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Anaconda of Love

Anaconda of Love

Dear Kay, The clock is TICKING on this wedding present blanket. I am way behind but hope to power through in order to get this thing on its way to the bride and groom in Chicago before they depart for India next week. And, relatedly, before I depart for India too. Squares: done. Blocking: done. Phase III: The Attachment? Not so fast there, hon. To review: the squares have live stitches on all sides, held on waste yarn. The squares are joined...

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Quilting for Dummies

Quilting for Dummies

Dear Ann, Good news! The new windows seem to be staying bolted into the walls, the dust is settling at a rate I can almost keep up with, the kids are in school, and I find myself with an unexpected free afternoon. So, obviously, I’m going to make a quilt. HAHAHAHahahahaha. No really! I’m going to make a quilt! But first I’m going to write a tutorial, How To Make a Quilt By Kay Gardiner Who Has Never Made a Quilt. Step 1: ...

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Pre-Oscar Warm-up Show

Pre-Oscar Warm-up Show

Dear Kay, I’m back to worrying about Thing One and Thing Two. We’ve moved on, mourned the vertical stripe cardigan, and we’ve even turned to that evergreen possibility, the log cabin. I’m here to tell you that as much as I love a log cabin, I’m not seeing what would ever come of this: I was imagining a wrap of rectangles, a slinky drapey thing. I didn’t imagine it would look so–what’s the...

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Rugging and Felting With Film Stars

Rugging and Felting With Film Stars

Aw, Ann! Your last post touched a chord. As I was PhotoShopping my way through the 83 images currently stored on the KayCam (mostly touching still lifes, mostly of knitting), this snap of Hubby’s 50-year-old shoes, resting on one of his mother’s bookshelves (otherwise laden with pseudo-feminist literature of the 70s), seemed like a pretty good answer to fretting about the papoose-driven life. The memory, nearly faded, of the days...

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Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

Dear Ann, Sassy is in the house! You have really outdone yourself this time; it’s a marvelous, worm-free, bar-free piece of knitting and needless to say, a masterful example of the blocker’s art. Sassy is way, way, WAY beyond what a person has any right to expect from a pen pal. Sassy fits like a glove. So much so, in fact, that when I put it on and preened in front of the mirror, my first thought was: honey, have you considered a...

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This Old Log Cabin

This Old Log Cabin

Dear Ann, Much as I would hate to inhibit anybody’s journey of log cabin discovery with a tedious how-to lecture, I have spent too much time scanning swatches NOT to post a tedious how-to lecture. The subtitle to this letter should be “Another Long-Ass Post By Kay”. But like many long-ass things one has to endure in life, this one is Educational. The basic Log Cabin method is to start with a central patch, and attach strips...

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Procrastination

Procrastination

Dear Ann: You know, I think I could teach a graduate-level course in Procrastination. For the past two weeks, I have been procrastinating at a break-neck pace. People ask me, ‘Kay, how do you manage to do it all?’ (Er, actually, they don’t.) The answer is, I do something else entirely. In college, I procrastinated like everybody else. Meaning when I had a paper worth 80% of my grade due in two weeks or less, I watched...

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The News From Gee’s Bend

The News From Gee’s Bend

Dear Ann, Here’s the current status of Bricklayer (my knitted tribute to one of Loretta Pettway’s quilts from the Whitney Museum’s Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibit last spring). At last count, 7 rounds of those courthouse steps had been knitted. Only 3 or 4 more to go, but it’s a long way around at this point. Sunday night, faced with a 2 hour ride in the way-back rumble seat of the family vehicle, I decided to try...

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Thank You Loretta Pettway

Thank You Loretta Pettway

Dear Ann, So, while you are entering the terminal phase of dementia (by which I am referring to your plan to knit Birch), what am I knitting while on vacation?? Unable, due to the distractions of rescuing children who think they they can swim (that would be Joseph, who cost me my new blog-cam when I jumped in after him yesterday, fully clothed and with camera in pocket), heating up massive quantities of chicken nuggets, ET CETERA, to knit...

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