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Knitting Just Kicked My Butt

Knitting Just Kicked My Butt

Dear Kay, In ten years of blogging, I don’t think that we have ever had a simul-botch. There’s a first time for everything. LOOK AT THIS THING: It’s TWISTED. The other day, you Instagrammed a photo of a woefully twisted piece of knitting. My thought was, Empathy. Been there. My second thought was, I am having such fun getting started on my Carpino Sweater by Carol Feller, featured in the new Wool People 6. It is a top-down...

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Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Winners! And Wool People 6 Is Making Me Crazy

Dear Kay, Wow wow wow. So many books! Thanks to all for sharing what you’re reading right now. I find all this totally fascinating. There are five randomly chosen winners in our contest; wish I could be Oprah and give away 360 copies of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Here are the books these folks are reading. Does it get any more ecumenical than this? JULES M.: I am reading a book called Do-It-Yourself-Therapy, I kid you not. It...

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Do Not Knit While Watching “Homeland”

Do Not Knit While Watching “Homeland”

Dear Kay, Spookiest happening around here last night was the wind, which was fierce and blowy and not all that fun, really. Three trees went to the great chipper in the sky: amazing how dead they can be while appearing undead. ZOMBIE TREES! I’m back to the Knit Your Life sweater that has been marinating since May. The sleeves are almost done. The sleeve cables want to twist and tangle a lot more than the cables on the body. Maybe...

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Why We Knit

Why We Knit

Dear Ann, I finished my second Riddari Icelandic pullover the other day. Today the Riddari girls got together, and I took some iPhone pictures in bad winter 6 p.m. light. Maggie and Carrie. When you’re 16, getting matching, classic handknit sweaters is pretty exciting stuff. Yes it is. Honest! It so is! I promise you that I am going to make these girls braid their hair into odd shapes, put on sparkly makeup and run around in the woods...

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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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