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More Thoughts on Denim and Squareness

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Dear Ann: Are you still with us, with all of this intensely indigo gabbing? Spurred on by comments and emails, I have a few more things to add. On Denim Blankets: Will a Square Stay Square? Readers want to know whether a square knitted in denim would stay square after shrinking. The answer is: it depends on the construction of the square. Bottom Line: log cabin squares? They stay square. They don’t ripple or do anything unsightly...

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Guess It Up: Knitting With Denim Yarn

Guess It Up:  Knitting With Denim Yarn - 1

Dear Ann, What with all the summer scandal the New York Post is serving up these days (Madge & Alex! Christie & Hub Number 4!) I am kind of busy, you know? But people have been asking me questions about knitting with denim yarn, and I want to help. But I must be brief; there is also a YouTube of a dancing young man I have to watch a few more times today. (People ask me: “How do you do it all, Kay?” I really...

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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Denim

Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Denim - 1

Dear Ann, I’m dying to know how your deviled aigs came out. In my family, we are mustard, Hellmann’s, salt & pepper people. We don’t think about it too much. But if we did, we’d be looking askance at pickle relish. (Needless to say, we don’t go in for decorative pastry-bag piping of the yellow part back onto the white part. That is some kind of decadent, Martha-Stewart-meets-Marie-Antoinette notion. You...

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The Touch, The Feel, The Fabric of Our Beach Knitting

The Touch, The Feel, The Fabric of Our Beach Knitting - 1

Dear Ann, Since you’re off wandering the beaches of New England, I thought I’d share my Summer 2007 Beach Knitting. Now. You know I usually like to do either a whole lot of small pieces (2005: 30 Top Secret Dishrags), or something that is composed of a whole lot of small pieces (the Mitered Blankets of ’04 and ’06). Beach knitting has to be cotton. Some people knit wool on the beach, and even alpaca and mohair. To...

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Now: Even Raspier!

Now:  Even Raspier! - 1

Dear Ann, What is wrong with me? I can’t seem to come into possession of a knitted-up piece of denim yarn–swatch or sweater–without experiencing OCD-W (Obsessive Compulsive Denim-Washing). No sooner had I modelled Raspy in public and worn it a few times, than it started to look a bit too crispy and new. It needed mellowing. It needed several trips through the washer and dryer with as much other stuff as I could cram in...

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The Perfectly Okay Sweater

The Perfectly Okay Sweater - 1

Dear Ann, Some people aim for ‘perfect’. I aimed for ‘adequate’, and I’m pleased and proud to say that I hit the mark. I give you Raspy, or as I prefer to call it, Raspy My Love. Raspy is a very adequate sweater. Raspy is not for wearing to your parties or your offices, or even to your grocery stores. Raspy is for wearing around the house, and especially over pajamas. Remember how I had to sub some home-bleached...

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