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Dear Kay, Big big big news! I just took a piece of lace off the blocking board. I know. Huge. Such a before and after. Such a payoff. It never fails to be one of my favorite moments in knitting. You knit along, for days or weeks or months, with lumpy progress in front of you: It’s never going to work. You cannot spread it across your knee often enough to persuade yourself that this gnarled mess is going to result in anything good. Or...

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Finished Object Friday: Birch Leaf Shawl


Dear Kay, Finished Object Friday. As if I have a finished object every Friday . . . I found this 95 percent complete shawl in a bag in the back of my closet, the source of so much mystery. It’s Susan Gutperl’s Birch Leaf Shawl, which is a frankly easier version of Sharon Miller’s all-time greatest thing ever, the timeless Rowan pattern, Birch. The yarn is Manos Lace, a baby alpaca/silk/cashmere blend that makes you glad...

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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 - 1

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 - 1

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 - 1

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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