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Weirdness, Plus Anna’s Thumbholes: A Tutorial

Weirdness, Plus Anna's Thumbholes: A Tutorial - 1

Dear Kay, I keep thinking about weirdness–you know, the Six Weird Things that everybody is posting on their blogs. I was discussing this last week with the cab driver who was taking me from the airport to your apartment. (By the way, I gotta say, your apartment is so far uptown that I felt like I was taking a cab back to Nashville. Honey, I know you have been stalwart over these past months, living in a whole nother neighborhood while...

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On the Brink

On the Brink - 1

Dear Kay, First things first. This is our Christmas tree. The day after we put the thing up, it took on what can only be described as a lean–a slant, a slope. See what I mean? It’s not at all clear to me that straightening the tree will fix this problem. One touch, and the whole thing goes. It might as well be Wile E. Coyote standing on a boulder on the edge of the canyon. I walk by this tree maybe 35 times a day, and every time I...

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In Which We Microwave the 3-Needle Bind Off

In Which We Microwave the 3-Needle Bind Off - 1

Dear Ann, The people, most of whom are named Heather, are CLAMORING to know the three-needle bindoff method Cristina used to join the squares of her naturally dyed wool blanket. (Three comments is clamoring; four is a revolution.) Luckily, I have a post in the deep freeze that I can re-heat. Way back when, I described, ever so succinctly considering it was me, how I had joined the squares of a baby blanket using a three-needle bindoff on the...

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A-Grommeting We Will Go

A-Grommeting We Will Go - 1

Dear Ann, Yesterday I headed down I-95 for a visit with Cristina, who has been very busy with her dyepot and knitting needles getting the goods ready for the needlework table at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s Holiday Crafts Festival this weekend. Unfortunately Cristina was not allowed to rest from her labors, because I had brought her a present. A self-grommeting present. I had made a pair of patchwork potholders and a semi-matchy,...

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The Great Meeting of 2006

The Great Meeting of 2006 - 1

Dear Kay, Train buffs–and people who watch long, involved television documentaries–know this picture. It’s the historic 1869 meeting of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads in Promontory, Utah–the moment when America was connected by a transcontinental railroad. Finally! A quick way to Napa Valley! Oho, dear friends, we made a little history last night when West met East: You can practically smell the coal...

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Doubters, Blasphemers, Charlatans…and Babies

Doubters, Blasphemers, Charlatans...and Babies - 1

Dear Ann, Some of the comments to yesterday’s post had coffee coming out of my nose. Others had me blushing. Others gave me ridiculous, pompous, self-aggrandizing ideas. Which of course I am considering very seriously. So let’s deal with them in order shall we? Doubters There have been many mentions of the ends on the back of the intarsia. How very horrifying they must be, how we are afraid to imagine them let alone look at...

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