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How to Stitch Stuff All Over Your Cardigan

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Dear Kay, I am properly into it. I keep stitching on this sweater, and I’ve got more in me. The fabric this creates is quilty, still quite flexible, and makes me want to do more. It’s almost as much fun as a coloring book, but it’s keeping me in the category of knitting. However, there’s one thing about this sweater that does bother me. It doesn’t actually fit. Here’s the sweater before I started...

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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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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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Modern Lopi: The Latest in Icelandic Knitting

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Dear Ann, As you know, I’m a superfan of the traditional Icelandic sweater, or lopapeysa. I like the sturdy structure of lopapeysas, how quickly they come together, and how great–how actually happy–they look on people of every age, size and body type. To wear a lopapeysa is to say to the world, “I am wearing a loud graphic sweater and I feel just great about life.” (Two of my greatest hits, Riddari and Verur. No...

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Seamless Knitting: False Idol or True Religion?

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Dear Ann, I must have eaten my Wheaties this morning or something, because I’m feeling feisty. I have that urge to stir the pot, step back and watch people scream. Not really: I have simply had a Personal Insight. And that insight is that I do not like to knit small tubes, such as sleeves, in the round, and I’m not going to do it anymore. Let’s review the pros and cons. But remember, this is a *Personal* insight. I am not...

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The Same Sweater Twice: Rut or Groove?

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Dear Kay, This will be brief, because a) I am binge watching Madam Secretary and really need to find out whether Secretary of State Tea Leoni is going to resolve that Moldovian airplane hijacking. And b) this sweater is possibly the least photogenic knitting project I have ever attempted. When I say this looks better in real life, you will say, “Good grief, I hope so.” The Good News TONS of good news! This Moroccan Nights sweater...

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