Best news all day: Clif’s friend is out of ICU, so much better. Love to you all for such kind thoughts.

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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Never (Ever Wever) Wash It

Never (Ever Wever) Wash It - 1

Dear Ann, The Blogger’s Canon of Ethics states that if a blogger shares her marvels and blessings: the intricate lacework that catches the sun just so, the well-scrubbed children heading off to do their charity work, the homemade biscuits cooling on a vintage plate, the tiny terriers romping on windswept beach–well then, the blogger is duty-bound to publicize a few of the things that aren’t working out quite so well. If...

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Vacation Knitting Challenges, and Also Thomas Jefferson

Vacation Knitting Challenges, and Also Thomas Jefferson - 1

Dear Kay, While on spring break vacation, we had a lot of time for watching movies. One of the adventures in vacation rentals is poking around the bookshelves to see what the owners left behind for the amusement of their renters. All I can say is that we really need to think hard about becoming James Patterson, Anne Rivers Siddons, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books SO MUCH. There was not a single knitting book in the place. The...

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Picking Up

Picking Up - 1

Dear Kay, First the governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, has a bimbo eruption, now the governor of Illinois is selling off a senate seat? In the name of COMMON DECENCY, people, really now. What is going ON? Throw the bums OUT! It’s a disGRACE! I watched the news conference for this astonishing set of allegations while tidying up the button bands for my 95% finished Margaret sweater. (I’m counting the word-stitching part as another...

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