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Eyeballs on His Hipbones, or, Jack White at the Grammys

Eyeballs on His Hipbones, or, Jack White at the Grammys

Dear Kay, Deb is wondering what we thought of Jack White’s performance at the Grammys. Great. Compulsively over the top–if you’ve got two bands, you’re going to use them. But great. I mostly spent my time thinking about Jack White’s amazing suit with rhinestone peacock feathers all over it. Paris may have Chanel, but here in Nashville the greatest couturier is Manuel, who has been outfitting musicians in handmade...

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MDK Mailbag

MDK Mailbag

Dear Ann, A few treats landed in my inbox this morning. My first thought: 15 minute blog fodder! FANCY DOG COAT ALERT Emma sent me a link to the kit for this dog coat, based on Kate Davies’ wonderful Rams & Yowes blanket. I have to agree that it would look smashing on my earth-toned Olive. It is hard to make much of an impression at our local dog cafe because so many of the dogs are so very well dressed. I think this might be the...

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Why I Love Blogging, Chapter 1,312

Why I Love Blogging, Chapter 1,312

Dear Ann, We’ve “amen”-ed each other many times on this principle, but it bears repeating: the best thing about blogging is the comments. You never know exactly what you are going to get, but after 9 years, you know you are going to get some good ones. With thanks to Naomi for making my day, I reprint the following two comments in their entirety. NAOMI’S COMMENT Hmm – Jack White… I’m not sure I...

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Winning!

Winning!

Dear Ann, So, today is what I call Monday Plus One, and I did the random drawing. The winners of a copy of Wearwithall are Mary (whose email address starts with “goodmary”) and Angela (whose email address starts with “matangoconnor”). I’ve emailed the winners for their mailing addresses. Congrats and enjoy, Mary and Angela! Everybody else, if you want to show these independent designers some love, you can buy...

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I’m Back, and I’m Organized

I’m Back, and I’m Organized

Dear Ann, I see that while I was away, you had the FREAKIN’ AWESOME IDEA to make a Jack White Shrine in the Form of a Sweater.* I think that in some states this is called Stalking and is a Class B Felony. But perhaps in Nashville, chasing a public figure with bizarre knitting is considered Fan Mail. As you know from working with me in the past, I am a detail-oriented person, an absolute fiend for organizing and prioritizing. (HA!) ...

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Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat

Dear Kay, OK, from here on out, for every dishcloth entry you write, I get one entry on either the topic of A) the musician Jack White or B) dingy, dirt-colored handknits. We’ll go with B today, seeing as how the only Jack White news I have is that my stepmother called on Saturday night to alert me that she was in a restaurant and was sitting directly across from Jack White. Now, you might think it unlikely that a grown-up lady like my...

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Steady as She Goes

Steady as She Goes

Dear Kay, Sorry if I’m kind of yelling but my ears are still ringing from last night’s Raconteurs concert at City Hall. What a night! What a fantastically loud night! Man, am I old. I haven’t been to a stand-up-steep-myself-in-cigarette-smoke-wallow-in-the-abject-sound concert since . . . I can’t even remember when. Rick James in 1980? Buddy Holly in 1958? That Mozart Rocks Vienna thing in 1784? I think I’ve...

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