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Clip & Save (Literally): How to Set In a Sleeve


Dear Ann, Before I presume to tell anybody how to set in a sleeve, a disclaimer: I don’t really know how to set in a sleeve. It’s one of those things that when I have to do it, I say to myself, what the hell, here goes nothing.  I try to remember things I’ve been told about setting in sleeves. And I do the best I can, and generally feel OK about it after it’s over. After all, I have a sweater! It has sleeves! The first...

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Clip & Save: 5 Ways to Fix a Ton of Loose Ends


Dear Kay, Peaks and valleys. Sunshine and shadow. On the road trip that is a colorwork project, one of the moments that pegs the meter on emotion is the moment you face a drift of loose ends. Today, I share five ways to get on with this. One way even involves another craft project. Method Number 1: Weaving Old school. Maybe you’ve already begun a project, and you’ve been doing the simple act of dropping one color and adding...

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February Is Shake Your Bon-Bon Month


Dear Kay, January’s Get Rid of 50 Things a Day project was basically a success, in the sense that I feel better about 1,500 things not being inside my house anymore. It was not perfect, by any means–I never did go into the basement. I may never go into the basement. And the toy closet was a shattering reckoning I hope never to repeat. But I did discover that I have pretty much a lifetime supply of books I haven’t read. If we...

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The Ditch: A Cautionary Tale, with Free Advice

The Ditch: A Cautionary Tale, with Free Advice - 1

Dear Kay, This one is going to be REAL QUICK, because it was not the most joyous knitting ever, but it was necessary. Back when I started this Donegal pullover, back in 2008, back in the Bush Administration, I was so carefree. I would get to the end of a round, figure out what yarns needed to end and begin, and by golly just drop one and add in another. It’s definitely the fastest way to go, but in the long term, you pay a bitter, sour...

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On Pins & Needles

Dear Ann, A super-quick, photo-free post to impart two pieces of vital information. 1. Non-knitting discovery: there is a really nice, tiny fabric/quilting/embroidery shop on Lexington Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street. It’s friendly! It has a well-curated selection of fabrics for quilting and making simple clothing. It’s called Pins & Needles. I got some lovely quarter-yards of Liberty Tana Lawn for my someday...

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You Want Lightning? I’ll Show you Lightning!

You Want Lightning? I'll Show you Lightning! - 1

Dear Ann: Having just posted 20 minutes ago, I am refreshed and energized and ready to post again! BLOGGING MAKE HULK STRONG! HULK HAVE OPINIONS! HULK SMASH HONEY COWL HERESIES! Really, it’s just that somebody just asked a question in our comments on the previous post, about the Honey Cowl. If you think I am opinionated about Lance Armstrong, it’s nothing compared to my opinionatedness on the Honey Cowl. Here is the...

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