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In-carsia

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Dear Ann, I have been on such an endorphin rush with this Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket. It has taken years off my age. (Or maybe, years off my life? Those are two very different things.) This state of elation, of giddiness at the fun of knitting something slightly above my pay grade, has put me in a strange, powerful state of mind. (On Whole30, they call this feeling “Tiger Blood.”) I’m awesome! I can Do...

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Facing Into the Tangle: How To Intarsia

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Dear Ann, As you know, I don’t like things that are messy. Like everyone else, I live in a perpetual ebb and flow of disorder, yet I struggle against it with all my might. (One of the happiest moments of my year just happened: the handyman cleaned all the windows in my apartment, inside and outside. In heaven, there are windows, and they are freshly washed.) Having just knit the first 52 rows of Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket...

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A Really Lazy Sunday

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Dear Ann: I’m plumb wore out from all my exertions in aid of Passover.  I like to think that on their way home, my guests exclaimed, “Gosh, she makes it look so easy!” But in truth, I probably make it look hard. I tend to get a little sweaty and out of breath by the time people start to arrive. Briskets don’t braise themselves, you know. Here I am, in the thick of it on Friday afternoon. My thoughts at that moment:...

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Insta-Knit

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Dear Ann: Here’s a great new product I’m pleased to tell you about: the Insta-Knit Summer TopTM. You get an Insta-Knit SummerTopTM when you are going through your assorted bags and bundles of knitting-related items, and come across a top that you carried around with you last summer on vacation, and you finished the front and the back, and you sewed up one of the side seams, and then you stopped and forgot all about it because a...

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Deep Dive: Meet Kaffe

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Dear Ann: Waiting on French Mustard 363 has given me time to reminisce, to think deep thoughts, and to contemplate how to modify perfection. Reminiscences I can’t believe how long it’s been since the evening I heard Kaffe Fassett speak at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and got to meet him briefly. The pictures are awful, but the memory is clear. I took so much of what he said to heart. Especially the part about the color...

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Superman vs. Batman: Fassett vs. Starmore

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Dear Kay, How could you do this to me? Just when I thought I was out, you pull me back in. Seriously, I was doing so well. I was making one triangle-shaped item after another, pounding out the finished objects at a regular pace, glad to have found a way to knit lots of different yarns with no need to aim, or think, or count. (See my Kieran Foley Kerchief for proof of that.) Then you dragged out your 1985-era Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket...

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