my quest to charm Stephen Colbert with handknit socks. I see no reason to give up. Stephen Colbert has gone on vacation for 2 weeks (this week and next week). I...

Read More

No Pointless Surfing

No Pointless Surfing

Dear Kay, I’ve been sucked into a low-pressure system of Low Ambition Knitting. I’d call it a tropical depression except that I actually am feeling kind of low, so let’s just say we’re in a cone of uncertainty. I’ve been reading patterns endlessly these days, looking for that perfect thing to make, but nothing has grabbed me. I think I’m letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. I dipped into Debbie...

Read More

Big

Big

Dear Ann, I had a wonderful time at La Casita last Tuesday night. My students were a magical mix: including a medical examiner, lawyers, students, moms, a sister of a judge I used to appear before, and a Norwegian-American who named one of her sons the name I tried to name Joseph. (Wouldn’t Joseph have made a great Nils?) (On the Danish branch of my family tree, the name Nils was compulsory. You had to get Nils out of the way, and have...

Read More

The Power of Collective Thinking About Square Shapes

The Power of Collective Thinking About Square Shapes

Dear Ann, I’m on the jitney bus to Southampton, soaking up the delicious free wifi. Our house out here is an Internet-free zone, which forces us into all kinds of involuntary wholesome activity not involving sitting on our butts staring at the screen. Not that sitting on our butts staring at the screen is a bad thing, mind you– I’m all for it! But for a few precious weeks and days of the year, we choose to spray water at...

Read More

Miters of the Corn

Miters of the Corn

Dear Ann, When Amber comes over, here’s the script: “AMBER COMES OVER: A SCENE IN ONE SCENE” [Amber and Kay embrace while jumping up and down and squealing, you-just-made-the-cheerleading-squad style.] Amber: Miters! Kay: Mitersmitersmiters! [More jumping, now spinning.] Kay: STRIPES! Amber: Stripes YES! [Yarn now tumbling out of plastic bags as jumping slows due to advancing age of one and advancing pregnancy of the...

Read More

What The Heck Would You Do In a Situation Like That?

What The Heck Would You Do In a Situation Like That?

Dear Ann, The problem with quoting Napoleon Dynamite, I’ve discovered, is that people don’t know it’s Napoleon Dynamite; they think it’s you, sounding only slightly more stupid and angry than usual. But I find my inner Napoleon comes bubbling to the surface a lot. Especially when my most sweet ideas go awry, and my skills let me down. Remember the bright idea I had to knit half a blanket in doubled Cascade 220, and...

Read More

Punch List

Punch List

Dear Ann, There have been kind requests for a virtual tour of our apartment after 9-months-that-we’re-calling-6-months of renovation. There have been sweet compliments about the dotty chair and seemingly vast kitchen sink (a trick of photography; it’s a regular double sink; stick a camera on the edge of your kitchen sink, and marvel at the canyon of stainless steel). I would be thrilled to relive each and every olive hinge (to...

Read More

Gandhi Would Be Proud

Gandhi Would Be Proud

Dear Ann, You’d think it would be fairly easy to take a picture of a baby on a baby blanket: 1. Place baby on blanket. 2. Snap picture. How hard could it be? I set out to do this last week with the group-knit orangey-pink mitered square blanket for Lis’s baby girl, Jamie. (Details on how to make a blanket like this are here). Like most knitters of mitered square blankets, I’m a fairly stubborn person; oh yeah, I can get...

Read More