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Postcard from San Diego

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Dear Kay, HELLO OVER THERE IN THE NEXT ROOM. San Diego is fantastically bright and sunshiney. It burns! It burns! My body is in shock from the vitamin D poisoning. The flight to San Diego for the National Needlearts Association trade show gave me ample opportunity to practice my cross-crafting skills. It was a four-hour stitchfest, featuring one old sweater and a lot of embroidery floss. The only rules I set up were 1) leave the ends loose so...

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Sparking Joy? Let’s Set This Thing on Fire with Joy

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Dear Kay, KonMari can mess with you. You think you’re done. You think you’ve got the joy sparked, but once you’ve raised the question, it comes back sometimes, a haunting little question mark. Does this thing really spark joy? I dunno, I mean, I like it. It’s, um, a good thing I think. Consider this item, for example. This is the first sweater I made, back when when the boys were short and the days were long. It’s...

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Mama Needs a New Cowl: A Contest

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Dear Ann, Yesterday I washed and blocked a new Honey Cowl (MadTosh Sport, 300 stitches, in a color called Whisker that really is reminiscent of a 5 o’clock shadow). (Do people still say “5 o’clock shadow” in this bearded age? Is it still a thing? As one gets older does this kind of  uncertainty plague one’s entire vocabulary?) Today I cast on another Honey Cowl (MadTosh DK, 260 stitches, in a steely pale blue...

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Walking the Walk, Olive Style

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Dear Kay, This is Olive. She has started the new year by going Whole30, Kon Mari-ing her crate, and using a bullet journal to plan her naps. She also bought a year’s worth of spin classes, got some highlights and hired a wardrobe consultant. She has a Fitbit now, which brings me to the reason I mention Olive: she needs to get her steps up, so she may or may not be attending the Walk in the Park we are cooking up for Sunday, January...

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Hatty New Year!

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Dear friends, From our heads to yours, we wish you a Hatty New Year! May your yarn be ample. May you knit in multiples. A couple of hat binges: Up top are four Shaynes and three-and-a-quarter hats. Ann’s could be called a Ventilated Conversationalist. It’s the Conversationalist hat from The Plucky Knitter. The lack of pompoms is starting to be a problem. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios, which has such saturated color. One...

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12 Rows of Truth

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Dear Kay, So many truths learned in the past few days. So many truths. To recap: Last week, I was at the crossroads of deciding whether to add a lace border to this moss-stitch cowl. Should I leave it simple and unbordered, or should I go for it? I decided to add the border. Twelve rows. How bad could twelve rows be? I can do anything for twelve rows. Truth: Trust your gut, even when your gut starts out telling you one thing and right in the...

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