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Vamping

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Dear Ann, I seldom have any downtime on my needles. There is always a project that has got me like whoa (as the kids say). But at the moment, the project that has got me is my Damask Flower/Big Flower Jacket, and I don’t have the French Mustard 363, so for the past week I’ve been filling the empty knitting hours with a combination of Duty Knitting and KonMari knitting. “Duty Knitting” sounds like something not fun. But in...

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Lazy Sunday: Little Movies on Makers

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Dear Kay, Is it art, craft, commerce, survival? I can’t tell where one begins and the other ends, but these four short movies have me thinking hard. Pointe shoes. What I love about this is that there are two craftspeople at work on each pair of a ballet dancer’s pointe shoes: the shoemaker in London, and the dancer in New York who remakes each shoe for the perfect fit. It’s an astonishing amount of handwork for a pair of...

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Deep Dive: Meet Kaffe

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Dear Ann: Waiting on French Mustard 363 has given me time to reminisce, to think deep thoughts, and to contemplate how to modify perfection. Reminiscences I can’t believe how long it’s been since the evening I heard Kaffe Fassett speak at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and got to meet him briefly. The pictures are awful, but the memory is clear. I took so much of what he said to heart. Especially the part about the color...

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Superman vs. Batman: Fassett vs. Starmore

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Dear Kay, How could you do this to me? Just when I thought I was out, you pull me back in. Seriously, I was doing so well. I was making one triangle-shaped item after another, pounding out the finished objects at a regular pace, glad to have found a way to knit lots of different yarns with no need to aim, or think, or count. (See my Kieran Foley Kerchief for proof of that.) Then you dragged out your 1985-era Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket...

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Bang Out a Sweater: Jill Draper’s Recipe

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Dear Ann, While I wait for Rowan Chunky Chenille Shade 363 French Mustard to arrive in my mailbox (Yes! A knitter from New Hampshire emailed me on Sunday to offer up ancient skeins from her “Deep Space Stash.” Thank you, Doris! I love the Internet!), I wanted to share a stripy sweater that is a modern, Icelandic-ish cousin of Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket. (Photo copyright: Jill Draper. Used with permission.) When I saw...

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The Accidental Entrepreneur

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Dear Kay, To recap, here are things we’ve never done before together but have done in the past six months: Formed an LLC. Hired an accountant. Engaged a lawyer. Rented office space. Learned Quickbooks. Sort of. Uttered the word “fulfillment.” Driven to Pennsylvania to see a yarn warehouse. Obtained a business license. For those just joining us, Kay and I are deep into the development of a new website that will launch in late summer. It...

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