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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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The Three Tube Situation

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Dear Ann, Yesterday I posted an instagram of my current LIP (lopapeysa in progress), as you do. Susan S piped up to request my tips on lopapeysa construction. Specifically, she wanted to know how the sleeves and body get joined up into a unified garment so that the colorwork yoke can be knitted on in the round. Someone else joined in, testifying that she had been deterred from knitting a lopapeysa when she saw some pithy pattern instructions on...

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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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February Is Shake Your Bon-Bon Month


Dear Kay, January’s Get Rid of 50 Things a Day project was basically a success, in the sense that I feel better about 1,500 things not being inside my house anymore. It was not perfect, by any means–I never did go into the basement. I may never go into the basement. And the toy closet was a shattering reckoning I hope never to repeat. But I did discover that I have pretty much a lifetime supply of books I haven’t read. If we...

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The Ditch: A Cautionary Tale, with Free Advice

The Ditch: A Cautionary Tale, with Free Advice - 1

Dear Kay, This one is going to be REAL QUICK, because it was not the most joyous knitting ever, but it was necessary. Back when I started this Donegal pullover, back in 2008, back in the Bush Administration, I was so carefree. I would get to the end of a round, figure out what yarns needed to end and begin, and by golly just drop one and add in another. It’s definitely the fastest way to go, but in the long term, you pay a bitter, sour...

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Finishing a Steek: The Wimp’s Method

Finishing a Steek: The Wimp's Method - 1

Dear Kay, Time to deal with those pesky steek flaps at the neckline of this thing. Alice Starmore says to cut the neck steeks, then knit the neckband, THEN finish off the steeks. This means that I was manhandling this thing, knitting the neckband in the round, steeks unfettered, yet nothing unraveled. The fact is, shetland wool is not likely to unravel at all. It likes itself! (Kate Davies writes about all this in her usual fascinating way...

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