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Things Done and Undone: Sleeve Update

Things Done and Undone: Sleeve Update - 1

Dear Kay, Oh for pity’s SAKE I finished the second sleeve of this thing. The problem isn’t that it’s hard. The problem is that it’s not portable. You have sit right there with the thing, with the chart and your snack bar of tiny balls of yarns, with your steam up and your Internet off. You need your good light, because after sunset, Pickle = Bark and Bramble = Roseberry. You need things to align like the sunbeams on a...

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Bark Where There Ought to Be Pickle, Or, The Error That Dogs Us

Bark Where There Ought to Be Pickle, Or, The Error That Dogs Us - 1

Dear Kay, Well, I just excavated the reason why I stopped working on this sweater in December 2009. Taking a foto this morning to show Proof of Progress, I noticed this: On Sleeve One, there is Pickle where there should be Bark. I think when I discovered this, back in December 2009, it was the last straw. I wrote: The ever-decreasing tube of inside-out two-handed knitting has become something akin to braiding cat’s hair, to aligning...

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Monday Morning Weigh In: No Pain, No Gain

Monday Morning Weigh In: No Pain, No Gain - 1

Dear Kay, Progress on the Alice Starmore Donegal extravaganza continues. This is absolutely the least efficient means of manufacturing a sleeve that I have encountered. These Rowan Donegal Lambswool yarns continues to amaze and amuse. At night it’s so dim that Bramble and Pickle are indistinguishable. Elderberry and Roseberry might as well be the same color. But in the light of day, it’s pretty dazzling to see. One sleeve to go, a...

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The Remembrance of Knits Past, Or, WHAT WAS I THINKING?

The Remembrance of Knits Past, Or, WHAT WAS I THINKING? - 1

Dear Kay, Moving ON. Powerful urge to plow ahead into the future, into knits unknown, horizons yet to be seen. The shock of the new. More like the shock of the OLD. After the long-haul pleasures of that Thorn shawl (thank you all for your supportive comments, and my apologies for offending Chicago Bears fans), I craved some color that I knew I would love. At the foot of my desk, for many months now, has been a plastic bag filled with a knitting...

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Going All In

Going All In - 1

Dear Kay, Have you seen the new Twist yet? I’m liking Sivia Harding’s Dryad. It’s not a square, a rectangle, nor a circle: it’s . . . ovalish! And I’m intrigued by Alasdair Post-Quinn’s Introduction to Double-Knitting: The Four Winds Hat.” Video tutorials and everything. Bless him! I’ve never tried double-knitting, but it’s probably twice as fun as single knitting, right? I admire...

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The Weird That Is at Your Feet

The Weird That Is at Your Feet - 1

Dear Kay, Thanks to everyone who gave Cousin Dan a boost yesterday during his marathon! Now that I have recovered, I gotta get you up to date on the project that has been OBSESSING me since I picked it up again last week. (I am marinating the gansey idea at the moment. I think I have a good idea, but it’s an epic project if I decide to do it, so I don’t want to just jump in all willynillycrazy.) As you know, I finished the creepy...

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