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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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Marinate Project for One Year

Marinate Project for One Year

Dear Kay, Finished object update. A few weeks ago, I had a total tweed freakout regarding Jared Flood’s yarn Shelter. This spell sent me into a frenzy of tweed fever, to the point that I rooted through my lair in search of something, anything to knit that involved tweed. Fortunately, I laid my clammy paw upon an unfinished object, the Back Home in Vermont Sweater from Barbara Albright’s Natural Knitter. Rowan Felted Tweed. A...

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A Visit from Our Scottish Friends, an Unfortunate Cookie, and a New Project

A Visit from Our Scottish Friends, an Unfortunate Cookie, and a New Project

Dear Kay, New year, new year. I’ve been replacing Hubbo’s vanished Parisian hat with another one, this time using yarn that showed up at my house on Saturday when our friends Landy and Matt showed up from the Firth of Forth. North Berwick. Near Edinburgh. (Edinburgh! Now THERE’s a destination. Who’s up for Edinburgh?) Landy brought me a skein of authentic Shetlandish woollyness that she found at a Scottish crafts fair....

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Make Your Own Kind of Music

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Dear Kay, Continuing in my frugal and stashbusting ways (ha), I dove back into my tar pit of yarn to find another unfinished object I could rescue from the slough of despond. I’ll say it again: this unfinished object concept is VERY STRONG, y’all. You may think that your castaway, deeply unfinished sweater totally and completely sucks, but remember: at some point, you were all excited to be starting it. It was COOL. There was some...

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Unanswered Questions, Answered

Unanswered Questions, Answered

Dear Kay, So many loose ends to tie up. For everyone here for flood relief coverage, well, sometimes we talk about unwieldy DVD-mailing projects, sleep issues, even knitting when we really run low on topics. 1. Singing Revolution. This Mason-Dixon Around-The-World DVD project is limping along, though some of you (I won’t mention anybody except for the person who lives on the Upper West Side of a major metropolitan city) have been caught...

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Conflict, Conflict

Conflict, Conflict

Dear Kay, Motoring away on this Diminishing Rib Cardigan. I still have concerns about the way the neckline is going to behave, but I’m so far GONE that I can’t stop. See? Foldy, curly. This is going to be a mighty challenge to my blocking skills. It’ll work out, one way or another. Staples and hot glue remain options. Working this yarn, made from the wool of a Pennsylvania sheep named Padmae along with some mohair from an...

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Keeping It Low

Keeping It Low

Dear Kay, Even as I write, Yoram Bauman, the world’s first and only stand-up economist, is sitting in my kitchen eating a waffle. He’s in town for a gig today (here! Come laugh your way through the recession! Here‘s his tour schedule), and Hubbo has been showing him around town. The sights so far have included Music Row, Lower Broadway, and my father. For somebody from Seattle, it doesn’t get more exotic than that. We...

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