Many, many antique socks. They look so . . . antique.

Superman vs. Batman: Fassett vs. Starmore

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Dear Kay, How could you do this to me? Just when I thought I was out, you pull me back in. Seriously, I was doing so well. I was making one triangle-shaped item after another, pounding out the finished objects at a regular pace, glad to have found a way to knit lots of different yarns with no need to aim, or think, or count. (See my Kieran Foley Kerchief for proof of that.) Then you dragged out your 1985-era Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket...

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Bang Out a Sweater: Jill Draper’s Recipe

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Dear Ann, While I wait for Rowan Chunky Chenille Shade 363 French Mustard to arrive in my mailbox (Yes! A knitter from New Hampshire emailed me on Sunday to offer up ancient skeins from her “Deep Space Stash.” Thank you, Doris! I love the Internet!), I wanted to share a stripy sweater that is a modern, Icelandic-ish cousin of Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket. (Photo copyright: Jill Draper. Used with permission.) When I saw...

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This is Happening: Kaffe Fassett Big Flower

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Dear Ann, Yesterday was the day. I cast on Kaffe Fassett’s Big Flower Jacket from his 1985 book, Glorious Knitting. Months ago, the vintage kit for this project arrived in the mail. It was a complete surprise, a gift from Clara Parkes, who must have been in some kind of mad KonMari frenzy that I am totally not going to question. The kit did not spark joy for her. IT SPARKS JOY FOR ME. As Clara knew that it would. I was so stunned to own...

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How to Knit Sweaters That Fit

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Dear Ann, “How to Knit Sweaters That Fit.”  I’ll be damned if I know! But as my Grandma Mabel used to say, once in a while even a blind pig finds water. This little piggy is taking a bath, because the sweater I knit for my friend Gael’s husband Stephen not only fits, it fits beautifully. So now I’m a leading expert on knitting sweaters that fit. Not really. If I had to make a list of all the things a person should...

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Drag Out a Sweater: A Mason-Dixon Knit-alone

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Dear Ann, Habemus Ranger. It took me three full months to knit this sweater. Started at Christmas, finished on Easter Sunday. I blame psychology. It is my nature to resist and delay doing things that I’m supposed to do, even if I’m doing them with a willing heart, and especially if it was my idea in the first place.  I think what was really going on with Ranger, though, was performance anxiety. I really wanted to get Ranger right....

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(Even) More on Evenly Spacing Button Bands

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Dear Ann, I am positively minty-blue with envy of your 1967 Singer Style-Mate 348. Please please please keep an eye out for another one. As the owner of not one, but two Perfectly Good plastic Janome machines (the Hello Kitty and the Jem Gold 660), I feel it might be time to step up to something a little more legendary. For one thing, neither of my machines smells of oil. They both sew a straight stitch, but they do not exactly inspire anyone to...

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