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

Road to Rhinebeck Knitting: Free Pattern

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Dear Ann, As knitters of the Northeast block their Rhinebeck sweaters (or upgrade their Rhinebeck Sweater to a Thanksgiving Sweater), I’d like to be helpful. A free pattern will come in handy for anyone who has the good fortune of having two skeins of delicious Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 4 ply fall into her stash, perhaps even at Rhinebeck. It’s an easy-to-memorize, fun-to-work stitch pattern that looks like a cable yet is...

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Socking it to Stephen Colbert

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Dear Kay, Just a quick postcard from Monteagle to show you Proof of Progress on my vow to help provide a lifetime supply of handknitted socks for Stephen Colbert–if he decides to cover the recent Ravelympics fiasco and I do mean fiasco. I’m knitting these with Size 2 pitchforks. This is Sock Number One using the sock pattern we named for Stephen Colbert: the Stephen Colbert Sock from Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, back in...

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Blankets on a Hill

Dear Ann, Tuesday night’s knitting party (erm, “class”) in Nashville was so dang fun. One sweet moment for me was when Yolanda showed me an album of photos that Liz Thomas had taken of log cabin blankets that Yolanda had made for her three little boys in Kentucky. I begged her to get me a link so I could share them. Warning: These photos may cause a viewer to cast on a log cabin blanket. Or produce a a darling little boy. ...

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Last-Minute Schmatta (Free Pattern)

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Dear Ann, Here’s a free pattern for holiday gifting and December TV-watching. This is not rocket-science knitting. This is git-r-done while watching a movie on Netflix knitting. But every civilian who sees it wants one, so I think that makes it a good Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Thank You For Teaching My Kid gift. It’s called Schmatta, which in yiddish means “rag.” To me it does not have a connotation of abject...

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A Great Blanket, Now That I Remember It

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Dear Kay, You write of this blanket pattern, this Fussy Cuts Blanket pattern. So haunting, like a faded memory from the past. Hold on–I remember it now! How could I forget making a 36-square-foot blanket? Maybe it’s because I finished the thing and incredibly stuck it into the mail to a complete stranger. For those just joining us (where have you been?), Fussy Cuts is our blanket pattern that appears in the new and lush Craft...

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Fussy Pup

Dear Ann, I haven’t even STARTED yet with photos of this blanket. Gale sent me this behind-the-scenes slideshow of our Fussy Cuts Blanket (found on page 90 of Gale’s brand-new, crispy and delicious book, Craft Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the Community of Handmade And How You Can Join In I dare you not to squee. Strong men will watch this and squee like girls at a Taylor Swift concert. CraftActivism: Fussy Cuts QC...

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