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This is Happening: Kaffe Fassett Big Flower

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Dear Ann, Yesterday was the day. I cast on Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket from his 1985 book, Glorious Knitting. Months ago, the vintage kit for this project arrived in the mail. It was a complete surprise, a gift from Clara Parkes, who must have been in some kind of mad KonMari frenzy that I am totally not going to question. The kit did not spark joy for her. IT SPARKS JOY FOR ME. As Clara knew that it would. I was so stunned to own...

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Border Disorder

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Dear Kay, What a night! What pfaffed-up TV knit nite! I blame it on a mini-binge of the most recent episodes of Nashville. (The entire economy of this city hinges on whether ABC is going to renew the show for a fifth season. We are not going to survive if this TV soap opera is shut down. Somebody cook up a Kickstarter.) I finished casting off the final stitch of Kieran Foley’s Kerchief, and it looked like this: Yay! A wacky border on a...

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Summer Scarf Search 2016

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Dear Ann, Spring is here, and once again I take up the search for the perfect summer scarf. Eileen Fisher always leads the way, with a variety of lightweight, drapey, wrappy and often gauzy scarves. Eileen Fisher has so many scarves on offer that there is generally a tangle of good ones in the (tasteful wooden) sale bowl, and it is easy to find similar scarves elsewhere. Eileen F. is super helpful, too. Every season there is an EiFi How to Tie a...

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How to Knit Sweaters That Fit

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Dear Ann, “How to Knit Sweaters That Fit.”  I’ll be damned if I know! But as my Grandma Mabel used to say, once in a while even a blind pig finds water. This little piggy is taking a bath, because the sweater I knit for my friend Gael’s husband Stephen not only fits, it fits beautifully. So now I’m a leading expert on knitting sweaters that fit. Not really. If I had to make a list of all the things a person should...

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Drag Out a Sweater: A Mason-Dixon Knit-alone

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Dear Ann, Habemus Ranger. It took me three full months to knit this sweater. Started at Christmas, finished on Easter Sunday. I blame psychology. It is my nature to resist and delay doing things that I’m supposed to do, even if I’m doing them with a willing heart, and especially if it was my idea in the first place.  I think what was really going on with Ranger, though, was performance anxiety. I really wanted to get Ranger right....

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Alice Starmore to the Rescue

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Dear Kay, When all else fails, ask yourself, “What would Alice Starmore do?” She’s all about cross-stitching to bind up a raw edge. It’s a traditional part of her patterns where steeking is involved. I did this on the Donegal sweater a while back, and it really worked. So that’s what I did with the deflabbed seams of my old sweater. Here’s how it went. That’s more than two inches of yarnflab below the...

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