For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Lighten Up: A Month of Getting Rid of Stuff

Lighten Up: A Month of Getting Rid of Stuff

Dear Kay, Who kicked the plug out of the heater? I opened the door to take out the trash and it was SPICYcold. I think we broke ten degrees. These are glory days for us knitters; I’m wearing everything I ever made. It’s almost enough. A belated Happy New Year to everybody. The word for 2014 is LIGHTEN. In the interest of lightening, I decided to get rid of stuff around the house. I wanted to get rid of enough stuff that it felt like...

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SOS

SOS

DEAR KAY GARDINER URGENT STOP REQUEST AID TO CLEAR HOUSE OF ALL CARAMEL CAKE COFFEE CAKE POUND CAKE ALMOND JOYS EAST NASHVILLE ARTISANAL CHOCOLATE FUN SIZE MISTER GOODBARS ALSO ALL FOODSTUFFS SHAPED LIKE SANTA STOP REPEAT MOST DIRE REQUEST STOP LOVE STOP ANN PS ALSO AM OVERCOME WITH FUMES OF NOSTALGIA TENDERNESS AND STARK PROOF OF BOYS GROWING UP TOO FAST STOP DAVID SHAYNE AT RIGHT WITH COUSIN DAVID PILSK AT LEFT 1996 SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER IN...

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Imperfection, Tasty Imperfection

Imperfection, Tasty Imperfection

Dear Kay, Coming up for air here to show proof of knitting. I hope you all are getting done whatever it is you are trying to get done. Around here it’s college applications (the road to hell is paved with supplement essays) (if you don’t know what those are, YOU ARE LUCKY), exams (reliving the Civil War with an eighth grader, and I’m not just talking about history), and daily care and feeding of two teenagers. (We made hot...

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Throwback Thursday: Tamatori Backstage Edition

Dear Ann, I worry that people are insufficiently roused to knitting cowls. What they need is: more cow(l)bell. (Sorry.) More oddly styled season-inappropriate photos of winter neckwear! These shots were taken over Labor Day weekend. We had the cowls. We had the cowl models. (We had the terrier.  See under photographer’s arm.) We didn’t have the cowl weather.   We had to think fast. We had to be open to possibilities. What...

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Two Words: Rag Balls

Two Words: Rag Balls

Dear Ann, In this season of gratefulness, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve wished for a knitting group, and how funny it is that when it finally arrived (like a pony from the sky), it was a sewing circle. A bunch of women I didn’t know a few years ago.  We are the unofficial New York City branch of the Alabama Chanin Sewing Society and Fan Club. Sometimes I knit at sewing circle. If the mutual support (aka gossip) is flying,...

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Knitting Just Kicked My Butt

Knitting Just Kicked My Butt

Dear Kay, In ten years of blogging, I don’t think that we have ever had a simul-botch. There’s a first time for everything. LOOK AT THIS THING: It’s TWISTED. The other day, you Instagrammed a photo of a woefully twisted piece of knitting. My thought was, Empathy. Been there. My second thought was, I am having such fun getting started on my Carpino Sweater by Carol Feller, featured in the new Wool People 6. It is a top-down...

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Fair Isle That Won’t Break Your Spirit

Fair Isle That Won’t Break Your Spirit

Dear Kay, An interesting post from Karie Bookish: “On Devaluating Hand-knitting.” Perennially difficult subject: getting paid fairly for handknitting. Can anybody think of a way to improve this age-old problem? I’ve been motoring away on a cowl that threatens to become a piece of furniture. It’s the Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna-Potter-now-Dianna-Walla. It’s stranded, knit in the round, to be the sort of cowl you would...

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The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

The Cobbler’s Dishrag Drawer

Dear Ann, It has come to this. My once-glorious dishrag drawer is faded and bedraggled. I first noticed the general lowering of the tone of my dishcloths quite a while ago, but I kept pushing aside such unthinkable thoughts. The fact is, I’ve not been in the dishcloth knitting mood for a while now. Then, recently, a visitor commented on the sad state of my also-once-glorious tea towels. I had to face it: I’ve let myself go. The tea...

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Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Dear Kay, Wow wow wow. So many books! Thanks to all for sharing what you’re reading right now. I find all this totally fascinating. There are five randomly chosen winners in our contest; wish I could be Oprah and give away 360 copies of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Here are the books these folks are reading. Does it get any more ecumenical than this? JULES M.: I am reading a book called Do-It-Yourself-Therapy, I kid you not. It...

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Do Not Knit While Watching “Homeland”

Do Not Knit While Watching “Homeland”

Dear Kay, Spookiest happening around here last night was the wind, which was fierce and blowy and not all that fun, really. Three trees went to the great chipper in the sky: amazing how dead they can be while appearing undead. ZOMBIE TREES! I’m back to the Knit Your Life sweater that has been marinating since May. The sleeves are almost done. The sleeve cables want to twist and tangle a lot more than the cables on the body. Maybe...

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