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

Will She Take This Picture, Too?

Will She Take This Picture, Too? - 1

Dear everybody, I just want to let you know that I spoke to Kay on the phone today, and she assured me that she is still in fact fifty. She is also in the midst of a Colonial Heritage Tour that vastly outstrips the one I took last week in terms of visiting Buildings That Housed Presidents, Soybean Fields That Ken Burns Has Crossed, and Insterstate Miles Traveled With Entire Family In One Vehicle. I’m looking forward to comparing notes...

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The Bane of my Knitzistence

The Bane of my Knitzistence - 1

Dear Ann, You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and in my case, the old dog? She is not so into the old tricks either. Case in point: gauge. I’ve been knitting for a long time now. I see all these warnings everywhere: “Take time to save time!” “Knit a swatch!” “Measure your gauge” I don’t doubt that they are right. But as the buzz of Cast-On Hormones washes over me, I tell myself...

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This, That, and the Other

This, That, and the Other - 1

Dear Kay, Well, nobody can say I haven’t heard a hundred tubas playing at the same time. Tuba Christmas! Audience reaction was mixed. I loved it–imagine an ocean liner–or ten ocean liners–playing “The First Noel,” and you’ll have the idea. After having our bones shaken by this group (which included at least one tuba from Bismarck, North Dakota), we headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame down the...

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My So-Called Mini-Tutorial

My So-Called Mini-Tutorial - 1

DANGER! WARNING: IF YOU ARE A NKR (NON-KNITTING READER) OF THIS BLOG (I.E. ANN’S BROTHER-IN-LAW), STOP NOW. SAVE YOURSELF BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. I’M BEGGING YOU. THIS POST CONCERNS A TECHNICAL ASPECT OF KNITTING THAT WILL BE TEDIOUS EVEN TO MOST KNITTERS. WHAT FOLLOWS WILL BE OF INTEREST ONLY TO A VERY SMALL SUBSET OF READERS WHO ACTUALLY KNIT. READING FURTHER THAN THIS WARNING MAY RESULT IN NAUSEA, BOREDOM, AND ANXIETY THAT...

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The Discipline of Discipline

The Discipline of Discipline - 1

Dear Kay, In a rare moment of restraint, I have made a deal with myself. Under no circumstances can I begin to work on my Alice Starmore Fair Isle Heart of Darkness Tour 2004 until I finish the sweater I’m knitting for you. No winding of yarn, no photocopying of pattern, no burnt offerings to encourage a successful journey into the netherworld of handknits. Nothing. Until I finish Sassy. Why didn’t somebody along the way explain to...

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Fringe Behavior

Fringe Behavior - 1

Dear Kay, Fringe, up close and personal: Knit 3, cast on 5, cast off the 5 you just cast on, knit 3. Easy greasy. As I work on this thing, I’m wondering what on earth I’ll ever wear with it. I just got a catalog from Anthropologie, which loves nothing more than mixing a pattern or six. Maybe I’ll get a kimono print or a sari, throw in some beaded organza, add a gauzy drift of something, and get a new pair of Frye boots. (Do...

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