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

Speckled Yarn Perfection

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Dear Kay, Oh, this is excellent. Ambah O’Brien‘s Annisa wrap has got me in a bad way—three yarns, a lot of easy knitting, and that great double decrease running right across the whole thing, just enough to bend the stripes and be sort of thrilling in that low-stakes way that knitting often is. The gray and the pale blue yarns are both by Kelsey Stephens of Primrose Yarn Co., Helix 2-ply Fingering. It was great to meet her at...

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The Thrill of Victory: Fort Tryon Wrap


Dear Ann: On my trip to Vermont and back on Sunday, I did indeed finish my Fort Tryon Wrap, as predicted. I never even touched my bag o’ needlepoint, though. On the last miles of our drive home, I was binding off Fort Tryon, then weaving in the ends. I had full-blown Finishing Fever. There was exactly one end still a-dangling when I was dropped at our front door. Within an hour, after the world’s quickest one-skillet dinner and...

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3 Admirable Scarves to Knit

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Dear Kay, Sometimes I forget that I have a virtual library of patterns I’ve bought yet never knit. I just realized I have a lot of cool patterns already teed up. You know that wide-open-horizon feeling? I’m sitting here with a batch of random yarns I brought with me up to the country. So fun to sit with a bunch of yarn of varying weights, colors, and fibers and figure out what works with which pattern. Contender No. 1: Almost...

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Lazy Sunday: Two-Time Your Knitting


Dear Ann: Today we rose at dawn (summer dawn!) to get on the road to Vermont, where young Joseph has a three-week thingy to attend. I will have ample driving help. All I need is knitting: 6-8 hours of sweet, sweet car knitting. The trouble is, my Fort Tryon Wrap is coming up the backstretch; it will soon round the pole and reach the finish line. (Come to think of it, the Fort Tryon Wrap is shaped exactly like a race track, at least before...

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Pulling Weeds with Photographer Rinne Allen

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Dear Kay, Went off the deep end yesterday at a workshop with Rinne Allen, the photographer I’ve admired ever since I saw her work in the Alabama Chanin books. Such fun to meet the woman who made the images I’ve studied over and over. She was talking cyanotypes, or what she calls light drawings. (Her light drawings are really beautiful, as you might guess.) The medium is paper treated with light-sensitive chemicals, onto which even...

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A Semi-Big Reveal: Fort Tryon Wrap Border


Dear Ann: Here’s the downside of asking for opinions on what color I should use for the last, outside stripe of my Fort Tryon Wrap: I have to decide whose advice to follow. People have strong opinions about color. Color makes us feel; it makes us react. And it’s hard to communicate color sense in words. I say, “I want it to have that Missoni clash of the unexpected, yet perfect.” Someone else says, “That yellowy...

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