A one-minute audio linguistics lesson: how New Orleanians pronounce “Chartres.”

Bang Out a Sweater: Armpit Edition

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Dear Ann, Here I am with a how-to for those who are entering the home stretch of their Stopover pullover in our Bang Out a Sweater knitalong. Here’s the situation: you’ve successfully navigated the Three Tube Situation. You’ve knit the yoke, ribbed the ribbing or rolled the roll at the neck, and bound off. It’s time to weave in ends, block and wear your sweater, right? Nope. There’s still one little job you have to...

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How to Make a Pom Pom, Sort Of

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Dear Kay, We missed the Oscar cut this week, and I think we know why. I feel like we have room for growth in our instructional video skills. Take a look, for example, at what happened in that hotel room in San Diego last week, when it seemed like a good idea to do a little how-to movie about making a pom pom. There is a certain amount of quiet, subtle drama here, but really, we left out a lot of things. Kind of basic: We don’t...

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Clip & Save: Mattress Stitch Seaming Tips from a Master

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Dear Ann: I had an interesting day yesterday. I Knit an Entire Sweater Continuing my theme of making miniscule things, I whipped up a tiny sweater for festive purposes; I cannot say more at this time. The free pattern for this wee top-down raglan is Tiny Sweaters by Malia Mather.  It’s fantastic, should you need to whip up a sweater for Barbie or Ken to wear while walking their fox. Stop, Drop and Knit I thought a lot about these mitts...

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Clip & Save (Literally): How to Set In a Sleeve

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Dear Ann, Before I presume to tell anybody how to set in a sleeve, a disclaimer: I don’t really know how to set in a sleeve. It’s one of those things that when I have to do it, I say to myself, what the hell, here goes nothing.  I try to remember things I’ve been told about setting in sleeves. And I do the best I can, and generally feel OK about it after it’s over. After all, I have a sweater! It has sleeves! The first...

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Clip & Save: How to Wear Your Knits

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Dear Ann: What kind of a bogus Clip & Save is this? Maybe people would rather learn the Turkish Cast-On, but that’s not what’s been on my mind lately. I don’t know if it’s my ahem maturing process, or the kids growing up and out, or the KonMari-ing and Whole30-ing of the past couple of years, but suddenly I’m very interested in clothes again.  I haven’t revisited my so-called “look” since...

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Clip & Save: How to Be a Vigilant Knitter

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Dear Kay, This post is written by a knitter who loses count, who forgets where she is in the pattern, who can’t recall what size needle was used for the lump of knitting in the Knitopia tote bag in the bottom of her closet. I write this from a place of great humility. It’s a simple question, really: how do you keep from pfaffing up your knitting? I have a few tried-and-true tips to share, but maybe I’m fishing for everybody...

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