Learn how to crawl: the New York City Yarn Crawl is on through Sunday, September 25.

Washalong, Part 2: The Dampening


Dear Kay, On my never-ending quest to be comprehensive, I bring you Washalong, Part 2: The Dampening. You didn’t seriously think I was going to embark on a Washalong without bringing you along for every thrilling step of the way, did you? For those just joining us, the other day I shared the humbling reality of my handknits: bedraggled, begrubby, beflabby. I pulled out six favorite sweaters, then realized that washing all six of these...

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It’s Time for a Sweater Washalong!


Dear Kay, Two weeks away from the blog? I missed you all! I had to remember where the crank was on the back of this thing. As I type, Kermit has wedged himself between me and the keyboard in such a way that I can barely get to the keyboard. DONT DO IT FOODLADY DONT BLOG NO MORE I don’t have any fabulous trip photos to share. I’ve uttered the phrase “This is not a hotel” only once, though I think I did let out a...

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Clip & Save: 3 Tricks for Tidy Socks


Dear Kay, This is it: the sum total of my personal tips for tidier socks. I’m top-down, two-circs devotee, so if you’re a toe-upper, just ignore all this and go watch Maria Bamford’s new Netflix series, Lady Dynamite. Tip #1: At the Cuff Cast on an extra stitch. Pattern calls for 64 stitches? Cast on 65. When you join the stitches to begin knitting in the round, pass the last stitch you cast on over the first stitch. It evens...

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Checklist: How to Soak a Handknit in Your Own Backyard


Dear Kay, Whenever you’re in the backyard on a spring day with a handknit just completed and in need of a good soak, there are a few things to remember in order to slam dunk the handknit-soaking process. Weather. Sunny day makes it more pleasant. After being indoors for four months straight, it is shocking to discover that an entire new season has shown up. What is with all these buds and shoots? Those fetching small birds dangling...

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Clip & Save: How to Un-Knit Your Knitting


Dear Kay, Still not over that disastrous knitting with the curled-up edging and the ripping out of perfectly good knitting. Still crabby. As usual, readers of this publication are not crabby. It’s not flattery; it’s just a fact. In the interest of memorializing a batch of Solid Gold News You Can UseTM, I present here: Readers Answer Tammy’s Question about Ripping Back In the comments to the curled-up edging problem, Tammy...

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Let It Roll


Dear Kay, What is this problem with facing into hard realities? Why, oh, why do I persist in thinking something’s going to be just FINE when it’s NOT FINE? I’m speaking of knitting here, OK. Let’s just talk about the knitting aspect of those questions. This little shawl neck napkin thingie was such an easy, sweet ride that I wanted to milk every last inch of this Manos del Uruguay Alegria, shade Maiz. I just knitted and...

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