“I just want more of her.” A wonderful piece on the late lamented food writer, Laurie Colwin.

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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Farewell to All That (Yarn)

Farewell to All That (Yarn)

Dear Ann, I have been remiss in blabbing about dishrags this summer. It’s the summer of being remiss, apparently. The Dishcloth Calendar (of blessed memory) is no longer being produced by the lovely Janet Nogle. But when Janet and her dishrag-knitting posse learned that Elmore-Pisgah, the Carolina manufacturere of made-in-the-USA Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton yarn, was closing up shop, they went into the studio and produced an...

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This Erases Everything

This Erases Everything

Dear Ann, We have a friend who exclaims, upon seeing/hearing/tasting something new and spectacular, ‘This erases EVERYTHING!’ All life experiences that preceded this wine/chocolate/concerto/toe-grafting technique have been obliterated; they exist no more. So how about this? It may not erase everything, but it can wipe it up. This, my dear, is a moebius handtowel. (Perhaps the world’s first moebius towel, but my natural...

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Don’t Go Changin’

Don’t Go Changin’

Dear Ann, Your letter roused me from my Christmas-pudding-induced post-holiday torpor (it was delicious by the way; thanks Polly!). Whatchyoutalkinbout, girl, with this Total Change In Ann Presentation? Is there some other Pamela Lee out there, with closets full of wool cardigans to match every known color of dirt, that I don’t know about? Remember one of our 1001 Official Mason-Dixon Knitting Mottos for 2004: “Be Who You...

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