Need a holiday handknit? Time for a Schmatta!

Yay (It Ain’t Sew)

Yay (It Ain’t Sew)

Dear Ann, Riding high on the early-morning reverse jet lag energy, I’m (over)excited to be joining the Mitered Crosses Blanket sample. If you have ever sewn up a bunch of knitted squares into a blanket (and I know you have), you understand. I am a decent hand at sewing up. I know my way around mattress stitch, and I am not ashamed of my whip stitch, neither. It’s just so much more fun, for a knitter, to knit things together...

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Color Me Joyeuse

Dear Ann, It happens to be my birthday today, so I treated myself to the thrill of pushing the Send Money button on PayPal again. I sent $2750.00 US American Smackeroonies to MercyCorps for its Japan relief efforts. This makes a total of $5000.00, a figure that is stunning to me. (I made sure to add a note crediting the generous knitters of the world.) In other happy birthday to me headlines, I am beyond thrilled to be confirmed in my vague,...

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That Felt Great

Dear Ann qnd everybody, Checking in on the fly to thank everyone who has purchased the Mitered Crosses blanket pattern for Japan. This morning I pushed the old PayPal “SEND MONEY” button (one of my favorite buttons) to send $2,250.00 to donate@mercycorps. A princely sum for a humble garter stitch blanket that is not even finished yet (two more squares done, though). I could get used to this feeling. Ciao and bisoux from la belle...

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Did I Cast on the Noro? Reader, I Did

Did I Cast on the Noro? Reader, I Did

Dear Ann, I miss you when you’re away! In my last post, I whimpered about the pull of temptation to cast on a new log cabin blanket in Noro Silk Garden before doing my duty and finishing the last sleeve on a child’s overdue pullover. A few days later, this comment came in from (our vast readership in) Qatar: I was going to say just give in to the call of the Noro, but it’s been several days, so you must have...

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Chin Up, Old Thing

Chin Up, Old Thing

Dear Ann, Recently The Women’s Room had a wonderful post about why getting a bit older is not that terrible. Today I discovered something even better: Google “Helen Mirren.” Go ahead, do it. Better now? A reason to put on your mascara and get to the gym once in a while? Feel free to suggest other Google searches that will help ease the aging process. Speaking of the aging process, some of my handknit dishrags have moved...

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Breaking News: Outbreak of Stocking-Making in Montana

Breaking News: Outbreak of Stocking-Making in Montana

Dear Kay, Drop everything, including that pile of overdyed wool fabric, to go see what happens when a bunch of intrepid women decide to learn how to make a Christmas stocking. This is, as you know, the New Ancestral Christmas Stocking from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. Abby, who apparently is known to recycle yarn for her projects, taught an eight-week class in Christmas-stocking manufacturing, but it sounds like it was mostly an...

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Baby Knitting, Fairy Houses, and Flip Books

Baby Knitting, Fairy Houses, and Flip Books

Dear Kay, Just sticking my head in the door here to let you know that I’m still here, sitting here. Word 70,000 of the movel is “horrified.” There’s a baby on the way (not mine, to be clear and wouldn’t THAT be some news?). It is so tremendously exciting that I ditched my tortured cabled pullover thingie for a project so tiny and cute that I really, really find myself liking this knitting thing all over again. The...

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Brisket, Teevee, and the Ever-Roaming DVD

Brisket, Teevee, and the Ever-Roaming DVD

Dear Kay, First of all, I am going to flat-out brag about the fact that I have a brisket in the oven, at 9:30 in the morning. I can’t really remember the last time I did something like this. “Cooking” “supper.” I have been melting, and reconstituting, and microwaving all summer. At some point, slicing a tomato ceases to count as cooking when there’s no entree to go with it. The love of a new cookbook can...

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Lifestyles of the Stitchin’ Famous (and Free Pattern!)

Lifestyles of the Stitchin’ Famous (and Free Pattern!)

Dear Ann, In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been vamping here, recycling pictures of my dog and such; I have mislaid the KayCam. But wanted to fill you in on Last Night At Martha’s Party. Martha (yes, that Martha, do I have to post a link to cussin’ Martha?) threw a party for bloggers in honor of a BlogHer hootenanny that was going on that I didn’t know about, and she was kind enough to invite me, so I went. It...

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The Ears Don’t Lie

The Ears Don’t Lie

Dear Olive, Don’t get me wrong. I love it when you help me make up the bed. I know it’s a lot more fun for you than the knitting. And better exercise! All that huffing and puffing and stretching. There’s nothing like bed linens that are fresh and clean clean clean, right down to the mattress cover. And it’s so helpful to have a companion for this job. You’re here for me, babe, every step of the way, and I...

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