Best news all day: Clif’s friend is out of ICU, so much better. Love to you all for such kind thoughts.

Ewe with a View: Faroe Islands

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Dear Ann, It’s a sheep-off! I’m beginning to think that sheep are taking up cinematography as a profession. After I posted on Monday about Visit Norway’s charming sheep-centric tourism campaign, several people wrote to tell me about what’s going on in the Faroe Islands. (In case I’m not the only one who can’t keep their mental geography straight, the Faroe Islands are an archipelago of 18 islands, population...

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Coloring Book for Knitters: Now with Awesome Spine!

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Dear everybody, Big doings! I just got a boxful of a fancy new book, The Mason-Dixon Knitting Coloring Book for Knitters. New? Hasn’t it been out since December? Yes and yes. Our beloved publisher, Clarkson Potter, has just released a trade edition of the coloring book that we originally published ourselves. This new edition has all the Juliana Horner drawings that set so many folks to coloring. Now, the paper is supersturdy, almost a...

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Knitting a Dashing Dog Coat

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Dear Ann: What a pleasure to knit up Olive’s new dog coat. (For those just joining the program, it’s the Give-a-Dog-a-Bone Coat from Debbie Bliss’s book, Woolly Woofers.)  The only bit that gave me the slightest trouble was doing the shaping for the neck straps, and that was because we were talking on the phone and I kept losing track of where I was. (The yarn is a cushy, crisp worsted weight from Jill Draper Makes Stuff,...

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Living the Speckledy Dream

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Dear Kay, Oh good heavens, I could stare at this speckly yarn all day and maybe I have. This Annisa Wrap (details here) is turning Juicy Fruit now that there’s a lot of it knitted up. The gray is the no-smiles hall monitor telling everybody to pipe down. Is anybody else working one of these garter speckle bias wrap deals? I am totally addicted and I can’t figure out why. SUCH FUN. In homecoming news, boy David arrived home...

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Lazy Sunday: Neil Patrick Harris May Be the Answer

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Dear Kay, Hubbo and I were discussing YouTubes, as happens, and he let fly that he could sing the entire opening number from the 2011 Tony Awards. I was all: no way. I challenged him to sing it, and he did. Amazing. In the interest of giving us all a laugh, here’s Neil Patrick Harris, crushing it at the 2011 Tony Awards with “Broadway: It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore.” Once you start streaming the Neil Patrick Harris,...

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Snippets: A Brilliant Deep Dive

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Dear Kay, Old Shale! The stitch pattern you know and love? You think you know it—but a group of knitters digs deep and shows us that Old Shale can be all sorts of things. This is really, really great. Members of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild came up with the idea to knit samples of 40 versions of Old Shale to explore this lovely, old lace stitch. It’s all documented with photos, charts, and directions. I love the way a group of...

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