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The Gaping Maw, Or, Freaky Steeky

The Gaping Maw, Or, Freaky Steeky

Dear Kay, It’s Steek-cutting Thursday! Come on and enjoy the thrill of chopping a hole in your knitting. It just never gets old to me. This is the left shoulder of the Donegal sweater. This sweater is knit in the round. Whenever there needs to be a hole in the sweater (neck opening, sleeve holes), you work a batch of checkerboard stitches that will not be visible in the finished sweater. Makes it easy to work Fair Isle when you...

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Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

Dear Ann, OK, the title of this post sent me into Salacious Seventies Snickers from my high school days, when this song was on the radio. There was a period when Afternoon Delight (the top selling single of 1976–you see the problem with my generation, right there) was in constant rotation on Omaha’s WOW with a half dozen songs including Sister Golden Hair Surprise, and other silky silliness that I flat-out adored. The happiness of...

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You Want Lightning? I’ll Show you Lightning!

You Want Lightning? I’ll Show you Lightning!

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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Mitered, Crossed, Done

Mitered, Crossed, Done

Dear Kay, I’ve been itching to show you how my Mitered Crosses Blanket turned out. When last seen, my 16 squares lay forgotten in a bathtub. I was leaving for the summer, thought I should give my squares their bath before I sewed them up, then promptly forgot all about them until I was about to head out the door. Nothing like taking a road trip with a bunch of damp wool. Like having a herd of sheep in the back seat. I joined the squares...

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Settle Down Now

Settle Down Now

Dear Ann, I seem to have caused some freaking out with my reference to putting the finished sample for the Mitered Crosses Blanket in my so-called foreign washing machine. I need to clear this up, stat, before the knitting police haul me away. 1. Why did I refer to my galley-kitchen-sized stacking washing machine as “foreign”? Longtime readers will remember an incident with my prior washing machine, the venerable Herr Miele. Like...

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Blocking Day

Blocking Day

Dear Ann, I am blogging right now because it seemed like a bad idea, even to me, to stand in front of the little foreign washing machine for 39 minutes. That is not going to get me anywhere. (Back with you in a minute–just going to check. –OK, 28 minutes left.) Today is Blocking Day! Here we see a corner, resplendent in applied i-cord. (No staples, duct tape, or cream cheese was used in the production of this blanket.) Here we...

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Best Ways to Join Blanket Squares Together

Best Ways to Join Blanket Squares Together

Dear Kay, It’s so much fun to see all the Mitered Crosses blanket squares cropping up on Ravelry. It won’t be long before people start joining the squares together to make blankets, and O what a glorious day that shall be! I wanted to share a few ideas for joining the squares into a blanket. People ask me all the time about what techniques work best. I’ve got several methods, so I’ll show you each one. None of these is...

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Oh. Snap.

Dear Ann, Remember how we were prattling on in our latest Problem Ladies column over at Twist Collective? About how we hate the crochet chain provisional cast on because it always worms around and we pick up in the wrong side of the bump or whatever and then, weeks or months or lifetimes later, it won’t unzip properly when it’s time to free the live stitches, and how this defeats the whole purpose of doing the fiddly thing in the...

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Love Means Never Having To PSSO

Love Means Never Having To PSSO

Dear Ann, Announcement: I’ve finished knitting the 210 very long rows of Volt. I am now COMMENCING I-CORD. It’s frightfully exciting. Grace Anna Farrow’s instructions instruct, in the elegantly economical way that I have already come to expect of her patterns, how to do the i-cord edging along the live stitches as a bind-off, and on the side edges (the row ends) via the pick-up-and-attach-it-as-you-go method. I’ve...

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The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

Dear Kay, Pins and needles over here, just pins and needles while I’m waiting for the Diminishing Rib Cardigan to finish drying. Will the mighty redemptive power of blocking redeem this foldy curly neckline? Remember, this is what it looked like before I soaked, pinned, and quietly begged the neckline to behave: I think this neckline thing is going to work out OK, now that I’ve enlisted the 18-pound Portable Blocker. Please note...

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