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Snippets: The Origin of the Muu Muu


Dear Kay, I’ve got a few things on my mind that I can’t quite shake. Apologies for the lack of photos on the first two things here, but these are worthy clicks, I promise. Thing No. 1: That Dress, Oh Wow I can’t stop thinking about this dress. Ladies of the eighteenth-century French court let themselves go by ditching their corsets and embracing the robe volante, a gorgeous swath of unpinched lavishness. I can see the direct...

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We Have a Question for You

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Dear friends and fellow constant knitters: As we’ve mentioned, since last autumn we’ve been up to our elbows in plans for our new website, which is still on schedule to launch in late September. We have a question for you. We’re making a brand-new series of little books that will explore the big world of knitting. Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides will be small in format, beautiful to look at, and fun to knit from. Every two...

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Lazy Sunday: Our Music, Our Kids’ Music


Dear Kay, (If you click this link, you’ll have a great soundtrack for this post.) One great thing about this summer has been talking with Clif, our seventeen year old, about music. He is into music at a sweeping yet molecular level, such a mix of genres, artists, and moods. Nick Drake. Miles Davis. Kanye. Radiohead. Kendrick Lamar. Can. Talking Heads. Bonnaroo last month gave him the chance to see a bunch of bands: LCD Soundsystem,...

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Knitting in Real Time

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Dear Ann, Sometimes there are nice synchronicities. The other day, I posted on Instagram a status photo of my fast-growing Metronome scarf, and someone commented that they felt like they are watching me knit it in real time. Then, yesterday, a kind reader emailed us a link to the fabulous news that, beginning on August 1, Netflix will be streaming a selection of Norway’s Slow TV programs, including National Knitting Evening (beginning on...

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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?


Dear Ann, It’s a sickening thud to realize how vulnerable we are. As Lin-Manuel Miranda keeps saying, nothing is promised, not one day. Knitting doesn’t fix everything, or anything, really. I guess it fixes sitting in a chair listening to a convention and wanting to do something productive while you are listening. That’s what I’ve been doing in the evenings, this week and last week. I don’t know how people listen to...

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The Sock of No Help


Dear Kay, The knitting you do when you’re worried. The knitting you do when you don’t know what’s going to happen next. The knitting you do when there’s no help to give. Sound familiar? I was doing all three today, on one sock that wasn’t really up to the task. A friend of my son came down with bacterial meningitis yesterday. He was with a group of his friends, my son Clif included, on a day that had been a...

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