Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

Bang Out a Sweater: Jill Draper’s Recipe

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Dear Ann, While I wait for Rowan Chunky Chenille Shade 363 French Mustard to arrive in my mailbox (Yes! A knitter from New Hampshire emailed me on Sunday to offer up ancient skeins from her “Deep Space Stash.” Thank you, Doris! I love the Internet!), I wanted to share a stripy sweater that is a modern, Icelandic-ish cousin of Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket. (Photo copyright: Jill Draper. Used with permission.) When I saw...

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The Accidental Entrepreneur

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Dear Kay, To recap, here are things we’ve never done before together but have done in the past six months: Formed an LLC. Hired an accountant. Engaged a lawyer. Rented office space. Learned Quickbooks. Sort of. Uttered the word “fulfillment.” Driven to Pennsylvania to see a yarn warehouse. Obtained a business license. For those just joining us, Kay and I are deep into the development of a new website that will launch in late summer. It...

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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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