For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Learning to Crawl

Learning to Crawl

Dear Ann, The big news up here is that the very first New York City Yarn Crawl is coming up this weekend, October 9-12, Friday through Monday. We have a Fambly Double Whammy this weekend–a bar mitzvah and a bat mitzvah occurring simultaneously (luckily they are brother and sister, so the simu-davening will be occurring at one convenient location)–so my personal Crawling Time will be somewhat limited. I am determined, though, to hit...

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Love Means Having a Contest

Love Means Having a Contest

Dear Ann, Adding to the oddness of life, lately, is the sound of your voice and my voice coming out of my computer, reading our audiobook. Are you finding this weird, or is it just me? We sound so wholesome! We sound like we never ever wever cuss, or yell at our children. (I know you don’t yell at your children–that’s MY super power–but I have heard you cuss, Missy! Ironic cussing is still cussing! You can call it...

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Free Yarn with Purchase! Am I Dreaming?

Free Yarn with Purchase! Am I Dreaming?

Dear Kay, I don’t know if our audio publisher Kathy Goldner has lost her everlovin’ mind, but I just learned that Knitting Out Loud is giving away free yarn with every order. See? Over there in the right column? This dementedly delicious offer runs now through September 12th. The variety of knitting-related audiobooks is really choice, so move fast. Before Kathy gets her wits...

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And the Yarn Goes To . . .

And the Yarn Goes To . . .

Dear Kay, Thanks to everyone who came by to watch the Oscars with us. I feel like we completed some sort of Outward Bound experience: grueling, with tedious/terrifying moments throughout. I hope everybody has had a good time reviewing all the post-Oscar fashion roundups. Never mind the gowns: up top there is my pick for Best Shoe, Anne Hathaway’s divine heels. (Did you know there’s a website called Celebrity Shoe Size? Worrisome in...

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Rated G (for Gynecology)

Rated G (for Gynecology)

Dear Ann, Despite the challenges of Kilt Distraction, the contest brought out a strong effort from readers. Every body part has been tingled, spanked, kicked, tickled, busted, shaken and quaked in an effort to describe….a knitting magazine. The English language is so rich–so arsetastic, if you will– that it is a joy, even for those of us who speak the watered-down colonial version. One contestant got it, or came so close...

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We Have Five Wieners

We Have Five Wieners

Dear Ann, Not to interrupt the Mason-Dixon Knitting International Tragic and/or Supernatural Love Story Film Festival or anything–talk among yourselves–but I promised to announce the winners of the drawing for the Emma Peel Dress kits. I have sent an email to each of the winners, and as soon as they send me their mailing addresses, I will enjoy the blessed relief that comes from getting 35 balls of yarn out from under the desk...

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Pardon Me (I’m Sure Your Wig Is Here Somewhere)

Pardon Me (I’m Sure Your Wig Is Here Somewhere)

Dear Ann, Gee thanks. I couldn’t sleep last night because of that creepy baby-faced kid. As a public service, I’ll see your Baby, and raise you one: Vampire Baby. (I agree, she’s not nearly as scary as Creepy Baby. But she’s trying.) What’s frightening about this picture is that Ben’s skull was made by a real Florentine mask artist. For practicality, the satin ribbons were replaced with a piece of...

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Contest Over!

Contest Over!

Dear Ann, Coming up for air after reading so many wonderful stories in the comments. Oh the humanity! The Schwinns! The matching halters and culottes! The gingham! The Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizzas! Cherry Ames, RN! Trixie Belden! Being reminded of Christy by Catherine Marshall, which I haven’t thought of in dog’s years, and the image of the cover blasting instantly into my brain. (Must read that again NOW. Worrying that it...

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Contest: The Bookmobile Just Pulled Into the Shaver’s Parking Lot

Contest:  The Bookmobile Just Pulled Into the Shaver’s Parking Lot

Dear Ann, I finally had a breakthrough about our Fifth Blogiversary Contest. I didn’t want it to be about knitting slipcovers for chairs. I may be singleminded in my enthusiasms, but I do realize that the appeal of knitting upholstery is not yet universal. I will bring people to this wonderland, one by one, but not in a day. (By the way, my upholstery-knitting chums, I have a CHART for my denim slipcover and I’m almost done...

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Risky Business

Risky Business

Dear Ann, I hear you’re back from vacation. I feel like a teenager who’s thrown a party while Mom and Dad are away, except I screwed up and blogged the party. While you were gone, I had a little contest. I did a little eBay shopping for prizes. I didn’t break anything, I promise. And I totally re-set the odometer on Dad’s car. (Wait, wrong movie.) You would not believe how many cute recipe boxes there are on eBay. ...

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