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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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Halloween Candy: Let It Rain

Halloween Candy: Let It Rain

Dear Kay, It’s Kit Kat versus Payday around here. The good news is that the chance of rain tonight is 100%, which means . . . Paydays galore. I’m feeling the lack of Fair Isle in my life, now that I finished that Kiki Mariko sweater. Part of the allure of Fair Isle is looking at Fair Isle: armchair knitting. I know, all knitting is basically armchair knitting because you tend to knit while sitting in a chair. But there’s a...

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Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays

Knitting-Free Handknit Holidays

Dear Ann, [Is this thing on? I can't find the cupholder. Where is the Jack White button?] I love to knit. You know that. I know that. Most of the people reading this love to knit. But there is an aspect of knitting we don’t talk about much, which is The Specific Stuff We Don’t Like to Knit In Spite of Our Love of Knitting Generally. I think we don’t talk about it because we would quickly get into arguments about why a knitter...

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Example Blog Post

Example Blog Post

Dear Kay, Sometimes I think you can read my mind. IT COULD BE TRUE, YOU KNOW. So when you Tweeted this video of Kaffe Fassett talking about his show at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, I thought, well, there you go again. Kaffe has been on my mind ever since our return from California, seeing as how we made a stop at Nepenthe, the fabled restaurant in Big Sur run by the Fassett family. It’s where Kaffe grew up. It’s...

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Blizzard Conditions Challenge Photo Shoot of Finished Object

Blizzard Conditions Challenge Photo Shoot of Finished Object

Dear Kay, I can’t stand an unfinished story, and I crave a happy ending more than just about anything. I’ve been waiting for the right day to take a proof-of-completion photo of a finished object. Namely, I was waiting for a snowy day to take a photo of this snowflake sweater, but none ever came! Until Saturday that is, when a blizzard struck, and we were completely snowbound, and we were down to the last Trader Joe’s Chicken...

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Why We Knit

Why We Knit

Dear Ann, I finished my second Riddari Icelandic pullover the other day. Today the Riddari girls got together, and I took some iPhone pictures in bad winter 6 p.m. light. Maggie and Carrie. When you’re 16, getting matching, classic handknit sweaters is pretty exciting stuff. Yes it is. Honest! It so is! I promise you that I am going to make these girls braid their hair into odd shapes, put on sparkly makeup and run around in the woods...

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