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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Ecru Swamp

Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Ecru Swamp

Dear Kay, The pile of yarn doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. I knit and knit and knit, yet the ecru yarn persists. It’s . . . spawning. There must be five miles of ecru yarn here. It does not help that I am being offered skeins of ecru yarn. Kay, you may NOT offload your ecru yarn in my direction, for any purpose. I am not going to accept it! If I get out of this thing alive, it will be because I told the UPS guy to return...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Facing the Goblins

Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Facing the Goblins

Dear Kay, In the interest of not thinking about anybody’s derriere today, we’re going to move along to some wholesome, family-oriented knitting. (I have to say that having one’s traffic quintuple due to a well-placed lopi sweater is something we are going to have to think about, going forward. We are obviously doing the blog all wrong.) I’m not going to lie. The eight-yarned Spinnaker sweater is at the point,...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Westward Ho!

Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Westward Ho!

Dear Kay, Figuring out a strategy for this eight yarns/one sweater project has cost me a surprising amount of time. I lost a crop of rutabagas in the time it took me to decide what to do with this yarn. When I laid out all the skeins to decide how to use them in this Spinnaker sweater, it all became very clear: this group of yarns had absolutely nothing in common except a vague similarity in color. You got your fingering weight Black Water...

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater?

Eight Yarns, One Sweater?

Dear Kay, I have embarked on a project that has all the elements of Survivor, or The Voice, or Dancing with the Stars. It has rigid guidelines, an unruly set of contestants, and room for a lot of randomness. It’s definitely weird, but it has proved to be pretty entertaining. How It Started Karen Templer has been running a fisherman sweater knitalong over at Fringe Association. I decided to take part in this jolly event, and dove into...

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The Fog of Wool

Dear Ann, It’s Wednesday and I’ve just finished hooking a small rug and I’m still floating on the fumes of my Saturday at Rhinebeck, aka the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka my annual renewal of my vows to knitting. I know that, for people who don’t (a) live in the Northeast and/or (b) organize their personal, family and religious calendars around knitting, Rhinebeck is a kind of Emerald City that they read about...

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The Problem with Madeline Tosh

The Problem with Madeline Tosh

Dear Kay, I have been swatching. Not going to lie, it feels very strange to be back with the swatching, but I am enjoying my re-entry into this AWESOME HOBBY. And no, there’s not really a problem with Madeline Tosh. Just trying to up the stakes here. I originally went with “This Photo of MadTosh DK Will Shock You.” It’s more a question of the problem that happens when that delectable yarn is used in the wrong way. Right...

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The Circular of Life

The Circular of Life

Dear Ann, This lopapeysa pair landed in Lincoln, Nebraska today. The Mr. is Riddari (my third) and the Mrs. is Verur. I did the same neck mods to Verur as I had done for my two previous Riddari, to make the neckline less masculine and crew-y.  My modification was blunt:  I skipped half of the last round of decreases on the yoke, and skipped the neckband decreases altogether. But when my niece tried it on, it was too wide, it stuck up, it...

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February Is Shake Your Bon-Bon Month

February Is Shake Your Bon-Bon Month

Dear Kay, January’s Get Rid of 50 Things a Day project was basically a success, in the sense that I feel better about 1,500 things not being inside my house anymore. It was not perfect, by any means–I never did go into the basement. I may never go into the basement. And the toy closet was a shattering reckoning I hope never to repeat. But I did discover that I have pretty much a lifetime supply of books I haven’t read. If we...

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More Thread Love

Dear Ann, I have been sitting here half the evening YouTubing up sad songs suggested in the comments. Whoa. There are a lot of sad songs out there. We may need to put together a Programme of Sad YouTubes and watch them together, while sipping absinthe and keening.  We will call this event, “Tuesday.” I have also activated the Random Drawer and can report that we have our 3 winners, and I have sent them all emails. (Congratulations,...

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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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