Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

More Thoughts on Denim and Squareness

More Thoughts on Denim and Squareness

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

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

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

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!

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

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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This ‘N That

This ‘N That

Dear Ann, I know it’s in the Mason-Dixon Stylebook that we can’t title a post ‘This ‘N That’, but I don’t recall getting a vote on any of these stylebook rules of yours. I think ‘This ‘N That’ is an awesome title for a post. Life has been real this ‘n thatty for me lately. Much chasing of the tail, much public transportation, much sitting around and waiting. I had a dark night of...

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A Dingo Ate My Blogwork

A Dingo Ate My Blogwork

Dear Ann, I emerge from the wreckage of window replacement to renew our correspondence. Last week SOMEBODY in this household thought it would be a sensible idea to replace 4 circa 1929 steel casement windows with State of The Art Vinyl Windows That Will Change Your Life For the Better. I hate to do violence to anything that has survived 75 years, even if it is a nondescript steel casement window that has been painted and repainted and never...

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FO Pas

FO Pas

Dear Ann, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. It’s been a real FO Show around here lately. Finishing things up, which doesn’t stop me from starting things up. Today’s FO is a top-down baby raglan cardi. I was knitting it in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. Hold On: Moment of Zen As you will recall, I was knitting this cardi on the road between KC and Omaha, when I was riding with brother Van in his car,...

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Passionate Bleaching

Passionate Bleaching

Dear Ann, Running out of time on my way out the door to London. Mustn’t waste time with gibblegabble. Must convey the essence of my weekend of bleaching denim. (Doesn’t everybody bleach up a batch of denim yarn when they’re spozed to be packing for two weeks away from home?) Pictures say it all, but I will say some of it anyway. Gibblegabble is my destiny. HOW TO BLEACH DENIM YARN IN YOUR KITCHEN SINK, BY KAY...

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