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Stitches Per Dollar Is The New Gauge

Stitches Per Dollar Is The New Gauge

Dear Ann, I saw an ad on Ravelry that tickled me for some reason. It was a photo of an exquisitely translucent lace stole, accompanied by this copy: “BAD ECONOMY? LACE IS CHEAP.” Now that’s telling it like it is, sistah! It makes sense: since yarn is priced by weight, the thinner it gets–the closer to laceweight– the more stitches–and hours– you can knit, for less money. Sheer knits,...

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Hallucinatory Pre-Loadout Knitting Episode

Hallucinatory Pre-Loadout Knitting Episode

Dear Kay, I’m trying to get me, my junk, and also two children (who I am going to maintain are not junk even though they will still fit into a canvas tote bag if I fold them up right) up to Monteagle for the summer, and it’s frankly not going very well. I have NEVER in all my knitting days had such colossal indecision. Everything looks interesting; nothing looks interesting. I sit and stare into my bin of sock yarn and think, Socks?...

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Missing, Inaction

Missing, Inaction

Dear Kay, Oh, for pity’s sake, what a little stretch this has been. One Thing After Another. The end of school, the gearing up for summer. I’ve survived the karaoke booth at the school carnival, three field trips, one near elbow-break on a nine year old, a psychologically challenging trip to Costco (involving questions such as “A gallon of canola oil? I bought a gallon of canola oil?”). Ach, oy, crikey. The net result of...

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Moments and Situations

Moments and Situations

Dear Kay, I’m not going to sugarcoat this: this Belinda wrap I’m making for you has not been without its challenges. It may be the easiest lace pattern on earth, but let me tell you, there have been moments on this project. Moment No. 1: To make the second half of this shawl, you pick up stitches along one edge of the first half, then knit the same stitch pattern perpendicular to the first half. Straight needles make the constant...

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Monday Morning Misc.

Monday Morning Misc.

Dear Kay, Suffering the aftereffects of too many malted milk ball mini Easter eggs. They were so crunchy, and so tiny! Your Birthday Present Update I do believe this is the longest I have ever left something in the blocking parlour. Your Half Belinda wrap stayed on the blocking wires for a record three weeks. It looks a lot less like a fishing net now. In fact, I am going to have a hard time giving this to you so it’s a good thing that...

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Things to Do! Yarn to Select!

Things to Do! Yarn to Select!

Dear Kay, Everybody in middle Tennessee, listen up. Tonight there’s a choice event at the Nashville downtown public library: “An Evening of Literary Comedy and Conversation with Henry Alford and Sandra Tsing Loh.” 6 pm TONITE! Free! Likely to be effervescent and delightful, like a Fresca. Henry writes humor and articles for the NY Times and every glossy magazine you ever saw. He is at all times disarmingly charming. Sandra is...

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