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Traveling Light

Traveling Light

Dear Kay, Finished. It’s a blanket now. The I-cord edging took two sessions of Masters tournament coverage. I was so hypnotized that I think I fell asleep at one point while simultaneously cranking attached I-cord. Always remember to do three rows of UNattached I-cord as you turn the corners. I always think of you when I do this. It’s so clever: you’re attaching and attaching, then for a minute you don’t. One...

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Anaconda of Love

Anaconda of Love

Dear Kay, The clock is TICKING on this wedding present blanket. I am way behind but hope to power through in order to get this thing on its way to the bride and groom in Chicago before they depart for India next week. And, relatedly, before I depart for India too. Squares: done. Blocking: done. Phase III: The Attachment? Not so fast there, hon. To review: the squares have live stitches on all sides, held on waste yarn. The squares are joined...

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Mitered, Crossed, Done

Mitered, Crossed, Done

Dear Kay, I’ve been itching to show you how my Mitered Crosses Blanket turned out. When last seen, my 16 squares lay forgotten in a bathtub. I was leaving for the summer, thought I should give my squares their bath before I sewed them up, then promptly forgot all about them until I was about to head out the door. Nothing like taking a road trip with a bunch of damp wool. Like having a herd of sheep in the back seat. I joined the squares...

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Best Ways to Join Blanket Squares Together

Best Ways to Join Blanket Squares Together

Dear Kay, It’s so much fun to see all the Mitered Crosses blanket squares cropping up on Ravelry. It won’t be long before people start joining the squares together to make blankets, and O what a glorious day that shall be! I wanted to share a few ideas for joining the squares into a blanket. People ask me all the time about what techniques work best. I’ve got several methods, so I’ll show you each one. None of these is...

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Beginning the Finishing

Beginning the Finishing

Dear Kay, Well, I’ve been visiting Gibraltar this morning, as I continue the little process known as finishing a blanket. I’ve had Patrick O’Brian’s The Ionian Mission piping out of my computer as I sew in ends, and Russell-Crowe-I-mean-Jack-Aubrey has been busy chasing a French ship of the line down the coast of France. I’ll just say it: this series of 20 historical novels is without doubt the best possible choice...

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Clip ‘N Save for Miterheads

Clip ‘N Save for Miterheads

Dear Ann, Eventually the sun came out long enough for me to take a bunch of pictures of my latest chef d’oeuvre in the genre of square knitting. My inbox has been full of how-to questions, and I’m hoping to answer them all in this post. For those who have no interest in the intricacies of the art of assembling a mitered square blanket (and what is wrong with you, anyway?), this post guarantees a solid snooze. Rest your eyes, or...

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The Doctor is In

The Doctor is In

Dear Ann, A 9 a.m. thunderstorm–very dramatic. Can you believe how many knitters there are in my new hood? We definitely have to get a Way Upper West Side SnB together this September! Today I’d like to be moderately helpful for a change. Here are some questions and diagnoses: Dr. Ninepatch Dr. Ninepatch may be stripped of her epaulets if she’s not more careful with her prescription pad. Elizabeth made a sa-WEET Ninepatch...

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Over the Cliff We Go! Wheeeeeee!

Over the Cliff We Go! Wheeeeeee!

Dear Kay, And a very happy Mother’s Day to you and to everybody who has a mother, is a mother, or knows a mother. Hey look! Here, in all its imperfect glory, is my new sock puppet: I have discovered another use for it when it’s not talking to me: Things I Have Learned Along the Way While Knitting Sock the First: 1. Using two circular needles is a very fine way to make a sock. It’s like my friend who had twins and said it...

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No-Sew Mitered Square Blanket: An Epic Tutorial

No-Sew Mitered Square Blanket:  An Epic Tutorial

Dear Ann, This is the story of a hardheaded woman and her dream of making a mitered-square blanket without sewing a stitch. It is not a short story. But it has plenty of pictures. Feel free to take a break any time you need to. Old-School Mitered Square Blanket Let’s review: A regular mitered square blanket is composed of blocks of 4 miters that are sewn together like this: It’s not that hard to sew up 4 miters into a block, but...

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Mason-Dixon Rubber Stamping

Mason-Dixon Rubber Stamping

Dear Ann, I thought I’d put the fear of rubber stamps into you, and show you what could happen if you continue your lackadaisical blogging-from-the-mountain-whenever-you-feel-like-it-like-a-freakin’-oracle approach. If you leave me to my own devices, know this: the needle-felting? That was just a start. I have other crafts yet to explore. And just so we’re clear, know this: at the Other Crafts? I am Not So Good. Today,...

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