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Snippets: Gathering the Flock

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Dear Ann, What is happening in our country? These are such sad, troubled days. I can’t stand to just yap on about knitting as if there is nothing wrong. Something is very wrong. I don’t have any answers. I’m trying to maintain hope, listen, and demand investigation and action from those in power. (Photo by Gale Zucker.) My preplanned snippet for today helps lift my spirits. Our longtime friend and collaborator, photographer...

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Snippets: Can We All Just Go to a Go Go?

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Dear Kay, As we head into the Fourth of July, I submit that we all need to GET DOWN. With a big dose of Motor City awesomeness. On this long weekend, the only cure is a giant Motown playlist. It goes and goes and goes, and you know all the words. If you don’t feel like fooling with Spotify, try this: a totally incredible Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “Going to a Go Go,” which is where we should all be going. I adore this...

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Summery Snippets

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Dear Ann, I’m heading off-blog for a few days. Ann: I’m leaving you in charge. No parties. More than two friends is a party. Lisa Downstairs is there if you need anything. (She’s also keeping an eye out, if you know what I’m saying.) (What I’m saying is: no parties.) But before I go, a few summery snippets, as we welcome the season of peaches and sand. YARN THE MOVIE Has everybody been sending you links to the movie...

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A Mother’s Plea: We Need to Act


Dear Kay, I’m in Monteagle now, a day and a world away from the busy weekend running around the knitting trade show in Washington. It’s hot and hazy here in Tennessee, and I’ve got a lot in my head to unpack, even as I unpack my little suitcase that I crammed full of yarn yesterday when I left the trade show. The despicable attack in Orlando bounces around in my head like a bullet. I think about my teenage son, just back from a weekend...

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Truly Scrumptious: A Giveaway

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Dear Ann: Like many good giveaways, this one started with one of us seeing something smashing on the Internet and purring and cooing about it until the skies opened, the angels winked at us and a fantastic giveaway prize floated down into our lap. A few weeks ago I saw Ella Austin’s Venn cowl on Instagram. I mean, look at it: so imaginative. It looks like a mental tune-up to knit, and a beautiful thing to wear. Venn is one of nine...

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Lazy Sunday: Two Yarn Movies to Watch

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Dear Kay, First we had Yarny, a creature made out of red yarn—the star of Unravel, the video game that I wrote about not long ago. Now, My Scottish Friend Matt, who finds cool things often, sends along an animation by Ainslie Henderson, a Scottish singer/songwriter/maker of short films. I can’t even believe there are two movies with wound-up characters like these. This one won a British Animation Award recently, and the jury citation...

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