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Work Ethic


Dear Ann, According to the United States Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Appropriately, I am spending the holiday weekend making my contribution to...

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Internet Ramblings


Dear Ann, I know old people are always marveling at the rapid passage of time, and I hate to be a cliché, but I cannot–CAN. NOT.–believe that it’s Labor Day weekend already. Where did the summer go? Where has 2/3 of 2016 gone? What is happening? This weekend, I’m trying to slow down for 72 hours. Knit. And then knit some more. And maybe go look at the ocean at night. Eat a couple of BLTs. Things to carry with me into...

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Pom Pom Chit Chat Pomcast Podcast


Dear Kay, A good podcast is like a hangout with people you really enjoy. I’ve plugged in recently to the mighty women of Pom Pom Quarterly, whose Pomcast is a groove of rambling-in-a-charming-way conversation with interesting folks in the knitting world. Recently, Lydia Gluck and Sophie Scott corralled Tom van Deijnen, whose site Tom of Holland has been a favorite rabbit hole of mine for a while. Visible mending, darning, making things...

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My Feet Are Hurting


Dear Ann, I’m kind of excited about the Chartreuse group on Ravelry. I had no idea that there were Ravelry groups for devotees of single colors. I’ve also joined the 2922 proud members of Grey Rules. Sounds like a fun group. According to Wikipedia, there are two types of Chartreuse, the herbal liqueur: green and yellow. Which explains why chartreuse, the color, sometimes looks green and sometimes looks yellow. I find this very...

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I Have Joined the Chartreuse Group


Dear Kay, A nugget emerged from the comments to my post about my mom’s sweaters. Valerie writes: “My own mother knit herself moss stitch suits on size two needles. They were beautiful and so suited to wearing with white gloves. One was chartreuse, and I have gone on to host the Chartreuse group on Ravelry. Now she is 95 and can no longer walk or knit. When it cools off some I will crochet her some mitts per her request as her hands...

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8 Lessons My Mom’s Sweaters Taught Me


Dear Kay, Wishywashy Washalong comes to a thrilling conclusion today. It’s ancestral sweater time! Mom’s sweaters are talking to me. The handwashing goal this week: three cream-colored sweaters. Two were made by my my beloved mom who departed this earth back in 1984 for the land of eternal sewing, knitting, and DIY asphalt driveway repair. She was not a daily knitter, but she was a quick study at everything except cooking. She...

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