Is Starshower the new Honey Cowl? Only time will tell (but it looks good).

Where Is Kay?!

Where Is Kay?!

Dear everybody, I have been receiving the occasional email, Tweet, and Instagram from Kay in recent days, but something is definitely UP. She keeps using words like “office carpet” and “salad for lunch” and even the word cubicle NOT in reference to a knitted blanket. The good news is that she HAS been sending along photos of handknits in progress, namely Volume 2 in her four-volume series called Icelandic Sweaters For...

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When Worlds Collide

When Worlds Collide

Dear Ann, So, in the Small World Department, this is not like having THERESA REBECK IN MY HOUSE or anything, but it’s all I got. (By the way, that “having people in my house” thing is something you do with such elan, whereas I freak out and run around plumping cushions in terror if the neighbor rings the doorbell to borrow some printer paper. What is your secret? I always think, we’ll have a party in this apartment real...

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Greased Lightning

Greased Lightning

Dear Ann, Hey, it’s a busy day. I’m going for a ten-minute lightning round here. Speaking of lightning, wonderful Wendy has made it rain! She blogged about her Cornerstone Blanket-in-progress, resulting in a renewed ka-ching sound from donations over at Citymeals-on-Wheels. Go look; I’ll even give you the link. Here you go. (And hot off the presses, more pictures here. ) It’s a beautiful blue-based version, in Noro...

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Contest Winners and Beauty Shots

Contest Winners and Beauty Shots

Dear Ann, The Random Number Generator has done its work, and declared the winners of last week’s book giveaway: Kathy P, Kay “Hot to Go” (no that’s not me), Laura M, Susan “Knit A River” and Brenda “iabrenda.” I’ve emailed the winners. Congrats & enjoy! In the spirit of the Labor Day holiday here, I conscripted youth into the workforce over the weekend. Sixteen year old niece Maggie,...

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The Back To School Book Giveaway Begins

The Back To School Book Giveaway Begins

Dear Ann, I know back-to-school is old news in Nashville, but up here in lazy town, we are still milking summer for all it’s worth. The kids go back to school next week. It’s been so long they need a refresher on What Is This “School” Of Which You Speak, And Why Do I Need A Haircut For It? Good news, Joseph’s Back to School Sweater is done! Yes, I started it for Back to School 2009. Shut up. Luckily, Cristina...

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On Knitting Badly

On Knitting Badly

Dear Kay, I hesitate to write this, because I worry that it’s going to send knitters running away from Fair Isle knitting with their hands over their heads. I’m going to lay it all out for you anyway, because sometimes, you just have to own it when something doesn’t go well. This is not a pretty tale. A number of weeks ago, my knitting mojo departed, swiftly and completely. Is that my knitting mojo walking down my driveway?...

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Beach Knitting Blowup, and a Contest

Beach Knitting Blowup, and a Contest

Dear Kay, Let’s begin with a view of a seaside paradise, because today’s story is just terrible–a real heartbreaker and by heartbreaker I mean mildly irritating knitting experience. That’s Chalk Sound up there, in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, where we all decamped for a week that will go down in history as the Shayne family’s least productive week ever. No, we didn’t snorkel or scuba or catamaran or...

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Vote with Your Dollars

Vote with Your Dollars

Dear Kay, I have GOT to stay away from the Twitter. Yesterday, Julia lobbed out a link to a pattern that she declared to be a redemption of the dreaded snowflake sweater. I instantly investigated, being in the throes of snowflake fever thanks to Brenda and her avalanche of crocheted snowflakes. (A few flakes remain if you hurry over there.) What I discovered is Kate Davies’s brand-spanking-new pattern, Boreal. She introduced it YESTERDAY,...

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Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned

Dear Ann, Hey there. I’m knitting and quilting through the tangle of a very hectic time of year, and life. Here is an update on the Dress That For Five Minutes I Thought Would Be Finished For Thanksgiving, aka Allegheny. This is near the end of Skein 6. A wonderful pattern, just the right level of difficulty for sitting at the bedside of an Australian friend who broke her shoulder in a fall on Second Avenue while transporting two pies...

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Rowan Does That Thing It Does, Yet Again

Rowan Does That Thing It Does, Yet Again

Dear Kay, I have lost all sense of proportion. Things are a little wacky right now. Here’s why: ROWAN Issue 50! We haven’t discussed Rowan lately, have we? I don’t have time for a full Talmudic commentary today, tragically, so here’s my one-word review: scrumptrelescent. Suffice it to say that you can turn a frown upside down by driving down Franklin Road, stopping in at Textile Fabrics (Nashville’s only fabric...

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