For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Live From Denim Central

Live From Denim Central

Dear Everybody, This morning, Ann is indisposed. She has been called away on an Urgent Matter involving Gingerbread Houses and something called the ‘pre-first’ grade. She expects to be up to her elbows in royal icing for the better part of the day. I would venture to say that although surely ‘pre-first’ graders are much more mature than kindergarteners, there may be airborne gumdrops. The vocabulary word for the day...

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My World Is Blue

My World Is Blue

Dear Ann, Belinda and Neil are winging their way back across the Atlantic this morning. Since I didn’t take a single picture of them, I will show you a picture of this most excellent bit of loot they brought: This is the front and back of a gigantic 1980s-era pullover in Rowan denim. Belinda got it out of her friend Jo’s garage where it was under constant threat of mice. Jo made it herself but stopped wearing it because, being...

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Can I Boro Your Jeans?

Can I Boro  Your Jeans?

Dear Ann, Ever since your fan-pfaffing-tastic post featuring boro textiles, it’s been all boro, all the time around here. Anything that is getting a little scruffy, I feel like I ought to put a patch on. Trouble is, it’s a quick slide back to my personal 1970s, with ‘patchwork’ print fabric (polyester double-knit being the medium of choice), hippy embroidery on dirty jeans (“Um, Kay, the blue eyeshadow and...

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Dress Your Family in Denim and Denim

Dress Your Family in Denim and Denim

Dear Ann, I trust you are suffering from separation anxiety, now that we are no longer locked in a room together with your seizure-prone cat and a mess of paper that wants to be a book when it grows up. I miss you hon. But I confess that I really really miss the Bread & Company cafe on Page Road. Iced Fruit Tea so sweet it makes your teeth curl! Chicken Salad frapped into the texture of fois gras! A Southern mastery of the Arts of...

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Denim Report

Denim Report

Dear Ann, It’s hard keeping up with the Denim News these days. In knitting (and all areas of life), I go in fits and starts. Felting frenzy has (finally) passed for the season, and I have moved on to full-blown denimania. The denim knitting is so hot and heavy that stuff gets started and finished before I even have time to Document For Posterity. I didn’t show you one of the things on my sew-up pile a couple weeks ago, because I...

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We Interrupt This Program

We Interrupt This Program

Dear Ann, I know y’all are in a serious lather about the State Fairs, their rules and regulations and our diplomatic ties with Denmark, but can I get a word in on my favorite topic? Yes, it’s another info-mercial about…..Indigo-Dyed Denim Yarn, which I refer to as Rowan Denim even though, whenever possible, I buy it cheaper, elsewhere, or elsewhere. No, they don’t pay me. I willingly preach the good news of indigo-dyed...

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Am I Blue

Am I Blue

Dear Ann, Of course I’m blue–didja hear about the Yankees? But, being a resilient person when it comes to sports, what’s been getting me down is Soccer Pullover. The KayCam reads the soccer ball motif as white, but trust me–it’s a lovely shade of baby blue. Which would be fine if soccer balls were baby blue, but they’re not. And what are we trying to achieve, in intarsia, if not accuracy and...

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Late-Breaking Blueness!

Late-Breaking Blueness!

Dear Ann, Twenty minutes into the Hot Wash cycle, this was on my kitchen floor. Waddaya think–possible problem? I have a childlike faith that the Soccer Ball motif is not going to turn blue. The white strips in my Bricklayer denim blanket were similarly overwhelmed by the inky blueness of the darkest denim shade, and yet they did not turn blue. But this does make me a little nervous. Hubby was aghast that while he was running for paper...

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Den-M-Entia

Den-M-Entia

Dear Ann, How the heck are you? Today, I’m putting the finishing touches on Soccer Pullover. In my Knitting Plan, this was a One-Week Project, from cast-on to Finished Object. At the present time, I am well into Week Two. Oh well. I’ve received Reader Mail informing me that in the UK, this would be called Football Pullover. This is one of those moments when two of my strongest impulses collide. On the one hand, it is my firm...

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Alert The Media

Alert The Media

Dear Ann, Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. Recently I found myself in the unaccustomed position of having Finished Something. A sweater, no less. Small, to be sure, but a sweater. I have had completion problems lately. (Perhaps you’ve noticed that, while waiting almost a year for that wonderfully morose Olive cardi I’m meant to be finishing up for you. You can wear it on overcast days that are a touch too chilly for...

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