Breaking That One Ironclad Rule of Knitting

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Dear Kay, There is one rule of knitting that I have followed without fail. I was taught this rule right when I was beginning my knitting mania, in 2002. There I was, in a yarn shop for the very first time, and the shop person was giving me a little tour. I reached immediately for a ball of Rowan in the shade I wear pretty much every day—black—and she practically whacked me on the wrist. “Don’t ever knit with black...

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A Delicious New Project, and An Apology


Dear Kay, Two things on my mind today. The cheerful part first. A New Project: Thrilling The phrase palate cleanser comes to mind, now that Eight Yarns, One Sweater is in the rear-view mirror. I have a deep craving for One Yarn, One Sweater, No Seams, and I think I’ve uncovered a winner. Moroccan Nights. By La Maison Rililie. So much to love here. Top-down construction—no seams. All sorts of wacky texture stitches and cables in there....

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Eight Yarns, One Sweater: Abandon Ship?


Dear Kay, Back in November, I was knee deep in the Eight Yarns, One Sweater project, taking on water and bailing hard. I’d like to say that I’ve never had a knitting project sink me. But like many poorly conceived journeys, this one was a Poseidon Adventure. Come, take a deep breath with me, and we’ll dive deep into what happened with Eight Yarns, One Sweater. No, these are not all the same weight. Yes, that’s...

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Boxy But Good


Dear Ann, I may be neglecting a number of things these days, but I am certainly not neglecting to knit. I am now the proud owner and frequent wearer of yet another oversized dolman pullover. Remember Relax? I like Relax so much (as I’ve said, and said…) that I wanted a second sweater with this shape. But I didn’t want to re-knit the exact same sweater–I have nothing against multiples (you may guffaw/snort here), but...

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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


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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