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How to Stitch Stuff All Over Your Cardigan


Dear Kay, I am properly into it. I keep stitching on this sweater, and I’ve got more in me. The fabric this creates is quilty, still quite flexible, and makes me want to do more. It’s almost as much fun as a coloring book, but it’s keeping me in the category of knitting. However, there’s one thing about this sweater that does bother me. It doesn’t actually fit. Here’s the sweater before I started...

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Running on Fumes and Lara Bars


Dear Kay, My thinker has gone boom boom. Here, with the last ounce of strength in my trade-show-sapped fingers, I upload a photo of you at the very moment you sussed out the only other person in the entire National Needlearts Association trade show who happened to be wearing an Alabama Chanin skirt. It’s Mona! At the dreamy Elemental Affects booth. Crappy photo notwithstanding, her murky stitching was pretty fantastic. Stitching...

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Postcard from San Diego


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


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


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


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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