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Keep the Border or Ditch It?

Keep the Border or Ditch It?

Dear Kay, This will be a five-minute note today. I am going to type as fast as I can. How are we feeling about the Olympics? Why do they feel so polluted? Have you noticed the posture of elite athletes? It is kind of spectacular. I have concluded that pairs skating is one of the most dangerous activities in the world. And all weekend long, every time I looked at Bob Costas’s runny left eye, I immediately got itchy in my own left...

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In Which We Play Lace

In Which We Play Lace

Dear Ann, I am loving knitting this lace edging. (As it turns out, it is Elizabeth’s Lace Lattice, not Mary’s Lace. The book is Nicky Epstein’s Knitting on the Edge.) Knitting unfamiliar lace is like walking through a maze with directions but no map. The pattern is telling you, turn right, turn left, walk straight–WHOA–stop–turn around…..After you’ve knit a few repeats, you start to see what...

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Knit Kit

Knit Kit

Dear Ann, It’s funny how, after a couple of days away from the computer, you lose the habit of feeding all daily experience into the blog fodder funnel. I’ve been back so long I can’t remember vacation, but you guys were having so much fun dressing up preserved animals that I didn’t want to jump in with my petty knitting concerns. Until now. I’m back with the petty knitting concerns. Here’s what I have to...

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Sudden Outbreak of Quiet Good Taste

Sudden Outbreak of Quiet Good Taste

Dear Ann, We were sposed to get a whale of a Historic Three-Incher last night, but it has come to naught so far. (I wouldn’t have put it past the school to declare a Wet Day, but they didn’t.) I’m heading for the airport and I’ll be seeing you soon. Don’t linger too long knitting at the library–we’ve got work to do! They’ve listed Book 2 on Amazon, woman. We better finish the book. When not...

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MDK Rule #783: Love Your Gear

MDK Rule #783: Love Your Gear

Dear Kay, In the course of making the Print o’ the Wave lace shawl, I was plagued by a constant jonesing for the right needle. You really want a pointy needle for the k2togs and the k3togs, but even an Addi Turbo seemed too blunt. I wanted a NEEDLE. I kept hearing about the Knit Picks Options interchangeable needles. I have some Denise interchangeables, which are good, but nobody’s calling them pointy. Crippled at the daunting...

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Late-Night Thoughts While Blocking a Shawl

Late-Night Thoughts While Blocking a Shawl

Dear Kay, I finished the Print o’ the Wave stole! Snipsnap in a jiffy I cranked the final foot of the border. Something 18 stitches wide just isn’t that much knitting, you know? This little project has been a revelation–if you do 90% of a project, get disgusted, put it away for eight weeks, then return to it, the whole thing seems like a PRESENT. You mean, if I just do this crummy little border, then I’ll get a whole...

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Surrender, Dorothy?

Surrender, Dorothy?

Dear Kay, Here’s how bad it is: I ran into a civilian reader of the blog, somebody who is a) a male and b) does not knit. (No, I don’t know what’s bringing him here except maybe he’s a Jack White fan? Loves felted containers? Looking to meet women?) Before “Hello” or “My, you’re looking even more like Julia Roberts than usual today,” he says, “So. Are you just not writing the blog...

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Underachievers Unite!

Underachievers Unite!

Dear Ann, There you go again, making all of us non-Meadors feel inadequate because we have not sculpted our daddies’ heads in Crisco, let alone a transfat-free spread. Thanks a lot! Seriously, what a touching picture of The Seven. Congratulations on pulling off such a mega-event. Up here, things are in a sad state of No Knitting Fun. I don’t know if this ever happens to you, Ms. Print of the Wave, but I am in a vicious cycle of...

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Top o’ the Stole to Ye

Top o’ the Stole to Ye

Dear Kay, I’ve got a FEVER, and the only cure is more KNITTING. I’ve been motoring through this Print o’ the Wave stole, and I keep it in the back of my mind all day long. It’s actually been a while since I forgot to feed my children because of knitting, so I’m happy to report that I’m back to my old, terrible habits. At my gauge (I’m using #5 needles with this), it looks to be more of a Print o’...

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Truth #4: Give Your Handknits to People on Painkillers

Truth #4: Give Your Handknits to People on Painkillers

Dear Kay, You know, it was just delicious to be away, wasn’t it? It made me realize how important travel is, how refreshing it is to be in a different place, to make that phone call home and have your son say to you, “Hi Mom. I can’t really talk–I gotta go shoot off the homemade fireworks we made.” I managed to F an O during the odyssey to San Diego. I’ve been cranking on a Kiri shawl for a beloved pal who is...

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