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What Shawl I Knit?

What Shawl I Knit?

Dear Ann, The results are in. In the last 48 hours, I’ve looked at a large, rich assortment of  beautiful shawls to knit for my young friend’s wedding. (Note: not necessarily to be worn at the wedding, but in honor of the occasion.)  It was an awesome group curation project.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to dig a link for me.  You are the wind beneath my wings, and the chains on my spinning tires. The shawl I will be...

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More Thread Love

Dear Ann, I have been sitting here half the evening YouTubing up sad songs suggested in the comments. Whoa. There are a lot of sad songs out there. We may need to put together a Programme of Sad YouTubes and watch them together, while sipping absinthe and keening.  We will call this event, “Tuesday.” I have also activated the Random Drawer and can report that we have our 3 winners, and I have sent them all emails. (Congratulations,...

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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Dear Kay, It’s publication day for Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting! I have an essay in there, “What Are You Making?” It feels like six years ago that I sent that essay in. What a nice surprise to see it turn up all tidy and done. I am trying to identify the yarns on the cover but can’t. Especially stymied by that brown one with the weird twist to it. I’ve just started to read these stories—I had a galley this...

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A Knitting Reality Show: Survivor for the Rest of Us

A Knitting Reality Show: Survivor for the Rest of Us

Dear Kay, Well, here it is: the thing we have been waiting for, dreaming about, training for, all these years: a hardcore, high-stakes, full-on knitting reality show. The Fiber Factor. This is going to be great. It will be happening completely online, with a dozen contestants battling it out for the grand prize: a trip to Germany and a tour of the Addi knitting needle factory. AHHHHH! I HAVE NEVER TOURED A KNITTING NEEDLE FACTORY. It’s...

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Pop-up Contest: Win a Year of The New Yorker

Pop-up Contest: Win a Year of The New Yorker

Dear Kay, Quick! Insta-contest! Time sensitive! The New Yorker–yes, The New Yorker–just emailed me. Yes, me. If I renew my subscription now, I can give a free year-long subscription to ANYBODY I WANT. I love finding The New Yorker in my mailbox. It’s not the same to read it online. It makes me really happy to think that somebody out there will get it in their mailbox, too. Leave a comment with your favorite New Yorker writer,...

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Our Best Contest Prize Now!

Our Best Contest Prize Now!

Dear Ann, You know how I feel about blankets. By my lights, there are not enough knitted blanket patterns in the world. In a world of endless designs for knitted apparel, most designers devote scant attention to the humble blanket. A shining exception, and hero of mine, is Debbie Abrahams. I have followed her work for years. Debbie’s blankets are intricate patchwork adventures. Where my own blankets tend to beat a bone-simple idea...

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Innit to Winnit

Innit to Winnit

Dear Ann, I gotta say, I want this thing pretty bad. Ann, I hate to dilute a raffle pool in which I am entered. I just hate it. But we would be remiss in our blogging obligations, and our karma would go all cattywompus, if we did not share the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket for this hand-made, handknit, hand-embroidered, sweater-felted, and fully-backed blankety masterpiece made by Cristina and other talented supporters of the Waldorf...

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Rough Winds Do Shake the Darling Buds of April

Rough Winds Do Shake the Darling Buds of April

Dear Kay, We have a winner in our And-I-Shall-Have-Some-Peace-There Best-Gardening-Tip Contest. I have to say that I am totally knocked out by all those gardening tips. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas. If you haven’t had a chance, go take a look, because the advice ranges from the practical (eggshells, coffee grounds, banana peels, teabags, newspaper) to the profound (hire somebody). In fact, our winner, Lisa H., who posted on...

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You May Be a Winner: Enter Now!

You May Be a Winner: Enter Now!

Dear Kay, and potential Mitered Crosses Blanket Makers of the World, I GOT LUCKY! I mean, I WON SOMETHING. Last week I was down at lush ‘n’ lovely Bliss Yarns, foraging for Silk Garden and generally glad to see everybody there. They were having a contest where you guess the number of M & Ms in a sizeable jar. I did my Supersecret Trick* for estimating small things that are put into large containers, and BINGO: See? I won! How...

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Our Alter Egos Are Having a Contest

Our Alter Egos Are Having a Contest

Dear Ann, At this point I’m having difficulty keeping our alter egos straight. There’s Big Edie and Little Edie, of course. (Which sounds so much nicer than Old Edie and Young Edie, doesn’t it? It doesn’t?) And there’s those presumed-tranny country singers. (Gosh, I miss them! It’s hard to believe they had the same makeup person as Big Edie and Little Edie.) But there’s also the Problem Ladies!...

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