We cannot stop watching Louise’s movie of her completed coloring book.  |  A Coloring Book for Knitters, here.

Merry Chrismitts

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Dear Ann, We made it to Omaha, where it is raining. Raining! On the Plains! At Christmas! Packed in my carry-on was my freshly blocked latest FO, a pair of Trip Mitts in Noro Silk Garden Solo in charcoal, finished with a yard or two of Lett-Lopi in pale gray.   I highly recommend Noro Silk Garden for these mitts. Mitts take a lot of wear, so if you use anything too soft, they will pill or felt. Noro Silk Garden doesn’t pill or felt....

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Simple, Complicated

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Dear Kay, At this point I’ve got little piles of knitting around the house, no rhyme or reason to any of it, like a crazy person. Looks like the goal is to have knitting located so as to make knitting possible while opening the front door, cleaning the cat box, and recycling cardboard. This, for example. This has been in the teevee viewing area for a while. Pattern missing in action. I don’t know when I started it. I do know it...

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Out-of-Character Knitting

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Dear Ann, Hey, did you realize it’s almost Christmas? I think you mentioned this the other day but I paid no mind. I did do a bit of Christmas knitting. I did it last January or February. One Saturday, I was browsing in my local yarn store, Knitty City, and I came across a cubby full of Rowan Brushed Fleece, a yarn I’d never seen before. There was a beautiful Rowan pattern booklet for it. You know the genre: arrestingly beautiful...

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When to Throw in the Cowl

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Dear Ann, I rarely don’t finish a book once I’ve started it, and it’s the same with a knitting project. Even if I hit unexpected doldrums, I am stubborn, and also curious to see how it all works out. (I have been known to delay completion of a handknit for the better part of a decade, but giving up — or more precisely, acknowledging that I’m giving up — is rare.) So it’s weighing on me, the decision...

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Sweater Inspector

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Dear Ann, As I make my daily rounds, I look at sweaters. It’s a habit that comes very naturally. I look at sweaters that my fellow shoppers and pedestrians are wearing, of course, but I also stand staring in front of shop windows. Knitwear is often the pride of a brand’s collection, and there are some great sweaters in the shops. Athough I don’t suffer from “I could knit that” syndrome–where you never buy a...

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The Haze of It All

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Dear Kay, Here we go: a frank-’n’-open, quick-’n’-dirty, warts-’n’-all rundown on what happened with the finishing of the Inside Outside Cowl. In short: it is not as easy at it looks, people. I am drying semi-tears of relief with this just-finished accessory. Mohair and silk are not very absorbent, just saying. Never have I come so close to the limit of my ability to complete a project due to my own ineptitude. You may call this...

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