Learn how to crawl: the New York City Yarn Crawl is on through Sunday, September 25.

Snippets: Dreamy Wallpapers, Plus Handknits to Buy


Dear Kay, On a busy Friday, we all need to stop, drop, and look at wallpapers. Since 1946, Farrow & Ball has created paint that somehow seems more special than other paint. Why? They explain it all for you. They’re into wallpaper too, and I have to say, it’s gorgeous stuff. Here they explain how they use methods that are traditional and time consuming. I don’t want to glom their lovely images without asking, so...

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Drop-dead Easy Tips!


Dear Kay, News you can use: really great tips from the trio who have created Drop-Dead Easy Knits, a juicy collection of gorgeous projects that goes on sale today. On the cover alone I see five things I want to make. Knitting tips galore. And a bonus: how to create a nice clean chin line in a photo? The answer is here, people. Watch and learn. One of the projects is a Kay Gardiner Special, a pattern called the Star-eyed Julep Throw. Kay, I...

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Lazy Sunday: ‘The Americans’


Dear Kay, I haven’t been this binged out since I discovered Mad Men. Unlike that devouring obsession, my latest time-eating diversion is a slow binge. I watch the FX series The Americans with one eye closed, white-knuckling through my knitting. I can get through maybe one or two episodes before it gets to me. In a nutshell: The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban...

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Snippets on a Thursday? What the Cuss!


Dear Ann, So much typing we are doing! The days before the launch of our new website fly as I sit here typing and drinking tea and talking into my brand-new Bluetooth (which frees the hands for knitting but also makes me feel like I should ask if you want fries with that.)  Such is the state of our joint workload (correction: funload) that I am only very occasionally–hardly ever– roaming the Internet in search of tasty snippets. But...

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Lazy Sunday: The Light Between Stitches


Dear Ann, Later today, I’m going to the actual movies, to see The Light Between Oceans. The reviews by film critics are not exactly good. (Check out the trailer, and some entertainingly harsh reviews, at Rotten Tomatoes.) I tried to read the book for book club, but flaked out in the first chapter. Not because it wasn’t good, but I had the same problem with it that I had with Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth: you know from...

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Lazy Sunday: Airplane Edition

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Dear Ann, I’m still in Ohio, soaking up the Buckeye State goodness. Had my first Jeni’s in-store experience yesterday, in Chagrin Falls. It was transcendent. Related: need more elastic in my mom-capris. Here’s a confession: I generally don’t watch movies when I travel by plane, even on long flights. The headphone cords get tangled up in my yarn, and somehow I just am not interested. I get in the zone on my knitting, or...

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